Books and writers
Information about the latest books and the people behind them
Video: Launch of On Record by Schalk van der MerweBooks and writers 2017-08-18
Schalk van der Merwe's On Record – Popular Afrikaans Music & Society, 1900–2017 was launched on Tuesday, 15 August in Stellenbosch.
Die Mauer: A German crime thriller set in a South African gated communityBooks and writers 2017-08-16
"Annas has taken some pretty evident elements of the South African reality and mixed them into a breath-stopping brew: a wall, some 'intruders', a tinderbox socio-political milieu and a few overinflated egos that concern themselves almost exclusively with obsessively safeguarding the privilege contained within the wall."
The wisdom of adders by Dan Wylie: book reviewBooks and writers 2017-08-16
"The story as a whole is set so far in the future, yet is so grounded in our connection to the primitive and natural world, that it conveys the same type of timeless appeal as Game of Thrones (although the latter’s genre is fantasy). For this reason, we can forgive the sometimes hackneyed feeling of the poems."
Losing the plot: crime, reality, and fiction in postapartheid writing by Leon de Kock: book reviewBooks and writers 2017-08-14
"... De Kock, it seems to me, gets much right in Losing the plot. His preoccupations seem all the more relevant as we try to untangle the dense web of corruption in South Africa, decipher the shifty nonsense emerging from the White House, hope to differentiate news from fake news, and find ways of living in a murky world in which states have become indistinguishable from criminal enterprises and politicians from racketeers."
Apartheid: Britain’s bastard child by Hélène Opperman Lewis: book reviewBooks and writers 2017-08-10
"I came to this book interested in inter-/transgenerational trauma, as a South African, and read it as a case study of the Afrikaner as a particular case of such trauma. I left unconvinced, which is a pity."
Press release: Open Book Festival programme 2017Feeste 2017-08-08
The seventh Open Book Festival will take place from 6 to 10 September at The Fugard Theatre, District Six Homecoming Centre, A4 Arts Foundation, PH Centre, Central Library Cape Town, Elsies River Library, Kuyasa Library and The Book Lounge from 10:00 to 21:00 each day.
Press release: #cocreatePOETICA ‒ Celebrating the spoken word through collaboration at Open Book Festival 2017Feeste 2017-08-08
Following the enormous success of the collaboration between Poetica and #cocreateSA last year, #cocreatePOETICA will once again be part of the seventh Open Book Festival from 6 to 10 September 2017.
Press release: Comics Fest programme at Open Book Festival 2017Feeste 2017-08-08
Comic Fest will take place on 9 September from 09:30 to 18:00 and on 10 September from 09:30 to 17:00 as part of the Open Book Festival 2017.
The twinkling of an eye by Sue Brown: book launchBooks and writers 2017-08-07
You are invited to the launch of The twinkling of an eye on 15 August in Cape Town. Author Sue Brown will be in conversation with Karina Szczurek.
Accident by Dawn Garisch: an interviewBooks and writers 2017-08-07
“I think effective fiction writing stems from some personal disturbance that the author extrapolates into another very different imaginative scenario. This means that the emotional experience of the writing feels authentic, and that the author can explore her dilemmas outside the confines of her own life.”
Delilah now trending by Pamela Power: book launchBooks and writers 2017-07-31
You are invited to the launch of Delilah now trending on 19 August in Stellenbosch. Author Pamela Power will be in conversation with Karin Brynard.
Making Africa Work: a book reviewBooks and writers 2017-07-19
"Manufacturing in Africa has suffered: firstly, during colonial times, when raw materials were exported, as beneficiation took place abroad; and secondly, today, as China does the same."
An entirely different world: Russian visitors to the Cape, 1797–1870, edited by Boris Gorelik – a book reviewBooks and writers 2017-07-12
"As with several other cases of travellers rounding the Cape, Russian travellers saw it as a convenient stopover, although it became more than that – a place worthy of a visit."
African Library: Who will catch us as we fall by Iman VerjeeBooks and writers 2017-06-28
"The Indian community of Kenya comes into strong focus in this recent novel, part family saga, part social analysis and part romance, set mainly in Nairobi and combining idealistic hope with some strongly satirical exposures of the city’s and the society’s ugly underbelly."
Firepool by Hedley Twidle: book launchBooks and writers 2017-06-27
You are invited to the launch of Firepool in Cape Town, where author Hedley Twidle will be in conversation with Rebecca Davis.
Press release: Winners of the 2017 Sunday Times Literary Awards announcedBooks and writers 2017-06-26
The 2017 winners of the Sunday Times Literary Awards were announced on 24 June.
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."