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SHUTER (article first published : 2007-10-9)

The trade imprint of Shuter & Shooter Publishers (Pty) Ltd is a bold, new adventure for one of South Africa’s oldest and most respected publishing houses.

Known simply as Shuter, this imprint acknowledges the power of the book to open minds and transform lives. It will publish a unique range of quality fiction and non-fiction for adults and children that reflects the diversity and universality of human experience in Africa and beyond.

The imprint branding was recently revealed by the Shuter team in a series of three launch events attended by authors and illustrators, booksellers and the media, as well as other industry role players. Forthcoming titles and signed authors were also showcased at the events, to enthusiastic response from launch attendees.

Current Managing Director, Dave Ryder, who is set to retire at the end of the year, delighted audiences with an amusing account of Shuter & Shooter’s previous forays into trade book publishing. His address reflected on the company’s publishing heritage and where it is today. He pointed out that from the 1930’s through to the 1980’s, Shuter & Shooter had successfully produced general books, before choosing to focus on the publishing of educational material for the new OBE school curriculum. Although Shuter & Shooter is currently one of South Africa’s leading educational publishers, Dave Ryder stressed the need for a company to constantly re-invent itself to ensure success.

The events also introduced Shuter & Shooter’s new Managing Director, Primi Chetty. She spoke about the company’s need to diversify and develop a secondary income stream, as well as to consolidate its position as a leading publisher of educational books. She was also keen to emphasise that the company is South Africa’s second most prolific publisher of indigenous language titles.

Shuter’s first titles are set for release in March/April of 2008. Children’s picture books include The Singing Chameleon, a charming story retold by Gcina Mhlope and illustrated by Kalle Becker, and UK-based author Pat Thomson’s whacky tale, The Squeaky Creaky Bed, which features delightful illustrations by Niki Daly. The list features two non-fiction books for the young adult market. Career? Sorted!, written by one of South Africa’s leading experts in the field of career counseling, Dr Gloria Marsay, prompts young adults to explore their career options while Mix It! Voices of the Bo-Kaap by Shereen Misbach-Habib and Michael Hutchinson is described as a hip, hop and happening take on the historic Bo-Kaap region of Cape Town.

Finally, the list boasts an exciting new novel, The Writing Circle, by prize-wining author Rozena Maart and the non-fiction book, Africa’s Nobel Laureates. The Writing Circle tells the stories of four women friends and their relationships following the hijacking and rape of one of them in the city of Cape Town, and deals with how the victim and her friends work through the trauma. Africa’s Nobel Laureates is a first-of-its-kind book and profiles the African winners of the Nobel Prize, in various categories.

Shuter’s future list will include books in several categories, from children’s picture books and fiction, through to young adult fiction and non-fiction, to fiction and non- fiction for adults - biography, self-help, lifestyle, travel and sport. Future authors include South African musician, Bettina Schouw, well-known author, Robin Malan and Mail and Guardian columnist, Tom Eaton.




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