Karina M. Szczurek Announces New Literary Award in André Brink’s

19 Feb 2019
Philida by André Brin

PEN SA member and former board member, Karina M. Szczurek announced on her blog earlier this month that she will be establishing a new literary award in her late husband, André Brink’s honour.

She will be naming it The Philida Literary Award.

“The award will be named after a historical figure, the slave woman Philida van de Caab who entered the archival records because of laying an official complaint against her masters, Francois and Cornelius Brink, distant relatives of André’s,” Szczurek writes. “She became the protagonist of André’s last published novel, Philida (2012). André’s rendition of her courage and resilience continues to inspire me – and many others – as a woman and a writer.”

In Szczurek’s latest publication,  You Make Me Possible: The Love Letter of Karina M. Szczurek and André Brink (Protea Book House, 2018), she shares how with Brink’s support she was finally able to acknowledge that she was a writer and “that this would be forever my way of being in the world.”

She will be establishing the prize with royalties from You Make Me Possible.

The Philida Literary Award will be awarded to a writer mid-career for an oeuvre of between three to five books of any genre. The idea behind the recognition is to acknowledge an author with a consistent record of publishing works of excellence and to encourage them further in their pursuit of a literary career. The award ceremony will take place annually on the anniversary of André’s death, 6 February, starting with the fifth anniversary in 2020. Thus, locally, it will be the first literary award given every year.

You can read more on Szczurek’s website.