The Library and Information Association of South Africa ( LIASA ) has developed the theme ” Celebrating libraries in 20 years of democracy ” for its activities in 2014, which includes The Librarians Choice: Top 20 South African books 1994-2014. In celebrating this theme, librarians across South Africa were invited to identify the Top 20 books during these twenty years that:
. were written by a South African author in one of the official languages
. were published for the first time between 1994 and 2014
. reflect South African life by South Africans
. focus on issues of democracy or contribute to the consolidation of democracy
. examine where South Africa is and is heading as a nation
The nominations were open to all genres of literature from fiction to non-fiction, adult and children’s books. The invitation to identify the Librarian’s choice went out late 2013 and by mid- January 253 books were nominated by librarians across South Africa.
So, do you want to know what the Top 20 is ? Go to the LIASA website and find out.
Nigel Palmer Phi