Award-winning African author to visit Georgetown

The University’s Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice will invite Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo for a month-long residency after she won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing on Tuesday.

The £10,000 Caine Prize, considered one of Africa’s leading literary prizes, was first awarded in 2000. It is named in memory of Sir Michael Caine, who started the Man Booker Prize in order to recognize quality fiction from the British Commonwealth, Ireland, and Zimbabwe. Since 2007, the Lannan Center has invited the winner of the Caine Prize to a month-long residency.

Her prize-winning story [PDF], ”Hitting Budapest,” follows the narrative of a group of shanty town children that scour a wealthy neighborhood looking for food.

“The real story is in the issues,” NoViolet told SW Radio Africa. “Issues like what happens when two different worlds – rich and poor – meet in problematic ways: innocence and the loss of it, violence, humanity and the lack of it.”

Bulawayo was selected from a shortlist of entries submitted by writers South Africa, Botswana, and Uganda.

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