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Namwali Serpell Books & Biography


Namwali Serpell was born in Zambia in 1980 and is associate professor of English at UC Berkeley. Her work has
appeared in Tin House, n + 1, McSweeney’s, The Believer, the
San Francisco Chronicle and the Guardian. She received
a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award; was selected as one of the Africa 39, a Hay Festival Project to identify the
39 best African writers under 40; appeared in The Best
American Short Stories 2009; was shortlisted for the Caine
Prize for African Writing in 2010, and won the Caine Prize
in 2015. On reading Jane Eyre, she says: “I first read it in
one long, fevered sitting that took me through the night to a
grey, rainy morning. It was 1995 and I was back in Zambia
for a year of secondary school. Perhaps that’s why my story
commingles these two versions of home: my country and the
wild landscape of letters into which I so often escape. Jane
has always seemed my spiritual double.”

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