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The Librarians Choice List Is Out: Top 20 South African Books 1994–2014

The Library and Information Association of South African (LIASA) has announced its Librarians Choice list of the Top 20 South African Books published for the first time from 1994 to 2014. The list is in keeping with the association’s theme for 2014: “Celebrating libraries in 20 years of democracy”.

The list includes books that reflect South African life, deal with issues of democracy and examine who we are as South Africans and where our nation is heading. The list will be launched officially at the start of South African Library Week (15 – 22 March).

Have a look at the list below and let us know what you think:

Long Walk to FreedomCountry of My SkullI Have LifeDisgraceJamela's DressThe Heart of RednessThe Madonna of ExcelsiorConfessions of a GamblerDis ek, AnnaAgaatShirley, Goodness & MercySpud Thabo Mbeki13 uurAnderkant PonteniloThe Elephant WhispererThula-ThulaMy Father, My MonsterEight Days in SeptemberEndings and Beginnings

Press release:


The Library and Information Association of South African (LIASA) has adopted the theme “Celebrating libraries in 20 years of democracy” for its activities in 2014, which includes The Librarians Choice: Top 20 South African books, 1994–2014.

In celebrating this theme, librarians across South Africa were invited to identify the Top 20 books published during these 20 years that:

  • were written by a South African author in one of our official languages
  • were published for the first time between 1994 and 2014
  • reflect South African life by South Africans
  • focus on issues of democracy or contribute to the consolidation of our democracy
  • examine who we are and where we are heading as a nation.

The nominations were open to all genres of literature from fiction to non-fiction, adult and children’s books. The invitation to identity the Librarian’s Choice went out late last year and by mid-January 253 books were nominated by librarians across South Africa.

LIASA is proud to announce the following titles as the Librarians Choice: Top 20 titles, 1994-2014 (in chronological order):-

We believe that this is an important list as librarians are responsible for selecting books for their libraries and recommending “interesting reads” to their users. The Librarian’s Choice should be available to all when they “check in” at their libraries! The official launch of the Top 20 titles will be made at the national launch event of South African Library Week, which will be celebrated from 15 – 22 March 2014 with the theme “Celebrating libraries in 20 years of democracy: check in @ your library”.


LIASA is the national professional association that represents libraries and information institutions; all library and information workers; and millions of users & potential users of libraries in South Africa. LIASA aims to unite, develop and empower all people in the library and information field. It represents the interests and promotes the development & role of library and information services in South Africa. More information can be found at:


Book details

  • The Elephant Whisperer: Learning About Life, Loyalty and Freedom From a Remarkable Herd of Elephants by Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    EAN: 9780330506687
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