Monday, September 27, 2010
Chinua Achebe Wins $300,000 Gish Prize
Chinua Achebe has won the $300,000 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, which recognizes artists who have had an extraordinary impact in their field. The Gis Prize, named after the silent film stars, now in its 17th year, recognizes leading artists in such fields as drama, music and dance, as well as literature.The award will be delivered at a ceremony on Oct. 27 in New York. Past winners include Robert Redford, Arthur Miller, and Bob Dylan. Mr. Achebe’s books are among the most widely read in African literature. His 1958 novel, “Things Fall Apart,” has sold more than 10 million copies, and he has also won the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction and the Nigerian National Merit Award.