Novuyo Rosa Tsuma will be making appearances at the Goethe-Institut, Macondo Literary Festival and a Meet The Readers session in Nairobi on September 26th and 29th, 2019.
Novuyo Rosa Tsuma came to the attention of the Southern African literary scene when her short story You in Paradise won the Intwasa Short Story Competition (now the Yvonne Vera Award for Short Fiction) in 2009. Her Kwela Books published novella Shadows (2013) won the Herman Charles Bosman Prize and was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2014 (now the 9mobile Prize for Literature).
She followed the novella up with House of Stone (2018), a novel set during the Gukurahundi, a series of massacres of Ndebele civilians carried out by the Zimbabwe National Army from early 1983 to late 1987. It has won the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2019 and been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2019 and the Dylan Thomas Prize 2019.
Residents of Nairobi have a rare opportunity to interact with the Zimbabwean writer as she comes into town next week. Here are details of the three official events she will be attending;
Thursday, September 26, 3-5pm: Meet The Author with Bookish people, Sarit Centre.
On Thursday, Novuyo will be at the Text Book Centre at the Sarit Centre in Nairobi to meet with our good friends Bookish People who you might remember hosting Peter Kimani recently. Fans get to have a conversation with one of the most popular writers from Zimbabwe and have their books signed. If you don’t have her book, you can buy it there.
Thursday, September 26, 6-8pm: Literary Crossroads with Anne Moraa, Goethe-Institut.
The Literary Crossroads Series brings together African writers on the continent and from the diaspora to discuss contemporary trends and themes in literature. In this edition, Anne Moraa (Kenya) and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Zimbabwe) will engage the audience in an evening of prose and poetry.
Sunday, September 29, 4-5pm: Macondo literary festival, Kenya National Theatre
The Macondo Literary Festival happens next weekend at the Kenya National Theatre from Friday, September 27- Sunday September 29. Novuyo Rosa Tsuma will be in a session moderated by Dr Tom Odhiambo alongside novelist Dina Salústio on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm. Their topic of discussion will be “Women in African histories: History (telling) is defined by the victor. While victors are overwhelmingly male, where are women in African history: As historical figures and as writers?”
If you are available on either of these two days, I recommend you make some time to meet our awesome sister from Zimbabwe.