MOME and AFF Present Raquel Cepeda’s Some Girls

Mayor’s Office of Media And Entertainment Announces Americanah As Winner Of Inaugural “One Book, One New York” Program 


New Yorkers will be encouraged to read the book in the coming months and participate in free, open-to-the-public events taking place throughout the five boroughs 

Free, 90-day access to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah audiobook offered to all New Yorkers through partnership with digital reading subscriptions service Scribd

Throughout February, New Yorkers voted for the book they want the whole City to read together as part of “One Book, One New York,” and today, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) Commissioner Julie Menin and BuzzFeed announced New Yorkers have chosen Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah as the winning book. Nearly 50,000 votes were cast online and at kiosks throughout the New York City subway system, generating a citywide conversation online about which book should win this first-of-its-kind competition. During the next several months, MOME will present a series of free, open-to-the-public events throughout the five boroughs for New Yorkers to gather in discussion of Americanah, and engage with its poignant and timely themes of immigration, feminism, and race.

On May 10th, MOME, the African Film Festival and Lehman College will host a special screening of Raquel Cepeda’s new film Some Girls, followed by a moderated discussion about storytelling, identity, and the immigrant experience. The 24th edition of the African Film Festival runs May 3 – 9 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Maysles Cinema and BAMcinematek. The Lovinger Theatre, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West in the Bronx.

MOME will also co-present the NYAFF Art & Activism panel on May 9th at Film Society of Lincoln Center.

One Book, One New York Website