NoViolet Bulawayo

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NoViolet Bulawayo
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Born Elizabeth Zandile Tshele
(1981-12-10) December 10, 1981 (age 33)
Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe
Language English
Education Njube High School;
Mzilikazi High School
Alma mater Texas A&M University-Commerce;
Southern Methodist University;
Cornell University
Genre Short Story; Novel
Notable awards Caine Prize for African Writing; Man Booker Prize shortlist

NoViolet Bulawayo (pen name of Elizabeth Zandile Tshele, born 12 October 1981 in Tsholotsho)[1] is a Zimbabwean author,[2] and Stegner Fellow at Stanford University (2012–2014).[3][4]


Bulawayo was born and raised in Zimbabwe and attended Njube High School and later Mzilikazi High School for her A levels.[5] She completed her college education in the US, studying at Kalamazoo Valley Community College,[6] and earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Texas A&M University-Commerce and Southern Methodist University respectively.[7] In 2010, she completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Cornell University, where her work was recognized with a Truman Capote Fellowship.[7]

Her debut novel entitled We Need New Names was released in 2013,[8] and was included in the 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist.[9][10] This made her the first black African woman and the first Zimbabwean to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.[11] It also won the Etisalat Prize for Literature and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award among other accolades.

She has begun work on a memoir project.[12]

Awards and honors[edit]


  • 2009 "Snapshots", published in New Writing from Africa 2009 (J. M. Coetzee, ed.)
  • 2010 "Hitting Budapest", published in Boston Review[23] and The Caine Prize for African Writing 2011
  • 2013 We Need New Names


  1. ^ "Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2013 announced", The Man Booker Prize, 10 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Zimbabwe's NoViolet Bulawayo wins Caine writing prize". BBC News. 12 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Announcing the 2012-2014 Stegner Fellowship Recipients", from About the Felloship, Last Accessed April 2012.
  4. ^ Zvomuya, Percy. "NoViolet Bulawayo makes Man Booker Prize longlist". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Simba Manhango (2011-07-23). "Hard work, passion the special ingredients for success: author". The Standard. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  6. ^ John Liberty (July 23, 2013). "Author, KVCC graduate NoViolet Bulawayo named to prestigious Man Booker long list". MLive Media Group. 
  7. ^ a b c Elizabeth Tshele, Cornell University Department of English. Last accessed April 2012.
  8. ^ Kristy Davis. "We Need New Names: A Novel". Oprah. 
  9. ^ a b "Shortlist 2013 announced". Man Booker Prize. 10 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Driscoll, Molly (July 23, 2013). "Man Booker Prize long list includes writers Colum McCann, Tash Aw". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "First black African woman nominated for Booker Prize" AFP, 10 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Zimbabwean, NoViolet Bulawayo's 'Hitting Budapest' takes the 12th Caine Prize". Bulawayo 24. July 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ "NoViolet Bulawayo wins 12th Caine Prize for African Writing", Caine Prize for African Writing.
  14. ^ Alison Flood (2011-07-12). "NoViolet Bulawayo wins 'African Booker'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  15. ^ Julia Fleischaker (September 13, 2013). "Women dominate the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 list". Melville House Books. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  16. ^ "We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo". The Guardian. 15 November 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  17. ^ "2013 Discover Awards". Barnes & Noble. 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Etisalat Prize for Literature Announces 2013 Shortlist". Etisalat Prize. January 23, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  19. ^ Ben (February 23, 2014). "NoViolet Bulawayo Wins the Inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature". Books Live. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  20. ^ Carolyn Kellogg (April 11, 2014). "Jacket Copy: The winners of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are ...". LA Times. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  21. ^ Allan Kozinn (March 17, 2014). "Writer From Zimbabwe Wins PEN/Hemingway Award for First Novel". New York Times. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  22. ^ Yvonne Zipp (March 18, 2014). "NoViolet Bulawayo wins prestigious Hemingway/PEN award". Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  23. ^ NoViolet Bulawayo (November–December 2010). "Hitting Budapest". Boston Review. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 

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