Zuiswa Wanner was born in Zambia to a Zimbabwean mother and a South African father and currently lives in Kenya.
Zukiswa Wanner is the author of The Madams (2006), Behind Every Successful Man (2008) and Men of the South (2010). Men of the South was nominated for the 2010 Commonwealth Book Prize in the category Best Book Africa Region and won the South African Literary Award. Her latest novel, London, Cape Town, Joburg (2014), won the K.Sello Duiker Prize.
The author has also written two non-fictional books: Maid in SA: 30 Ways to Leave Your Madam (2013) and Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts (2018). Her work also includes children's books: Jama Loves Bananas (2011), Refilwe (2014) and Africa (A True Book: The Seven Continents) (2019). She has contributed to the African Children's Anthology Story Story Story Come (2018) and translated it into Shona. She is one of the authors of the new Anthology The New Daughters of Africa (2019).
Wanner was co-editor of the Africa-Asia anthology Behind the Shadows (2012) with the Indian writer Rohini Chowdhury and coordinated and edited the anthology African Young Adult Water Birds on the Lake Shore (2019).
In 2018 Zukiswa Wanner was a fellow of the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies. She was part of the jury for several literary awards, including the "Etisalat Prize for Fiction" in 2015 and "The Commonwealth Short Story Prize" in 2016, and has co-hosted the Caine Prize workshop with Sudanese writer and first Caine winner Leila Aboulela. In 2016 she was guest artist of the Danish International Visiting Artists Programme DIVA.
In Nairobi, Zukiswa Wanner initiated and curated a three-year artistic encounter at the Goethe-Institut. She also coordinates the Sub-Sahara-AfroYoung Adult project at the Goethe-Institut. Zukiswa Wanner is the founder of the Paivapo publishing house.
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