Today in our Get familiar series, we introduce NoViolet Bulawayo.
NoViolet was born in Zimbabwe. She had her early education in Zimbabwe before moving to the United States for her tertiary education. In 2010, she earned an MFA degree from Cornell University, where her work was recognized with a Truman Capote Fellowship.
Her debut novel, We Need New Names was published in 2013. The novel received so many awards and recognition including 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 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.
We Need New Names was also selected for the Man Booker Prize. This made her the first black African woman and the first Zimbabwean to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
NoViolet is currently a Stegner Fellow at Standford University. Bulawayo sits on the pan-African literary initiative, and Writivism’s Board of Trustees.
At the festival, NoViolet will be teaching a fiction master class alongside Helon Habila and Sarah Manyika. She will also be on a panel discussing From the Land of the Flame Lily: New Fiction from Zimbabwe
It’s exactly one week to the festival, register to attend at www.akefestival.org