Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

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.

LitNet and the Jakes Gerwel Foundation’s Kommadagga writing workshop

LitNet Books and writers 2020-08-14

LitNet and the Jakes Gerwel Foundation will present a mentorship programme for promising young English and Afrikaans writers in Somerset East from 12 October to 1 November 2020. The programme is intended specifically for short-prose writers – applications are now open.

Femicide in South Africa – an interview with Nechama Brodie

Cliffordene Norton, Nechama Brodie Books and writers 2020-08-05

"It’s important that we understand that femicide is not something that happens only when there is a big story in the news – but it is systemic, and it has been happening over a long period of time; it exists as part of a broader society that has allowed and encouraged violence to be used as a solution or as a means to an end." 

Reader impression: Has China won? by Kishore Mahbubani

David Willers Books and writers 2020-07-29

"Space doesn’t allow for a fuller discussion of the author’s conclusions, the main conclusion of which is that a major geopolitical contest between America and China is both inevitable and avoidable."

Review:  Decolonising schools in South Africa: The impossible dream? by Pam Christie

Aslam Fataar SA Skoleseminaar | Schools Seminar 2020-07-29

"Pam Christie’s entire career’s work shines a bright light on our educational fault lines, and now, with this book, she invites us into the decolonial space, which is an impossible space to embrace – maddeningly impossible – yet one which must be occupied and rendered pedagogical."

The fall: an interview with Jen Thorpe

Cliffordene Norton, Jen Thorpe Books and writers 2020-07-24

"I think the way we think about and talk about protests and why they happen has the ability to shape our receptiveness to listening, and I wanted to explore this idea in The fall."

Reader impression: The body: A guide for occupants by Bill Bryson

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2020-07-21

"This is a book that is really worth the read; I am even considering rereading it sometime, which is something that I very rarely do with books."

Sea star summer: an interview with Sally Partridge

Naomi Meyer, Sally Partridge Books and writers 2020-07-15

"It was during a morning beach walk on one of these trips that he pointed out all the 'sea stars' in a rock pool. I was already writing the book, and that scene automatically made it in."