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 Boehmer

LitNet Books 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 Laubscher

LitNet PRH/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 birthday

Catherine Knox Books 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-Blake

Liné Loff, Susan Newham-Blake Skrywersonderhoude 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 Gladwell

Clifford Roberts Books 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 Bennett

Nikita Coote Books 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 DiAngelo

Robin DiAngelo, Ruben Richards Books and writers 2020-02-06

Robin was interviewed by Ruben Richards.

Video: Launch of Yellow and confused by Ming-Cheau Lin

Ming-Cheau Lin, Sara-Jayne King Books and writers 2020-02-05

Ming-Cheau was interviewed by author and journalist Sara-Jayne King.

Review: Bitter pill by Peter Church

Clifford Roberts Books 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 Fourie

Frederik Rudolph van Dyk Books 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 Koopman

Zian Viviers Books 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 Bulbring

Naomi Meyer, Edyth Bulbring Books 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 media

Cliffordene Norton, Dave Henderson Books 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

#lovewhatyoudo – an interview with Natasha Anders

Cliffordene Norton, Natasha Anders Books 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 review

Annel Pieterse Books 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 Omotoso

Annie Gagiano Books 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 ROSA

Cliffordene Norton, Romy Sommer Books 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 Louwrens

LitNet Books 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 Joubert

Cliffordene Norton NB-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 Smuts

Clifford Roberts Books and writers 2019-11-28

"Death, detention and disappearance makes an invaluable contribution to our perspective, both historical and on abusive power everywhere."