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Multi-Generational Stories 

Wednesday, Feb 12 2014

When NoViolet Bulawayo's debut novel We Need New Names was shortlisted for last year's Guardian First Book Award, she introduced the excerpt it published with an explanation of what inspired the book: a series of photos of people displaced by a 2005 Zimbabwe government cleanup operation. The first image she saw was of a child sitting on the rubble of his bulldozed home. "I became obsessed with where the people would go, what their stories were, and how those stories would develop — and more importantly, what would happen to the kid in the first picture I saw. The writing project essentially became about finding out." Bulawayo tells the story through the perspective of a 10-year-old; for her efforts, she became the first black African woman and the first Zimbabwean to be shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. She joins WritersCorps students and teaching artists Roseli Ilano and harold terezón for the organization's third annual reading event, which showcases some of the fruits of their intergenerational community engagement.

Thu., Feb. 20, 6 p.m., 2014

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