Zimbabwe Writer NoViolet Bulawayo's Novel "Glory" Shortlisted For The Booker Prize 2022

In 2013, NoViolet Bulawayo's debut novel was shortlisted for the same award and almost ten years later, her latest effort, Glory is a finalist for The Booker Prize 2022

Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo's book titled Glory is among the final six books written by different authors from around the world, whose novels made it to the shortlist for this year's prestigious Booker Prize. 

"Glory" was named the most anticipated book of 2022 by Vulture, Buzzfeed, and Oprah Daily earlier this year, when it was published.

NoViolet Bulawayo
NoViolet Bulawayo
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As we previously reported back in July, the US-based Zimbabwe writer Elizabeth Zandile Tshele who goes by the pen name NoViolet Bulawayo made it through the preliminary round of 13 authors whose books were initially announced in the running for the 50,000 pounds ($57,000) Booker Prize for fiction.

NoViolet Bulawayo's book, Glory along with Small Things Like These written by Ireland's Claire Keegan,  Treacle Walker by English author Alan Garner, The Trees by American writer Percival Everett, The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida which was written by Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka and Oh William! written by American novelist Elizabeth Strout was announced as this year's finalist. The winner will be crowned next month on the 17th of October at a ceremony in London.

NoViolet Bulawayo was in the country last month on a mini Glory book reading tour.

NoViolet Bulawayo's debut novel, We Need New Names, was shortlisted for the 2013 Booker Prize and almost ten years later, Glory was shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2022. 

This is great news for Zimbabwean female writers as Tsitsi Dangarembga was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize For Fiction and Petina Gappah was appointed Judge for this year's International Booker Prize.

Read an extract from Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo here.

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