I’ve always casually taken note of the nominations for the Alan Paton Award, but this is the first year where I’ve followed the proceedings closely. Last year (2012) I worked in the Unisa Press books department as an editorial assistant while the usual occupant of the desk and (very comfortable) chair was on maternity leave.
- Reading Revolution by Ashwin Desai
- Roots and Routes by Michael de Jongh
- Seedlings by Elwyn Jenkins
- ‘we remember differently’ by Jyoti Mistry & Jordache A Ellapen (eds)
The last title, in particular, caught my eye as I contributed towards its publication by editing its language. I therefore found its inclusion in the long list particularly gratifying as one of the criteria for the Alan Paton award is ‘elegance in writing’. But I also remember working on this book for other reasons – I was able to see the entire publishing process from the manuscript being approved to seeing a final product and I remember being touched by how appreciative of everyone’s efforts Jyoti Mistry and Jordache Ellapen were:
We would also like to express our appreciation to the Unia Press team, with special thanks to Sharon Boshoff, Lindsey Morton, Dina-Marie Steyn and Monica Martins-Schuld. (‘we remember differently’: Race, Memory, Imagination, Acknowledgements)