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The 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award shortlist

2016 Alan Paton Award shortlist
Alan Paton Award


Alert! The shortlists for the Sunday Times Literary Awards, South Africa’s most prestigious literary recognition, were announced this evening at the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

The shortlist announcement has become a much anticipated calendar event for the literary community, with 10 South African writers being acknowledged for their work in both fiction and non-fiction categories, and competing for the Barry Ronge Prize and Alan Paton Award respectively.

Sunday Times books editor Jennifer Platt says the 2016 shortlist finalists represent “books of quality, that take the temperature and pulse of the nation”.

The Alan Paton Award judging panel is chaired by playwright, poet, novelist and political activist Achmat Dangor, who says: “Each of the writers has approached their chosen subject matter with candour and honesty, and do not hesitate to challenge many popular notions that have become ‘accepted truths’ in our daily public discourse.”

The judging panel includes Tinyiko Maluleke and Pippa Green.

The 2016 Alan Paton Award shortlist finalists in the Sunday Times Literary Awards are:

JM Coetzee and the Life of WritingPapwaTo Quote MyselfRapeShowdown at the Red Lion


Click here for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize shortlist
The winners of the Sunday Times Literary Awards will be announced in Sandton on 25 June, 2016.

The 2015 Sunday Times Literary Awards were won by Jacob Dlamini, for Askari: A story of collaboration and betrayal in the anti-apartheid struggle (Alan Paton Award), and Damon Galgut, for Arctic Summer (Fiction Prize).

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