Books and writers
Information about the latest books and the people behind them
The wives by Lauren Weisberger: book reviewBooks and writers 2018-10-22
"This book also gives one pause to reflect on whether it is worth it to try and keep up with a youth-obsessed society that makes unrealistic demands on how you spend your time and where, how your body should look (like Barbie) and how much you should have in your bank account."
The Echo of a Noise by Pieter-Dirk Uys: book launchBooks and writers 2018-10-19
You are invited to the launch of The Echo of a Noise on 23 October in Melville. The author, Pieter-Dirk Uys, will be in conversation with Michelle Magwood.
The inside-out man by Fred Strydom: reader impressionBooks and writers 2018-10-15
"Through the author’s dexterity of storytelling and astute turn of phrase, each sentence becomes its own canvas, and yet the storylines blend effortlessly."
You make me possible: An interview with Karina SczcurekBooks and writers 2018-10-10
"Sometimes, you can say something in a letter that is impossible to voice otherwise."
Space inhabited by echoes by Karen Jennings: a reviewBooks and writers 2018-10-04
"Despite flaws in Jennings's poetic technique, the subject matter and the intimacy of her perspective results in insightful, sensitive and forthright poems."
Green as the Sky is Blue by Eben Venter: excerptBooks and writers 2018-10-03
"The afternoon was bathed in a milky blue. To our left were the koppies and on our right the grassy veld. Right in front of me, my father’s legs in his farm shorts." Read an excerpt from Green as the Sky is Blue by Eben Venter.
Press release: 2018 SALA nominees announcedBooks and writers 2018-09-28
"We congratulate the 2018 nominees for their sterling work and keeping South Africa’s literary heritage alive."
It’s only blood: Shattering the taboo of menstruation by Anna DahlqvistBooks and writers 2018-09-20
"It is a book every menstruator will profit from reading."
Microcosms: Patrick Leigh Fermor’s Mani: Travels in the Southern PeloponneseMenings 2018-09-20
"Time is fluid for Leigh Fermor. Present and past coexist, his experiences threaded into a historical and geographical tapestry ..."
Illuminating lives, edited by Vivian Bickford-Smith and Bill Nasson: book launchBooks and writers 2018-09-18
You are invited to the launch of Illuminating lives on the 27th of September 2018 at the Book Lounge in Cape Town.
New African Graphic Novel LaunchesLAPA Uitgewersportaal 2018-09-14
This full-colour graphic novel places Shaka’s rule against the slave trade that was expanding from the East African coast, and the Europeans spreading inland from the south.
Hope rising from the ashes of despair: Mogadishu Book FairBooks and writers 2018-09-06
"I saw hope rising from the ashes of despair. As I stood at the podium to talk about my book, The lion’s binding oath and other stories, I saw a sea of young faces – young men and women in their late teens and early to mid-twenties – staring at me attentively, taking it all in."
Press release: 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize open for entriesBooks and writers 2018-09-06
"The Commonwealth Short Story Prize – the flagship project of Commonwealth Writers and the world’s most global literary prize – is now open for entries. The closing date is 1 November 2018."
Press release: If one has read Arundhati Roy …Books and writers 2018-09-04
"After fleeing Somalia, Ahmed Ismail Yusuf lived in several states but has lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1997. He did not speak English when he arrived, he was a high-school dropout, and he was not sure what his actual age was. Today he has two college degrees."
African Library: Small country by Gaël FayeBooks and writers 2018-08-30
"Nevertheless, the fact that certain authors manage, like Gaël Faye does with Small country, to create chronicles that do not seem to desecrate, cheapen or sensationalise the devastating dimensions of those events, remains admirable proof of the nuanced art and deep empathy of which some writers are capable."
Midlands Literary Festival 2018: Full programmeBooks and writers 2018-08-29
KZN's premier book festival, the Midlands Literary Festival, is taking place at Fern Hill Hotel near Howick on 1 and 2 September 2018. Here is the full programme.
Call for papers: 7th annual Africa Century International African Writers ConferenceBooks and writers 2018-08-28
"The 7th annual Africa Century International African Writers Conference (ACIAWC) call for papers is now open. Papers and panel proposals interpreting the theme 'Unifying Africa: Writing and reading in African languages' are invited."
The Enumerations by Máire Fisher: excerptBooks and writers 2018-08-23
"A violent incident at 17-year-old Noah Groome’s school sets into motion a chain of events that will test him and his family deeply." Read an excerpt from The Enumerations by Máire Fisher, author of Birdseye.
Fault lines by Joanne Macgregor: book reviewResensies 2018-08-14
"Macgregor seeds a fair amount of technological information throughout the novel. This locates the plot in substantial fact – the controversy around Karoo fracking has led to much publicity in the South African media – while Macgregor also presents these details in digestible pieces, mostly through Sam’s voice."
I wish I'd said: an interview with Mantoa MotinyaneBooks and writers 2018-08-08
"What was striking about the different poets was that each one had, at some point in their life, experienced some form of grief, love, birth and hope. These themes came through in all the languages."