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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 derde spoel deur SJ Naudé
EAN: 9781415207475
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Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng

Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng deur Etienne van Heerden
EAN: 9780624080527
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Groen soos die hemel daarbo

Groen soos die hemel daarbo deur Eben Venter
EAN: 9780624082613
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Spertyd

Spertyd deur Elsa Joubert
EAN: 9780624084327
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Geloof alleen

Geloof alleen deur André Pretorius
EAN: 9780928316902
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Op pad

Op pad deur Dana Snyman
EAN: 9780624077176
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Blou is nie 'n kleur nie

Blou is nie ‘n kleur nie deur Carin Krahtz
EAN: 9780624081937
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Die laksman se dogter

Die laksman se dogter deur Gerda Taljaard
EAN: 9781485903666
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Kamikaze

Kamikaze deur Rudie van Rensburg
EAN: 9780795801303
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As in die Mond

As in die Mond deur Nicole Jaekel Strauss
EAN: 9780795801358
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Rooi Haring

Rooi Haring deur Schalk Schoombie
EAN: 9780798175654
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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
EAN: 9780798176828
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2018 Media24 Books prize winners announced

Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw and Cape Town writer and poet Ken Barris were among the recipients of the 2018 Media24 Books prizes awarded in Cape Town on Thursday, 14 June 2018.

The Media24 Books prizes are awarded annually for books published by the Media24 Books division and Jonathan Ball Publishers, also part of Media24, in the preceding year. This year, prizes to a combined value of more than R200 000 were awarded in six categories.

Jacques Pauw won the Recht Malan prize for nonfiction for The President’s Keepers, published by NB Publishers under the Tafelberg imprint. According to the judges, The President’s Keepers will be remembered, along with #GuptaLeaks, for the change it brought about in South African society and the ANC. “The power of The President’s Keepers lies partly in the explosive revelations it makes, but mostly in that for the first time a broad-based narrative connected the dots between the private and public interests propping up Zuma at all costs. South Africans live in a better country today than a mere eight months ago, partly thanks to Pauw.”

The other titles on the nonfiction shortlist were How to Steal a City by Crispian Olver and Khwezi: The Story of Fezekile Kuzwayo by Redi Tlhabi.

The Herman Charles Bosman prize for English fiction went to Ken Barris for The Life of Worm and Other Misconceptions, a short story collection published by Kwela. The judges called it an extraordinary collection that combines the mundane with the surreal in illuminating but often deeply unsettling ways. It is a collection that keeps the reader “constantly intrigued, amused, repelled and acutely aware of South African realities”.

Also on the fiction shortlist were I am Pandarus by Michiel Heyns and Being Kari by Qarnita Loxton.

Novelist Eben Venter won the WA Hofmeyr prize for Afrikaans fiction for the fifth time with Groen soos die hemel daarbo, published by Tafelberg. The novel, which explores modern sexuality, intimacy and identity, was lauded by the judges for its finely honed style of writing. The other books on the shortlist were Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng by Etienne van Heerden and As in die mond by Nicole Jaekel Strauss.

Marlene van Niekerk received the Elisabeth Eybers prize for Afrikaans and English poetry for In die stille agterkamer, ekphrastic verses about the paintings of Dutch painter Jan Mankes (1889–1920). The collection, published by Human & Rousseau, was described by the judges as “a gripping yet meditative reading experience”. Also shortlisted were Nou, hier by Corné Coetzee, Radbraak by Jolyn Phillips and Alles het niet kom wôd by Nathan Trantraal.

The MER prize for youth novels was awarded to Carin Krahtz for Blou is nie ’n kleur nie (Tafelberg), while the MER prize for illustrated children’s books went to writer Rosamund Haden and illustrator Tony Pinchuck for The All Africa Wildlife Express.

The judges were: For the Recht Malan prize: Jean Meiring, Elsa van Huyssteen and Pauli van Wyk; for the Herman Charles Bosman prize: Johan Jacobs, Molly Brown and Ann Donald; for the WA Hofmeyr prize: Francois Smith, Sonja Loots and Kerneels Breytenbach; for the Elisabeth Eybers prize: Henning Pieterse, Bibi Slippers and Charl-Pierre Naudé; for the MER prize for youth novels: Nanette van Rooyen, Henriëtte Linde-Loubser and Betsie van der Westhuizen; and for the MER prize for illustrated children’s books: Piet Grobler, Marjorie van Heerden and Magdel Vorster.

The President's Keepers

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How To Steal A City

 
 
 

Khwezi

 
 
 

The Life of Worm

 
 
 

I am Pandarus

 
 
 

Being Kari

 
 
 

Groen soos die hemel daarbo

 
 
 

Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng

 
 
 

As in die Mond

 
 
 

In die stille agterkamer

 
 
 

Nou, hier

 
 
 

Radbraak

 
 
 

Alles het niet kom wôd

 
 
 

Blou is nie 'n kleur nie

 
 
 

All Africa Wildlife Express

Bellissimo! Jaco Jacobs doen dit in Italiaans!

LAPA Uitgewers is trots om aan te kondig dat vertaalregte vir Jaco Jacobs se bekroonde jeugroman ’n Goeie dag vir boomklim pas deur nog ’n groot internasionale uitgewery opgeraap is.

Die Italiaanse uitgewery Rizzoli het suksesvol teen ’n mededingende uitgewershuis gebie om die Italiaanse vertaalregte vir Jaco se boek te bekom.

Rizzoli is een van die grootste uitgewerye in Italië en wêreldbekende skrywers soos John Green (The Fault in Our Stars), Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon) en Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) se boeke word deur hulle in Italiaans uitgegee.

“Ek is steeds ietwat verstom,” sê Jaco, “en natuurlik baie dankbaar. Dit is ’n ongelooflike voorreg om te sien hoe Marnus en Leila, die twee hoofkarakters in my storie, die kans kry om nou regoor die wêreld te gaan boomklim!”

’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 Londense uitgewery, Oneworld Publications, het ’n Goeie dag vir boomklim verlede maand wêreldwyd in Engels gepubliseer. Die boek is tans ook in Suid-Afrika te koop as A Good Day for Climbing Trees.

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

’n Goeie dag vir boomklim was in 2016 die wenner van die kykNET/Rapport-prys se filmkategorie. Filmregte vir die boek is sedertdien aan M-Net toegeken.

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