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Wenners van die 2014 kykNET-Rapport Boekpryse aangekondig – “Boeke maak saak”

Die eerste kykNET-Rapport Boekpryse is “meer as welkom” verklaar deur alle betrokke partye tydens ‘n intieme prysuitdelingsfunksie waar die wenboeke aangekondig is by die Westin Hotel in Kaapstad.

Wolf, WolfDie oorlog kom huis toe’n Ander mens

 
Eben Venter, wenner van die Fiksieprys vir sy roman Wolf Wolf, het in sy toespraak genoem dat hy onlangs ‘n loopbaanskuif gemaak het – hy staan nie meer agter die kospotte in Melbourne nie – en het dus nie geweet hoe hy sy volgende boek sou finansier nie. “Hierdie prys is die cherry op die koek vir my,” het hy vlugtig in ‘n onderhoud aan Bravo TV gesê. Venter het genoem dat hy met die skryf van hierdie boek agter gekom het dat hy besig is met temas wat baie na is aan sy eie vlees en been, maar hy het homself vryheid gegee om voort te gaan daarmee. Hy het diegene verantwoordelik vir die R200 000 belastingvrye-tjek wat nou in sy sak is, hartlik bedank vir die erkenning van sy werk. Louise Viljoen, een van die beoordelaars van hierdie kategorie, het beklemtoon dat Wolf Wolf nog lank ‘n impak gaan maak op Afrikaanse letterkunde.

Bill Nasson en Albert Grundling, gesamentlike wenners van die Nie-fiksieprys vir Die oorlog kom huis toe, het hul medewerkers en uitgewer bedank en vir kykNET en Rapport uitgesonder vir die enorme eer wat hul aangedoen is.

Kerneels Breytenbach het ter bekendstelling van die prys vir die mees filmiese roman genoem dat die visuele aspekte van ‘n roman dikwels misgekyk word wanneer belonings uitgedeel word. Hierdie prys poog om boeke wat goed sal werk op die silwerskerm ‘n hupstoot te gee. “‘n Rolprent is afhanklik van ‘n aangrypende storie,” het Herman Binge, een van die beoordelaars, gesê en Zirk van den Berg, nog moeg na sy lang vlug van Nieu-Seeland, geluk gewens dat sy boek dit in ‘n merkwaardige mate regkry. Van den Berg se boek is nie net verhaalgedrewe nie, maar ook karaktergedrewe, het Binge genoem en gesê hy sien reeds dié woorde op die rolprentplakaat: “Niemand gaan jou kry nie, want ek gaan jou vermoor”.

Van den Berg het ’n Ander mens al tien jaar gelede geskryf en is dus aangenaam verras dat juis hierdie boek van hom só ‘n prys ontvang, het hy heel verbaar gesê.

Hettie Scholtz, sameroeper van die kykNET-Rapport Boekpryse, het ter afsluiting genoem: “Hierdie pryse is ‘n manier om te sê boeke maak saak. Skrywers maak saak. En dan dat die intellektuele hoogvlug steeds gekoester moet word.”

Helené Prinsloo (@helenayp) het regstreeks vanaf die geleentheid getwiet:


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Die wenners van die nuwe kykNET-Rapport Boekpryse is aangekondig by ’n middagete in die Westin Hotel in Kaapstad op Vrydag, 21 November 2014.

Drie kontantpryse met ’n gesamentlike waarde van R500 000 is toegeken aan die volgende boeke wat in 2013 verskyn het:

Alle uitgewerye wat boeke in Afrikaans publiseer, is genooi om boeke voor te lê. Uitgewers is gevra om in die fiksiekategorie boeke voor te lê wat in tema die nuwe aandurf, in taalgebruik die reikwydte van Afrikaans vergroot, in diepgang meer as een lesing inhou, en wat die groot gesprek van die Afrikaanse en wêreldletterkunde verder voer op ’n manier wat die geïnteresseerde leser nie agterlaat nie.

In die niefiksiekategorie is hulle gevra om boeke voor te lê wat noodsaaklike leesstof is vir die verbreding van ons begrip van die wêreld, boeke wat spreek van grasie en empatie, of andersyds, wat die onwillige begryper skok tot nuwe insig. Boeke wat kan saamgesels met die beste in die wêreld.

Wat die filmkategorie betref, moes dit gepubliseerde romans met potensiaal om verwerk te word in ’n draaiboek wees, verhale met ’n sterk narratief, veelkantige en veral onthoubare karakters en, uit die aard van die Suid-Afrikaanse rolprentbedryf, dié wat kommersieël vatbaar sou wees.

Uit ’n oes van 54 voorleggings het die volgende skrywers die kortlyste gehaal:

 

ValsrivierKlimtolWolf, Wolf

 
FIKSIE

 

Die Oorlog Kom Huis ToeHere en boereOnder die radar

 
NIEFIKSIE

 

Oor 'n motorfiets, 'n zombiefliek en lang getalle wat deur elf gedeel kan wordScore my 'n gwai’n Ander mens

 
FILM

 

Die beoordelaars wat voor moeilike keuses gestel is in die besonder sterk kortlys, was prof Thys Human van Noordwes-Universiteit, prof Louise Viljoen van Universiteit Stellenbosch, prof Steward van Wyk van die Universiteit van Wes-Kaapland en regisseur Gerrit Schoonhoven in die fiksiekategorie. In die niefiksiekategorie het prof Herman Wasserman van die Universiteit van Kaapstad, Irna van Zyl van New Media, Mike van Graan van die African Arts Institute en Herman Binge van Lion’s Head Productions behoorlik kopgekrap oor die voorleggings vir niefiksie. Besluite oor voorleggings in die filmkategorie is geneem deur Herman Binge en Gerrit Schoonhoven.

Hierdie pryse is ’n belegging in Afrikaanse skrywers en letterkunde, ’n afdeling van die kunste wat ons land se kultuur onmeetbaar verryk. In ’n tyd waarin die voortbestaan van die boek op alle kontinente kommer wek, stroom die Afrikaanse inskrywings vir 2015 se toekennings reeds in.

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Robyn Sassen Reviews Six Drawing Lessons by William Kentridge

Six Drawing LessonsVerdict: carrot

“I think of myself as an artist making drawings even when the charcoal is replaced by an ink word,” William Kentridge states in the thick of his Six Drawing Lessons (Harvard University Press), an extraordinarily elegant book, bound in linen with a dust cover of acetate.

The only book in the current spate of Kentridge publications that has been penned by the artist himself, this is not quite a book: it’s an art work. It’s a repository for film and orchestral interjections. It’s a playing field where words are tossed hither and yon, sometimes falling into logical sequence. Sometimes not.

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Fiction Friday: Diane Awerbuck’s New Short Story Day Africa-winning Story (Plus: Cover Reveal!)

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Diane Awerbuck

Short Story Day Africa has organised a special treat for us this Fiction Friday: Diane Awerbuck’s winning story from the new SSDA anthology, Terra Incognita, and a cover reveal!

Awerbuck was announced as this year’s Short Story Day Africa winner last Friday, for her short story “Leatherman”, which judges Richard de Nooy, Samuel Kolawole and Jared Shurin called “dark, twisted and visceral”. You can read the full story below.

But before you do, feast your eyes on this year’s anthology cover, which was designed by Nick Mulgrew.

SSDA Terra Incognita cover

Mulgrew says: “I’d like to say that the design is about subverting colonial cartographic tropes, and as well as about undermining ideas of Africa as a dark, impenetrable continent, in order to reclaim and reposition them in a more modern, Afrofuturist context – and, sure, it is about that – but mostly I think it just looks nice.”

We’re delighted to announce that Short Story Day Africa has joined the Books LIVE community. Read more about the design of the cover on their blog at SSDA.bookslive.co.za.

Read Awerbuck’s story:

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Winners of the 2014 Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards Announced

Nekhavhambe Khalirendwe and Zukiswa Pakama

The Maskew Miller Longman Awards prizegiving was held on Thursday, 13 November, at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. These awards are some of the few that recognise literature in all of South Africa’s official languages, and the only ones that weigh all 11 languages equally, thus developing literature and encouraging a love of reading.

The keynote address was delivered by Sindiwe Magona, the author of To My Children’s Children, From Robben Island to Bishopscourt, and many more. She said she was honoured to be asked to speak at the event, adding that awards such as this are vital for authors who write in indigenous languages, because without publication authors have no voice. Magona also added that schoolbook publication is particularly vital for indigenous language writers.

Magona congratulated the winners and the finalists, saying even to be among the frontrunners is a great honour. She encouraged the winners to keep writing, and be selfish about their time for writing because “it is a sacred undertaking”. She ended off by restating the importance of reading the classics in all languages, and then going forward from there to break new ground.

Each year a different genre is selected for the awards; this year being drama. Of the 117 entries recieved, 74 percent were in African languages. Winners were announced in seven language categories, and each winner was awarded R10 000, and finalists recieved R3 500. Seven winning entries were published by Pearson this year.

The first prize winners:

Cecilia du Toit, for the Afrikaans drama BFF
Nakanjani Sibiya, for the IsiZulu drama Ngikuthanda ukhona lapho
Charmaine Kendal, for the English drama Doorways
Phillip Mothupi, for the Sepedi drama Ga le batswadi ba selo
Conny Masocha Lubisi, for the Xitsonga drama Ya Raha!
Nekhavhambe Khalirendwe, for the Tshivenda drama Ganuko a li vhuisi tshalo
Madoda Mlokoti, for the IsiXhosa drama Inzala YamaRhamba

The finalists:

Stephen Finn, for the English drama The Club
Zukiswa Pakama, for the IsiXhosa drama Lumka Ntombazana Kunzima
Zamokwakhe Mkhize, for the IsiZulu drama Emakhazeni
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho, for the Tshivenda drama Nwananga Nandi

The prize winners are a diverse crowd. There is a teacher, a university academic, and a man who left school in standard three. There are a number of experienced authors, as well as a few who have never been published before.

Read more about the authors and their plays:

MML Literature Awards 2014 Biographies and Synopses

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Erin Devenish (@ErinDevenish811) tweeted from the event using #livebooks:


 

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Don’t Miss Kerry Hammerton Reading from Her New Collection, The Weather Report, at Off the Wall in Cape Town

 
These are the Lies I Told YouKerry Hammerton, the author of These are the Lies I Told You, has released a new collection of poetry: The Weather Report.

The Weather Report was launched at the 2014 McGregor Poetry Festival.

For those who missed it, or for those who would like to see more from Hammerton, the author will be performing at an Off the Wall poetry event in Cape Town. The event will be at 8 PM on Monday, 24 November, at At Touch of Madness in Observatory.

Both The Weather Report and These are the Lies I Told You will be on sale at the event. Alternatively, The Weather Report can be purchased directly from the author for R100 (email the author for details) or with the Books LIVE Book Finder.

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Karina M Szczurek Reviews Dying in New York and White Wahala by Ekow Duker

Dying in New YorkWhite WahalaVerdict: carrot with criticism

White Wahala is populated by exaggerated characters whose outrageous actions and the dubious reasoning behind them take us to the heart of the misunderstandings and fears we encounter in everyday life as South Africans of all backgrounds. Ekow Duker’s take on the present state of the country has the potential to generate a lot of debate. It is impossible to remain neutral towards the story. My own personal response was a mix of incredulity and anger.

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Win One of Four Books LIVE/Exclusive Books Christmas Hampers!

Get Wrapped Up

Ho ho ho! Books LIVE and Exclusive Books are giving away some fantastic hampers of books, just in time for Christmas!

The books have all been carefully selected from the Exclusive Books 2014 Christmas catalogue.

We’ve put together a Children’s hamper, a Fiction/Non-fiction hamper, a Business hamper and an Afrikaans hamper – and you’re welcome to enter all four.

See the selections, and enter by filling in the form below. Good luck!

LocomotiveThe Story MachineKicking a BallArchie Greene and the Magician's Secret

Die land van die groot woordfabriekDie kat kom kuierGroen ham en eiersO, die wêreld lê oop vir jou!

Children’s Hamper:

Locomotive by Brian Floca
The Story Machine by Tom McLaughlin
Kicking a Ball by Allan Ahlberg
Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret by DD Everest
Die land van die groot woordfabriek deur Agnes de Lestrade en Valeria Docampo
Die kat kom kuier deur Dr Seuss
Groen ham en eiers deur Dr Seuss
O, die wêreld lê oop vir jou! deur Dr Seuss

Desert GodThousand Autumns Of Jacob De ZoetCloud AtlasBurger's DaughterA Man of Good Hope

Fiction/Non-fiction Hamper:

Desert God by Wilbur Smith
A Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Burgers Daughter by Nadine Gordimer
A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg

The FirmIntel TrinityDiamonds Gold And WarWar

Business Hamper:

The Firm by Duff McDonald
The Intel Trinity by Michael S Malone
Diamonds, Gold and War by Martin Meredith
War: What Is It Good For? by Ian Morris

Wat praat jy!150 StoriesEk is my breinBallade vir ’n enkeling

Afrikaans Hamper:

Wat Praat Jy! deur Johanna de Wet
150 Stories by Nataniël
Ek is my brein: Van baarmoeder tot Alzheimer by Dick Swaab
Ballade vir ’n enkeling by Leon van Nierop

Enter the competition:

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Terms and conditions
The competition is open only to those who can receive the prize at a South African shipping address that is not a post box. The competition closes on 7 December, 2014.
By entering this competition the participant agrees to the terms and conditions. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
The prize will be delivered to the competition winner via registered post. The prize may not be exchanged for cash.
Winners are chosen by random draw. Winners will be contacted directly by Exclusive Books.
The winner may be required to participate in publicity.
Employees or agencies of Books LIVE and Exclusive Books or their family members, or anyone else connected with the Prize Draw, may not enter the competition.
Books LIVE and Exclusive Books accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Prize Draw or accepting the prize. Books LIVE and Exclusive Books further disclaim liability for any injury or damage to your or any other person relating to or resulting from participation in connection with the Prize Draw.
Books LIVE and Exclusive Books shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control.

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Karina M Szczurek Reviews Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex by Emma Sadleir and Tamsyn de Beer

Don't Film Yourself Having Sex: and Other Legal Advice For the Age of Social MediaVerdict: carrot

For many of us the internet is an integral part of our everyday reality. Accessible and highly entertaining, Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex is a must-read in the digital age, especially if you have children or are planning to marry Kate Winslet.

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  • Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex: and Other Legal Advice For the Age of Social Media by Emma Sadleir and Tamsyn de Beer
    EAN: 9780143538943
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Gert van der Westhuizen resenseer Die Boereoorlog deur Martin Bossenbroek

Die BoereoorlogUitspraak: wortel

Ons het dalk al baie van dié stories gehoor, soos Reitz se wedervaringe en Churchill se “avonture”, maar nie uit Bossenbroek se unieke Nederlandse perspektief nie. Hy bewys net weer die waarde van ’n professionele historikus se weloorwoë oordeel oor dít wat in die verlede gebeur het; iets wat baie verfrissend is as jy onlangs blootgestel is aan ’n boek wat glo Boereoorlog-mites wou ontbloot, maar verval het in histeriese en onhistoriese kroegargumente.

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Dineke Volschenk resenseer Die stormsee swyg deur Annemarie J Pieterse

Die stormsee swygUitspraak: houtwortel

Annemarie J. Pieterse skryf al baie jare en het sekerlik haar aanhangers. Sy het ’n lang lys romans op haar kerfstok, soos Wraak van die Kwamanebo, Lokstem van die moeras, Lied van die woestynduif, om net ’n paar te noem. Sy is duidelik bedrewe in hierdie genre en sy glo onwrikbaar in ware liefde. Dat dit ’n naïewe en vals portret van menseverhoudings is, is van min belang.

Lesers wat selfs net ’n effens meer verwikkelde beeld wil hê, moet wegbly van dié roman. Die storie is net te suikersoet om regtig romanties te wees.

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