Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi invites you to our virtual book talk series, featuring African Authors! With this series, we hope to offer a platform where African writers can engage a global audience, offering not just their work, but exciting perspectives on how personal, political, and cultural experiences drive their storytelling.
Our fourth book in this series is "House of Stone" by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, which is a story about the chronic turmoil of modern Zimbabwe whereby Abednego and Agnes Mlambo's teenage son, Bukhosi, went missing, and the Mlambos feared the worst...
House of Stone is a sweeping epic that spans the fall of Rhodesia through Zimbabwe's turbulent beginnings, exploring the persistence of the oppressed in a young nation seeking an identity, but built on forgetting.
Mshaï Mwangola, is an oraturist / performance scholar who uses the lens of culture in her work as an academic, artist and activist. She holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University (USA), a Masters of Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne (Australia) and a Bachelor of Education from Kenyatta University.
Mwangola chairs the Board of Uraia Trust, which is the biggest non-state facilitator of civic education in Kenya. A member of the Executive Committee of the Council of the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), she is also a founder-member of the intellectual collectives, The Elephantand The Orature Collective. Through the latter’s artistic arm, The Performance Collective, she co-facilitates the monthly Pointzero Bookcafé, which features public performances and conversations around literature.
Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is a 2020 Lannan Fiction Fellow and the author of the novel House of Stone, winner of a 2019 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award and the 2019 Bulawayo Arts Award for Outstanding Fiction and listed for the 2019 Orwell Prize, the 2019 Dylan Thomas Prize, the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize, and the 2020 Balcones Fiction Prize. She has been invited to give public lectures about House of Stone at Oxford University, the Nordic Africa Institute, and Vassar College. In 2017 she received the Rockefeller Foundation's prestigious Bellagio Center Literary Arts Residency. Her collection Shadows was published by Kwela in South Africa to critical acclaim and won the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize. Tshuma's writing has been featured in numerous journals and anthologies, most recently McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, and an issue of Ploughshares guest edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen. A native of Zimbabwe who has lived in South Africa and the United States, she serves on the editorial advisory board and is an editor at the Bare Life Review, a journal of refugee and immigrant literature based in San Francisco. She has taught fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and serves as an assistant professor of fiction at Emerson College.