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Zakes Mda to Receive SALA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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Alert! According to his literary agents, Blake Friedmann, novelist and playwright Zakes Mda – whose latest book is the IMPAC-longlisted Black Diamond – is set to be honored for Lifetime Achievement by the South African Literary Awards.

Black DiamondThe Madonna of ExcelsiorThe Heart of RednessThe Whale CallerWays of DyingCion

Zakes will also be awarded a Literary Lifetime Achievement Award 2010 at the South African Literary Awards (SALA) in December.

This Literary Lifetime Achievement Award is a category under the overall South African Literary Awards, now in their 5rd year of existence. Founded by the wRite associates in partnership with the national Ministry of Arts & Culture, the South African Literary Awards endeavour to honour South African literary practitioners and encourage the advancement of the nation’s literary heritage and practice.

The SALAs are an initiative of the wRite Associates, and are supported by the Department of Arts and Culture. The 2010/2011 SALA shortlists were to have been released on 8 November, but this has apparently been delayed. Click here to see the 2009/2010 winners.

Mda is certainly a worthy Lifetime Achievement honoree – and BOOK SA looks forward to seeing who will be joining him in the annals of the SALAs this year. Congrats, Bra Zakes!

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