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NoViolet Bulawayo. Image from Etisalat.

NoViolet Bulawayo has been honoured with San Francisco State University’s 2018 Gina Berriault Award for Fiction. She received the Award in an April 9 event in the university themed “An Evening with NoViolet Bulawayo” and co-presented by 14 Hills Press.

Here is what she wrote on Facebook:

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.

It has been quite a while since we last heard from NoViolet. Her last publication is the short story “His Middle Name Was Not Jesus” (2016) in Granta, which made our best pieces of 2016 list. Late last year, though, the former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University was visible on social media advocating for Reading Zimbabwe, a digital initiative to promote knowledge in her country.

NoViolet, whose real name is Elizabeth Tshele, 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 so honoured. The novel also received the Etisalat Prize for Literature, the Los Angeles Times‘ Art Seibendaum Award, and the Hemmingway Foundation/PEN Award.

Congratulations to NoViolet Bulawayo!

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, literary journalist, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Transition, and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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