Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

Book launch invitation: Tribing and Untribing the Archive

LitNet Books and writers 2017-02-21

The launch of Tribing and Untribing the Archive, edited by Carolyn Hamilton and Nessa Leibhammer, takes place on 2 March 2017 at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Sink: An interview with Brett Michael Innes

Brett Michael Innes, Naomi Meyer Books and writers 2017-02-07

“The choice of the title is to do with the water connection in the narrative, as well as the emotional state that all the characters are in. It is a limbo of pain and circumstance, a place of entrapment.”

Roughing it – 1820 settlers in their own words by Ralph Goldswain: a book review

Paul Murray Books and writers 2017-02-03

"Ralph Goldswain, in his work on Jeremiah Goldswain in The chronicle of Jeremiah Goldswain (2014), and now in Roughing it, has made a considerable contribution to South African settler historiography."

History Matters by Bill Nasson – a book review

Paul Murray Books and writers 2017-02-01

"If Dudley was never meant to wave the magical fairy wand, to turn Nasson from a self-confessed numerical and scientific dunce into an Einstein, then he definitely succeeded in inspiring him to become a formidable historian. History matters is scientific proof!"

Press release: Lucy’s Dream by Joline Young

LitNet Books and writers 2017-01-09

Lucy’s Dream is an engaging children’s story that reveals slices of life of a little girl living in the fishing community in Simon’s Town up until the 1960s.”

Interview: Say again? The other side of South African English by Jean Branford and Malcolm Venter

Malcolm Venter, Naomi Meyer Books and writers 2017-01-06

"In the same way that we have Australian English, American English, and so on, we have South African English. Obviously all of these Englishes have a lot in common with British English, but they also have many unique aspects."

Book review: Travels with My Father by Karen Jennings

Mathilda Slabbert Books and writers 2017-01-06

"For me, this book is an unsparing quest for meaning on so many levels and one certainly deserving of the highest accolades."

African Library: Keeper of the Kumm by Sylvia Vollenhoven

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2016-12-14

"Told with great candour and in her inimitable, forthright style, Vollenhoven’s is one of the most important South African autobiographies to have appeared."

Book launch video: The long wave |Dorado

Naomi Bruwer Boeke en skrywers 2016-11-18

Tom Dreyer's books The Long Wave (English) and Dorado (Afrikaans) were launched at Die Ouwe Klok last week. Dreyer was interviewed by Dawid de Villiers. Watch the video.

Interview with Dilip Menon - on Learning Zulu and monolingual universities in South Africa

Dilip Menon, Hans Pienaar Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2016-11-16

"What Afrikaans has developed, what English developed over a period of time, is the way of being able to teach a complete foreigner the language, and that is what we need for Zulu."

South African Literary Awards 2016: The winners

LitNet Books and writers 2016-11-10

The winners of this year’s South African Literary Awards have been announced.

Book review: There's always tomorrow by Abner Nyamende

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2016-11-08

"The title of the novel refers to something that Gabashe is told by Madiba himself: 'There’s no time to spare. The time for suffering in the hands of an illegitimate government is now over. Our uniting slogan says there’s always tomorrow.'”

African Library: The Shadow of Things to Come by Kossi Efoui

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2016-10-26

"The shadow of things to come is a brief text that packs a mighty punch: it is a finely written and vividly imagined narrative, many of whose details I have not even mentioned in this profile: a grim, brilliant, spell-binding work."

Book review: Emily Hobhouse – Beloved Traitor by Elsabé Brits

Paul Murray Books and writers 2016-10-26

"Brits has brought the persona of a remarkable person fully to life in the text. South African Hobhousian historiography has become unspeakably enriched from her writing."

Book review: Going back to say goodbye by Kenneth de Kok

Reinhardt Fourie Books and writers 2016-10-25

"Going back to say goodbye tells the story of a boy saying goodbye to his childhood as it flits past. It is also the story of a boy saying goodbye to his father and, movingly, to a South Africa that both no longer exists and lingers on in surprising ways."

Ten questions: Arien van der Merwe on the book Managing diabetes and related health challenges

Arien van der Merwe, Naomi Meyer Books and writers 2016-10-11

Is diabetes a lifelong death sentence? "It isn’t. My book is a message of hope that this disease can be managed and even healed."

Invitation to book launch: Losing the Plot by Leon de Kock

LitNet Books and writers 2016-10-04

You are invited by Wits University Press and The Book Lounge, Cape Town, to the launch of Losing the Plot on Thursday 6 October 2016 at 17:30 for 18:00.

Interview: Marianne Thamm on Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and me

Marianne Thamm, Naomi Meyer Books and writers 2016-09-23

"I am pleased that the country I grew up in no longer exists."

Established South African writers doing it for themselves

Andrew Salomon Books and writers 2016-09-15

"Self-publishing is rising in popularity with South African writers who have previously released novels through traditional publishers. To get an idea of what the self-publishing landscape in South Africa is like, four local fiction writers – Paige Nick, Joanne Hichens, Janita Thiele Lawrence and Gareth Crocker – were asked to share their experiences."

Review: New Contrast Manifesto Issue

Annel Pieterse Books and writers 2016-09-14

"'Manifesto!' shouts the cover of the 173rd issue of South Africa’s oldest literary magazine, New Contrast. The effect is compelling: the reader is enjoined to listen and engage."