AWARD-WINNING author Miriam Tlali will be celebrating her 76th birthday at Xarra Books in Newtown tomorrow from 2pm.
Activities that will mark this celebration will include an open poetry, music and dialogue session of the Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club, which is a legacy programme of the South African Literary Awards.
The club still invites writers, readers and the public to discuss books and topical literary issues.
Tlali is a scholar, novelist, short-story writer and struggle activist. Among her novels are Muriel At the Metropolitan, Amandla and Footprints in the Quag. She has received many awards internationally and domestically, including the South African Lifetime Achievement Literary Award in 2005.
In the words of former arts and culture minister Pallo Jordan, the awards help to ensure that "through the written word, humanity is able to commune with the present, past and future".
Jordan added that he hoped that young people would read and write and continue this tradition, to build on the foundations laid by past and present readers and writers.
Added to the Miriam Tlali Book and Reading Club, the SA Literary Awards partnership of Sowetan, wRite Associates, Nutrend Publishers and the national arts and culture department have launched Band of Troubadours, a compilation of the work of the 43 writers who were honoured between 2005 and 2007.
The SA Literary Awards include the following categories:
l Translators Award;
l National Poet Laureate Prize;
l Lifetime Achievement Literary Award;
l Posthumous Literary Award;
l Literary Journalism Award;
l K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award; and
l The Nadine Gordimer Short-story Award - for writing in African languages.