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Jaco Jacobs benoem vir Carnegie-medalje

LAPA Uitgewers kondig met trots aan dat die Engelse vertaling van Jaco Jacobs se bekroonde jeugroman ’n Goeie dag vir boomklim pas benoem is vir die Carnegie-medalje, Brittanje se oudste en mees prestigeryke literêre prys vir kinderboeke.

A Good Day for Climbing Trees is vroeër vanjaar deur Rock the Boat, ’n druknaam van Oneworld Publications, wêreldwyd gepubliseer. Italiaanse vertaalregte is ook intussen verkoop.

Die Carnegie-medalje word al sedert 1936 jaarliks deur die Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) toegeken. Vorige wenners sluit wêreldbekende skrywers soos C.S. Lewis, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Sharon Creech en Philip Pullman in.

“In die kinderboekbedryf is die Carnegie-medalje een van die héél grotes,” sê Jaco. “Bloot om net daarvoor benoem te word, is vir my ’n byna ondenkbare groot eer. Ek kan nie genoeg dankie sê vir my uitgewer by LAPA en my oorsese uitgewer, Oneworld, wat so hard gewerk het om die boek die wêreld in te stuur nie.”

Miemie du Plessis, tans aan die stuur van produkontwikkeling by LAPA, is minder skalks. Háár opmerking aan kollegas was: “Ek het soos ’n tiener tekere gegaan wat die Beatles in lewende lywe gesien het toe ek die nuus gehoor het. Die Carnegie Medal is ENORM, net so Brits en enorm soos die Beatles.” Du Plessis was Jacobs se uitgewer toe die boek verskyn het.

’n Goeie dag vir boomklim is die verhaal van Marnus, ’n gefrustreerde middelkind, wat hom een Desembervakansie laat ompraat om saam met ’n meisie in ’n boom te klim om te probeer keer dat die plaaslike owerheid dit afsaag.

’n Goeie dag vir boomklim was in 2016 die wenner van die kykNET/Rapport-prys se filmkategorie, en was een van die wenners van die internasionale In Other Words-vertaalprojek. Filmregte vir die boek is sedertdien aan M-Net toegeken.

In Oktober vanjaar het nog een van Jaco se boeke, Oor ’n motorfiets, ’n zombiefliek en lang getalle wat deur elf gedeel kan word, oorsee verskyn as A Good Night for Shooting Zombies.

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The 2018 SALA shortlist has been announced!

Via The South African Literary Awards

Celebrating 13th anniversary of their existence, the South African Literary Awards (SALA) have shortlisted twenty three (23) authors from a total of just under two hundred (200) submissions received for 2018. The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on the 6th November at UNISA.

Following the passing on of the 2nd National Poet Laureate, Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile, the prestigious South African Literary Awards will announce his successor as well as introducing two additional categories: Novel Award and Children’s Literature Award.

The Awards will be followed by the 6th Africa Century International African Writers Conference whose International African Writers Day Lecture will be delivered by Professor Kwesi Kwaa Prah, the renowned, highly respected scholar, prolific author and public speaker, who is also the founder of the Center for Advanced Studies of African Societies in South Africa.

The Conference is also taking place at UNISA over two days, i.e. 6th and 7th November 2018.

“We are excited that South African literature continues to flourish, with many young writers coming into the scene, sharing platforms with their more established and experienced counterparts,” said Morakabe Seakhoa, Project Director of the South African Literary Awards.

Seakhoa, however, expressed sadness and concern that “we still see less and less of works written in African languages”.

Founded by the wRite associates, in partnership with the national Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) in 2005, the main aim of the South African Literary Awards is to pay tribute to South African writers who have distinguished themselves as groundbreaking producers and creators of literature, while it celebrates literary excellence in the depiction and sharing of South Africa’s histories, value systems and philosophies and art as inscribed and preserved in all the languages of South Africa, particularly the official languages.

With thirteen successful years of existence, thirteen categories and over 161 authors honoured, the SA Literary Awards have become the most prestigious and respected literary accolades in the South African literary landscape. SALA prides itself in not only acknowledging established authors but as a platform to budding writers through the First-time Published Author Award category.

We congratulate the 2018 nominees for their sterling work and keeping South Africa’s literary heritage alive.

First-time Published Author Award

Celesté Fritze: Verlorenkop (Afrikaans)

Malebo Sephodi:Miss Behave (English)

Creative Non- Fiction Award

Deon Maas: Melk die heilige koeie: Van baarde en banting tot Zupta and zol (Afrikaans)

Jurgen Schadeberg: The Way I See It (English)

Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award

NO SHORTLIST

Poetry Award

Johan Myburg: Uittogboek (Afrikaans)

Kelwyn Sole: Walking, Falling (English)

Literary Translators Award

Jeff Opland and Peter Mtuze: Umoya Wembongi: Collected Poems (1922 – 1935) by John Solilo (isiXhosa to English)

Jeff Opland and Peter Mtuze: Iziganeko Zesizwe: Occasional Poems (1900-1943) by S.E.K. Mqhayi (isiXhosa to English)

Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award

Nick Mulgrew: The First Law of Sadness (English)

Nicole Jaekel Strauss: As in die mond (Afrikaans)

Novel Award

Dan Sleigh: 1795 (Afrikaans)

Rehana Rossouw: New Times (English)

Children’s Literature Award

Marilyn J Honikman: There should have been five (English)

Jaco Jacobs: Daar’s nie ʼn krokodil in hierdie boek nie (Afrikaans)

Jaco Jacobs: Moenie hierdie boek eet nie (Afrikaans)

Marita van der Vyver: Al wat ek weet (Afrikaans)

Posthumous Literary Award

To be announced at the award ceremony: Body of work

Literary Journalism Award

To be announced at the award ceremony: Body of work

Lifetime Achievement Literary Award

Hermann Giliomee: Body of work (Afrikaans)

Ronnie Kasrils: Body of work (English)

Chairperson’s

To be announced at the award ceremony: Body of work

National Poet Laureate

To be announced at the award ceremony: Body of work

Verlorenkop

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Verlorenkop by Celesté Fritze
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Miss Behave

Miss Behave by Malebo Sephodi
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Melk die heilige koeie

Melk die heilige koeie by Deon Maas
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The Way I See It

The Way I See It: A Memoir by Jürgen Schadenberg
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Uittogboek

Uittogboek by Johan Myburg
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Walking, Falling

Walking, Falling by Kelwyn Sole
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John Solilo: Umoya wembongi

John Solilo: Umoya wembongi: Collected poems (1922–1935) edited by Jeff Opland, Peter Mtuze
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S.E.K. Mqhayi

S.E.K. Mqhayi: Iziganeko zesizwe: Occasional poems (1900–1943) edited by Jeff Opland, Peter T Mtuze
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The First Law of Sadness

The First Law of Sadness by Nick Mulgrew
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As in die Mond

As in die Mond by Nicole Jaekel Strauss
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1795

1795 by Dan Sleigh
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New Times

New Times by Rehana Rossouw
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There Should Have Been Five

There Should Have Been Five by Marilyn Honikman
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Daar's nie 'n krokodil in hierdie boek nie

Daar’s nie ‘n krokodil in hierdie boek nie by Jaco Jacobs, illustrated by Chris Venter
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Moenie hierdie boek eet nie!

Moenie hierdie boek eet nie! : ’n Rympie vir elke dag van die jaar by Jaco Jacobs, illustrated by Zinelda McDonald
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Al wat ek weet

Al wat ek weet by Marita Van der Vyver
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Die kykNET-Rapport Boekpryse 2018 kortlyste is hier!

Die 2018-benoemdes vir die kykNET-Rapportpryse, wat die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys vir nuwe werk insluit, is pas bekend gemaak. Dit is die grootste en rykste jaarlikse boekpryse in Afrikaans.

Met sy tweede roman, Die derde spoel, bevind die skrywer SJ Naudé hom op die kortlys vir twee pryse – die kykNET-Rapportprys vir romans sowel as die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys vir ’n debuut- of tweede fiksiewerk (romans, novelles en kortverhale).

Die prysgeld is vanjaar verhoog en beloop nou R250 000 elk vir die kykNET-Rapportprys vir romans en niefiksie, R125 000 vir die kykNET-Rapport-filmprys, en R125 000 vir die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys.

“Die verhoogde prysgeld gee welverdiende erkenning aan skrywers in Afrikaans wat die pols van die tydvak meet, dit registreer, en die leser die woorde gee om eie ervarings daaraan te meet en te verstaan,” sê die sameroeper van die kykNET-Rapportpryse, Hettie Scholtz.

Die kortlyste vir 2018 is, in alfabetiese volgorde:

KYKNET-RAPPORTPRYS: FIKSIE (ROMANS)
Die derde spoel, SJ Naudé (Umuzi)
Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng, Etienne van Heerden (Tafelberg)
Groen soos die hemel daarbo, Eben Venter (Tafelberg)

KYKNET-RAPPORTPRYS: NIEFIKSIE
Spertyd, Elsa Joubert (Tafelberg)
Geloof alleen, André Pretorius (Naledi)
Op pad: ’n Reisjoernaal, Dana Snyman (Tafelberg)

KYKNET-RAPPORTPRYS: FILM
Blou is nie ’n kleur nie, Carin Krahtz (Tafelberg)
Die laksman se dogter, Gerda Taljaard (Penguin)
Kamikaze, Rudie van Rensburg (Queillerie)

JAN RABIE-RAPPORTPRYS: ROMANS, NOVELLES EN KORTVERHALE
As in die mond, Nicole Jaekel Strauss (Queillerie)
Die derde spoel, SJ Naudé (Umuzi)
Rooi haring, Schalk Schoombie (Human & Rousseau)

Die kortlyste vir die kykNET-Rapportpryse vir die beste Afrikaanse resensie oor Afrikaanse fiksie en niefiksie word binnekort uitgereik.

Die pryswenners word op Saterdagaand 22 September 2018 in Kaapstad bekend gemaak.

KOMMENTAAR OOR INSKRYWINGS
Inskrywings vir die kykNET-Rapportprys vir romans het getuig van waagmoed, beleë vakmanskap en besondere kreatiwiteit, sê Hettie Scholtz.

“Die genre van misdaadfiksie groei eksponensieel en is in menige geval geskryf met groot flair, soos Chris Karsten se Koms van die motman, Die laksman se dogter en Rooi haring, en ’n aansienlike mate van tekstuur.

Twee eksperimente met genre het opgeval – Carina Stander se fantasiewêreld in Die bergengel, wat raakpunte met die kontemporêre realiteit vertoon, en Francois Loots se roman Die diepblou see waarin die realistiese verhaal van die geniale Jan Hofmeyr vermeng word met mitologiese elemente. Kleinboer verras op sy beurt met ’n byna hipnotiese vertelling van sy lotto-speletjie met die lewe in Hierdie huis, terwyl Dolf van Niekerk met Kroniek van turf en Cas Wepener met Johanna nader beweeg aan meer aktuele temas soos grondeise en seksuele geweld teen vroue.”

Die niefiksie-inskrywings bevat oorwegend die name van gevestigde skrywers met die uitsondering van Hemelbesem (Simon Witbooi), wat verras met die toevoeging van “’n heerlike proesel Afrikaaps” in sy debuut, God praat Afrikaans, sê Scholtz.

“Wat tendense betref, is dit opvallend dat reis sentraal staan met die fisieke reis wat dikwels die aanloop vorm tot ’n reis na binne. ’n Beduidende aantal skrywers loop die stroewe onderwerp van ouderdom en dood trompop.

“Elsa Joubert doen dit delikaat in Spertyd, Karel Schoeman ontstellend in Die slot van die dag, Kobus Anthonissen christelik in Dansend met die lewe, Anton van Niekerk filosofies in Die dood en die sin van die lewe, en Cas Wepener doen dit na aanleiding van Karel Schoeman se kreatiewe werk in Die reis gaan inwaarts.

Daar is steeds twee skote uit die Boereoorlog – Jan Smuts: Van boerseun tot wêreldverhoog met Kobus du Pisani as hoofredakteur en die Oorlogsmuseum van die Boererepublieke se Die Anglo-Boereoorlog in 100 objekte – wat vermelding verdien, asook samesteller Heilna du Plooy se waardevolle brieweboek Gespreksgenoot, en Oorkant jou, die onderhoudende “verhale uit die binnekamer” deur die gewilde skrywer en psigoterapeut Juliana Coetzer.

Die besonder uiteenlopende aard van dié inskrywings het die keurders te staan gebring voor die uitdaging om ’n balans te vind tussen leesbaarheid én indringendheid, aktualiteit én durendheid, vakmanskap én kreatiewe vindingrykheid, sê Scholtz. “Dit was geen maklike taak nie!”

Soos gewoonlik het die keurders van die filmprys ’n ryk keuse gehad met besonder sterk temas en sprankelende dialoog wat die inskrywings nogeens opgelewer het.

Die inskrywings vir die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys vir debuut- en tweede fiksiewerke was ewe wydlopend en uitdagend, sê keurder Kerneels Breytenbach.

“Benewens die titels op die kortlys het die inskrywings ’n werk ingesluit wat Frans Marx al in 1993 tydens Wits se Winterforum belowe het: Spieëlbeeld. Aan die uitdagende kant was daar Naomi Meyer se indrukwekkende spanningsroman Web oor ’n egpaar met huweliksprobleme, wat dan gekonfronteer word met die probleem van ’n kind wat wegraak.

“Ewe indrukwekkend was Pelgrimshoop, die roman waarmee Ronel Nel ’n opwindende nuwe skrywerskap aangekondig het. Sommige van die skrywers is meer bekend, soos Cas Wepener (Johanna) en Carina Stander (Die bergengel), maar die beoordelaars het ook kennis gemaak met nuwe name en hul werke, waardeur die groeikrag van die Afrikaanse letterkunde beklemtoon word: Rika Cloete, Lloyd Zandberg, Juanita Aggenbag en Coreen Erasmus-Bezuidenhout.”

KEURDERS
Die keurders vir die kykNET-Rapportprys vir fiksie was prof. Louise Viljoen van die US, die rolprentvervaardiger Gerrit Schoonhoven, die joernalis en koördineerder van die US Woordfees se boekeprogram Elmari Rautenbach en prof. Steward van Wyk (UWK). By niefiksie het prof. Andries Bezuidenhout (Universiteit van Fort Hare), die skrywer Valda Jansen, prof. Herman Wasserman (UK) en die rolprentvervaardiger Hermann Binge die stiplees gedoen en Tina Kruger van kykNET het die geledere van filmkeurders Gerrit Schoonhoven en Herman Binge versterk. Die keurders vir die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys was die ouduitgewer en skrywer Kerneels Breytenbach, dr. Marni Bonthuys van UWK en Marius Swart van die US.

Die derde spoel

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Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng

Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng deur Etienne van Heerden
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Groen soos die hemel daarbo

Groen soos die hemel daarbo deur Eben Venter
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Spertyd

Spertyd deur Elsa Joubert
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Geloof alleen

Geloof alleen deur André Pretorius
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Op pad

Op pad deur Dana Snyman
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Blou is nie 'n kleur nie

Blou is nie ‘n kleur nie deur Carin Krahtz
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Die laksman se dogter

Die laksman se dogter deur Gerda Taljaard
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Kamikaze

Kamikaze deur Rudie van Rensburg
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As in die Mond

As in die Mond deur Nicole Jaekel Strauss
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Rooi Haring

Rooi Haring deur Schalk Schoombie
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Book Bites: 22 July

Published in the Sunday Times

When Morning Comes
***
Arushi Raina, Jacana, R195

This fictionalised account of the lead up to the student uprising in June 1976 is relayed through the experience of four central characters. And it is gripping. Raina has managed to bring to life one of the most painful episodes in our history in a way that neither detracts from nor glamorises the time. All the characters will stay with you. There’s Zanele, the wilful leader and daughter of a domestic worker; Meena, the curious observer and daughter of an Indian shopkeeper; Jack, the white boy from the ’burbs; and Thabo, the schoolboy-turned-tsotsi.

Each take their turn in narrating the reality of their surroundings and how their lives and that of their families and friends are affected by the apartheid government, and the chain of events that is set in motion leading to the student uprising. Zodwa Kumalo @Zoddies

White Houses
*****
Amy Bloom, Granta, R285

There is a hefty disclaimer at the start of this book and another at the end of it, both stating that even though the story features real historical figures, everything in it is entirely fictional. This double warning is clearly meant to stop readers from being beguiled by the Eleanor Roosevelt presented by her lover Lorena Hickok, and to prevent us from warming to the eloquent, acerbic “Hick” herself.

It doesn’t work. White Houses is far too well written to allow for that sort of distance to be maintained. It grabs your throat from the first line – “No love like old love” – and holds on until the delicate Gatsbyesque glitter of the ending. In public, Roosevelt was a remarkable woman who should have been US president instead of her charming rogue of a husband. In private, she was a siren in blue, lovely and unattainable as a comet.

Hick carefully unfolds their story with mesmerising elegance, her pain cushioned by pragmatism. Of course none of it really happened, as it says in the disclaimers. But you will still live through every moment of it with them. Sue de Groot @deGrootS1

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Launch: When Morning Comes by Arushi Raina (31 July)

It’s 1976 in South Africa.

Written from the points of view of four young people living in Johannesburg and its black township, Soweto – Zanele, a black female student organiser, Mina, of South Asian background working at her father’s shop, Jack, an Oxford-bound white student, and Thabo, a tsotsi – this book explores the roots of the Soweto Uprising and the edifice of apartheid in a South Africa about to explode.

In the black township of Soweto, Zanele, who also works as a nightclub singer, is plotting against the apartheid government. The police can’t know. Her mother and sister can’t know. No one can know.

On the affluent white side of town, Jack Craven plans to spend the last days of his break before university burning miles on his beat-up Mustang, and crashing other people’s parties.

Their chance meeting changes everything.

Already a chain of events are in motion: a failed plot, a murdered teacher, a powerful police agent with a vendetta, and a secret network of students across the township. The students will rise. And there will be violence when morning comes.

Introducing readers to a remarkable young literary talent, When Morning Comes offers an impeccably researched and vivid snapshot of South African society on the eve of the uprising that changed it forever.

Arushi Raina grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. So far, she has also lived in Egypt, Nigeria, India, the US, UK and, most recently, Canada. She likes intricate plots, flawed characters, chases, escapes, and sentences that just make you stop and wonder. Besides writing, Arushi enjoys travelling, arguments and long car rides. As a day job, Arushi works as a consultant. One day she’ll explain what that means.

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Sally Partridge has put together the Ultimate SA YA Book Box for charity!

By Sally Partridge

As an avid young adult reader (and writer) I thought it high time this trend for book crates celebrate local fiction for a change.

So, I’ve put together the Ultimate SA YA Book Box for charity.

What’s inside?

• A selection of recently published South African YA books (including a signed copy of Mine)
• Treats to enjoy while you read
• Bonus goodies (hint: I’ve included some of my absolute favourite things)

This curated collection of South African youth fiction is the perfect gift for the teen reader in your life or anyone with a taste for local fiction.

The proceeds of the boxes will go to Nazareth House, a home of compassion run by the sisters of Nazareth. The sisters provide both short and long-term care to disabled orphans, orphans affected by Aids and vulnerable children. Incredibly, the sisters also care for the elderly and frail.

The boxes are super limited edition and only ten are available. The price is R400 including postage or delivery if you’re in Cape Town.

I’d like to extend a huge thank you to sponsors NB Publishers, Cover2Cover Books and Nomu for generously contributing to the content of these boxes.

Click here for the landing page.

Mine

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Mine by Sally Partridge
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