The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences awarded Declassified by Gerhard Maré the non-fiction prize and What Will People Say by Rehana Rossouw the fiction prize for 2016. Not only do we publish what we like, we publish award-winning books too.
Sue Grant Marshal Reviews The Caine Prize winning story Memories we lost by Lidudumalingani from the book The Daily Assortment of Astonishing Things and other stories (Jacana Media 2016, South Africa).
From the longlist of poems selected by this year’s judging panel for publication in volume 6 of the anthology, Professor Mongane Wally Serote (chair of both the panel and the Jacana Literary Foundation) has selected the three finalists for the 2016 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award. Serote, a Black Consciousness icon, poet and writer, is a renowned member of the Soweto poets – a group which advocated for black literary voices in South Africa during the tumultuous 1970s. His poems of that time speak of the realities of apartheid, and have been invaluable in provoking thought about oppression, as well as capturing the truths of the era. Similarly, the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award aims to reveal the political and social attitudes of our time.
In alphabetical order, the three shortlisted poems are:
• CAPE TOWN by Charles Marriott
• MAMBHELE’S HARVEST by Siphokazi Jonas
• VISIT AT TEA TIME by Athol Williams
Jacana Media has the perfect books for your spring and summer braais. After his best seller, Braai the Beloved Country, Jean Nel is back with a masterpiece in More Braai the Beloved Country. You can also grab yourself a copy of his other equally brilliant, Cooking with Gas. Camilla Comins' Girls on Fire is also a must have in your shelf.