Books and writers
Information about the latest books and the people behind them
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.
Queen of the Free State by Jennifer Friedman: book launchBooks and writers 2017-04-18
You are invited to the launch of Queen of the Free State by Jennifer Friedman on 23 May (Cape Town) and 25 May (Johannesburg).
Cult Sister by Lesley Smailes: Cape Town book launchBooks and writers 2017-04-11
You are invited to the Cape Town launch of Cult Sister by Lesley Smailes on 18 April 2017, where she will be in conversation with Shado Twala.
Cult sister by Lesley Smailes: an interviewBooks and writers 2017-04-10
"Cult sister is my memoir of the ten years I spent travelling around America with a nomadic, very fundamental Christian group. I try to paint an honest word picture about life in the strange group from my point of view."
Jan Smuts: Afrikaner sonder grense by Richard Steyn – a book reviewBooks and writers 2017-04-07
"At the heart of this absorbing portrait – within a ribcage that contains much else – lies the enigmatic contradiction of Smuts, a revolving mask that his latest biographer does a good job of lifting."
Flame and song: A memoir by Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa and How to open the door by Marike BeyersBooks and writers 2017-04-07
"How to open the door and Flame and song are books about 'being in the world and not defeated by it'. In both, it is often that which is not said that is delivering the strongest punches."
Durban bidding to become a Unesco City of LiteratureBooks and writers 2017-04-06
Breaking news: "We have lodged our formal announcement with Unesco that Durban is going to bid to become South Africa’s and Africa’s first Unesco City of Literature." Read it first on LitNet.
Patriots & parasites: an interviewBooks and writers 2017-03-29
"As a woman of her time, as an Afrikaans person of her time, and even as an MP of her time, she never bent with the breeze – she was 'what the willow does to the wind'."
Video: Turning point by Theuns EloffBoeke en skrywers 2017-03-28
Ralph Mathekga in conversation with Theuns Eloff at the launch of Turning point.
Once we were sisters by Sheila Kohler: a book reviewBooks and writers 2017-03-28
"Sheila Kohler’s tender, searing autobiographical memoir is emotionally and technically intelligent, shaped by a sense of the dangers of self-regard."
Book launch: Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse by Antjie KrogNB-Uitgewersportaal 2017-03-14
An invitation to the launch of Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse by Antjie Krog, a collection of poetry now available in English.
Book launch: Business Writing for South AfricansNB-Uitgewersportaal 2017-03-08
The launch of Business Writing for South Africans will take place in Melville on 16 March 2017. Writers Bittie Viljoen-Smook, Johan Geldenhuys and Wena Coetzee will be there to discuss their book.
African Library: Chronicle of a last summer – a novel of Egypt by Yasmine El RashidiBooks and writers 2017-03-02
"Sometimes seen as primarily a family saga or a portrait of the teeming city of Cairo, this debut novel’s wider resonance is indicated in the subtitle; it is a highly sophisticated reading of the pulse of urban Egypt over a stretch of the 30 years between 1984 and 2014."
Stanzas No 4, a book reviewBooks and writers 2017-02-28
"Stanzas is a vibrant and vital contribution to the local poetry scene. Any reader’s soul will delight in a subscription to the quarterly, which I can wholeheartedly recommend."
Delicious low carb – an interview with Sally-Ann CreedBooks and writers 2017-02-24
"You can eat very affordable vegetables and animal proteins with their existing fat very inexpensively."
20th Time of the Writer Festival line-upBooks and writers 2017-02-22
A feast of literary offerings from Africa and the world will be showcased at this year’s 20th Time of the Writer International Festival. The Festival, set to take place from 13–18 March 2017, will feature some of the country’s most prolific writers.
Book launch invitation: Tribing and Untribing the ArchiveBooks 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.