Dante in race for book prize

An elated Sharon Kashonda learnt last week her first novel is now considered a candidate for the Commonwealth book prize for a first book.The debut novel of a Namibian author has crossed the first hurdle in the adjudication process for a respected Commonwealth book prize.
Sharon Kasanda’s first novel Dante International, published by Wordweaver Publishing House in 2012, has made it through the first stage of judging for the Commonwealth Book Prize for best first book published in 2012.
Both author and publisher are ecstatic about the news. “This is the first time Wordweaver has ventured onto an international platform, and being selected to continue to the next level means that not only Namibian authors, but Namibian publishers as well, are producing work of an international standard.” says Bryony van der Merwe of Wordweaver Publishing House.
Dante International, a murder mystery based in Windhoek, was launched in May last year. The Namibian sales to date have exceeded expectations, and the feedback from readers has been overwhelming.