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Lauren Beukes

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The Kitschies (and awesome 2011 books for cheap at CAFDA)

The Kitschies, genre fiction’s smartest AND most irreverent prize, announced their short list for best novel (the Red Tentacle), best debut (the Golden Tentacle) and best cover (the Inky) on Friday. You can check out the lists of the finalists here,  but trust me, they’re all astonishing novels, smart, progressive, engaging and doing very interesting things with story.

Being one of the judges has been fun and harrowing (whittling down the lists to just five finalists got bloody and shouty and, worse, we elected to eliminate two brilliant books, SL Grey’s The Mall and Sophia McDougall’s Savage City because the judges were too close to the authors).

Most of all it’s been a total overdose of reading. At one point, I was literally getting a box of books a day.  The good news is that we’re sharing the love because the books are being donated to literacy and education charities.

I dropped four boxes off at CAFDA‘s Sea Point bookstore this morning (not including the finalists, because I’m going to have to re-read those), from hardcovers to paperbacks, the new Adam Roberts to The Vampire Shrink. If you hurry, you can get your paws on the best of ‘em.

Pictured here with bookstore owner Michael

CAFDA is committed to the social and economic development of disadvantaged communities on the Cape Flats. Their ultimate goal of establishing stable family and community life through participatory empowerment projects for all inhabitants regardless of age, gender, race, culture, religion and ability.

The UK copies will be heading off to Better World Books, where they will be sold off to aid leading literacy charities like the National Literary Trust, Books for Africa and READ International. Better World Books have already donated over five million books and raised nearly seven million pounds for literacy causes.

If you’re interested in keeping up with the intrigue and drama of The Kitschies, Jared and Anne are reviewing one of the finalists every day for the next few weeks running up to the announcement on 3rd of February at the SFX Weekender. Here’s the schedule. 

And here’s more coverage on the prize from The Guardian, Damian G Walters, writing about why we must celebrate intelligent fantastic fiction on his blog and Strange Horizons on the short-lists.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    January 17th, 2012 @13:19 #

    That is such a brilliant plot re CAFDA. Hope there is a stampede in the direction of Sea Point.


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