Books and writers
Information about the latest books and the people behind them
My low carb kitchen by Vickie de Beer: reader impressionBooks and writers 2018-04-11
"Paging through this book, I am struck by the huge variety of easy recipes that consist largely of everyday basics. The colour photographs by Craig Fraser do justice to the delectable food. I cannot wait to try out a few recipes!"
Press release: Jolyn Phillips receives NiHSS Award for Tjieng Tjang TjerriesBooks and writers 2018-04-11
"It is a strikingly original work of narrative fiction based on the mimetics of life. The texture of the writing is finely laced and covers a wide range of emotional modalities from the tragic to comical."
Under glass by Claire Robertson: a reviewResensies 2018-04-10
"In the depiction of the building of a farm and a colony, in the contact between different groups of people, in the relationships within a family with their secrets and pettinesses and preferences and loves, Robertson creates another view of a particular piece of South African history for her readers."
My Portuguese feast by Mimi Jardim: reader impressionBooks and writers 2018-03-28
"I am impressed by the wide and carefully chosen selection of mouth-watering recipes in My Portuguese feast. My favourite recipe by far is the golden koeksisters on page 48. Another firm favourite is the chicken and chickpea soup on page 104."
Feminism is: South Africans speak their truth, edited by Jen Thorpe: a book reviewBooks and writers 2018-03-28
"While reading the essays in this collection, I found myself repeatedly rethinking my own attitudes. To start with, I wanted to be as sensitive and as aware as I could be while writing my review of the book. Change of attitude often begins with language. I hope that each of the words I have chosen for this review is respectful towards the contributors, their views and their sterling work."
Colour me yellow by Thuli Nhlapo: book reviewResensies 2018-03-23
"This is a powerful book that has you spellbound, especially as the secrets are revealed towards the end. It reminds you, once again, that knowing your ancestry is all-important for healthy self-actualisation."
Skin we are in: an interview with Sindiwe MagonaBooks and writers 2018-03-14
"The science that underpins what we usually say without having any proof: people have more in common than they have differences. Now, to be told the fact that skin colour is less than 1% of what comprises the human body – 0,001% – is staggering."
Inzync Collective: ConVerse launchUS Woordfees 2018-03-02
Monday 5 March, 20:30, Drostdy Theatre, Stellenbosch: "Come join InZync for our first event of 2018 as we publish the long-awaited ConVerse, a collection that showcases some of the best new voices in South African poetry in translation, including Koleka Putuma, Jolyn Phillips, Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, Nathan Trantraal and Mbongeni Nomkonwana."
Press release: Hawks officers raided the home of author Jacques PauwNB-Uitgewersportaal 2018-03-01
"The President’s Keepers brought to light abuse of and corruption at these agencies, and this raid is evidence of how the priorities are perverted."
African Library: A casualty of power by Mukuka ChipantaBooks and writers 2018-03-01
"A casualty of power is a brief novel, but it packs a strong punch, vividly and effectively raising matters of importance and urgent relevance to millions of Africans – and others, for African situations are never unique – and their intelligent depiction can enlighten readers all over the world."
US Woordfees 2018: Dutch writer Ernest van der KwastUS Woordfees 2018-02-28
"My latest book is called Jouw toekomst is mijn toekomst (2017) and contains the stories of four students with a refugee background. These are courageous stories that offer a different perspective on people who have made the crossing to Europe."
Water crisis: a country at warOpinion 2018-02-15
"In the end, like in the book, it boils down to helping one another. There is great blessing in giving a glass of water to a poor and thirsty person. It is a form of healing."
A gap in the hedge by Johan Vlok Louw: book reviewResensies 2018-02-07
"The characters and the surroundings are drawn with the accuracy of a master painter, as the author’s descriptions evoke the hopelessness echoed in the area and in the lives of its inhabitants."
Navigate by Karin Schimke: photos from the launchBooks and writers 2018-02-06
Navigate was launched at The Book Lounge on 31 January 2018. Paul Reeves captured the evening with his photos.
Vertical and lateral literary movements in a writer’s career. Breyten Breytenbach’s Windcatcher in the USA and the Low CountriesBooks and writers 2018-01-31
"Research on the constitution of foreign images of a canonical Afrikaans poet can start right here."
Navigate by Karin Schimke: book launchBoeke en skrywers 2018-01-18
You are invited to the launch of Navigate on 31 January in Cape Town. Jolyn Phillips will introduce the poet, Karin Schimke, who will also read from her poetry collection.
Navigate: an interview with Karin SchimkeSkrywersonderhoude 2018-01-18
"On a day-to-day basis, poems rush by me and through me all the time, and only now and again do I have the time to snatch them by their slippery tails and nail them to the page."
As by fire – the end of the South African university by Jonathan Jansen: book reviewUniversiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2018-01-09
"Many news reports, blogs and scholarly articles have been written about 'the hashtag movements', but As by fire is the first comprehensive, systematic attempt at analysing the reflections on the movements from the perspectives of the leaders of those universities most closely involved."
In memoriam: Keorapetse Willie Kgositsile – A letter by Breyten BreytenbachIn memoriam 2018-01-04
"He lived as if he was a reed for the tunes and the rhythms and the winds of his time, and in that he was the reed of our turbulent passage on earth, perhaps transmitting a very ancient song to us."
Journal 1955–1962: Reflections on the French-Algerian War by Mouloud FeraounBooks and writers 2017-12-18
"This important and moving text is the last completed work by an Algerian Berber novelist and public intellectual who wrote in French, the language in which the original Éditions du Seuil edition appeared in 1962."