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The 2017 Morland Writing Scholarship shortlist

Congratulations to all the writers shortlisted for the 2017 Morland Writing Scholarships, particularly those who have been published by amaBooks:Bryony Rheam  (Zimbabwe) (novel: This September Sun, short stories: 'The Queue' from Short Writings from Bulawayo; 'Something About Tea' from Short Writings from Bulawayo II; 'The Rhythm of Life' from Short Writings from Bulawayo III; 'Miss Parker and
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The 2017 Caine Prize Anthology in Zimbabwe

Just arrived from the printers - The Goddess of Mtwara - with stories from the five shortlisted for the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing and from the eleven writers from across Africa who attended the Caine Prize Writers' Workshop.
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Sudanese Author Wins 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing

Reproduced from https://publishingperspectives.com/2017/07/sudan-author-caine-prize-african-writing/The 2017 Caine Prize anthology, 'The Goddess of Mtwara and Other Stories', will be published by amaBooks in Zimbabwe in August 2017.IFrom Wasafiri and the Caine Prize: Bushra al-Fadil, whose inspirations include Stephen Hawking’s ‘A Brief History of Time,’ is cited for his ‘mode of perception.’By
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Why I Read by Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende

Reading is an addiction. I am a slave to words beautifully strung together in eloquent notes. Reading gives me a high akin to the ecstatic experience one might get from a good dance song. As the body winds itself around the rhythm and melody and finds freedom in the deep thud of the base, so my mind gluts itself on the highs and lows, the tension and the tranquility offered up in a deeply satisfying
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Bongani Kona, shortlisted Caine Prize writer from Zimbabwe, interviewed in the Daily News

This year’s Caine Prize anthology, The Daily Assortment of Astonishing Things has just been published in Zimbabwe for the local market by Bulawayo-based publisher, amaBooks.The publication of this collection, the fifth of the Caine anthologies published by amaBooks, the anthology, packed with accomplished story-telling, includes pieces by two Zimbabwean writers. NoViolet Bulawayo, who won the Caine
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Why I Read by Bongani Kona

Bongani Kona, photo courtesy of the Caine PrizeIn December 1999, as their final act before the turn of the millennium, TIME magazine published a special issue profiling the hundred most influential people of the 20th Century. I remember casually paging through the issue and being drawn by the brief entry on Philo T. Farnsworth, the man who invented television. What really caught my interest was not
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Caine Prize for African Writing 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing Winner, South African writer Lidudumalingani, for his short story, 'Memories We Lost'. A writer, filmmaker and photographer, Lidudumalingani was born in the Eastern Cape province in a village called Zikhovane. He’s currently based in Cape Town.His winning story, “Memories We Lost”, explores mental health through the relationship
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'Lusaka Punk', the 2015 Caine Prize anthology, reviewed in Harare News

Brian Chikwava - previous Caine Prize winnerEvery year local book lovers look forward to ’amaBooks Publishers latest anthology of short stories based on the Caine Prize for African writing. This year, the volume is named Lusaka Punk, after Zambian-born Efemia Chela’s story based on ‘teenage angst’ and a gap year spent in the internet cafés and night clubs of Lusaka. In all, there are 17 short
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Tendai Huchu, the Edinburgh Festival and the Literary Death Match

Tendai Huchu and his new novel The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician are featured in two events at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on Friday 28th August.At 11am, the 2014 Caine Prize shortlisted author will read from his new novel and discuss with Ellah Wakatama Allfrey how the heritage, traditions, and vibrancy of African storytelling continue to inspire and influence his writing in the
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Lusaka Punk, the 2015 Caine Prize Anthology, in Zimbabwe

Lusaka Punk and Other Stories, the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing anthology, has been published in Zimbabwe by 'amaBooks. It is available in Bulawayo from the National Gallery, Induna Arts, Orange Elephant and Book and Bean, and in Harare from the National Gallery, Avondale Bookshop and from Weaver Press.Now entering its sixteenth year, the Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa's leading
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Bryony Rheam Interviewed on Steppes in Sync

THIS KADOMA, ZIMBABWE-BORN NOVELIST, MOM OF TWO, TEACHES US THE VALUE OF NETWORKING EACH TIME SHE CROSSES INTRA-AFRICAN BORDERSMARCH 2, 2015 STEPPES IN SYNCNo one ever expects to actually know a writer. Well, not a good writer anyway. Writers are faraway people who sit in some distant land penning novels surrounded by the mists of secrecy. A writer is not your next door neighbour, nor your colleague
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Tendai Huchu interviewed, from www.b00kr3vi3ws.in

from http://www.b00kr3vi3ws.in/Tendai Huchu’s first novel, The Hairdresser of Harare, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim, and has been translated into German, French and Italian. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Manchester Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Interzone, Gutter, AfroSF, Wasafiri, Warscapes, The Africa Report, Kwani? and numerous other publications.
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Bryony Rheam: The Ake Festival 2014: Meeting Friends and Making Contacts

Africa is a big place.  Really big.  When you fly over it, you get a sense of its immenseness; everything from cities to mile upon mile of open ground.  In turn, it is easy to feel very small and insignificant, a mere dot on the landscape.As a writer in Africa, it is also easy to feel a sense of that aloneness.  I live in a small mining town called Solwezi in
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The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician reviewed in Gateway for Africa

From gatewayforafrica.comTendai Huchu announced his arrival on the literary scene with his novel The Hairdresser Of Harare, in his second offering, The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician he follows the precedent he set in his Caine Prize shortlisted story The Intervention by setting it in the diaspora.The setting is Scotland, Edinburgh; the plot revolves around the lives of three Zimbabwean
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Tendai Huchu's 'The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician' Published in Zimbabwe

Tendai Huchu's second novel has been published by 'amaBooks, and is available in outlets across Zimbabwe. It will soon be available elsewhere through the African Books Collective.Set mainly in the Scottish capital Edinburgh, The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician introduces us to the three Zimbabweans of the title who each struggle to find a place for themselves far from home and the world
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The Gonjon Pin reviewed

The Gonjon Pin and other stories - Tendai Huchu shortlisted for prestigious Caine Prize awardby Diana RodriguesA version of this review appeared in Harare NewsBefore you turn the first page of ’amaBooks  latest offering to the literary world, The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories, spare a thought for the distinguished panel of judges who will have taken time off from their full-time jobs to read
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Bryony Rheam at the 2014 Ake Festival

Zimbabwean writer Bryony Rheam will be one of the writers at this year's Ake Festival in Nigeria. Her debut novel, This September Sun, published by 'amaBooks in Zimbabwe, is a set text for 'A' level literature in English students in Zimbabwe and, last year, it topped the sales charts on Amazon in the United Kingdom. 'amaBooks have published the last three Caine Prize anthologies, African Violet, A
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Memory Chirere reviews The Gonjon Pin

Published by amaBooks of Zimbabwe and several other publishers, The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by African writers shortlisted for the Caine Prize 2014 and from the Caine Prize annual writing workshop held in Zimbabwe during the same year.On receiving this anthology just before the Harare launch, I quickly notice that it is a massively solid book. I am intimidated.
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Elle Magazine reviews The Gonjon Pin

How about first impressions? Do they still count? When it comes to short stories, especially the 2014 edition of The Caine Prize for African Writing, there are 17 introductions to stories, and therefore 17 first impressions. In total, 140 stories were submitted to make this, the 15th annual Caine Prize shortlist, which was announced by Nobel Prize winner and patron of the Caine Prize, Professor
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The Gonjon Pin launched in Harare

Harare’s Book Café attracted a capacity audience for the launch of the 2014 Caine Prize anthology, The Gonjon Pin, where four of the authors – Isabella Matambanadzo, Violet Masilo, Lawrence Hoba and Philani Nyoni – were in attendance to read from their work, sign copies of the book and to discuss issues relating to their writing and the Caine Prize.The authors responded to a variety of questions,
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Caine Prize anthologies as ebooks in Zimbabwe

The 2012, 2013 and 2014 Caine Prize anthologies - African Violet, A Memory This Size and The Gonjon Pin - are all available as ebooks in Zimbabwe through shop.mazwi.co. Also on the new website are other 'amaBooks titles by Pathisa Nyathi, Bryony Rheam, John Eppel, Christopher Mlalazi and others. More titles are to follow soon.
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The Gonjon Pin to be launched in Harare

The Gonjon Pin and other stories, the 2014 Caine Prize anthology, is to be launched in Harare at the Book Cafe, 139 Samora Machel, at 5.30pm on Thursday 14 August. All Welcome, Free Admission.The book features short stories from the winner of the 2104 prize, Kenya's Okwiri Oduor, from the other four shortlisted writers and from the twelve writers from across Africa who participated in the 2014 Caine
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The Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2014 and 'amaBooks

Lawrence Hoba with his copy of The Gonjon Pin 'amaBooks had a stand in Harare Gardens displaying their books as part of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2014.'Best sellers' at the stand were the books that were available for the first time in Harare - the 2014 Caine Prize Anthology The Gonjon Pin and the collection of stories and poems by students at King George VI School and Centre for Disabled
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amaBooks at ZIBF 2014

Caine Prize shortlisteesamaBooks will be at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2014, from Wednesday July 30 to Saturday  August 2. Titles on display at our stand will include, fresh from the printers, the new Caine Prize for African Writing anthology, The Gonjon Pin, which features seven Zimbabwean writers - Tendai Huchu (shortlisted for the 2014 Prize), Lawrence Hoba, Violet Masilo, Isabella
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The Caine Circus: Tendai Huchu

The circus is over, the gorilla is returned to his pen, the tents are folded and the pool bulldozed, drunk poets feast on chicken and a disembodied head crowns the queen of the fair. I really should stop here, but I have more to say, coz this Caine thing was super-dope. At the Caine Circus: Tendai Huchu,  Diane Awerbuck, Okwiri Oduor, Billy Kahora and Efemia Chela In The Ghastly
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The Caine Prize for African Writing: Offsetting the continental-diaspora deficit?

from: http://thisisafrica.me/lifestyle/caine-prize-african-writing-offsetting-continental-diaspora-deficit/The London-based Caine Prize for African Writing has been associated with the most exciting contemporary voices of African Literature. But the prize has typically favoured writers in the diaspora. Are things starting to change?Almost every aspiring and established African writer of English
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Okwiri Oduor wins the Caine Prize 2014

Okwiri Oduor and Novuyo Tshuma in NairobiKenyan writer Okwiri Oduor has won the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing, for her short story My Father's Head. The award was announced at a glittering event at the Bodleian Library in Oxford on Monday July 14. The Caine Prize, worth £10,000, is open to writers from anywhere in Africa for work published in English. Its focus is on the short story, reflecting
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2014 Caine Prize Shortlist includes Zimbabwe's Tendai Huchu

The Caine Prize 2014 shortlist, announced by Nobel laureate and prize patron Wole Soyinka in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, as part of the UNESCO World Book Capital celebrations, is Diane Awerbuck (SA), Efemia Chela (Ghana), Tendai Huchu (Zim), Billy Kahora (Kenya), Okwiri Oduor (Kenya).The stories by the shortlisted writers, together with those by the writers at the Caine Prize workshop recently
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A visit to St Werburgh school in the Bvumba, by Bryony Rheam

from:http://caineprize.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/a-visit-to-st-werburgh-school-in-bvumba.htmlThe Bvumba is a special place for me: as a child, my family spent many holidays there and I have lots of special memories of long walks through the jungly terrain, sitting next to a huge open fire in the evenings and watching the mist rise as the sun came up in the morning.  In 1981, we lived
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A Memory This Size: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2013

From: Harare News, Issue 9, April 2014Review by Tinashe MushakavanhuTinashe is a writer and editor. He read for a PhD in English at the University of KentThe quality of the Caine Prize anthologies is always mixed but the gift of the Caine Prize to Africa has been to create a platform to share the continent’s rich terrain of stories and contradictions. The book is in two sections. The first part comprises
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Caine Prize Workshop 2014: Interview With Writer, Tendai Huchu

Posted on March 27, 2014 by FUNGAI RUFARO MACHIRORIhttp://fungaineni.com/2014/03/27/caine-prize-2014-interview-with-writer-tendai-huchu/Fungai Machirori (FM): As a writer whose book was first published in Zimbabwe and is now being republished internationally, would you say there is a difference in sales/ professionalism/ marketing between Zimbabwe and the international space? If so, please explain.Tendai
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Caine Prize Workshop 2014: Interview with Director Lizzy Attree

from http://fungaineni.com Snippets of this interview appeared in an article published this week ahead of the Caine Prize for African Writing Workshop happening in Zimbabwe this year.Fungai Machirori (FM): Why is the Caine Prize returning to Zimbabwe? How was the decision arrived at?Lizzy Attree (LA): The Caine Prize has long wanted to hold a workshop in Zimbabwe and support Zimbabwean
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Perspectives on Zimbabwe’s literary scene as Caine Prize returns

by Fungai Machirori, in Voices of Africahttp://voicesofafrica.co.za/perspectives-zimbabwes-literary-scene-caine-prize-returns/It is 14 years since the inaugural Caine Prize for African Writing was awarded to Sudanese writer Leila Aboulela at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF). And while the fortunes for the Prize – one of the most prominent for African writing – have grown, the same has
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2013 Caine Prize for African Writing anthology, A Memory This Size, reviewed

Diaspora writers dominating the Caine PrizeBy Rob GaylardA feature of this year's Caine Prize collection of stories, A Memory this Size and Other Stories (Jacana in South Africa, 'amaBooks in Zimbabwe), is the prominence of what one might call diasporic stories, such as Tope Folarin's prize-winning story, Miracle. Given the salience of novels like Brian Chikwava's Harare North and NoViolet Bulawayo's
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A Memory This Size: The Caine Prize Anthology 2013 reviewed

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold,” said WB Yeats in his poem The Second Coming, his words famously echoed in the title of Chinua Achebe’s groundbreaking 1958 novel. But does the centre still hold? Is Western tradition still the centre, for literature, after all?At first inspection – and bearing in mind that NoViolet Bulawayo’s Booker-nominated We Need New Names and
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A Memory This Size: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2013 reviewed in the Financial Gazette

Kaleidoscope Of Adventures, Experiences From AfricaDiana Rodrigues 3 Oct 2013Fame may be the spur for many of Zimbabwe’s aspiring and established writers, but the Caine Prize for African Writing offers winning authors not only book readings, book signings and press releases, but prize money worth GBP10 000. The first prize giving ceremony for this prestigious award took place in Harare
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NoViolet Bulawayo comes home

NoViolet Bulawayo comes home to Bulawayo to launch her debut novel We Need New Names.The launch will take place on Tuesday 17 September at 5.30pm at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. The event has been organised and supported by 'amaBooks Publishers, British Council Zimbabwe, Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo and Bulawayo Agenda. All are welcome to attend the launch, there is no
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amaBooks in Kenya for a Feast of Literature


In June, we, Jane Morris and Brian Jones, the two directors of ’amaBooks, a small independent publisher based in Bulawayo, visited the bustling city of Nairobi, to participate in a workshop for those involved in promoting literature, as well as a series of literary events.
Luckily when we arrived we didn’t have to battle through rush-hour traffic as this is a foolhardy pursuit
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The Caine Prize Anthology 2013 - A Memory This Size - published in Zimbabwe

'amaBooks has co-published the 2013 Caine Prize anthology. A Memory This Size, with six other African publishers - Jacana Media in South Africa, Cassava Republic in Nigeria, Kwani? in Kenya, FEMRITE in Uganda, Sub-Saharan Publishers in Ghana and Bookworld in Zambia - and with New Internationalist in the United Kingdom. The winner of the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing was Tope Folarin of Nigeria
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African Violet: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2012 to be discussed at the Harare Book Cafe

The Book Club @ Book Café in Harare will next meet on Tuesday 16 July at 6 pm to discuss African Violet. Please come along, even if you haven't read the book, and even if you haven't come to the book club before.For information please call 0864 406 6015Venue: Book Cafe 139 Samora Machel Ave, corner 6th Street, HarareWhat is this book club about ?Books are better appreciated when we're able
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Coming soon to Zimbabwe - the Caine Prize anthology 2013

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Telling Zim story through literature

 from Daily News. Sunday May 19, 2013BULAWAYO‑BASED co‑director of amaBooks Publishers Brian Jones believes they have made a contribution to Zimbabwe's literature industry for the past decade despite a decade of economic hardships in the country.AmaBooks is one of the few publishing houses in the country that have given space to both upcoming and established writers and the
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African Writing? Colonial Legacies…Ambivalence, Gratitude

Melissa Tandiwe Myambo was shortlisted for the 2012 Caine Prize for African Literature with her short story La Salle de Depart. African Violet and Other Stories, the Caine Prize for African Writing 2012, which contains Melissa's story, is published in Zimbabwe by 'amaBooks.Several months ago, Panorama Magazine asked me to write about my trip to the UK as one of the writers shortlisted for the 2012
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Caine Prize Judges announced

The judges of this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing have been announced. The panel will be chaired by art historian and broadcaster Dr Gus Casely-Hayford. He will be joined by award-winning Nigerian-born artist, Sokari Douglas Camp; author, columnist and Lord Northcliffe Emeritus Professor at UCL, John Sutherland; Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, Professor Nathan Hensley and the
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African Violet reviewed in the Financial Gazette

African Violet and other stories'amaBooks, 228 pp., 2012, 978-0-7974-5069-1 Africa’s leading literary prize, the Caine Prize for African Writing, was won this year by Rotimi Babatunde from Nigeria, for his short story ‘Bombay’s Republic’. Besides receiving GBP10, 000, Babatunde will take up a month’s residence at Georgetown University Washington DC,
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amaBooks at the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo 2012

Thursday 20 September at 5.30pm at the National Gallery in BulawayoOpening of the Intwasa Visual Arts Exhibition, where copies of African Violet, the Caine Prize 2012 anthology, will be available. 'amaBooks will also be involved in the launch of Shadows, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma's debut novel, during the opening. Free admission.Friday 21 September at 2.30pm at the Bulawayo Large City HallSong of the
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2012 Caine Prize anthology published in Zimbabwe

'amaBooks are delighted to have published African Violet, the 2012 Caine Prize anthology, joining other African publishers Cassava Republic in Nigeria, Jacana Media in South Africa, FEMRITE in Uganda, Sub-Saharan Publishers in Ghana, Bookworld Publishers in Zambia and Kwani? in Kenya in their commitment to making good stories from Africa available to be read across the African continent. The book
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The Caine Prize, the Tragic Continent, and the Politics of the Happy African Story

Written by Carmen McCain in the Weekly Trust, 12 May 2012 (reproduced by permission)http://weeklytrust.com.ng/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9239&catid=57&Itemid=154On 23 April 2012, the chair of judges for the Caine Prize for African Writing, British-Nigerian writer Bernadine Evaristo wrote a blog post about selecting the soon to be released short-list:
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A Caine Prize Diary, by Tolu Ogunlesi

A Caine Prize diaryJuly 23, 2011 06:41AMhttp://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Next/ArtsandCulture/Books/5734779-147/story.cspAn intimately-laid-out setting awaited me when I walked into the 17th centuryOld Schools Quadrangle of Oxford's Bodleian Library, on Monday July 11, for the 2011 Caine Prize dinner. There were fourteen numbered tables, each seating eight or so persons, and all buzzing with small talk
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Bulawayo writer wins 2011 Caine Prize

NoViolet Bulawayo wins 'African Booker'(From http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jul/12/noviolet-bulawayo-caine-prize) £10,000 Caine prize goes to story by Bulawayo writer Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo has won major African literary award, the Caine prize, for her short story about a starving gang of children from a shanty town. Bulawayo's Hitting Budapest tells the story of six children
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