Alert! The founder of South Africa’s previously most prestigious literary prize, the CNA Literary Award – which once represented the pinnacle of literary achievement here, but has recently been resurrected by CNA as a popularity contest – has died in Johannesburg at the age of 83.
In its previous incarnation, the CNA was last given out in 1996 – when it was received by BOOK SA friend Sarah Ruden, for her collection of poems Other Places.
Chris Barron writes award founder and patron of the arts Phillip Stein’s obituary:
Philip Stein, who has died in Johannesburg at the age of 83, was behind many of the most important initiatives to encourage, promote, market and finance art in South Africa.
He started the CNA Literary Awards, Vita Awards and Dance Umbrella.
He did not launch corporate sponsorship of the arts in this country but he certainly breathed vigorous life into it and made the notion of corporate engagement with the arts more widely acceptable than it might otherwise have been.
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