Books and writers
Information about the latest books and the people behind them
Invitation to the launch of To the volcano and other stories by Elleke BoehmerBooks and writers 2020-02-24
You are invited to the launch of To the volcano and other stories by Elleke Boehmer in Stellenbosch on 4 March.
Fresh off the press: Operation Mandela by Willem LaubscherPRH/LAPA-Uitgewersportaal 2020-02-20
Nelson Mandela was scheduled for a medical operation, but all hell broke loose.
Photo gallery of an exhibition celebrating JM Coetzee’s 80th birthdayBooks and writers 2020-02-20
The first major exhibition of papers and artefacts from the JM Coetzee archives opened on the evening of 9 February to honour Coetzee on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Here is a photo gallery of the event.
As if born to you: An interview with Susan Newham-BlakeSkrywersonderhoude 2020-02-19
“I think there are still many narratives that portray adoption in a very positive light, where the child is somehow saved by the parent, or, in this country, the black child is saved by the white parent.”
Reader impression: Talking to strangers by Malcolm GladwellBooks and writers 2020-02-18
"These are the stories of real people. They’re the stories that we enjoy most, and are, from their reading, those that Gladwell relishes compassionately too."
Review: The music box by Toby BennettBooks and writers 2020-02-12
"The music box treats its first half like a slow ascent up a steep rollercoaster, taking the time to show you the inner cogs of John’s thoughts, giving a carefully intimate look into the mind of a child in an abusive household."
Video: Launch of White fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin DiAngeloBooks and writers 2020-02-06
Robin was interviewed by Ruben Richards.
Video: Launch of Yellow and confused by Ming-Cheau LinBooks and writers 2020-02-05
Ming-Cheau was interviewed by author and journalist Sara-Jayne King.
Review: Bitter pill by Peter ChurchBooks and writers 2020-01-31
"Bitter pill is a book built for speed. The chapters are short and the events fast paced."
Review: The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires’ Club by Pieter FourieBooks and writers 2020-01-28
"Stellenbosch Mafia is a pleasant piece of research supplying a good dose of quick facts and insight into the world of South Africa’s richest Afrikaners."
Review: They called me queer, edited by Kim Windvogel and Kelly-Eve KoopmanBooks and writers 2020-01-17
"In a still largely segregated and unequal South Africa, this book is a breath of fresh air to display difference and othering."
The choice between us: an interview with Edyth BulbringBooks and writers 2020-01-14
"And like most white children, I also had several 'nannies' who looked after me and seemed to care about me. I can never get over how strange and complex these relationships were in the context of apartheid."
Interview: How authors can use social mediaBooks and writers 2020-01-10
"Social media – used properly – can be an important tool within any author’s marketing arsenal." Cliffordene Norton interviews Dave Henderson, founder of MyeBook.co.za.
#lovewhatyoudo – an interview with Natasha AndersBooks and writers 2020-01-09
What started out as a spur-of-the-moment decision turned into an award-winning career. Natasha Anders talks to Cliffordene Norton about what keeps her motivated, and her journey from self-published to traditionally published author.
I wish I’d said ... Vol 1, edited by Johann de Lange and Mantoa Matonyane: a reviewBooks and writers 2019-12-24
"Even if these poems might not make for easy reading, I can only urge you to read them anyway. Read them slowly, and take long breaks to process what they reveal to you."
African library: The woman next door by Yewande OmotosoBooks and writers 2019-12-18
"Some readers might have formed a mistaken superficial impression of this impressive novel, based on brief reviews. Yewande Omotoso’s 2016 (second) novel is by no means a comforting or a sentimental “Rainbow Nation” or facile Truth and Reconciliation text; nor is it 'chick lit' for old ladies ..."
"As unique as braaivleis and pap" – an interview about ROSABooks and writers 2019-12-17
ROSA (Romance writers Organisation of South Africa) is a non-profit, volunteer-run professional association for romance writers. Cliffordene Norton talks to Romy Sommer about this organisation’s origin, 100-membership mark and future projects.
Fresh off the press: For the love of the land – Ivor Price and Kobus LouwrensBooks and writers 2019-12-13
For the love of the land introduces South Africans to the heroes of agriculture.
Video: Cape Town launch of Will South Africa be okay? by Jan-Jan JoubertNB-Uitgewersportaal 2019-12-05
The launch of Will South Africa be okay? by Jan-Jan Joubert took place on Thursday, 21 November 2019 at The Book Lounge in Cape Town. Mervyn Sloman was in conversation with Jan-Jan Joubert.
Review: Death, detention and disappearance by David SmutsBooks and writers 2019-11-28
"Death, detention and disappearance makes an invaluable contribution to our perspective, both historical and on abusive power everywhere."