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2010 Jan Rabie Rapport and Via Afrika Literary Awards Shortlists

PlaasmoordSwartskaapTroos vir die gebrokenes


Santa GamkaVerbeel jou dis somerLoad-sheddingWederkoms'n Vurk in die padReisigerAlf KumaloDie Verdere Avonture Van Wilde WillemientjieIn a House, In a HouseIn the Never-Ever WoodBalaclava BoyKaptein HamerkophaaiThe Bird of HeavenImprendehoraSmall Moving PartsThe Elephant in the Room

Alert! The shortlists for this year’s Jan Rabie Rapport and Via Afrika prizes have been announced. To reprint exactly what we said about the prizes last year:

The Jan Rabie/Rapport Prize is the most prestigious award in Afrikaans literature for first or early fiction, and open to all books, while the five Via Afrika awards are open only to titles from the Via Afrika group: NB Publishers, Jonathan Ball Publishers, Lux Verbi-BM, NVA and Van Schaik Publishers.

The good news is that, this year, Via Afrika has increased the prize money to from R30 00 to R35 000 per category. The ceremony, held in June last year, has been pushed to July in 2010 – doubtless so that it avoids the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It’s the richest awards night in SA Lit, and BOOK SA will certainly be there to cover it.

Now, to the shortlists (books listed in alphabetical order):

Jan Rabie Rapport Prize

The shortlisted titles for the Jan Rabie Rapport Prize, awarded to a debut or early work characterised by fresh and innovative Afrikaans prose, are:

Plaasmoord by Karin Brynard (Human & Rousseau)
Swartskaap by Odette Schoeman (Kwela Books)
Troos vir die gebrokenes by Bettina Wyngaard (Umuzi)

WA Hofmery Prize

The WA Hofmeyr Prize – in its 48th year – goes to authors who could “potentially, through their outstanding writing, shift the boundaries of Afrikaans literature”:

Santa Gamka by Eben Venter (Tafelberg)
Verbeel jou dis somer by Abraham H. de Vries (Human & Rousseau)
Wederkoms by Louis Krüger (Human & Rousseau)

Recht Malan Prize

The Recht Malan Prize “acknowledges excellence in the field of non-fiction books”:

Load Shedding, edited by Liz McGregor and Sarah Nuttall (Jonathan Ball Publishers)
‘n Vurk in die pad by Andre P. Brink (Human & Rousseau)
Reisiger by Elsa Joubert (Tafelberg)
Through my Lens by Alf Kumalo and and Tanya Farber (Tafelberg)

MER Prizes

The shortlist for the MER Prize for illustrated children’s books comprises:

Die verdere avonture van Wilde Willemientjie by Riana Scheepers, illustrated by Vian Oelofsen (Tafelberg)
In a House in a House/In ‘n Huis in ‘n Huis by Wendy Hartmann, illustrated by Joan Rankin (Human & Rousseau)
In the Never-Ever Wood/In die Nimmer-Immer-bos by Linda Rode, illustrated by Fiona Moodie (Tafelberg)

The shortlist for the MER Prize for youth literature comprises:

Balaclava Boy by Jenny Robson (Tafelberg)
Kaptein Hamerkophaai by Fanie Viljoen (Tafelberg)
The Bird of Heaven by Peter Dunseith (Tafelberg)

Herman Charles Bosman Prize

The shortlisted titles for the Herman Charles Bosman Prize, which “encourages and recognises excellence in the field of English literary writing” are:

Imprendehora by Yvette Christiansë (Kwela Books/Snailpress)
Small Moving Parts by Sally-Ann Murray (Kwela Books)
The Elephant in the Room by Maya Fowler (Kwela Books)

Good luck to all the shortlistees – and especially to BOOK SA members Eben Venter, Andre P. Brink and Maya Fowler!

Book Details – Jan Rabie Rapport Prize shortlist


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    March 29th, 2010 @21:43 #

    Congratulations. Wish you could all win.


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