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Penguin Random House South Africa wins 2016 Sefika Trade Publisher of the Year Award

Steve Connolly

Penguin Random House South Africa received top honours in the category Trade Publisher of the Year at the 2016 Sefika Awards ceremony, held at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town yesterday evening.

Read: Sally Andrew, Penguin Random House and The Book Lounge the big winners at 2016 Sefika and Booksellers’ Choice Awards

The Sefika Awards celebrate booksellers and publishers for the roles they play in promoting a culture of reading in South Africa. The Trade Publisher of the Year Award rewards overall excellence in the South African Trade Publishing sector.

The criteria used by booksellers include outstanding turnaround times for book delivery, exceptional customer service and communication from the sales team to booksellers, and supporting booksellers with book launches and publicity.

Steve Connolly, Managing Director at Penguin Random House South Africa says, “I’m delighted that the team at Penguin Random House has been recognised by the trade. Every staff member, throughout the country has worked with dedication and passion, supporting our authors and customers, and bringing our books to the readers of South Africa. We love what we do, but it feels great to be acknowledged.”

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Shepherds and Butchers to premiere at Silverskerm Festival

Shepherds and ButchersThe film adaptation Shepherds and Butchers, based on the novel by Chris Marnewick, will be premiered in South Africa at the kykNET Silverskerm festival in Cape Town this week.

The film is directed by Oliver Schmitz and stars Andrea Riseborough, Steve Coogan, Deon Lotz and Eduan van Jaarsveldt.

It was awarded the third place Panorama Audience Award for Fiction Films at the Berlin Film Festival in February – a first for a South African film.

Press release from kykNET:

Earlier this year, veteran director Oliver Schmitz’s Shepherds and Butchers bowled audiences over at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it received the prestigious Panorama Audience Award.

Audiences will now get the chance to see the film at the kykNET Silverskerm festival in Cape Town, which starts on 24 August, 2016. Anant Singh, one of Shepherds and Butchers’ producers, will also be attending this year’s festival for the first time and will be present at the screening of the film on Friday, 26 August.

Shepherds and Butchers is part of a new selection of feature films that has seen the light due to the creative and financial support of M-Net. “We are proud of every single one of these films, which represents a bigger variety of genres. The films have suspenseful storylines and the production value is of the highest quality,” Jan du Plessis, Director: M-Net channels commented. “It is wonderful news that Shepherds and Butchers with its outstanding cast, including the brilliant Steve Coogan and an experienced production crew can screen at the festival with other up and coming new local filmmakers.”

Shepherds and Butchers is inspired by true events and is set against the background of the politically unsettled South Africa of 1987. When Leon Labuschangne (Garion Dowds), a 19-year-old prison warden, commits a cold blooded crime by shooting seven black men at point blank range, the outcome of the lingering court case is obvious for most – that he will get the death penalty.

The human rights activist, John Weber (played by the renowned Steve Coogan from Philomena fame), who stands against the death penalty, is the only defence attorney that is willing to take Labuschagne’s case. He discovers that this young man worked on the gallows where 164 executions took place in one year.

During the court case Weber reveals the traumatic working conditions Labuschagne was exposed to which ultimately lead to his break down.

Andrea Riseborough (the Oscar-winning Birdman), Deon Lotz, (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) Marcel van Heerden, Eduan van Jaarsveldt and Nicola Hanekom also form part of the star studded cast.

Shepherds and Butchers screens on Friday, 26 of August at 4:30 PM in the Rotunda at the kykNET Silwerskerm Festival.

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South African crime writer to team up with thriller superstar James Patterson

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South African crime writer Jassy Mackenzie will contribute a book to James Patterson’s imprint BookShots.

Patterson, who is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time, with sales in excess of 325 million copies worldwide, will be writing, collaborating on, or personally curating every title published by the new imprint.

BookShots, which will produce page-turning, novella-length stories, aims to change the way readers consume books.

“BookShots are designed to help people fit reading into their busy lives,” Patterson says. “They’re stories that you can devour in an hour or two, and that will keep you engaged throughout. People will want to pick one of these up because they won’t be intimidated by the length, or ever bored by the plot.”

Each title will be under 150 pages, competitively priced at R59.95, and available in a new compact paperback format, as ebooks and in audio.

Mackenzie is the author of five thrillers, all published in South Africa by Umuzi, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Her other books include Folly, Switch and Breathless. She is published in the United States and in Germany, and has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and an International Thriller Award.

Mackenzie’s BookShot will be titled 26 Degrees South and is set in Johannesburg, where she lives. A publication date has yet to be fixed.

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Good Cop, Bad Cop: Confessions of a Reluctant Policeman – a personal account by Andrew Brown

Good Cop, Bad CopZebra Press is proud to present Good Cop, Bad Cop: Confessions of a Reluctant Policeman, the new book by Andrew Brown:

Once an enemy of the apartheid police, Andrew Brown has worked as a police reservist for almost 20 years. In this book he takes the reader on patrol with him – into the ganglands of the Cape Flats, the townships of Masiphumelele and Nyanga, and the high-walled Southern Suburbs.

Good Cop, Bad Cop is a personal account of the perilous and often conflicting work of a SAPS officer. Brown describes being shot at, arresting suspects in a drug bust, chasing down leads in a homicide investigation and keeping the peace during the UCT student protests.

Brown illustrates how difficult the job of the police is, and how easy it is to react with undue force. Yet he argues passionately that the role of the police is to be a service to communities and not a force to suppress social discontent.

Gripping and thought-provoking, this is a fascinating insight into the social fabric of current South Africa.

About the author

Andrew Brown is an author, an advocate and a reservist sergeant in the South African Police Service. While a student in the 1980s he was arrested after confrontation with police and was sentenced to imprisonment. On appeal, the Cape High Court overturned the sentence and imposed community service instead. Brown now practises as an advocate in the same High Court that heard his appeal. Since 1999 he has also worked as a police reservist, his duties taking him from the tree-lined avenues of Rosebank to the squalor of Masiphumelele. His previous books are the novels Inyenzi, Coldsleep Lullaby, Refuge, Solace and Devil’s Harvest, as well as Street Blues, about his earlier experiences as a police reservist. He has won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and his work has been shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Africa Region). He is married, with three children.

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Fred Khumalo’s new novel on the sinking of the SS Mendi to be published in South Africa and the UK

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Fred Khumalo’s new novel will be published in South Africa and in the United Kingdom in February 2017.

The book, titled Dancing the Death Drill, recounts the sinking of the SS Mendi, a passenger steamship that sank in the English Channel in 1917, killing 646 people, most of whom were black South African troops heading for France to serve in World War I. February 2017 will mark the centenary of the sinking of the Mendi.

Khumalo’s book will be published in South Africa by Umuzi and in the UK and Ireland by Jacaranda Books. Jacaranda Books founder Valerie Brandes said: “We are delighted to work with Umuzi and Penguin Random House South Africa on such a brilliant novel that will help shine a light on this dark moment in our history.”

Khumalo’s writing has appeared in various publications, including the Sunday Times, the Toronto Star, New African magazine, the Sowetan and Isolezwe. His most recent book, #Zuptasmustfall and Other Rants is published this month. Other books by him include Bitches Brew, Seven Steps to Heaven and Touch My Blood. He completed his MA in creative writing at the University of the Witwatersrand and is the recipient of a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University, among other international writing fellowships.

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Kom vier die bekendstelling van Tuisland deur Karin Brynard by Love Books

Kom vier die bekendstelling van Tuisland deur Karin Brynard by Love Books

TuislandPenguin Random House en Love Books nooi u hartlik uit na die bekendstelling van Tuisland deur Karin Brynard.

Brynard sal in gesprek wees met Mariëtta Kruger.

Moenie dit misloop nie!



  • Datum: Donderdag, 18 Augustus 2016
  • Tyd: 6:30 PM vir 7:00 PM
  • Plek: Love Books
    The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre
    53 Rustenburg Road
    Johannesburg | Padkaart
  • Gespreksgenoot: Marietta Kruger
  • Verversings: Ligte verversings en wyn sal bedien word
  • RSVP: 011 327 3550,


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Don’t miss the launch of The Way I See It by Lerato Tshabalala at David Krut with Nechama Brodie

Invitation to the launch of The Way I See It: The Musings of a Black Woman in the Rainbow Nation


The Way I See It: The Musings of a Black Woman in the Rainbow NationPenguin Random House South Africa invite you to the launch of The Way I See It: The Musings of a Black Woman in the Rainbow Nation by Lerato Tshabalala at David Krut Bookstore tonight!

Tshabalala will be in conversation with Nechama Brodie.

Don’t miss it!

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 20 July 2016
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: David Krut Bookstore
    151 Jan Smuts Avenue
  • Refreshments: Come and join us for a glass of wine
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Nuut: Moordvis deur Irna van Zyl en Amatola deur Piet van Rooyen (Plus: wen!)

Penguin stel bekend twee nuwe, angswekkende misdaadverhale deur skrywers Irna van Zyl en Piet van Rooyen:


MoordvisDead in the Water’n Grieselige gesig begroet speuradjudant Storm van der Merwe en haar hond op Grootbaai se strand: die lyk van ’n jong joernalis – sonder haar arm.

Vir dié kusdorpie se inwoners is dit slegte nuus; lyke wat rondlê kan die haaiduikbedryf waarvoor Grootbaai beroemd is, erge skade berokken.

Storm se hande jeuk om die saak te ondersoek, maar sy is vir eers ingeperk tot saai kantoorwerk. Boonop het sy nie ’n ryding nie nadat ’n inwoner – ’n aantreklike een daarby – met sy insleepwa in haar Volla vasgejaag het.

Intussen sukkel Storm se onmoontlike oudkollega, Andreas Moerdyk, om te fokus terwyl hy ondersoek instel na die dood van ’n bekende Springbokstut wie se motor op die N1 deur ’n soortgelyke trok getref is.

Het Storm se ongeluk iets met die rugbyspeler se noodlottige botsing te doen? En hoe steek die joernalis se dood en die stories oor perlemoenstropery op Grootbaai in mekaar?

Terwyl Storm antwoorde op dié tergende vrae soek, raak dinge vir haar gevaarliker as ’n haaihokduik – sonder die hok. Moordvis is ook in Engels beskikbaar as Dead in the Water.

Oor die outeur

Irna van Zyl, wat ’n roemryke loopbaan van 30 jaar in die media gehad het, onder meer as redakteur van De Kat en Insig, het onlangs uitgetree as ’n uitvoerende direkteur van New Media Publishing, ’n maatskappy waarvan sy medestigter was en uitgewer van onder meer Woolworths Taste, Visi, Golf Digest, Finweek en Eat Out. As skrywer het sy reeds in 1995 met ’n versameling kortverhale, Grootmensspeletjies, gedebuteer.


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AmatolaIn die afgeleë Sneeuberge van die Oos-Kaap soek ’n groep argeoloë onder leiding van die nimlike professor Attie Vermaak na ’n reeks rotstekeninge: ’n befaamde oorlogstafereel van ruiters en vlugtendes. Groot is hul vreugde toe hulle dié kunswerk na ’n uitmergelende soektog vind.

Hulle blydskap is egter van korte duur: ’n gevaarlike groep drosters oorrompel hulle en neem hulle gevange. Onder angswekkende omstandighede deel ekspedisie- en bendelede dieselfde kampeerplek terwyl die bendekaptein wag op verslag deur twee verspieders wat hy na die buitewêreld stuur om ’n losprys te eis.

Amatola is Van Rooyen op sy beste.

Oor die outeur

Piet van Rooyen is die skrywer van sewe romans en vier poësiebundels. Sy eerste roman, Die spoorsnyer, wen die Tafelberg/Sanlam/De Kat-romankompetisiein 1993. Hy ontvang hiervoor ook die CNA-prys vir ’n debuutroman. Die olifantjagters verskyn in 1997 en dié roman ontvang in 1998 die M-Net-prys. Ander romans sluit in Gif (2001), Die brandende man (2002), Akwarius (2005), Etosha (2010) en Rodriguez (2012). Hy is tans professor in politieke wetenskap aan die Universiteit van Namibië.


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Vyf gelukkige lesers kan elkeen ’n kopie van Amatola en Moordvis wen. Skryf in deur die aanlynkompetisievorm in te vul voor 24 Julie 2016.


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Not for the faint-hearted: The Way I See It: The Musings of a Black Woman in the Rainbow Nation by Lerato Tshabalala

The Way I See ItNew from Penguin Books, The Way I See It: The Musings of a Black Woman in the Rainbow Nation by Lerato Tshabalala:

Tshabalala first came to our attention in 2011 with her “Urban Miss” column in the Sunday Times, and since then she has by turns entertained, exasperated, amused and confounded her fans and critics alike.

Now, with her first book, she looks set to become the national institution she deserves to be. With her customary wit and keen insight into social, political and cultural affairs, Tshabalala shines a bright – and controversial – light on South African society and the quirky ways of the country.

She is brutally honest about her experiences as a black South African in post-apartheid Mzansi, and no subject is too sacred for her to explore: annoying car guards, white-dominated corporate South Africa, cultural stereotypes, economic and racial inequality, and gender politics, among many other topics, come under her careful – and often laugh-out-loud – scrutiny.

The Way I See It is written for people who are hungry for a book that is thought-provoking, funny, irreverent and truly South African all at the same time. It is light but full of depth: like a supermodel with an MBA!

About the author

Lerato Tshabalala is a writer and editor with 15 years’ experience in print media. From starting out as a junior writer at Fairlady magazine, the proud Sowetan went on to edit South Africa’s largest lifestyle supplement, for the Sunday Times. In 2004 she won a Mondi award while working for Marie Claire South Africa, and in 2013 Mail & Guardian named her one of the 200 young people to watch in the Media category. In 2014 she was chosen as one of the first alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, which allowed her to study business at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA.

Tshabalala has recently also added motivational speaker to her CV, telling her story to people across South Africa. She is 36, very single and lives in Johannesburg.

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Presenting Homegoing: Yaa Gyasi’s searing, profound, and highly anticipated debut novel

HomegoingPenguin is proud to present Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, the novel that made headlines last year when it received a seven-figure deal at the London Book Fair:

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Gyasi has written a miraculous novel – the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself.

Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portraits, Homegoing is a searing and profound debut from a masterly new writer.

About the author

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she held a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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