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SUNDAY TIMES 2007 LITERARY AWARDS (article first published : 2007-05-1)

The Sunday Times has increased the prize money for the 2007 Literary Awards making them the richest book prizes on the continent. The winners of the highly coveted Alan Paton Award for Non Fiction and the Sunday Times Fiction Prize will this year receive R75,000 each (previously the prizes were worth R50,000 each). The runner-up in each category will receive R10,000 each. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner on June 16 at The Cape Town Book Fair, of which Sunday Times is the key sponsor.

To accommodate the explosion of new titles in local publishing, the Sunday Times increased the number of entries from publishers this year from three titles to four per imprint, resulting in the highest number of titles that have ever been considered for these awards.

Judges drawn from a cross-section of disciplines and include authors, critics, academics and booksellers will select the five short-listed books for each prize. This year the judging panel for the Alan Paton Award includes last year's joint winner of the prize, Judge Edwin Cameron, MP and author Kader Asmal, Deborah Posel, Director of WISER and Professor in Sociology at Wits, June Josephs, MD of Xarra Books and Professor Thengani Ngwenya, Deputy Dean for Continuing Education at UKZN.

An equally eminent panel of judges is assessing the entries for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize. They include critic, playwright, author and poet, Professor Andries Oliphant, proprietor of Boekehuis Corina van der Spoel, author and columnist Marianne Thamm, Dr Harry Garuba, Associate Professor of English and African Studies at UCT and acclaimed playwright Mike van Graan.

The shortlist will be announced in Johannesburg on May 2.

For more information visit www.sundaytimes.co.za/bookawards




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