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The 2010 Exclusive Books Homebru Selection

Alert! Exclusive Books launches the 2010 edition of its Homebru promotion today in Johannesburg.

The campaign places a couple dozen “proudly South African” titles front and centre in Exclusive Books shops and online, aiming to present top titles from a mix of genres. Your Correspondent will be chatting with Homebru selectees Chris van Wyk (Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch), Nechama Brodie (Inside Joburg), Zukiswa Wanner (Home Away (w00t)), Deon Meyer (Thirteen Hours) and Marita van der Vyver (It’s Just Dessert, Dear) at the Johannesburg kick-off later today. Very much looking forward to that!

South AfricaSpilt MilkEggs to Lay, Chickens to HatchEvita se Kossie SikelelaEvita's Kossie SikelelaJust Dessert, DearDis koue kos, skatSouth Africa's Brave New WorldOp pad met MandelaMandela's WayDuiwelsbrood en ander kort en lang verhaleThe South African Fact BookSoccer ChicThirteen HoursYoung MandelaThe Angina MonologuesThe Rise and Fall of ApartheidPops and the Nearly DeadResident AlienKonsert van die leweCaptured in TimeIn die mond van die wolfShould I Stay or Should I GoSowetoWitboy in AfricaWitboy in AfrikaHome AwayStoffel in AfrikaInside JoburgSaracen at the GatesBanquet at BrabazanSpud Putumayo World Music- South African Legends

It’s terrific to see BOOK SA members Kopano Matlwa, Rosamund Kendal, Edyth Bulbring, Tim Richman, Louis Greenberg (and all his Home away minions) and John van de Ruit on this year’s list.

As always, there’s room for debate about said list: where’s Antony Altbeker’s Fruit of a Poisoned Tree, for instance, or Lauren BeukesZoo City – ? And you’d think Fiona Snyckers would be in with a shout with Trinity on Air. (Last, how splendid would it be to see a Modjaji Books title in Homebru lights?) But that, perhaps, is a debate for a different day: today we congratulate those who’ve landed a place.

One item of interest: this year’s list includes a CD in addition to its standard fistful of reads, the Putumayo Africa and SA Legends Pack – a reminder that isn’t just about books anymore.

Here is the 2010 Homebru selection:

Book details: 2010 Homebru Selection


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    May 17th, 2010 @23:23 #

    Wait -- Home Away, a collection of short stories, made it onto the Home Bru list? Hallelujah! Perhaps the short story is not as endangered a species as I thought. This is a great list, although I agree -- what, no Trinity???? Maybe Zoo City and Men of the South will pop up next year (simply no other excuse for Lauren's omission), given that Saracen at the Gates is here, and it came out a year ago, I think?

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    May 18th, 2010 @07:57 #

    I'm thrilled about Home Away, and very pleased to see Edyth's Pops and the Nearly Dead here. I hope she'll be at the launch later. For me, the other big omission (besides Lauren) is Jassy Mackenzie. Deon Meyer doesn't need the exposure. If only Homebru could be all about fiction and poetry!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    May 18th, 2010 @09:01 #

    Agree re Jassy, although it is nice to see Home away. And Zoo City. Modjaji Books is not yet on EB's radar, I tried to get Whiplash onto Homebru last year, and asked to be kept on the mailing list. It's hard work trying to get there and then you have to pay a lot to be on the list (as the publisher) and be sure you will have enough stock, which may well be returned - so it is fab, but is very risky for a small pub. Not an easy game - getting onto Homebru or similar promotions.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    May 18th, 2010 @09:15 #

    I'm delighted that Home Away is on the list and am disappointed for all the contributors whose solo novels weren't chosen. I hope readers will use Home Away like a compilation album and go out and buy the books of the writers they like.

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    May 18th, 2010 @11:38 #

    A quick hello from JNB where the Homebru launch is about to begin. One note: Zinaid Meeran won the EU Literary Award, which includes automatic entry into Homebru. This is not to say it doesn't deserve to be there - I'm reading it right now and am enjoying it very much - but it does mean that one of the slots for novels was pre-booked.


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