Author long-listed for Booker and Guardian prizes says her father’s ‘master story-telling’ led her into the world of wordsZimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo launched her novel, We Need New Names, long-listed for the prestigious Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Awardto a gathering of about 100 people in her home country ahead of a busy schedule that sees her attending a host of high level literary festivals in the coming weeks.In front of an audience made up of old high school friends and close family members – including sisters, cousins, nephews and nieces, Bulawayo paid special tribute to her 74-year-old father, Noel Tshele, who she praised as a “master storyteller” with an engaged relationship to language which has influenced her own foray into the world of telling stories.”When I look in the mirror of my writer identity, I not only see myself, but I also see his shadow hovering there somewhere,” she said before asking him to stand up to applause from the audience. “In essence, I am because he is. And I am absolutely lucky to be his daughter and to have received all the gifts that he came with.”Earlier in the year, Bulawayo returned to Zimbabwe for …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books