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eKhaya Author Stanley Kenani Shortlisted for the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing

For Honour and Other StorieseKhaya, the straight-to-digital imprint of Random House Struik, is delighted that “Love on Trial”, a short story from its launch title, For Honour and Other Stories, by SO (Stanley) Kenani, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Caine Prize – known as ‘The African Booker’ – for 2012.

The Chair of judges, author and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature Bernardine Evaristo MBE, has described the Caine Prize shortlist – selected form 122 entries from 14 African countries – as ‘truly diverse fiction from a truly diverse continent’. She noted “Love on Trial”, a story which challenges traditional assumptions about love and sexuality, as ‘bravely provocative’.

The winner of the £10,000 Caine Prize will be announced on 2 July 2012, and will be given the opportunity of taking up a month’s residence at Georgetown University, as a Writer-in-Residence at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. The award will cover all travel and living expenses. The winner will also be invited to take part in the Open Book Festival in Cape Town in September 2012 and events at the Museum of African Art in New York in November 2012. South African winners of the Caine Prize include Mary Watson (2006) and Umuzi author Henrietta Rose-Innes (2008).

Stanley Kenani is a Malawian writer and poet who works as an accountant in Geneva. The title story of his collection, “For Honour”, was also shortlisted for the Caine Prize, in 2008.

Stanley is an alumnus of the Random House Creative Writing Course, presented online in conjunction with GetSmarter, a high-touch online education company. eKhaya was initially established to publish select manuscripts from the Random House Struik Creative Writing and Random House Struik Write a Non-Fiction Story courses, both taught by high-profile South African author, Mike Nicol.

For Honour and Other Stories was published in August 2012, and was eKhaya’s first-ever title. It can be purchased online in South Africa at and, in Britain at and internationally at and other e-retailers.

eKhaya is treading into further exciting territory in June 2012 when it publishes Bloody Parchment: Inferna and Other Stories, an anthology of stories selected for the South African Horrorfest taking place in Cape Town in October 2012. In July, the imprint will publish Ms Conception, a rollicking and heartful novel about a woman juggling family and career by Johannesburg-based television writer, Pamela Power.

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Do Read This Excerpt from Do NOT Take This Road…

Do NOT Take this Road to El-KaramaIn the winter of 2006, English-born Chris Harvie and his travelling companions commenced a 28 000 km road trip around Africa which would become the subject of the travelogue, Do NOT Take this Road to El-Karama.

The travellers meandered through Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zanzibar, Malawi and Namibia. Upon his return, Harvie bought and restored a historical house in Graaff-Reinet, where he wrote this book. Besides fulfilling his duties as hotelier, Harvie writes on food and travel on a freelance basis for the Sunday Times.

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Don't Take this Road – but You Might Want to Take this Book – to El-Karama

Do NOT Take This Road to El-KaramaTired of the African tales of misery with which we find ourselves bombarded every day, new author Chris Harvie sets out to find the good news on an epic 28 000-kilometre journey between his home outside the Kruger National Park and the Nile River in Uganda, traversing eight African countries: Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zanzibar, Malawi and Namibia.

The result is the delightfully entertaining travelogue, Do NOT Take this Road to El-Karama.

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Brilliant, Engaging and Timely: 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa

From an internationally acclaimed journalist comes an extraordinary book that puts a human face on our continent’s AIDS crisis: twenty-eight vivid stories, one for each of the million Africans living with the virus. And five of the twenty-eight stories are about South Africans.

For the past six years, Stephanie Nolen has traced AIDS across Africa, and 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa is the result: an unprecedented, uniquely human portrait of the crisis. Nolen’s stories bring to life men, women, and children involved in every aspect of the pandemic.


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