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The 2013 Media24 Books Literary Awards and Jan Rabie Rapport Prize Shortlists

Alert! Books LIVE members Ingrid Winterbach, Rustum Kozain and Chris Wadman are among those authors who’ve made it onto this years Media24 Books Literary Awards shortlists.

The shortlists for the Media24 Books Literary Awards, which recognise work from publishers that fall under the domain of Media24, including NB and Jonathan Ball, and the shortlist for the Rabie Rapport Prize, which is open to all publishers and recognises outstanding debut or early Afrikaans prose, have just been announced.

The winners of the prizes will be revealed at a gala event in Cape Town on 7 June 2013 and will be awarded R35 000 per category. Prize money for the MER Prize for children’s illustrated books is divided between the author and the illustrator.

Here are the complete lists:

WA Hofmeyr Prize
– for best Afrikaans literary work across all genres

Die aanspraak van lewende wesens by Ingrid Winterbach (Human & Rousseau)
Om die gedagte van geel by Petra Muller (Tafelberg)
Vaarwel, my effens bevlekte held by Johann de Lange (Human & Rousseau)

Die aanspraak van lewende wesensOm die gedagte van geelVaarwel, my effens bevlekte held

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Herman Charles Bosman Prize
– for English literary work across all genres

Groundwork by Rustum Kozain (Kwela / Snail Press)
Life Underwater by Ken Barris (Kwela)
The Unlikely Genius of Dr Cuthbert Kambazuma by Chris Wadman (Jonathan Ball)

GroundworkLife UnderwaterThe Unlikely Genius of Dr Cuthbert Kambazuma

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Recht Malan Prize
– for best non-literary or non-fiction book

Biko: A Biography by Xolela Mangcu (Tafelberg)
Death of an Idealist by Beverley Naidoo (Jonathan Ball)
External Mission by Stephen Ellis (Jonathan Ball)

BikoDeath of an Idealist External Mission

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MER Prize for Best Youth Novel

Dreaming of Light by Jayne Bauling (Tafelberg)
Hoopvol by Derick van der Walt (Tafelberg)
Tot siens, koning Arthur by Annelie Ferreira (Tafelberg)

Dreaming of LightHoopvolTot siens, Koning Arthur

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The M.E.R. Prize for best illustrated children’s book

Ben en die walvisse by Ingrid Mennen, illustrated by Irene Berg (Tafelberg)
Nina en die wacky hare by Elizbe van der Colff, illustrated by Chris Venter (Tafelberg)
Princess Talia and the Dragon by Helen Brain, illustrated by Vian Oelofsen (Human & Rousseau)

Ben en die walvisseNina en die wacky harePrincess Talia and the Dragon

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Jan Rabie Rapport Prize
– for the best debut or early work characterised by fresh and innovative Afrikaans prose

Bloedfamilie by MS Burger (Human & Rousseau)
Een stad, drie rooikoppe, sewe dae by Adeline and Lili Radloff (Lapa)
Kaapstad Karma-polisie by Louis de Villiers (Quellerie)

BloedfamilieEen stad, drie rooikoppe, sewe daeKaapstad se karma-polisie

Congratulations!

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Press release

As award season approaches, Media24 Books takes pride in announcing the short lists for the 2013 Media24 Books Literary Awards and Jan Rabie Rapport Prize. These prizes are awarded annually in six categories to celebrate literary excellence.

The six categories are:

- W.A. Hofmeyr Prize for best Afrikaans literary work across all genres.
- Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English literary work across all genres.
- Recht Malan Prize for best non-literary or non-fiction book.
- M.E.R Prize for best youth novel (ages 8 to 16, however not exclusive).
- M.E.R. Prize for best illustrated children’s book (ages 0 to 8, however not exclusive).
- Jan Rabie Rapport Prize for the best debut or early work characterised by fresh and innovative Afrikaans prose.

The Jan Rabie Rapport Prize is open to all publishers in South Africa while only titles published by Media24 Books publishers in 2012 qualify for the Media24 Books Literary Awards.

The prize money is R35 000 per category (prize money is divided between the author and the illustrator for the M.E.R. Prize for children’s illustrated books) and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Cape Town on Friday, 7 June 2013.

The short lists are:

W.A. Hofmeyr Prize (in alphabetical order):

Die aanspraak van lewende wesens by Ingrid Winterbach, published by Human & Rousseau
Om die gedagte van geel by Petra Müller, published by Tafelberg
Vaarwel, my effens bevlekte held by Johann De Lange, published by Human & Rousseau

Herman Charles Bosman Prize (in alphabetical order):

groundwork by Rustum Kozain, published by Kwela Books/Snailpress
Life Underwater by Ken Barris, published by Kwela Books
The Unlikely Genius of Dr Cuthbert Kambazuma by Chris Wadman, published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

Recht Malan Prize (in alphabetical order):

Biko: A Biography by Xolela Mangcu, published by Tafelberg
Death of an Idealist by Beverley Naidoo, published by Jonathan Ball Publishers
External Mission by Stephen Ellis, published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

M.E.R Prize for best youth novel (in alphabetical order):

Dreaming of Light by Jayne Bauling, published by Tafelberg
Hoopvol by Derick van der Walt, published by Tafelberg
Tot siens, koning Arthur by Annelie Ferreira, published by Tafelberg

The M.E.R. Prize for best illustrated children’s book (in alphabetical order):

Ben en die walvisse by Ingrid Mennen, illustrated by Irene Berg, published by Tafelberg
Nina en die wacky hare by Elizbe van der Colff, illustrated by Chris Venter, published by Tafelberg
Princess Talia and the Dragon by Helen Brain, illustrated by Vian Oelofsen, published by Human & Rousseau

Jan Rabie Rapport Prize (in alphabetical order):

Bloedfamilie by MS Burger, published by Human & Rousseau
Een stad, drie rooikoppe, sewe dae by Adeline and Lili Radloff, published by Lapa
Kaapstad Karma-polisie by Louis de Villiers, published by Quellerie

Congratulations to the authors, illustrators and publishers.

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    April 22nd, 2013 @13:22 #
     
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    Well done to all shortlistees, and special congratulations and thumb-holding for Jayne and for Rustum, who could afford lots of bitterballen with the prize money.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    April 22nd, 2013 @14:49 #
     
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    Hear-hear! :)

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  • <a href="http://www.sapartridge.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    Sally
    April 22nd, 2013 @14:56 #
     
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    I'm calling it. Rustum, Jayne and Helen. Go team!

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