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Video: NoViolet Bulawayo Reads from We Need New Names at 5 Under 35 (Plus: Intro by Junot Díaz)

We Need New NamesLast year, NoViolet Bulawayo was selected by Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz as one of the American National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35″ for her debut novel, We Need New Names. Bulawayo, along with the four other selected authors, Molly Antopol, Amanda Coplin, Daisy Hildyard and Merritt Tierce, was invited to read from her novel at the 5 Under 35 event.

Introducing Bulawayo, Diaz recalls receiving an early draft of one of the chapters from the Man Booker shortlisted We Need New Names: “I knew with a foresight that has never returned that this work and this writer were going to blow up in a thousand different ways.”

“It is a magnificent novel, so alive with what is human and true that one can hardly, barely credit it,” Diaz continued. Bulawayo then read an excerpt from the part of the book set in America:

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