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NoViolet Bulawayo Shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian First Book Award

We Need New NamesAlert! NoViolet Bulawayo has been shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award for her debut novel, We Need New Names. Bulawayo is one of five authors – four fiction and one non-fiction – chosen from the longlist of 11 to compete for the £10,000 prize.

The judges Susie Orbach, Rachel Cusk, Philip Hensher and Paul Mason will be naming a winner on 28 November 2013.

Congratulations and good luck to Bulawayo whose debut was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and selected by Junot Díaz for the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35″.

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The Booker-shortlisted novelist NoViolet Bulawayo is among five writers shortlisted for this year’s Guardian first book award.

Bulawayo’s We Need New Names joins three other novels and one non-fiction book on a list that showcases “vibrant, original new talents”, according to the chair of the judging panel, Lisa Allardice, the editor of Guardian Review. “The fiction ranges from the last hanging in 19th-century Iceland, to a thriller for the Facebook age and recession-hit Ireland, via NoViolet Bulawayo’s portrayal of post-independence Zimbabwe,” she said. The “pleasingly global line-up” includes authors from Australia, Egypt and Ireland.

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