Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo continues to shine as she was on Monday honoured with San Francisco State University’s 2018 Gina Berriault Award for Fiction.She received the Award at the university event themed “An Evening with NoViolet Bulawayo” and co-presented by 14 Hills Press.
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NoViolet Bulawayo was born in Tsholotsho Zimbabwe, she attended Njube High School and later Mzilikazi High School in Bulawayo for her A Levels. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her debut novel We Need New Names, making her the first black African woman and first Zimbabwean to be honoured. The novel also received the Etisalat Prize for Literature, the Los Angeles Times‘ Art Seibendaum Award, and the Hemmingway Foundation/PEN Award.
“Deeply honored to receive the Gina Berriault Award for Fiction by San Francisco State University Department of Creative Writing. i hope to read a bit from my new favorite book, America Is Not The Heart by Elaine Castillo. friends in the bay area, if you have nothing better to do tomorrow please come celebrate with me while i’m here” She wrote on Facebook after receiving the award.
In 2012 the National Book Foundation named her a 5 under 35 honoree.
Congrats NoViolet Bulawayo!