NoViolet Bulawayo has won the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature for her debut novel, We Need New Names. Bulawayo’s success caps a hugely successful debut by the talented Zimbabwean writer
In her engaging debut novel, We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo introduces the reader to a young Zimbabwean girl growing up in a poor township named ‘Paradise’. Ten-year old, ‘Darling’ is a feisty and independent girl who is gifted with an astute sense of observation, an expressive voice and a good dose of humor. The novel is as much a touching coming of age story – first in Zimbabwe and later in Michigan, USA, as it is an engaging and reflective account on family and ‘home’, friendship and loss, and, finally on self-discovery.
NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel, We Need New Names , has been longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, joining 12 other books which will compete for one of the publishing world’s most prestigious awards. Bulawayo is one of three debut novelists whose books made the list – the others being Eve Harris and Donal Ryan.
Zimbabwean author, Elizabeth Tshele, writing under the pen name, NoViolet Bulawayo, has won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story, “Hitting Budapest”. Bulawayo was announced winner earlier today at a special ceremony in Oxford, UK.
The shortlist for the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing is out. Five authors – Tim Keegan and David Medalie from South Africa, Lauri Kubuitsile from Botswana, Beatrice Lamwaka from Uganda, and NoViolet Bulawayo from Zimbabwe – will compete to win the prize, widely known as the ‘African Booker’.