eKhaya, 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 Kalahari.com and Exclus1ves.co.za, in Britain at Amazon.co.uk and internationally at Amazon.com 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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