Books and writers
Information about the latest books and the people behind them
Skin we are in: an interview with Sindiwe MagonaBooks and writers 2018-03-14
"The science that underpins what we usually say without having any proof: people have more in common than they have differences. Now, to be told the fact that skin colour is less than 1% of what comprises the human body – 0,001% – is staggering."
Inzync Collective: ConVerse launchUS Woordfees 2018-03-02
Monday 5 March, 20:30, Drostdy Theatre, Stellenbosch: "Come join InZync for our first event of 2018 as we publish the long-awaited ConVerse, a collection that showcases some of the best new voices in South African poetry in translation, including Koleka Putuma, Jolyn Phillips, Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, Nathan Trantraal and Mbongeni Nomkonwana."
Press release: Hawks officers raided the home of author Jacques PauwNB-Uitgewersportaal 2018-03-01
"The President’s Keepers brought to light abuse of and corruption at these agencies, and this raid is evidence of how the priorities are perverted."
African Library: A casualty of power by Mukuka ChipantaBooks and writers 2018-03-01
"A casualty of power is a brief novel, but it packs a strong punch, vividly and effectively raising matters of importance and urgent relevance to millions of Africans – and others, for African situations are never unique – and their intelligent depiction can enlighten readers all over the world."
US Woordfees 2018: Dutch writer Ernest van der KwastUS Woordfees 2018-02-28
"My latest book is called Jouw toekomst is mijn toekomst (2017) and contains the stories of four students with a refugee background. These are courageous stories that offer a different perspective on people who have made the crossing to Europe."
Water crisis: a country at warOpinion 2018-02-15
"In the end, like in the book, it boils down to helping one another. There is great blessing in giving a glass of water to a poor and thirsty person. It is a form of healing."
A gap in the hedge by Johan Vlok Louw: book reviewResensies 2018-02-07
"The characters and the surroundings are drawn with the accuracy of a master painter, as the author’s descriptions evoke the hopelessness echoed in the area and in the lives of its inhabitants."
Navigate by Karin Schimke: photos from the launchBooks and writers 2018-02-06
Navigate was launched at The Book Lounge on 31 January 2018. Paul Reeves captured the evening with his photos.
Vertical and lateral literary movements in a writer’s career. Breyten Breytenbach’s Windcatcher in the USA and the Low CountriesBooks and writers 2018-01-31
"Research on the constitution of foreign images of a canonical Afrikaans poet can start right here."
Navigate by Karin Schimke: book launchBoeke en skrywers 2018-01-18
You are invited to the launch of Navigate on 31 January in Cape Town. Jolyn Phillips will introduce the poet, Karin Schimke, who will also read from her poetry collection.
Navigate: an interview with Karin SchimkeSkrywersonderhoude 2018-01-18
"On a day-to-day basis, poems rush by me and through me all the time, and only now and again do I have the time to snatch them by their slippery tails and nail them to the page."
As by fire – the end of the South African university by Jonathan Jansen: book reviewUniversiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2018-01-09
"Many news reports, blogs and scholarly articles have been written about 'the hashtag movements', but As by fire is the first comprehensive, systematic attempt at analysing the reflections on the movements from the perspectives of the leaders of those universities most closely involved."
In memoriam: Keorapetse Willie Kgositsile – A letter by Breyten BreytenbachIn memoriam 2018-01-04
"He lived as if he was a reed for the tunes and the rhythms and the winds of his time, and in that he was the reed of our turbulent passage on earth, perhaps transmitting a very ancient song to us."
Journal 1955–1962: Reflections on the French-Algerian War by Mouloud FeraounBooks and writers 2017-12-18
"This important and moving text is the last completed work by an Algerian Berber novelist and public intellectual who wrote in French, the language in which the original Éditions du Seuil edition appeared in 1962."
My Portuguese feast: an interview with Mimi JardimSkrywersonderhoude 2017-12-06
"This book is about a celebration of moods, travels, family, classes – therefore, a feast."
Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard by Sean Christie: a book reviewResensies 2017-11-29
"Christie skilfully weaves historical and social context into the retelling of day-to-day events, from his early encounters with the Beachboys through to his introduction to the slums of Dar es Salaam."
Trevor in the land of fantasy by Sheila Cussons: book launchBoeke en skrywers 2017-11-24
"Beautifully illustrated with her own delicate artwork, the quaint characters in Trevor in the land of fantasy come to life, transporting the reader with them into a world of fantasy and imagination." Izak de Vries shares his photos of the Cape Town book launch with LitNet.
A literary guide to KwaZulu-Natal by Niall McNulty and Lindy Stiebel: book launchBoeke en skrywers 2017-11-24
You are invited to the launch of A literary guide to KwaZulu-Natal on 30 November in Durban.
Migrations: New short fiction from Africa edited by Efemia Chela, Bongani Kona and Helen Moffett: book reviewBooks and writers 2017-11-23
"Migrations is the fourth SSDA anthology after Feast, famine and potluck: African short stories, Terra incognita: New short speculative stories from Africa and the abovementioned Water. The idea behind the SSDA project is to offer a platform for writers across the African continent and the African diaspora to write about our experience on our own terms, and to support African writers in our endeavours through the SSDA Prize, anthologies and writing workshops."
Brunch across 11 countries by Alix Verrips: book launchBoeke en skrywers 2017-11-14
You are invited to the launch of Brunch across 11 countries on 18 November in Claremont. Alix Verrips will be in conversation with Susie Chatz-Anderson.