NoViolet Bulawayo grew up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Her first novel, We Need New Names, was shortlisted for the 2013 Booker Prize.
Her debut novel was also nominated for the Guardian First Book Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and won a Betty Trask Award, Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, the Etisalat Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She has also won the Caine Prize for African Writing and a National Book Award’s ‘5 Under 35’. NoViolet earned her MFA at Cornell University and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she taught fiction.