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NoViolet Bulawayo

Jones Lecturer in fiction

NoViolet Bulawayo is a Jones Lecturer in fiction. She is the author of We Need New Names (May 2013) which has been recognized with 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 also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and 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. Her story Hitting Budapest won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing.

NoViolet earned her MFA at Cornell University where she was a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she now teaches as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction. NoViolet grew up in Zimbabwe.


-- Shortlisted for the International Literature Award, 2015

-- Pen Hemingway Award for Fiction, 2014

-- Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for fiction, 2014

-- LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award, 2014

-- Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2013

-- Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, 2013


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Books NoViolet Hosted

  • Born on a Tuesday: A Novel