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Zapiro and Wilbur Smith Make the CNA "Book of the Year" Shortlist

Pirates of PolokwaneAssegaiAlert! Of the twelve books to make the shortlist for the rebranded CNA “Book of the Year” award, two are from African pens: Zapiro’s Pirates of Polokwane and Wilbur Smith’s Assegai.

The prize used to be called the CNA Award, of course, and it used to be for SA Lit, but times have changed. Radically. Last year’s winner was The Secret. Seriaas.

Zapiro and Smith are up against ten heavy-hitting international best-selling authors, one of whom recently took his kids to Ghana. To wit:

The first, second and third prizes winners will be announced on Tuesday 28 July. They receive (drumroll please…) big framed certificates. Probably wise to keep it low-keyish, though; after all, what kind of cheque are you going to give the likes of James Patterson, should he win? Good luck to the local boys – especially Mr Z!

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Recent comments:

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    July 29th, 2009 @09:13 #

    Neither Zapiro nor Smith made it into the CNA Book of the Year top three. Awards were held last night at a CNA shop in Joburg, and the winners were:

    1. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
    2. The Shack by William P Young
    3. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    July 29th, 2009 @09:14 #

    Whoops - I guess that should be "Stephenie Meyer".

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    July 29th, 2009 @10:37 #

    How imaginative. How original. How painfully expected.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Kathryn</a>
    July 29th, 2009 @11:05 #

    What a waste of a brand - they could be the Wimpy of book stores. (that's some very expensive insight that i just popped in there for fun y'hear).

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sarah Lotz</a>
    Sarah Lotz
    July 29th, 2009 @11:25 #

    They are just missing a Dan Brown. SIGH. Am quite depressed now.


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