National Book Critics Circle Award winner Chimamanda Adichie will meet fans in Howard County

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of "Americanah." Photo by Ivara Esege (Ivara Esege / Baltimore Sun / October 18, 2012)

Fresh from picking up the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, Columbia author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be meeting readers next week at the Howard County Public Library's Miller branch in Ellicott City.

Author readings can be sparsely attended, but this one is at capacity and registration has been closed.

"People here are a little giddy," Victoria Goodman, a publicity specialist for the library, wrote in an email.

Adichie earned a master's degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and currently divides her time between Columbia and her native Nigeria.

She was honored for "Americanah," a book that the awards committee described as "audacious" and as "a love story, immigrant’s tale and acute snapshot of our times."

This isn't the first big win for Adichie, who has picked up both an MacArthur Award and an Orange Prize, which is awarded annually in London for the best fiction written by a woman.

In July, a movie based on an earlier novel "Half of a Yellow Sun," will be released. The film, which is set during the Nigerian civil war in the late 1960s, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.