NoViolet Bulawayo

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NoViolet Bulawayo
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Born Elizabeth Zandile Tshele
(1981-12-10) 10 December 1981 (age 36)
Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe
Language English
Education Njube High School;
Mzilikazi High School
Alma mater Texas A&M University-Commerce (BA)
Southern Methodist University (MA)
Cornell University (MFA)
Genre Short story; novel
Notable awards Caine Prize for African Writing; Man Booker Prize shortlist
Website
novioletbulawayo.com

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 (2012–14).[3][4] In 2012 the National Book Foundation named her a 5 under 35 honoree.[5]

Life[edit]

Bulawayo was born and raised in Zimbabwe and attended Njube High School and later Mzilikazi High School for her A-levels.[6] She completed her college education in the US, studying at Kalamazoo Valley Community College,[7] and earning bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Texas A&M University-Commerce and Southern Methodist University respectively.[8] 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.[8]

In 2011 she won the Caine Prize with her story "Hitting Budapest",[9] which had been published in the November/December 2010 issue of the Boston Review[10] and became the opening chapter of her 2013 debut novel.[11][12][13] We Need New Names was included in the 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist,[14][15] making Bulawayo the first black African woman and the first Zimbabwean to be shortlisted for the prize.[16] She also won the Etisalat Prize for Literature and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, among other accolades.

In 2011, it was reported that she had begun work on a memoir project.[17] Bulawayo sat on the board of trustees of the pan-African literary initiative Writivism between 2014 and 2018.

Awards and honors[edit]

Works[edit]

  • 2009: "Snapshots", published in New Writing from Africa 2009 (J. M. Coetzee, ed.)
  • 2010: "Hitting Budapest", published in Boston Review[29] and The Caine Prize for African Writing 2011
  • 2013: We Need New Names
  • 2018: This Mournable Body

References[edit]

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

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