The Caine prize often referred to as the ‘African Booker’ prize has announced it’s shortlist for the year 2011. The prize is in it’s twelfth year.
The shortlist is dominated by South African writers and the rest shared among writers from Botswana, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
The stories are selected from 126 entries from 17 African countries. Only 5 writers are shortlisted among the lot.
The winner of the £10,000 prize is to be announced at a celebratory dinner at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, on Monday 11 July.
Award-winning Libyan novelist Hisham Matar and chair of judges said the task of choosing was especially difficult given the varied tastes of the judges.
One of the shortlisted authors, Lauri Kubuitsile was interviewed in Geosi Reads.
All shortlisted works are available to read on the official website.
The 2011 shotlist comprises:
1. NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) ‘Hitting Budapest’ from ‘The Boston Review’ Vol 35, no. 6 – Nov/Dec 2010
2. Beatrice Lamwaka (Uganda) ‘Butterfly dreams’ from ‘Butterfly Dreams and Other New Short Stories from Uganda’ published by Critical, Cultural and Communications Press, Nottingham, 2010
3. Tim Keegan (South Africa) ‘What Molly Knew’ from ‘Bad Company’ published by Pan Macmillan SA, 2008
4. Lauri Kubuitsile (Botswana) ‘In the spirit of McPhineas Lata’ from ‘The Bed Book of Short Stories’ published by Modjaji Books, SA, 2010
5. David Medalie (South Africa) ‘The Mistress’s Dog’ from ‘The Mistress’s Dog: Short stories 1996-2010’ published by Picador Africa, 2010
Geosi Reads wishes all shortlisted writers the very best!