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.
Piggy Boy’s Blues adopted at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
BlackBird Books is delighted to announce that Piggy Boy's Blues by Nakhane Touré has been adopted for the spring 2017 course ‘The Contemporary African Novel’ at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. The good news was announced after Touré found out he is part of the longlist for the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2016.
Known for his music, SAMA award-winning musician Touré has changed tune with the release of his debut novel, Piggy Boy’s Blues. The novel, which has been described as reading fragments of a recurring dream, centres on the disastrous consequences of a man’s return to his Eastern Cape home town of Alice. Touré’s work is poetic with sensuous prose.
The judges’ decision was unanimous. Tammy Baikie wins the 2015/16 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award for her distinctively clever novel, Selling LipService. She receives a R35 000 cash prize and publication of her book by Jacana Media, with the title being launched as part of Exclusive Books’ Homebru campaign in June 2017.
Not to be forgotten, runners-up Saul Musker (No Word Like Home) and Thabiso Mofokeng (The Last Stop) both narrowly missed being awarded the accolade for their exceptionally well-written and creative manuscripts. We have no doubt that their work will be picked up for publication, so keep an eye out!
For the first time, the Kraak Writing Grant was also awarded. That went to Andile Cele, author of Braids and Migraines. The grant is valued at R25 000 and dedicated to the memory of Gerald Kraak. It offers the recipient mentoring and intensive coaching from Alison Lowry – editor, publishing expert and writer – enabling the author to refine and develop their work still further.