What a week it has been for Limpopoborn, Tembisa-raised, Wits-educated novelist Nthikeng Mohlele.
The 40-year-old is the author of the acclaimed Pleasure, which was awarded the R75 000 University of Johannesburg (UJ) Prize for South African Writing in English 2016. Then, on Wednesday it was announced that Pleasure had won the K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award at the 2017 South African Literary Awards.
On the same day, the long list was released for the planet’s richest annual literary prize, the International Dublin Literary Award and there was Mohlele’s name again.
The award is worth R1.6 million and the list is determined by nominations from libraries across the world.
Pleasure is Mohlele’s fourth novel after The Scent of Bliss, Small Things and Rusty Bell. Budding authors who want to learn the art of sensual writing and powerful character construction from Mohlele can apply for his masterclass on December 8, hosted by the groundbreaking Abantu Book Festival in Soweto (mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up). It was a pretty alright week for novelist (and singer-songwriter) Mohale Mashigo too.
Her tale of spiritual crisis, The Yearning, which took the debut prize at the UJ awards, was also long-listed for the Dublin prize.