This year’s Goethe Medal has been awarded to African writer and publisher Zukiswa Wanner, Elvira Espejo Ayca of Bolivia and Ian McEwan of the U.K. for their commitment to international cultural exchange.
Zukiswa, a writer, journalist and publisher, is the author of the novels “The Madams” (2006), “Behind Every Successful Man” (2008), “Men of the South” (2010) and two children’s books–– “Jama Loves Bananas” and “Refilwe.” As an essayist she wrote “The Politics of Race, Class and Identity in Education” and 2011 Mail & Guardian’s book of Women Introductory essay, “Being a Woman in South Africa.”
Born of a South African father and a Zambian mother, Zukiswa now lives in Kenya. She is the founder of ReadSA, a writer-initiated campaign to get South Africans reading more African literature with a particular emphasis on donating locally-written books to school libraries. She was also in the inaugural writing team for the first South African radio serial in English, SAFM’s “Radio Vuka.”