Spud wins Booksellers’ Choice Award 2006
The story of a boy’s first year at an elite boys only private boarding school has won the prestigious Booksellers’ Choice Award at the Sefika Dinner for the book selling and publishing industry, held at the Elangeni Hotel in Durban, on Tuesday 22 August 2006. Spud written by John Van de Ruit and published by The Penguin Group (SA), won the vote of booksellers across South Africa as the book they most enjoyed promoting and reading in the past year.
Author, John van de Ruit, was delighted to have won the Booksellers’ Choice Award, and had this to say:
“I am thrilled and deeply honoured to have won this prestigious award. Not only have SA booksellers embraced Spud, but they have actively promoted a new South African work by a debut author.”
The Booksellers’ Choice Award, sponsored by BookData, is an important award for South African writing, the book trade and the reading public. It is awarded to the book that booksellers across the country have most enjoyed reading, selling or promoting over the past year. Only open to South African authors who are published in South Africa, the award draws attention to the excellence and high standard of South African writing.
The book was chosen from a shortlist of six :
Dis Ek, Anna by Elbie Lotter won the 2005 award.
The Bookseller’s Choice Award is one of several Awards presented at the Sefika Dinner chosen and presented by the trade, in recognition of outstanding contribution to the industry.
More about Spud and the author:
It’s South Africa, 1990. The country still squirms under the iron fist of Apartheid. The release of Nelson Mandela is imminent, and more importantly, it’s Spud Milton’s first year at an elite boys only private boarding school. Cursed with parents from well beyond the lunatic fringe, a senile granny, and a dormitory full of strange characters, Spud has to forge a new life for himself in this foreign and sometimes hostile environment. He also invites us into the mind of a boy struggling to come to terms with a strange new world; a boy whose eyes are being opened to love, friendship and complete insanity.
John van de Ruit was born in Durban, South Africa and educated at Michaelhouse and the University of Natal where he completed a Masters degree in Drama and Performance. Since 1998 he has been a professional actor, playwright and producer, winning numerous awards. He is best known for his collaboration with Ben Voss on the hit satirical sketch show Green Mamba which has toured extensively throughout Southern Africa since 2002. This is his first novel.
LitNet: 23 Augustus 2006
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