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An interview with NoViolet Bulawayo
March 05, 2013
do you think you learned to tell a story?
was raised on orature – all around me people just told stories
like it was breathing, but it was really my late grandmother, Gog’NaEdeni
who sat us down to stories every night as kids, and my pops, who
shared his mother’s love for story, who really made an impact.
Without those two I doubt I’d be the kind of writer I am today.
you ever stolen a book?
a book, I stole like, books as a kid. I know how it sounds, but
how else was I supposed to get them, through prayer? I mean nobody
was trying to buy me books, and the libraries, besides being far,
had a lousy limit of two books at a time, which didn’t work
for me at all coz I was a voracious reader. Thankfully my thievery
stopped around high school but of course by then my love affair
with books had turned into a marriage.
was the last place you went that changed your perspective on travel?
summer I visited Arusha, Tanzania, where I was fortunate enough
to connect with a local who saved me from doing the usual touristy
thing. I hung out with locals my whole time there and I saw a different
side of the country that I wouldn’t otherwise have had access
to. I didn’t need the use of my camera for instance, but I
heard real stories from real people and it was special connecting
on that level. When I travel I want to be able to tell stories about
the people I met, not just describe the things I see.
were in a band what would it be called?
your favourite bookshop?
Buffalo Books in Ithaca, NY.
could cross over into another artistic genre, what would it be?
know why you do it?
For humanity, always.
are you working on now?
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