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Happy World Book Day 2013! Win a Big Books LIVE Book Hamper to Celebrate our Sixth Birthday!

Way Back HomeThe Spiral House Never Let GoRide the TortoiseMan or Monster
The Imagined ChildTeam TrinityThe Great African SocietyContrary

Today, on World Book and Copyright Day 2013, Books LIVE celebrates its sixth year of existence! Happy birthday to us! And thanks to everyone who had a hand in helping us to achieve this milestone, including contributors, community members, publishers and, of course, our readers.

In honour of this special day, we’re giving away a book hamper stuffed with great reads from some of the wonderful publishers that we’ve worked with over the years: Way Back Home by Niq Mhlongo (NB Publishers), The Spiral House by Claire Robertson (Umuzi), Never Let Go by Gareth Crocker (Penguin), Ride the Tortoise by Liesl Jobson (Jacana), Man or Monster by Carla van der Spuy (LAPA), The Imagined Child by Jo-Anne Richards (Pan Macmillan), Team Trinity by Fiona Snyckers (Modjaji Books), The Great African Society by Hlumelo Biko (Jonathan Ball) and Contrary: Critical Responses to the Novels of Andre Brink edited by Karina Magdalena Szczurek and Willie Burger (Protea).

More on how you can win follows, but first, let’s have a look at some of the steps Books LIVE has taken since it was started as BOOK SA by our Publishing Editor, Ben Williams, in 2006:

We’ve come a long way!

Now, to stand a chance to win the enticing hamper mentioned above, simply wish us happy birthday – creatively if you like – in the comments section below.

Competition closes 3 May 2013. Winners will be announced 10 May 2013. Good luck!

Book details

  • Contrary: Critical Responses to the Novels of Andre Brink edited by Karina Magdalena Szczurek, Willie Burger
    EAN: 9781869198466
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  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    April 23rd, 2013 @09:56 #
     
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    Are publishers allowed to play? By the way Happy Birthday Bookslive, Ben and your fabulous team, and our almost twin. I can never quite decide when Modjaji's birthday is, in April or October? October is when our first book came out. April when the company was registered.

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    April 23rd, 2013 @09:57 #
     
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    Keep up the good work, BooksLive! (Comment just for happy-birthday-wishing purposes, not for competition entry!)

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  • archilulu
    archilulu
    April 23rd, 2013 @10:05 #
     
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    Happy happy! :D may there be many more to come!

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    April 23rd, 2013 @10:08 #
     
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    Happy anniversary, all! Thanks for connecting me with a wonderful, witty, wise group of people, for helping to draw me back into the fold, for giving me a home away from home.

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  • <a href="http://www.sapartridge.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    Sally
    April 23rd, 2013 @10:16 #
     
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    Happy birthday to Ben, Carolyn and the whole Bookslive team. You do so much for local literature, and have paved the way for countless friendships among members. You guys rock!

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  • <a href="http://tattlet.blogspot.com" rel="nofollow">Wanda</a>
    Wanda
    April 23rd, 2013 @10:17 #
     
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    Happy birthday to this amazing group of people!!! May you bring us many more hours of reading pleasure!!

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  • <a href="http://aminaephotography.wix.com/my-world-of-photography" rel="nofollow">Aminae14</a>
    Aminae14
    April 23rd, 2013 @10:19 #
     
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    Happy Birthday Books LIVE! Thank you for making books looks that awesome. Keep up the spectacular work and let the future generation continue being inspired by the worlds of books. There is never a dull moment when being intrigued by various books. Enjoy your birthday and keep on smiling.

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  • Mamswati
    Mamswati
    April 23rd, 2013 @10:23 #
     
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    Happy birthday Bookslive may you continue promoting books and inspiring our nation to continue reading. Wishing you many more prosperous years.

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  • Fela
    Fela
    April 23rd, 2013 @10:37 #
     
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    Happy birthday Bookslive!

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  • carolmendace
    carolmendace
    April 23rd, 2013 @10:45 #
     
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    Happy birthday to you. What an awesome month to turn 6 - just like my twin daughters :) May you bring us many more years of happy reading.

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  • JuliaM
    JuliaM
    April 23rd, 2013 @11:03 #
     
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    heeha - happy birthday !!

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  • Annette
    Annette
    April 23rd, 2013 @11:03 #
     
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    Happy Birthday Books LIVE! To many more years of reading to come. Enjoy the celebration!

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  • kbruwer001
    kbruwer001
    April 23rd, 2013 @11:21 #
     
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    haPpY HaPpy Books live!! May there be plenties more!!

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    April 23rd, 2013 @11:27 #
     
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    Thanks for the good wishes, All - Keep 'em coming! B

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  • Kyla
    Kyla
    April 23rd, 2013 @11:29 #
     
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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOOKS LIVE!!! "Books are a uniquely portable magic." Hope there are many more to come! :)

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  • GerdaPretorius
    GerdaPretorius
    April 23rd, 2013 @11:37 #
     
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    Happy 6th Birthday, Bookslive. People learn to write by reading and learn to read by writing. Keep on educating a nation!. May you prosper so that we can have many more years of happy reading!!

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  • mareca
    mareca
    April 23rd, 2013 @11:38 #
     
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    Happy Birthday Books LIVE! Wishing you many more birthday's to celebrate! Thank you BOOKS LIVE for inspiring our nation to read- there is nothing like a new book! wishing you many prosperous years!

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  • padmini
    padmini
    April 23rd, 2013 @12:14 #
     
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    Happy Birthday Bookslive> May your books information and advise live many more years to make our lives more meaningful. HappPPpPPpPy HappPpPPpppy

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  • karienb
    karienb
    April 23rd, 2013 @12:16 #
     
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    Happy Birthday ! Thank you for bringing fresh new ideas and reading inspiration to our nation :) Hope you go from strength to strength in the next 365 days :)

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    April 23rd, 2013 @12:41 #
     
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    Delighted to wish you happy birthday, books or no books. I don't think any news platform has so profoundly changed the course of my life. I mean that.

    Your short but incredibly active history is so inextricably entwined with projects and people whose successes are an important part of the books world of the subcontinent (as well as my own life): Modjaji springing up to offer a new poetry publishing platform in southern Africa (as well as so much more), Arthur Attwell's leap-frogging from the amazing Electric Book Works to Paperight (heading for world domination), the collab phenomenon started by Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg as S.L. Grey, the launch into the international stratosphere of the careers of Lauren Beukes and Sarah, the new sexiness of genre fiction (greatly abetted by Mike Nicol's Crime Beat, housed right here), the fruition of talented writers like Richard de Nooy, Alex Smith, Thando Mgqolozana, Zuki Wanner, Jassy Mackenzie, Sally Partridge, Fiona Snyckers, Siphiwo Mahala, Liesl Jobson, and so many many more (Diane Awerbuck popping out a PhD, two babies and three books during Books Live's short life), folk like Henrietta Rose-Innes, Sifiso Mzobe and Cynthia Jele winning fabulous international awards, it goes on and on.

    It's been an amazing ride, BookSA/Bookslive. You ought to be proud of yourselves.

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  • Blos109
    Blos109
    April 23rd, 2013 @13:01 #
     
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    A very happy happy birthday. Its because of you that i am able to escape to my happy place all the time.

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  • <a href="http://www.kerryhammmerton.com" rel="nofollow">Kerry Hammerton</a>
    Kerry Hammerton
    April 23rd, 2013 @13:33 #
     
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    Happy Birthday BooksLive - thank you for all the support! Wishing you many more book years! (not sure how book years are measured compared to human years?)

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  • Elmie
    Elmie
    April 23rd, 2013 @13:49 #
     
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    Happy Birthday BooksLive
    On this day you can jive!
    Thanks for what you mean to us all
    Reading a book is having a ball!
    Elmie van Wyk

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  • Sarah Frost
    Sarah Frost
    April 23rd, 2013 @15:55 #
     
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    Veels geluk, Books LIVE. True to Taurean form, you are a Bullish site with tenacity and drive: may you live on and grow bigger in Books and all matters literary. Glad to write for you part-time, always curious to read newly uploaded articles and reviews. Keep it up!

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  • bethN
    bethN
    April 23rd, 2013 @16:19 #
     
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    Happy birthday bookslive and heres hoping for decades more of great books from your'll

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  • Lollyj
    Lollyj
    April 23rd, 2013 @18:25 #
     
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    Many happy returns on your birthday Books Live. Here's to at least another six!!!!

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    April 23rd, 2013 @19:38 #
     
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    Thanks again, All :) Helen, once more you go above and beyond on this forum. What a splendid tribute - we're thrilled to have you as such an integral part of our network!

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  • Ashisha
    Ashisha
    April 23rd, 2013 @21:10 #
     
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    Happy birthday. Many more years to you

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  • Deniseg
    Deniseg
    April 24th, 2013 @04:51 #
     
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    CON-GRA-TU-LA-TIONS ... AND CEL-E-BRA-TIONS ... on your 6TH BIRTHDAY!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOOKS (A)LIVE AND MAY YOU HAVE INFINITY MORE! <3

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  • needoak
    needoak
    April 25th, 2013 @11:32 #
     
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    Congratulations on your service to the Mzansi book community.

    May you enjoy a long and fruitful life!

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  • <a href="http://www.words-ekapa.co.za/" rel="nofollow">RobinPeter</a>
    RobinPeter
    April 25th, 2013 @12:42 #
     
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    Many happy returns!

    Rob

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  • chantalno
    chantalno
    April 26th, 2013 @16:04 #
     
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    Happy Birthday Books Live, may you continue to inspire the nation to read!

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