Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

Fresh off the press: Paradise in Gaza by Niq Mhlongo

LitNet Books and writers 2020-12-04

"When Mpisi Mpisani travels to his home village for the burial of his mother and a visit to his first wife, he is anxious to hurry back to Johannesburg."

Three women providing a catalyst for African literature: An interview

Izak de Vries, JL Powers, Ashawnta Jackson, SarahBelle Selig Interviews 2020-12-02

"I just began to feel excited about the possibility of bringing African literature of all genres to a North American readership – not scholarly work, which I think has some real champions, but crime novels, thrillers, literary fiction, children’s fiction and graphic novels."

Press release: You are invited to the Liberty Books launch at Peregrine Farm Stall

LitNet Books and writers 2020-11-27

Join us to celebrate our new home and engage with our speakers who will ponder the question “What’s so blêrrie belangrik ‘bout books anyway?”

Hazara, elegy for an African farm by John Conyngham: reader impression

David Willers Books and writers 2020-11-26

"Hazara, taken from the name of Conyngham’s lost dynastic family sugar farm in KwaZulu-Natal (in turn taken from the name of his grandfather’s regiment in the British Indian Army), tackles the torment of confused identity in the ambivalent context of the old Anglo-South African relationship."

The history of man by Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu, a review

Helen Moffett Books and writers 2020-11-26

"This novel is no less than an act of extraordinary grace by the author."

Press release: Join us for two special events during #ReadingAfrica

Catalyst Press Books and writers 2020-11-26

"You are invited to join us for two exciting zoom discussions on the joys of #ReadingAfrica. #ReadingAfrica week is an annual event to celebrate African literature. This year it will take place from 6 – 12 December."

Joburg noir, edited by Niq Mhlongo: reader impression

Edwin T Smith Books and writers 2020-11-23

"Joburg noir is a present-day attempt to capture and reflect the people, images, architectural forms, footprints, aspirations, fears, dreams, cuisine, culture and memories of the City of Gold in contemporary times and for the modern reader."

A promised land by Barack Obama – Win a copy!

LitNet PRH/LAPA-Uitgewersportaal 2020-11-19

You could win a copy of A promised land by Barack Obama with the compliments of LitNet and Penguin Random House South Africa. Click on this link, then scroll down to see how!

Reader impression: Going home by Sophia Lindop

Louise Viljoen (JBay) Books and writers 2020-11-19

"Going home not only celebrates the stories behind the rich food culture of Lebanon – both historical and contemporary – but also highlights the true meaning of life, which is found in togetherness, sharing, laughter and good food."

The Madibaland World Literary Festival: an interview with Darryl David

Naomi Meyer, Darryl David Books and writers 2020-11-19

"We may be divided by oceans. We may be divided by time zones, and circumstances, and more. But we are linked by stories, by our desire to dialogue – and I think this festival will be the perfect chance to celebrate that."

Programme: Madibaland World Literary Festival 2020

Darryl David Books and writers 2020-11-19

"There has never been a festival quite like the Madibaland World Literary Festival – and you’re invited," says Darryl David, Director of the Madibaland World Literary Festival. Here is the full programme, as provided by Darryl David.

Reader impression: Death and the after parties by Joanne Hichens

Barbara Erasmus Books and writers 2020-11-18

"Hichens has written an evocative and memorable description of a difficult journey which somehow leaves the reader hopeful for the future."

Public webinar: Gender and the slow violence of poverty

LitNet Akademies en skole 2020-11-17

You are invited to a public webinar on Wednesday 18 November 2020 at 12:00. 

First sip: Putco Mafani – the price and prize of greatness by Putco Mafani

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-11-17

"Moment by moment, I found myself stubbornly in conflict with this leader, as I was a liberal broadcaster who spoke his mind openly. As a seasoned broadcaster, I knew what was good for South Africa. As an aspirant media owner, this was the dawn of a new South Africa."

Inter-review with Colleen Higgs about her memoir, My mother, my madness

Janet van Eeden, Colleen Higgs Books and writers 2020-11-13

"I think my mother’s death released me; I felt the burden of responsibility lift from me."

Press Release: #ReadingAfrica #OokInAfrikaans

Catalyst Press Books and writers 2020-11-11

#ReadingAfrica week is an annual event for all publishing companies, readers and authors who want to share their love for African literature, #OokInAfrikaans.

Fresh off the press: Promised land by Karl Kemp

LitNet Books and writers 2020-11-06

"Touching on the history of land conflict and conquest in each area, as well as detailing the current situation on the ground, Promised Land  provides startling insights into the story of land conflict in South Africa."

The African Library: Barracoon: The story of the last "black cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2020-11-05

"In this entry, the established pattern of profiling contemporary or classic African works of fiction is broken. Kossola (more often referred to as Cudjo in the USA) was the last surviving captured African on the last ever American slave ship. The five and a half years of Kossola’s slave labour in Alabama is not presented as the main focus of his narrative; rather, Barracoon is the life story of a man with vivid memories of his life in a Yoruba settlement in West Africa."

Inter-review: And wrote my story anyway by Barbara Boswell

Cliffordene Norton, Barbara Boswell Books and writers 2020-10-30

"I would want their curiosity to be piqued with regard to black women’s literary and political contributions to this country. It would also be lovely if black women and girls were encouraged to write their own stories."

Virtual launch: 40 Years of Iconic Food by Dorah Sitole

LitNet Books and writers 2020-10-23

CNA and Human & Rousseau invite you to join us for the virtual launch of 40 Years of Iconic Food by Dorah Sitole.