Witch Girl by Tanvi Bush was launched in a bookshop in Corsham, Wiltshire in the UK, and Emily Buchanan was able to be at the launch. Tanvi Bush, the author who grew up in Zambia, lives there now and is doing a PhD at the Bath Spa University. Click here to see some of the pictures that Emily took at the launch.
Here’s a recent review of Witch Girl by Emmeline Burdett on Disability Arts Online.
Through a unique blend of witchcraft, AIDS activism, religious extremism, Tanvi Bush weaves together a thrilling narrative with vivid descriptions and unforgettable characters in her first novel published by Modjaji Books.
Book reviewer Heather Sharfeddin recently interviewed Tanvi Bush for Colorado Review. Bush grew up in Lusaka, Zambia. She later studied in the UK, reading English and Theatre at Exeter University, then Film Production at the Northern School of Film and TV. In the late 1990s Tanvi set up the Willie Mwale Film Foundation in Zambia and was the producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary Choka!—Get Lost! (2001), about a gang of young HIV/AIDS orphans living on the streets of Lusaka. In 2010 Tanvi completed an MA in creative writing at Bath Spa University and is currently undertaking a PhD. She lives in Corsham, Wiltshire, with her guide dog, Grace.
To read an in-depth interview with Tanvi published in the Colorado Review, click here.
Heather Sharfeddin also reviews Witch Girl for the Colorado Review
From Zambian author Tanvi Bush comes the smooth-flowing tale of siblings orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic that swept through Africa beginning in the 1990s. The novel tells the heartbreaking story of a tenacious ten-year-old girl named Luse, whom we meet during her time on the streets of Lusaka. She is self-sufficient and pragmatic, a scavenger not above trickery to get what she needs to sustain herself and her little brother, Joshua. The novel beautifully captures the orphans’ daily struggle for life and the bonds they forge with other displaced children.
To read the full review, click here