Karina Magdalena Szczurek

Karina M Szczurek is the author of Truer than Fiction: Nadine Gordimer Writing Post-Apartheid South Africa as well as the editor of Touch: Stories of Contact, Encounters with André Brink, Contrary: Critical Responses to the Novels of André Brink (with Willie Burger), and the 2015 SSDA anthology, Water: New Short Fiction from Africa (with Nick Mulgrew). Her play for young adults A Change of Mind won the MML Literature Award in the Category English Drama in 2012. She also writes short stories, essays, poetry and literary criticism. Her debut novel Invisible Others was published in 2014. It was longlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.

It’s only blood: Shattering the taboo of menstruation by Anna Dahlqvist

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2018-09-20

"It is a book every menstruator will profit from reading."

Winging it by Joanne Jowell: a review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2018-06-14

"Winging it illuminates the entire undertaking of what an egg donation, IVF, surrogacy, and solo parenting entails. None of it is for the faint-hearted."

Feminism is: South Africans speak their truth, edited by Jen Thorpe: a book review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2018-03-28

"While reading the essays in this collection, I found myself repeatedly rethinking my own attitudes. To start with, I wanted to be as sensitive and as aware as I could be while writing my review of the book. Change of attitude often begins with language. I hope that each of the words I have chosen for this review is respectful towards the contributors, their views and their sterling work."

Migrations: New short fiction from Africa edited by Efemia Chela, Bongani Kona and Helen Moffett: book review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books 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."

The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions: a review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2017-09-26

"Barris will make you laugh, weep and think. Read The life of Worm & other misconceptions for the pure delight of experiencing the short story at its versatile best: take a flying room, add a saurian, and see where they might take you."

The Fifth Mrs Brink: An interview with Karina Szczurek

Karina Magdalena Szczurek, Naomi Meyer Books and writers 2017-09-07

"Love is everything. It is the most precious thing that we are capable of as humans."

Flame and song: A memoir by Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa and How to open the door by Marike Beyers

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books 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."

Patriots & parasites: an interview

Julia Smuts Louw, Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books 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'."

Stanzas No 4, a book review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books 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."

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.'”

One day at The Star Soweto Literary Festival 2016

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2016-08-26

"Camaraderie. That is word which comes to mind when I think back to the one day I spent at the fabulous Soweto Theatre, attending the inaugural The Star Soweto Literary Festival."

Book review: Writing what we like: A new generation speaks, edited by Yolisa Qunta

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2016-08-26

"If there ever was a timely book, Writing what we like is definitely it. It is the brain child of Yolisa Qunta, who over the period of the past two years interviewed and collected essays written by her fellow young black South Africans for this remarkable publication."

Book review: The woman next door by Yewanda Omotoso

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2016-06-06

"Most importantly, Omotoso shows that life and love are rarely black and white. They are full of nuances and contradictions. We can be simultaneously kind and cruel, open and closed, warm and cold."

Of romance, rugby and refugees: intertwined at the inaugural Jewish Literary Festival in Cape Town

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2016-05-25

"Sunday, 22 May, one of those glorious winter days in Cape Town: all light and revelation. It wasn’t even 9 am, but the queue in front of the Gardens Community Centre in Hatfield Street looked overwhelming."

Review: Affluenza by Niq Mhlongo

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2016-04-13

"If you want to take the pulse of present-day South Africa, you can turn to his [Mhlongo's] work for insight."