It’s a good day for Jonathan Ball publishers. Two of the books that the publisher distributes were winners at this year’s Exclusive Books 2011 Boeke Prize Award, SA’s own tongue-in-cheek version of the prestigious Man Booker Prize. SA’s best-selling crime writer Deon Meyer won the Fanatics Choice award for his thriller, 13 Hours, while Sarah Winman’s When God Was a Rabbit was awarded the Judges’ Choice Award.
One of the Boeke Prize judges, Fiona Snyckers (fast becoming our “go-to-girl” for live-tweeting literary events), tweeted from the announcement using the #Boeke2011 hashtag. Books LIVE is proud to count our editor, Sophy Kohler, as among Snyckers’ fellow judges.
Sarie magazine books editor Phyllis Green, the Citizen‘s Bruce Dennil and cultural commentator Barry Ronge discussed the shortlisted authors before Ronge announced the winners. Dennil said he doesn’t read thrillers as a rule, but found Meyer’s 13 Hours a very good read, “with authentic SA touches”. Green said she first read 13 Hours in Afrikaans but found that it was “exceptional” in English as well.
Congratulations to Meyer, who also won the Barry Award this year for the same title. Here are key tweets from the Boeke event:
- Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer
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