The annual gathering of South Africa’s publishers and booksellers at the Sefika Booksellers Awards took place in Johannesburg last night, where the winner of the coveted Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award was also announced.
The 2015 Sefika Booksellers Awards saw, among others, Pan Macmillan being announced the Best Trade Publisher of the Year and one of Cape Town’s favourite bookish hangouts The Book Lounge winning Best Trade Bookseller of the Year (Independent) for the second year in a row.
Read the press release to see the other awards:
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Sefika Booksellers Awards
Members of the SA Booksellers Association and the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA) gathered at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Parktown, Johannesburg last night to applaud and be applauded. The annual event is set 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. The theme for this year’s gala event was 50 Shades of Colour.
The booksellers awards, voted for by their colleagues in the publishing sector went to:
- Best Library Supplier of the Year – Hargraves Library Services
Winning publishers were:
- Best Academic Publisher of the Year – Oxford University Press Southern Africa
- Best Education Publisher of the Year (Large) – Macmillan Education South Africa
- Best Trade Publisher of the Year – Pan Macmillan South Africa
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 Marguerite Poland who won this year with her book The Keeper, published by Penguin Books South Africa.
The shortlisted books were:
- Kamphoer by Francois Smith, published by Tafelberg
- The Keeper by Marguerite Poland, published by Penguin
The awards evening forms part of the SA Booksellers Association (SABA) and PASA’s joined AGM which will continue today. Updates and key learning from the event can be found on Twitter under the hashtags #saba #sefika or follow @SABooksellers.
Alert! The programme for the seventh annual Jozi Book Fair has been revealed.
The Jozi Book Fair takes place between 11 to 13 September at Wits University – and entrance to all events is free.
Featured authors at the festival include National Poet Laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile, Futhi Ntshingila, Zukiswa Wanner, Ekow Duker, Gcina Mhlophe, Zakes Mda, James Matthews, Edyth Bulbring, Harry Kalmer, Qaanitah Hunter, Kurt Ellis, Mzilikazi wa Afrika, Stevel Marc, Shafinaaz Hassim, Adam Habib and Xolela Mangcu – and many, many more.
Check out the programme, as shared by the Jozi Book Fair:
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Programme: 7th Jozi Book Fair
11-13 September, 2015
Wits University, Science Stadium, West Campus
Welcome to Jozi Book Fair!
This is a fair with many differences:
- Jozi Book Fair creates readers and writers in all South Africa’s languages to read the word and the world!
- Jozi Book Fair is a progressive movement from “below” linking up with different art forms to create a national culture!
- To ensure democratic access for everyone, for people of all ages and all social classes, this fair is free!
Entrance is FREE on all days, for all events!
Partnership with Wits
This year we revived our partnership with Wits University from the 1980s to deepen the culture of reading and writing as part of deepening democracy and transformation and bring together all social classes to engage in debates, build tolerance and citizenship.
A Fair with a difference!
This year we have over 120 events and activities, with 50 percent of events hosted by the public: especially readers, writers, moderators created by the JBF and/or from the public. We have also been blessed with many writers: township children performing their poetry, students presenting their work (literature, film and theatre), book club members interviewing authors and some famous authors.
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Highlights of JBF 2015
Guests of the Fair
This year the JBF has two special guests:
International Guest: Cuban Enrique Perez Diaz
JBF’s International Guest is Cuban writer, critic, journalist and researcher of children’s literature Enrique Perez Diaz. Currently the Director of Gente Nueva Publishing House in Havana, Enrique was the founder of the first Cuban bookshop for children, with a socio cultural approach to community, children and teenagers. His books are known in many countries including Japan, Switzerland and the USA and he has worked with IBBY Cuba since 2007. For more information click here
- Lessons for SA: Literacy and education in Cuba
- Panel Discussion: Cuba: The impact of 50 years of US sanctions on culture, literacy and the arts
- Making books accessible and affordable: libraries & publishing in Cuba
- Panel Discussion: The role of children’s literature and building a progressive national culture
South African Guest: Gcina Mhlophe
Our Guest is Gcina Mhlophe, internationally acclaimed storyteller and author. Besides being an author of children’s books, Gcina is a great performer, wooing people of all ages.
- Storytelling festival on Saturday and Sunday
- Live Performances: Saturday and Sunday
- Book Launch
- State of Theatre in SA
- Panel Discussion: The role of children’s literature and building a progressive national culture
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OCTO-GENUISES and a progressive national culture
No introduction necessary!
- Live Poetry Performance: Activist Poets Don Mattera, James Matthews & Keorapetse Kgositsile
- In Conversation on Art, Liberation and Struggle: Don Mattera, Ronnie Govender, James Matthews & Keorapetse Kgositsile
- James Matthews: Poet in Conversation
- Ronnie Govender Theatre veteran: The role of memoir in building a progressive culture
- Joan Rankin: children’s author & illustrator: In conversation with Jenny Hatton; facilitating creativity workshops for children and adults
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Introducing Jozi Book Fair Mascots Penny and Puffy, and their dads, special guests Zakes Mda and Mpapa Mokhoane
- Launch of Penny & Puffy in English and Sesotho
- Storytelling Festival
- Writing in indigenous languages
- Writing for children: the making of Penny & Puffy
- Children’s Literature & building a national culture
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Second book of poems for JBF Poetry Buddies
Jozi Book Fair Poetry Buddies perform their poems in English and mother tongue. The Buddies are children’s groups set up in Johannesburg and surrounding townships. This year they publish their second book of poems.
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Students at JBF
This year a number of students from different universities will present their work at the JBF.
- Literature seminars: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and A Man of the People with Danai Muputsa (Wits)
- Conversation: Zakes Mda’s Rachels Blue with Polo Moji (Wits)
- Conversation: Reading Fanon with Kgomotso Ramushi (UP)
- Theatre: A play – Dead Roses by Searatoa van Driel (Wits)
- Roundtable: Rhodes must fall – transformation and democracy in education (various students)
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- Penny and Puffy – original paintings by Zakes Mda
- JBF School poster competition on reading (105 posters)
- Remember Marikana! Photographic Exhibition (by Pulitzer prize winner, Greg Marinovich and City Press)
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Katrine Harries Award for Illustrators
This year the Katrine Harries Award will be made at this year’s Jozi Book Fair. This award is the only and most prestigious award in South Africa that evaluates children’s book illustrations as an artform. The award in 2015 comes 100 years after the birth of Katrine Harries.
The Katrine Harries Award has previously been awarded to Niki Daly, Joan Rankin, Alida Bothma, Cora Coetzee, Jeremy Grimsdell, Jude Daly and Piet Grobler. The last award was made in 2008 and the current award will be presented for the illustrations in a South African children’s book published between 2009-2010, 2011-2012 and 2013-2014. This is an attempt to open the award to broad sections of the population and encourage both illustrations and books for children.
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Friday, 11 September, 2015
1. Schools Programme
Workshops, exhibitions, meeting authors and the guests
7:30 AM – 2 PM – FULLY BOOKED!
School youth can still attend events on Saturday and Sunday
2. Theatre Festival Opens
- Qhawe (Cape Town) at 2:30 PM
- Thula Thula (Johannesburg) at 3:30 PM
3. Film Festival Opens
- Please Vote for me by Wejun Chen (China) at 2 PM
- Shake the Dust by Adam Sjoberg (global music and dance) at 3.30pm
4. Roundtable discussion
Crisis in our Schools – 3.00pm
Panelists: Salim Vally (UJ), Bulelwa Ndodana (Dept of Education, Eastern Cape), Mugwena Maluleke (GS, SADTU) & Moderator: Siphelo Ngcwangu (Wits)
5. Book Launch & Reception: 4 – 5 PM
Privatisation of Schools: Selling out the right to quality public education for all
Panelists: Salim Vally, Carol Ann Spreen and Lauren Star
6. JBF Reception – By invitation only
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Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September, 2015
CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME – Children’s Tent
- Storytelling Festival on Saturday and Sunday, featuring Gcina Mhlophe, Faith Busika, Beverly Benton, Joan Rankin, Zukiswa Wanner, Hamilton Wende, Reviva Schumacher
- Ancient storytellers, Poem Mooney from Oudtshoorn
- Introducing JBF mascots Penny & Puffy: based on book of same name by Zakes Mda and Mpapa Mokhoane
- JBF Poetry Buddies perform their poetry
- Kerry Jones’ Jul’hoan dictionary activities
- National Children’s Theatre’s NACTIES Sing their songs
Jozi Book Fair theme: Children’s literature and childhood
A number of seminars and roundtables will take place related to the theme:
- Conditions of Children in SA: with Save the Children, Children’s Law Project (UP) and Children’s Resource Centre (CT)
- Children: Reading and the state of libraries in SA with Busi Dlamini Gauteng Education Department and Sally Currin
- Children learn languages: case study, (Bulelwa Ndodana, Depart of Education, Eastern Cape)
- Children’s literature and building a national reading culture
- Cuba: literacy and children’s literature, lessons for SA (Enrique Perez Diaz)
Black Art Black Politics
- Don Mattera: Commemorating the life of Steven Bantu Biko
- Keorapetse Kgositsile (Poet Laureate): Reflections on the Black Art Movement in the US and its influence
- Ronnie Govender, James Matthews, Warona Seane (Soweto), Gita Pather (Wits) and Itumeleng wa Lehulere (director): The State of theatre in South Africa Today
- Kgomotso Ramushi: Reading Fanon
- Zakes Mda, Keorapetse Kgositsile, James Matthews: Growing an indigenous South African culture
South African Fiction
Jozi Book Fair Book Club members converse with authors:
Authors in Conversation
South African Politics
This section includes a wide variety of issues and debates, in seminars and Roundtable discussion.
- Media in SA: who owns and controls it? – Jane Duncan (UJ), Lumke Mtimde and Tawana Kupe (Wits)
- What ANC after Zuma? – Aubrey Matshiqi, Mcebisi Ndletyana, Raymond Suttner and Susan Booysen
- State of worker and union education – Crystal Dicks (Numsa), Mojalefa Musi (Independent analyst) and Luke Sinwell (UJ)
- Corruption in SA – David Lewis, Karabo Ranjuli and Mzilikazi wa Afrika
- The colour of our future: do colour or ‘race’ matter? – Xolela Mangcu, Joel Netshitenze and Adam Habib
- Transformation & democracy in Education? – Adam Habib and student panel
- Seminar: Everything you wanted to know about nuclear power! (Earthlife)
- Climate Change: Briefings from Southern Africa – Mary Scholes (Wits)
- Marikana Report: Do Black Lives Matter? – Rehad Desai, Bishop Seoka (TBC) and Nomsa Zondi (SERI)
- Is intolerance in our DNA? Violence against women/girls, LGBTI and foreigners – Lisa Vetten and Virginia Tshedi and Paul Verryn
- 20 years of the Labour Relations Act: a balance sheet – Oupa Lehulere
- Politics of sexuality in everyday life – Shafinaaz Hassim
- Diary of a Guji Girl – Qaanitah Hunter
- Young women writers and their challenges – Futhi Ntshingila and Zukiswa Wanner
- Feminism Today – Jackie Cock and panel
Workshops and Seminars
For different age groups: children, youth & adults on
- Playback Theatre (Wits Drama for Life)
- Importance of Reading for Children (Jenny Hatton)
- Reading and Writing and Common Grammar Errors (L Pavlou, Wits Language School)
- Philosophy for Teens (Theresa Giorgza, Education Dept, Wits)
- History and Origins of Poetry (Brian Mabaso)
- The Art of Radio (Voice of Wits)
- Making Illustrations (Wesley Pepper, artist)
- Unleash your Creativity (Joan Rankin)
- Survivors of Stroke (Stroke society)
- Refined Player: Sex, Lies and Dates by Stevel Marc [Jacana]
- Freedom Charter: no cause to celebrate [Workers World Media Project]
- Workplace Forums: 20 YEARS of the Labour Relations Act: A balance sheet, republished, by Oupa Lehulere
- Seven Tried & Tested Triangles by Pearl Segel
- Back to Africa by Beatrice Acheleke
- Privatisation of Schools by Salim Vally, Carol Anne Spreen, Lauren Star
A selection of plays, some of which were at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown earlier this year, will be show-cased. This includes:
- Qhawe (CT)
- Thula Thula (Jhb)
- Dead Roses (Wits)
- Kafka’s Ape (Wits)
- Merethetho ‘the rhythm, dance and poetry’ (Freedom Park)
- Games we teach our children (Khanya College & HBC)
- Metropolitan High School Play (JHB)
- Music and Dance (Michael Williams) Itliziyo ‘the heart’ (CT)
These will include a brief Q&As afterwards
Special Live Jazz will take place on Saturday, 12 September, from 4-8pm;and on Sunday, 13 September from 1-5pm.
- Soni Jazz Band
- Dimpie Tshabalala
- Feya Faku, Jazz poets
- Baba Ndamase Band
Mini Film Festival ‘Youth in Adversity’ will be held in collaboration with our fraternal Steps (Cape Town) and select Q&As with Laurence Dworkin.
This will include:
Shake the Dust by Adam Sjoberg (Global) 83 min
From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and journalist- turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.
Coming of Age by Teboho Edkins (Lesotho) 63 min
Coming Of Age is a film that follows four teenagers over the course of two years as they grow up deep in the southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Very little happens in the village of Ha Sekake, but from their perspective, a lot is at stake.
Please Vote for Me by Weijun Chen (China) 52 min
Wuhan is a city in middle China about the size of London, and it is here that director Weijun Chen has conducted an experiment in democracy. A grade-3 class at Evergreen Primary School has their first encounter with this idea, by holding an election to select a Class Monitor. Eight-year olds compete against each other for the coveted position, abetted and egged on by teachers and doting parents.
Pumla, Dumisani Phakathi (South Africa) 18:18
Pumla is a bright, young girl, who was branded a rebel before anybody gave her a chance. She drinks, she smokes and likes to hang out with the guys in alleyways and on street corners. She also had a child at a very young age. Her behavior often gets her into trouble with the authorities and causes much pain and stress to her mother. Unable to deal with her demons and the perceptions of others. Pumla’s lifestyle leads her down a dark and dangerous road.
Love and Rubbish by Hanna Polak (Russia) 7:54
Set in a rubbish dump outside Moscow, this is the story of a young girl, Yula and her friends, told over years.
Girlhood, Participatory Film (South Africa) 3:48
We meet 5 teenagers sitting in a café in Cape Town, chatting, laughing, enjoying themselves as teenagers do. But these seemingly carefree young women have been through a lot. As each girl tells us her individual story we find out about broken families, teenage pregnancy, loss and abuse.
Miseducation by Nadine Cloete (South Africa) 4:15
An 11 year old girl is getting ready for school. Her walk takes her through gangland, across territories that have seen much blood, drugs and pain.
Coal Boy by Chandrasekhar Reddy Thumati (India) 4:40
In North East India ,near Jaintia, a young boy tunnels into the hills to find coal. The work is hard and dangerous. But this boy has a dream and this is only the first of many steps that he says will lead to London.
Marafiki, Participatory Film (Zanzibar) 12:41
Shot in Zanzibar, Marafiki (meaning friends) is a story about two girls dealing with their HIV+ status and the discrimination they face. With the help of friends, family and a support group, these two strong characters learn not to lose hope as they tell us their plans for the future.
Sea Gypsies by Elena Zervopoulou (Malaysia) 5:37
Struggling to survive with increasing fishing restrictions on a paradisiacal coral island of Eastern Malaysia, Indanina, a determined Sea Gypsy girl, sees her colorful, innocent world endangered. The cruel reality she discovers when she is forced to move to town with her family, marks her brutal transition to an uncaring modern world.
- Bheki Peterson’s Rights of Passage
- Special Screening and Reception of Life in Progress by Irene Loebel during the Fair
There will be Q&As after selected film screenings
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Shimmer has shared a story new story by Cat Hellisen, author of When the Sea is Rising Red, House of Sand and Secrets and Beastkeeper.
Hellisen is one of South Africa’s top fantasy exports. Her short stories have appeared in Apex, F & SF, Something Wicked, and Tor.com. Beastkeeper – described as a fairy tale for the loveless – was one of our books to look out for in 2015.
Hellisen will be at the 2015 Open Book Festival in Cape Town in September. Don’t miss YA Masterclass: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and YA, with Hellisen, Zimkhitha Mlanzeli and Sally Partridge.
Hellisen will also be signing books at Exclusive Books Cavendish Square in Cape Town on Saturday, 29 August.
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Read the story, titled “Serein”:
IT’S ALWAYS about the ones who disappear
I’ve imagined it endlessly: what Claire must have thought as she packed her bag. How leaving is easy, even if you lie and say oh god it’s hard it’s hard it’s hard. Make a clean break, leave everything, let loose your claim to possession: this is my house, this is my bed, these are my albums not shelved alphabetically because I tried and never could keep the world orderly, this is my little library built out of gifts and second-hand forgotten paperbacks.
This is my sheet ripe with me, this is my mirror, this is my reflection.
I close my sister’s room. I don’t know what she was thinking when she left.
I can pretend, for a while, that I felt her fear of life, her hurt. She said, always, it will be better under water. She would stay in the shower, drain the cylinder cold.
She took my mum’s car when she left, though I suppose she gave it back. The police found it parked under a flyover near the airport, like she’d driven up onto the verge and got out and walked on bleeding feet over broken glass to a pair of wings, to freedom. Other people in my town whispered that of course we’d love to think she got on a plane. There’s no record of her from there. She took her passport, but didn’t buy a ticket.
I married three years after Claire disappeared. And here’s the thing. I have these pictures I hate to look at because no matter how much I smile in them, or how much money Mum and Dad pulled together to help me have the best wedding—the best wedding for their only daughter, their only child—no one can ignore that the photos are ruined. There are empty spaces where my sister should be, strange gaps where elbows don’t meet, where heads can’t, where shadows fall in the wrong direction. There are water stains that bubble like a strange mold between the layers of film.