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Open Book Festival 2021 announces stellar programme line-up for podcast series

LitNet Books and writers 2021-11-04

Open Book Festival has announced the stellar line-up for its new podcast series which runs from 8 to 24 November.

Wamuwi Mbao reviews Wild imperfections, compiled by Natalia Molebatsi

Wamuwi Mbao Books and writers 2021-11-03

"This remarkable collection runs to 200 pages of poems by 40 black women, some of whom are familiar crowd-drawers – think Nikki Giovanni, Gabeba Baderoon, Warsan Shire – while others have smaller but no less committed audiences."

Press release: The Island Prize for debut African novelists

LitNet Books and writers 2021-11-02

Karen Jennings, Holland House Books and Karavan Press are delighted to announce a new competition for debut novelists from Africa: The Island Prize. 

Fresh off the press: Prisoners of the past by Steven Friedman

LitNet Books and writers 2021-10-28

"The negotiated settlement of 1994, it is claimed, ended racial domination and created the foundation for a prosperous democracy – but greedy politicians betrayed the promise of a new society."

Richmond’s BookBedonnerd XIV: An interview with Darryl David

Naomi Meyer, Darryl David Books and writers 2021-10-28

"No tickets needed! All our talks are FREE. We believe our festivalgoers have to travel so far to join us, how can we saddle them with yet another cost."

Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah: book discussion

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2021-10-28

"It is a pleasure and a lucky chance to have chosen Gurnah’s latest novel as the topic of this entry’s profile days before his selection as a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature was announced. ... As an aesthetic achievement, it roundly confirms Gurnah’s worthiness as the world’s – and our continent’s – latest recipient of literature’s highest accolade."

Book launch: The changing face of colonial education in Africa

LitNet Books and writers 2021-10-27

The changing face of colonial education in Africa by Peter Kallaway offers a detailed and nuanced perspective of colonial history. You are invited to the online launch of this publication on 3 November 2021.

Press release: Open Book Festival 2021 returns with new podcast series

LitNet Books and writers 2021-10-27

Open Book Festival returns with an eight part podcast series celebrating just some of the works of literature to come out of SA this year. The series will run from 8–24 November 2021.

Obituary: Peter Wilhelm

Mike Nicol Books and writers 2021-10-26

"He was a sardonic man, his expression one of wry amusement. He was exceptionally kind and gentle."

Future tense – reflections on my troubled land by Tony Leon: reader impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2021-10-25

"This concludes what was for me a quite enjoyable book, one which is an important addition to the literature on South African politics, and of which the main subject of importance is Leon’s exposé of the internal DA politics."

Mary Anning’s grewsome beasts by Deshan Tennekoon: reader impression

Irene Schoonwinkel Books and writers 2021-10-25

"This teaches and encourages the youth of today not only to believe or trust someone because they are a person they love or respect, but also to remain curious and question things for themselves."

Full particulars: Confessional fiction for a desolate age

David Attwell, Mphuthumi Ntabeni Books and writers 2021-10-20

In this episode of his monthly podcast David Attwell talks to Mphuthumi Ntabeni about his tour de force, The Wanderers (2021). Ntabeni’s first novel, The Broken River Tent (2017) won the UJ Prize for debut fiction.

Schreiner Karoo Arts Festival press release: Deon Meyer to attend Cradock Arts Town project launch

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2021-10-19

Internationally popular writer Deon Meyer will take a break from filming next week for a flying visit to Cradock. His trip is timed for the launch of a new holistic arts town project which encompasses the Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival (SKWF) taking place on 22 and 23 October 2021.

Palaces of stone: Uncovering ancient southern African kingdoms by Mike Main & Tom Huffman: reader impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2021-10-18

"It is important for us to learn as much as we can of these long-forgotten societies – how they were organised and what happened to them before Africa was divided up by colonial powers into its present form."

Fresh off the press: Wayfarers’ hymns by Zakes Mda

LitNet Books and writers 2021-10-14

Infused with rhythm and melody, Zakes Mda’s new novel invites you to travel from Lesotho’s Mountain Kingdom to the City of Gold through the history of Famo.

Join us for the launch Hearty home food

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2021-10-06

Human and Rousseau and Exclusive Books invite you to join the launch via online webinar of Hearty home food.

An island by Karen Jennings: a book review

David Attwell Books and writers 2021-09-29

"An island is an ethically driven and formally accomplished novel."

Bait – to catch a killer by Janine Lazarus: a book review

Ben Booysen Books and writers 2021-09-27

Captain Ben Booysen, senior investigating officer in the Krugersdorp murders on which the Showmax documentary Devilsdorp was based, writes: "Please note that no investigating officer follows the same route as another one, and my approach I have mentioned does not mean the investigators therefore did something wrong. It is rather that my methodology in identifying the suspect would have been different."

Fresh off the press: Black consciousness by Hlumelo Biko

LitNet Books and writers 2021-09-23

In this deeply personal book, Hlumelo Biko, who was born of Steve and Mamphela’s union, movingly recounts his parents’ love story and how the BCM’s message of black self-love and self-reliance helped to change the course of South African history.

Press release: An unsettled time – an invitation to reimagine heritage with Simon van Schalkwyk

LitNet Books and writers 2021-09-21

How do we celebrate Heritage Day (24 September) in an unsettled time? In the face of a pandemic, ideas of identity seem as superfluous and dangerous as flames on Braai Day. Simon van Schalkwyk’s debut collection, Transcontinental delay, is the most fitting recommendation in Heritage Month.