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NoViolet Bulawayo Speaker

NoViolet Bulawayo

California, USA

Author, "We Need New Names" (2013)

Truman Capote Fellowship, Cornell University

Recipient of the Caine Prize for African Writing (2011)

NoViolet Bulawayo is the author of “We Need New Names” (Back Bay Books, 2013) which has been recognised with the LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Pen/Hemingway Award, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award (second place), and the National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Fiction Selection. “We Need New Names” was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award, and selected to the New York Times Notable Books of 2013 list, the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers list, and others. NoViolet’s story “Hitting Budapest” won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing.

NoViolet was a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship at Cornell University . She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she now teaches as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction. NoViolet grew up in Zimbabwe.

Our Comment

"NoViolet Bulawayo's personal accounts from growing up in Zimbabwe, along with the readings from her novel based on a young girl growing up in Zimbabwe are inspirational and memorable. She captures the traumas of Zimbabwe's "lost decade." As a storyteller, she helps people to see themselves in a wider world."

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