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NoViolet Bulawayo

Writer and academic

Born in Zimbabwe, and now a writer she has resided in the United States since she was eighteen. She studied at Cornell University, where she completed a master’s degree in Creative Writing, and at Stanford University, where she is currently a lecturer in the English department. Her debut novel We Need New Names (Vintage, 2014), which was very well received by English critics, was a finalist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, and she was also the first African woman writer to feature among the finalists for this award. This coming-of-age novel tells of the lives of a group of children in a Zimbabwe stricken by political and economic crises, and describes what happens when main character moves to the United States, where she will have to adapt to a radically different culture.

Update: 3 September 2018


Has participated in

Dialogue between NoViolet Bulawayo and Gemma Parellada

Dialogues for Thinking about Diversity

Conversation with NoViolet Bulawayo, Najat El Hachmi and Jane Lazarre, moderated by Tania Adam

Reflections on Writing: An Approximation from Curative Narratives