Novuyo Tshuma


Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s first novel, House of Stone (W. W. Norton 2019), won the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award and the Bulawayo Arts Award for Outstanding Fiction, and was listed for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Balcones Fiction Prize and the Rathbones Folio Prize. Tshuma has lectured on House of Stone at the University of Oxford in England, the Nordic Africa Institute in Sweden, and Vassar College in New York. Shadows, her novella and short story collection (Kwela Books, South Africa 2013) won the Herman Charles Bosman Prize and was listed for the Etisalat Prize for Literature. Tshuma’s second novel about astronomy and science, Digging Stars (“nuanced yet explosive” – The New York Times, “virtuosic” – Garth Greenwell, “utterly remarkable” – Chigozie Obioma) was published by W. W. Norton in September 2023. The recipient of honors including a 2017 Bellagio Center Literary Arts Residency and a 2020 Lannan Foundation Fiction Fellowship, Tshuma has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is an Assistant Professor of Fiction at Emerson College.