John van de Ruit Wins the 2009/2010 Booksellers’ Choice Award for Spud – Learning to Fly (Plus: the Sefika Winners)
Alert! BOOK SA member John van de Ruit has won this year’s R10 000 Nielsen BookData Booksellers’ Choice Award – given to the South African title that both had commercial success and that booksellers particularly enjoyed selling in 2009 – for his novel Spud – Learning to Fly.
This is the second time that van de Ruit has won the award, having won it originally with the book that started the franchise, Spud.
The winner was announced at the annual Sefika Awards – hosted jointly by the South African Publishers’ Assoication (PASA), the South African Booksellers’ Association (SABA) and Nielsen BookData – held in Johannesburg this evening.
A third shortlistee, Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout, graced the function with her literally glittering presence, delivering two routines at the mic that had the 150 members of the publishing and bookselling trades present teary-eyed with laughter. Every last SA sacred cow was slaughted and roasted with the lightest of touches.
It was a good night for Penguin Books SA, van de Ruit’s publishers: Alison Lowry and her team picked up the Sefika Trade Publisher of the Year award earlier in the evening.
The other winners of the Sefika Awards, which go to players in the book trade, were: Best Academic and Educational Publisher (two separate awards) – Oxford University Press; Best Academic Bookseller – Adams & Company; Best Educational Bookseller – Spectra Upfront; Best Trade Bookseller – Exclusive Books Hyde Park.
A special honour was also announced by PASA executive Brian Wafawarowa for long-time publishing-industry servant Lindelwe Mabandla.
Van de Ruit wins R10 000. Congratulations to him! Listen to the announcement of the speech and hear van de Ruit’s remarks upon winning the prize:
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