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Shortlists for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award and the Fiction Prize

Nadia de Kock - 2010-06-07

Books on the shortlist for the Sunday Times’s Alan Paton Award and the Fiction Prize were announced on 3 June during a stylish ceremony at the exquisite Shepstone Gardens in Mountain View, Johannesburg.

The Alan Paton Award is celebrating its 21st year, and the Fiction Prize its tenth. The chairman of this year’s Alan Paton Award judging panel is Ari Sitas, a published poet, dramatist and senior professor in sociology at the University of Cape Town. The mandate is to look for the sustained narrative written by a South African that allows for a profound insight into the society we have lived through, are living through or will be living through.

The chairman of the Fiction Prize judging panel is Victor Dlamini. He views the five novels that made it on to the shortlist as rewarding reads that stood out from other works in the long list of entries. He believes that South African fiction is in good hands.

Books shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award are:

Ways of Staying by Kevin Bloom (Picador Africa)
A Fork in the Road by André Brink (Harvill Secker)
Begging to be Black by Antjie Krog (Random House Struik)
The Honour to Serve by James Ngculu (David Phillip)
The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law by Albie Sachs (Oxford University Press).

Books shortlisted for the Fiction Prize are:

Summertime by JM Coetzee (Harvill Secker)
High Low In-between by Imraan Coovadia (Umuzi)
Saracen at the Gates by Zinaid Meeran (Jacana)
The Book of the Dead by Kgebetli Moele (Kwela Books)
Small Moving Parts by Sally-Ann Murray (Kwela Books).