Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

Video: Launch of Gangster State by Pieter-Louis Myburgh

LitNet Books and writers 2019-04-17

Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture was recently launched at the CapeTalk (and Kfm) studios, Cape Town. Myburgh was interviewed by Adriaan Basson.

The Copyright Amendment Bill: an interview

Naomi Meyer, Louis Gaigher, Leanne Martini Onderhoude 2019-04-11

"The Bill erodes copyright protection. It makes it impossible for creators of academic work to protect their legitimate interests, such as being remunerated for their work and having their work’s integrity respected."

Video: Stellenbosch launch of The rise and demise of the Afrikaners by Hermann Giliomee

Naomi Bruwer Books and writers 2019-04-10

Hermann Giliomee's The rise and demise of the Afrikaners was recently launched at Exclusive Books Stellenbosch. Giliomee was interviewed by Albert Grundlingh.

Poet Laureate at the Adelaide Festival

Anton Enus Books and writers 2019-04-09

"This literary festival, perhaps the most relaxed of the scores that take place in Australia every year, sprawls across a park in the city centre. It’s hard to resist its charm. And, this year, it’s pleasing to note that, over and above the Coetzee-Van Niekerk hour, there is a strong African presence."

Press release: South Africans rewarded for championing children's literacy

LitNet Books and writers 2019-04-08

National reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali, is launching a loyalty programme for South Africans committed to making a difference in children’s reading development. Known as FUNda Sonke, isiXhosa for ‘everyone read’, the programme seeks to grow and support the campaign’s network of more than 17 000 literacy volunteers, known as FUNda Leaders, nationwide.

UNISA’s Breyten Seminar: "The birthday poem ritual as self-portrait in Breyten Breytenbach’s poetry: 1964–2014"

Charles Tait Books and writers 2019-04-04

"The biographical nature of both poetry and painting in Breyten Breytenbach’s work is less an indulgence than a subjective witnessing of both personal and world history."

Press release: Cape Town Library Book – Writing my City

LitNet New writing 2019-04-03

"In the coming months, libraries will be running workshops to aid you in honing your writing skills. All of this will culminate on the 15th of June when you will be able to submit your piece for consideration at participating libraries. The finalists' pieces will then be included in the #WritingmyCity anthology which will be launched at Open Book Festival 2019!" 

Press release: The 14th call for submissions extended to 30th April 2019

LitNet Books and writers 2019-04-02

Due to public request, the South African Literary Awards (SALA) Call for Submissions is extended to 30th April 2019.

Secret keeper by Kerry Hammerton: book review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Resensies 2019-03-27

"In Secret keeper, Hammerton manages to capture the essentials of most adult lives – love, loss, loneliness, anxiety, ageing and death – and leaves us pondering our own mortality, and that deep longing not to feel our insignificance 'at night' when we are all alone under the 'black sky, stars,/ the milky way'."

Kora: A lost Khoisan Language: an interview

Menán van Heerden, Menán du Plessis Books and writers 2019-03-26

On Wednesday, 27 March 2019 (13h00–15h00) at Stellenbosch University, linguist Menán du Plessis will talk about her book, Kora: A lost Khoisan Language of the early Cape and the Gariep. Menán van Heerden chats to Menán du Plessis about her book.

Invitation: Book launch of Kora: A lost Khoisan Language of the early Cape and the Gariep by Menán du Plessis

LitNet Books and writers 2019-03-25

Wednesday, 27 March (13h00-15h00): Please do join Stellenbosch University’s Department of General Linguistics as we celebrate the launch of Extraordinary Associate Professor Dr Menán du Plessis’ book entitled Kora: A lost Khoisan Language of the early Cape and the Gariep (Unisa Press in collaboration with South African History Online, 2018).

Sol Plaatje Award for Translation in 2016 to 2018: acceptance speech by Karin Schimke

Karin Schimke Books and writers 2019-03-22

"Prizes like these highlight the noblest ambition of translation: to humanise."

Response to Gustav Pienaar’s “impressions” of The man who killed apartheid

Harris Dousemetzis Boeke en skrywers 2019-03-21

"I have gone into considerable detail in countering Mr Pienaar’s criticism of my book, because I believe that he deserves a full and thoughtful reply, but also because criticism of this sort vilifies the memory of Dimitri Tsafendas himself."

Announcement: the winner of the 2019 City Press | Tafelberg non-fiction award

LitNet Books and writers 2019-03-20

City Press and Tafelberg are proud to announce the winner of the City Press | Tafelberg Nonfiction Award for 2019.

The resurrection of Winnie Mandela: A biography of survival by Sisonke Msimang: reader impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2019-03-20

"The history of Winnie Mandela (1936–2018) is one of the most painful stories to emerge from South Africa. It is a story of injustice and oppression, but it is also, for many South Africans, a story of triumph and hope."

Press release: Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2019

LitNet Books and writers 2019-03-20

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the world’s most global literary prize, is launching into its 2019 hot phase: the shortlist will be announced in the week commencing 8 April.

Steinheist: Markus Jooste, Steinhoff and SA’s biggest corporate fraud by Rob Rose: book review

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2019-03-19

"Rob Rose’s Steinheist is not the first book to appear in the aftermath of the Steinhoff crash, but it is, by far, the most comprehensive and most compelling."

The Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club: an interview

Menán van Heerden, Sindiswa Seakhoa Onderhoude 2019-03-13

On 16 March 2019 the Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club will host a panel discussion under the theme “Literacy in indigenous languages as the foundation of community, economic, social and political development”. Menán van Heerden chats to Sindiswa Seakhoa about the book club, the legacy of Miriam Tlali and the importance of indigenous languages.

Press release: Panel discussion on literacy and indigenous languages

LitNet Books and writers 2019-03-12

The Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club will host a panel discussion on 16 of March 2019 (13h00–15h00, Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg) under the theme "Literacy in indigenous languages as the foundation of community, economic, social and political development". 

Rainbow nation my Zulu arse: Reader impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2019-03-04

"Khumalo really goes out of his way to research and explain the origins and meanings of the names of all the places that he visits. This, in itself, makes the book a wonderful read, as there are many surprises to the reader along the way."