Books and writers
Information about the latest books and the people behind them
Apartheid: Britain's bastard child, an interview with Hélène Opperman LewisBooks and writers 2017-06-13
"Before answering, let’s clarify the thorny issue of racism first. And let’s be clear – white racism arrived with the arrival of all Europeans in southern Africa. It’s not something that suddenly surfaced in 1948! And it certainly is not something peculiar to southern Africa only!"
Fatima Meer: Albie Sachs's impressions and Winnie Mandela's forewordBooks and writers 2017-06-13
"The personal and the political are woven inextricably into each other by her life and in her prose."
Press release: Update on Durban's bid for Unesco City of LiteratureBooks and writers 2017-06-08
"'We’re in the home stretch,' says Darryl Earl David, former Head of Afrikaans at UKZN, founder of South Africa’s national Booktown in the Karoo, and the man heading Durban’s bid for Unesco City of Literature status."
Press release: Book Time with Eastern Cape authors at SunKissedBooks and writers 2017-06-06
"Friends and residents of the Eastern Cape – and especially book lovers – have a terrific opportunity to learn more about the cultural richness of their region when two local authors bring their poetry and stories to SunKissed, a specialist arts and craft shop at the East London Airport on 15 June."
Sixteen international authors confirmed for the 2017 Open Book FestivalBooks and writers 2017-06-05
"The Open Book Festival will be presented from 6 to 10 September 2017, once again offering a world-class selection of book launches, panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses, readings, performances and more."
Unpresidented by Paige Nick: book reviewBooks and writers 2017-05-31
"Paige Nick has demonstrated a unique talent for taking the pulse of present-day South Africa and weaving a story that offers the country’s zeitgeist to readers in an entertaining, irreverent and enjoyably subversive manner."
foodSTUFF by Tony Jackman: book launchBooks and writers 2017-05-25
You are invited to the launch of foodSTUFF by food writer Tony Jackman, where he will be in conversation with Nancy Richards.
Press release: Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award ceremonyBooks and writers 2017-05-24
This year's Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award is awarded to Breyten Breytenbach. The ceremony will be held on May 25th and the event will be streamed live.
Being Kari: an interview with Qarnita LoxtonBooks and writers 2017-05-16
"I also wanted to write about an adult love relationship, and in the Cape Town context, it seemed authentic to include an intercultural relationship which raised questions of identity."
Shortlist of the 2017 Sunday Times Literary Awards announcedBooks and writers 2017-05-16
“The shortlisted books always reflect what is happening in our society and this year it’s clear that the political has become the personal, and that we have to look at what happened to find out who and where we are today."
Get up! Stand up! by Mark Heywood: book launchBooks and writers 2017-05-15
You are invited to the launch of Get up! Stand up! in Cape Town, where author Mark Heywood will be in conversation with Redi Thabi.
A handful of earth by Simon Bruinders: book launchBooks and writers 2017-05-09
Your are invited to the launch of A handful of earth by Simon Bruinders on the 10th of May, where he will be in conversation with Hamilton Wende.
The praying nun: an interview with Michael SmorenburgBooks and writers 2017-05-08
"'Now' is all that any of us certainly have, and to waste a moment of it, either enslaving someone else or being held in bondage for someone else’s benefit, is a crime against humanity."
A Necklace of Springbok Ears: /Xam orality and South African literature by Helize van VuurenBooks and writers 2017-05-03
"Helize van Vuuren describes her essays in the field of Bushman studies as a monograph. Perhaps. It is, however, the wide-ranging and delicately intelligent work of a polymath."
On the fifth night: an interview with Michael HowardBooks and writers 2017-05-03
"We sense the word 'consciousness' describes levels of human being, but we can’t quite put our finger on what exactly these levels are. The whole concept is like a mirage – there, but untouchable; real, but somehow unknowable."
Bending the rules by Rafique Gangat: book launchBooks and writers 2017-05-02
You are invited to the launch of Bending the rules by Rafique Gangat in Johannesburg, where he will be in conversation with Tim Cohen, editor of Business Day.
A daughter of Africa: Writing through the apartheid years, a reviewBooks and writers 2017-04-27
"The Afrikaans language, Joubert’s instrument of literary creation, is under siege and in the process of being dispensed with as a university language of instruction, signalling the eventual loss of its higher functions. It may be that this translation will one day be the only way to access the autobiography of a courageous writer who, in 2002, was considered one of the best writers on the African continent."
Queen of the Free State, a memoir: an interview with Jennifer FriedmanBooks and writers 2017-04-26
"So, in the cemetery in Philippolis, I pretended I was the Queen, and all the people, the little children lying beneath the slabs and angels, the doves and little lambs, were all my loyal subjects. They loved me and obeyed me. I loved them and ordered them about. I was the Queen of the Free State."
African Library: Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique MukasongaBooks and writers 2017-04-25
"Brief as it is, and with some of the naïveties of a first novel, Mukasonga’s narrative packs a powerful punch without exploiting the Rwandan tragedy for merely melodramatic effects."
The shallows by Ingrid Winterbach: book launchBooks and writers 2017-04-18
You are invited to the launch of The shallows by Ingrid Winterbach in Cape Town, where she will be in conversation with Karin Schimke.