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New picture book by the author of Ben and the Whales a one-of-a-kind look at a child's awareness of language and reading

Ingrid Mennen’s Ink is a picture book exploring a child’s growing awareness of language, books and reading.

The little girl Tinka becomes aware of words, language and writing. She names her family members one by one: her mum, her dad, her little brother Slip, sister Rosie and baby Jas. She draws a paper doll resembling a girl like herself on a sheet of newsprint. The paper doll is named “Ink”. With her body filled with words, Ink is the perfect companion for Tinka.

Tinka introduces her new friend to all her favourite story books, because, “A book is like a friend, with the best stories to tell”.

Thought-provoking and captivating, this picture book will appeal to young readers 4+, while adult readers will find pleasure in the simple, yet sensitive illustrations.

About the author:

Ingrid Mennen is an author of picture books including One Round Moon and a Star For Me (illustrated by Niki Daly) and Ben and the Whales. Ingrid lives in Newlands, Cape Town, with her husband. They have three grown-up children. Ink is her second book in collaboration with Irene, her eldest daughter, as illustrator.

Irene Berg is the eldest daughter of author Ingrid Mennen. She studied music in Stellenbosch and Frankfurt am Main and now she works in Germany as a musician and teacher and lives close to the Rhine with her husband, a violinist. Mother and daughter worked together on Ben and the Whales in 2012. Ink is their second book together.


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Ben and the Whales


One Round Moon and a Star For Me

Shortlist for Short Sharp Stories Awards announced

The shortlist for the Short.Sharp.Stories Awards has been announced.

The Short.Sharp.Stories Awards is an annual short story competition made possible by the National Arts Festival.

This year’s theme is “Trade Secrets.”

The judges have focused in the main on how successfully the story speaks to the brief, and have chosen stories which showcase a range of South African ‘voices’.

Congratulations to the following writers whose stories will be included in Trade Secrets and who are on the short list for this year’s awards.

2017 Short Sharp Stories Awards shortlist:

Olufemi Agunbiade
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
Jumani Clarke
Linda Daniels
Frieda-Marie De Jager
Ntsika Gogwana
Amy Heydenrych
Mishka Hoosen
Bobby Jordan
Sean Mayne
Mapule Mohulatsi
Kamil Naicker
Sally Partridge
Pravasan Pillay
Megan Ross
Andrew Salomon
Stephen Symons
Philisiwe Twijnstra
Philip Vermaas
Michael Yee

Trade Secrets will be published in June/July.

One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo

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Call it a Difficult Night


Sharp Edges


Tokoloshe Song


Questions for the Sea


Skryf nou in vir Lapa Uitgewers se Jeugromankompetisie 2017!

Is jy ‘n jeugroman-liefhebber? Droom jy al sedert jy 13 getref het daarvan om jou eie jeugroman te skryf?

Nou’s jou kans!

Inskrywings vir Lapa Uitgewers se Jeugromankompetisie is tans oop en daar’s prysgeld ter waarde van R50 000 op die spel.

Jeuk jou vingers reeds? Klik hier vir verdere besonderhede.

Die sluitingsdatum vir inskrywings is 30 September 2017.


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Pleisters vir die dooies


As ek val

The Hate U Give speaks up loudly for an ignored, ill-treated and maligned community, writes Tammy February

Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give is a powerful and brave YA novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century.

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

Tammy February recently reviewed the novel for Women24. Read an extract here:

There are going to be a lot of people who will use the following words when recommending this book to you: “If you only read one book this year, make sure it’s this one.”

My advice to you? Listen to them (because I’m echoing their sentiment right now, and as a reader and reviewer who generally eschews reading a book because of hype, that’s definitely saying something).

We may only be three months into 2017, but I’m pretty convinced that this book will be on every bookseller and reader’s best of 2017 list, and for a very good reason.

The Hate U Give is simply brilliant. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this novel is not just a profoundly important novel providing social commentary on race, but it’s also one that raises the black community’s voice loud and proud by providing a marginalised community with an authentically black, vocal and strong female voice – one that we don’t see nearly enough of in fiction …

It’s a novel that sums up what it’s like for black communities to constantly deal with the systematic, insidious and hate-fuelled oppression they’ve been dealing with since the dawn of civilisation, and it’s one that I’m fairly sure will be eye-opening to many, even those who consider themselves the staunchest Black Lives Matter allies.

Continue reading February’s review here.
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Internasionale regte van Jaco Jacobs se ’n Goeie dag vir boomklim pas verkoop

LAPA Uitgewers is trots om aan te kondig dat wêreldwye regte vir die Engelse vertaling van Jaco Jacobs se jeugboek ’n Goeie dag vir boomklim pas verkoop is.

Die Londense uitgewery Oneworld Publications het ’n aanbod gemaak om die vertaalregte te bekom nadat ’n gedeeltelike proefvertaling van Jacobs se boek as deel van die internasionale In Other Words-projek aan uitgewers beskikbaar gestel is.

Die bekroonde vertaler Kobus Geldenhuys was vir die Engelse vertaling verantwoordelik.

Uitgewers van regoor die wêreld is genooi om kinder- en jeugboeke wat in ander tale as Engels verskyn het, vir die In Other Words-projek voor te lê.

’n Goeie dag vir boomklim is een van slegs vier boeke wat uiteindelik as eretitels aangewys is.

Die keuring en beoordeling is deur ’n paneel Britse kinderboekvertalers en kenners in die kinderboekbedryf gedoen, en die vier wenboeke is op 4 April tydens ’n spoggeleentheid by die Bologna-kinderboekskou in Italië bekend gestel.

Miemie du Plessis, bestuurder van die kinder-en-jeugboekafdeling by LAPA Uitgewers, sê:

Ons is ongelooflik trots dat Oneworld – ’n uitgewery met ’n uitstekende reputasie en bekend vir sy passie – hul vertroue in LAPA en ons topverkoper-outeur Jaco Jacobs geplaas het. Ongeveer ’n miljoen kopieë van sy boeke is verkoop sedert hy as 21-jarige by LAPA begin publiseer het en hy is geliefd en gerespekteerd onder lesers sowel as die boekgemeenskap in sy geheel. Hy is ’n meesterlike storieverteller en verdien dat sy werk aan ’n groter gehoor bekend gestel word.

Jacobs sê hy is opgewonde oor die vooruitsig om sy boek aan oorsese lesers bekend te stel.

Dit is lekker om te sien hoe ’n storie waaraan jy maande lank alleen by jou lessenaar gesit en timmer het, vlerke kry. Hoewel die boek op universele temas fokus, het dit ’n baie spesifieke Suid-Afrikaanse agtergrond. Dit sal interessant wees om te sien hoe jong lesers oorsee daarop reageer.

Oneworld Publications is ’n onafhanklike uitgewery wie se boeke in 2015 sowel as in 2016 die gesogte Man Booker Prize opgeraap het. Dit is in 2016 as die British Book Awards Independent Publisher of the Year en die IPG Trade Publisher of the Year aangewys, en vanjaar het dit die IPG Diversity Award ontvang. Oneworld fokus sterk op die publikasie van diverse en oorspronklike stories van skrywers van regoor die wêreld.

Geldenhuys sal ook die vertaling van die res van die boek doen.

’n Goeie dag vir boomklim


Stephen Hawking has co-written a book on the universe - for children!

George's Secret Key to the Universe

George’s Secret Key to the Universe teaches children the basics of astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology and other principles that govern our universe. This book makes science interesting while it teaches children fun and interesting facts about astronomical objects. Stephen Hawking, author of the multi-million copy bestselling A Brief History of Time, and his daughter Lucy explain the universe to readers of all ages. George’s parents, who have always been wary of technology, warn him about their new neighbours: Eric is a scientist and his daughter, Annie, seems to be following in his footsteps. But when George befriends them and Cosmos, their super-computer, he finds himself on a wildly fun adventure, while learning about physics, time and the universe. With Cosmos’s help, he can travel to other planets and a black hole. But what would happen if the wrong people got their hands on Cosmos? George, Annie and Eric aren’t about to find out, and what ensues is a funny adventure that clearly explains the mysteries of science. Garry Parsons’ energetic illustrations add humour and interest, and his scientific drawings add clarity.

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