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Sally Andrew, Penguin Random House and The Book Lounge the big winners at 2016 Sefika and Booksellers’ Choice Awards

Sally Andrew

 
The winners of the 2016 Sefika Awards and the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award were announced at the Vineyard Conference Centre in Cape Town yesterday.

The awards take place annually to coincide with the SA Booksellers Association and Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA) annual general meeting, to “thank and celebrate both booksellers and publishers for the roles they play in promoting literacy and a culture of reading by producing and selling quality books in South Africa”.

Sally Andrew won the coveted Booksellers’ Choice Award for her bestselling debut novel, Recipes for Love and Murder.

The R20 000 prize is given to the title that South Africa’s booksellers most enjoyed reading, promoting and selling. Recent winners include Marguerite Poland, Tim Noakes, Frank Chikane, Deon Meyer, Alex Smith, John van de Ruit, Peter Harris and Jake White.

Andrew beat off competition from Paige Nick (Death By Carbs), Deon Meyer (Ikarus), Irma Joubert (Immer Wes), Zakes Mda (Little Suns) and Panashe Chigumadzi (Sweet Medicine) to take the award.

Read: 2016 Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award shortlist announced

Death By CarbsIkarusImmer wesLittle SunsRecipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria MysterySweet Medicine

 

Legendary booksellers Peter Adams, Maureen Hargraves, Fleur McFarlane and Henrietta Dax were recognised for their Lifetime’s Contribution to Bookselling in South Africa.

Penguin Random House won Best Trade Publisher of the Year, while Cape Town institution The Book Lounge won Best Trade Bookseller of the Year (Independent) for the third year running.

See all the winners:

2016 Sefika Awards and the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award winners

Bookseller Awards

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Best Academic Bookseller of the Year

Van Schaik Bookstore

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Best Education Bookseller of the Year

Boeke 24/7

Best Trade (Chain Stores)

Exclusive Books

Kurt Schoonraad
Best Trade Bookseller of the Year (Independent)

The Book Lounge

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Best Library Supplier of the Year

Caxton Books

Publisher Awards

Steve Connolly
Best Trade Publisher of the Year

Penguin Random House

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Best Academic Publisher of the Year

Juta & Company

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Best Education Publisher of the Year (Large)

Pearson Education SA

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Best Education Publisher of the Year (Small)

Berlut Books

Legends Awards

A new category, sponsored by Exclusive Books was profiled on this evening and this was presented to four legends in the bookselling trade, people who have dedicated their lives to selling books and to supporting everyone in the trade to do so successfully. Benjamin Trisk, the erudite MD of Exclusive Books regaled the audience with tales of yore before calling up Maureen Hargraves of Hargraves Library Suppliers, Henrietta Dax of Clarkes Bookshop, Fleur Mcfarlane of Exclusive Books and Peter Adams of Adams Booksellers.

Peter Adams, Maureen Hargraves, Fleur McFarlane and Henrietta Dax
Lifetime’s Contribution to Bookselling in South Africa

Peter Adams
Maureen Hargraves
Fleur McFarlane
Henrietta Dax

Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award

The final award for the evening, the Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award is bestowed upon a local author for a South African published book that booksellers most enjoyed selling or that sold so well that it made a difference to the bottom line of booksellers across the country. This is a very special award and the industry as a whole celebrated a shining new novelist, Sally Andrew, for her book Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery. A diverting read, published by the best Trade Publisher of the year 2016: Random House South Africa.

Sally Andrew
South African Booksellers’ Choice Award

Sally Andrew, for Recipes for Love and Murder

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