Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

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.

The pink line: Journeys across the world’s queer frontiers by Mark Gevisser: a review

Shaun de Waal Books and writers 2020-10-21

"The pink line is always very readable, despite its density of content. His account of the twisting political issues is masterly, while the individual and collective stories he narrates and probes give human faces to issues often disputed in abstractly political and 'moral' terms. People’s lives are at stake."

Review: A poor season for whales by Michiel Heyns

Helen Moffett Books and writers 2020-10-14

"Heyns’s ability to capture everyday social interactions with almost uncomfortably precise focus, and to blend moral philosophy into dialogue, is indeed reminiscent of Austen, a feature further underlined when he has his heroine struggle between sense and sensibility even as she reads Austen’s novel of that title."

Finding my way: Reflections on South African literature by Duncan Brown – a book review

Kris van der Bijl Books and writers 2020-10-14

"Brown’s text reminds one of the special and continuous role that literature plays when one seeks to relate to the world one exists in. The book highlights how literature is that which is continuously imagining, connecting, exposing, blurring and knowing."

Nuwe boeke | New releases | Penguin Random House SA

Penguin Random House South Africa PRH/LAPA-Uitgewersportaal 2020-10-07

Penguin Random House South Africa stel hulle Oktober-boeke bekend. | Penguin Random House South Africa presents their October releases.

Fresh off the press: Hidden Pretoria by Johan Swart and Alain Proust

LitNet PRH/LAPA-Uitgewersportaal 2020-10-02

This book captures remnants of our diverse heritage so that a new generation might recognise the need to embrace the past in order to build our shared future.

Prisoner 913: The release of Nelson Mandela by Riaan de Villiers and Jan-Ad Stemmet

Bill Nasson Books and writers 2020-10-01

"A detailed and intricately plotted reconstruction of the actions surrounding the eventual release of Nelson Mandela from prison, Riaan de Villiers and Jan-Ad Stemmet’s Prisoner 913 has some of the attributes of a good political or contemporary historical thriller – atmosphere, suspense, intrigue, surprise and double-dealing."

Kortlys bekend vir Helgaard Steyn-prys vir Skryfkuns | Helgaard Steyn Award for Literature shortlist announced

LitNet Boeke en skrywers 2020-09-28

Vanjaar se toekenning word gemaak vir skryfkuns, en enige Afrikaanse werk – fiksie of niefiksie – wat tussen 2016 en 2019 verskyn het ... kom in aanmerking.

Fresh off the press: The lie of 1652 by Patric Tariq Mellett

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-09-25

In this radical critique of established pre-colonial and colonial history, Mellet centres land dispossession, the destruction of livelihoods and the brutality of slavery in South Africa.

Finding architectural heritage in Hidden Pretoria

Penguin Random House South Africa Books and writers 2020-09-22

The architectural heritage of Pretoria embodies the interaction between people, place and politics that shaped the city over time within its particular historical and geographical context. Hidden Pretoria places the buildings of our capital city in the spotlight. Although Pretoria often receives less attention than Cape Town and Johannesburg, its architecture is equally remarkable and its history is central to the broader South African narrative.

First sip: Women in solitary by Shanthini Naidoo

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-09-17

"Here, political prisoners were kept among murderers and thieves. It was large enough for prisoners to disappear, particularly in the maze of solitary cells reserved for political detainees."

First sip: Prisoner 913 by Riaan de Villiers and Jan-Ad Stemmet

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-09-09

In 2013, historian Jan-Ad Stemmet opened a box at the Archive for Contemporary Affairs at the University of the Free State and realised he had found a collection of documents that would rewrite the story of Nelson Mandela’s release.

Achmat Dangor: From LitNet’s archives

Jean Meiring Books and writers 2020-09-07

Achmat Dangor passed away on 6 September 2020. Below, LitNet shares an article that was published in October 2004 on LitNet titled "Tasting the sweet fruit of literary success".

PRH | LAPA | Nuwe fiksie | New fiction

LitNet PRH/LAPA-Uitgewersportaal 2020-09-04

Penguin Random House en LAPA se nuwe fiksie is bekendgestel. | Announcing new fiction from Penguin Random House and LAPA.

Elsa Joubert memorial service: JM Coetzee’s contribution

JM Coetzee Books and writers 2020-09-04

"With her wide experience of the world, her firm but generous moral sense, and her sharp, inquiring mind, Elsa Joubert represented the very best of the Afrikaans intellectual tradition. I am honoured to have been her friend."

Press release: Madibaland World Literary Festival, 20–30 November 2020

Darryl David Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-09-03

"It’s going to be the festival of the year, beams Darryl David! 'It might very well be the only festival of the year, but boy will it make up for the many that we missed!'"

Reader impression: Prisoner 913 by Riaan de Villiers and Jan-Ad Stemmet

David Willers Books and writers 2020-08-27

"Loose talk, especially pillow talk, can be dangerous. In the arms of a lover, Nelson Mandela’s wife, Winnie, whispers that Nelson will be visiting Durban."

African Library: Behold the dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2020-08-26

"Permeated as it is by compassionate irony, this is a deeply satisfying novel, a narrative that feeds the soul and expands the understanding."

Reader impression: The accidental mayor: Herman Mashaba and the battle for Johannesburg by Michael Beaumont

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2020-08-25

"He is not a career politician. Mashaba’s decision to accept the call to leadership within the DA resulted from his desire to serve the people of Johannesburg."

Press release: The virtual launch of Heart of a strong woman by Xoliswa Nduneni-Ngema

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-08-18

You are invited to the launch of Heart of a strong woman by Xoliswa Nduneni-Ngema on 24 August 2020. She will be in conversation with Fred Khumalo.