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Like family, yet never

Izak de Vries Books and writers 2019-05-24

On Wednesday 22 May Ena Jansen’s book Like family was launched at the Book Lounge in Cape Town.  The book deals with the contact zone between the domestic worker and the family she works for. Jansen chose to share the stage with Sindiwe Magona and Myrtle Witbooi.

SA Indie Film Fest back for its second year

Marli van Eeden, Ryan Kruger, Berneen Cereska Film 2019-05-22

"On 26 May, the South African Independent Film Festival, or SA Indie Film Fest for short, will take place at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town, celebrating independent filmmaking and screening some exciting films."

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2019: personal reflections

Fiona Snyckers Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-22

"We all want our books to sell well and to reach the widest possible audience. Being invited to Franschhoek is an invaluable leg-up for any writer’s career. May the festival continue to go from strength to strength."

Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival: 6–9 June 2019

LitNet Books and writers 2019-05-21

Here is the programme of the 9th Schreiner Karoo Writers' Festival – which takes place in Cradock from the 6th to the 9th of June 2019.

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2019 in pictures

Izak de Vries Books and writers 2019-05-20

The Franschhoek Literary Festival took place from 17 - 19 May 2019. Izak de Vries was the paparazzo on behalf of LitNet.

At the edge: The writings of Ronnie Govender by Rajendra Chetty: a review

Annie Gagiano Resensies 2019-05-17

"I highly recommend this valuable text, the worth and interest of which I hope the above review has given some indication."

A person my colour – love, adoption and parenting while white by Martina Dahlmanns: a review

Izak de Vries Resensies 2019-05-16

"A person my colour is by no means easy, but it is important. Apart from the ill-conceived introduction, which ought to have been a reflection at the end, the narrative is stylish and gripping."

Press release: Hit musical, Ordinary Days, at the Baxter for one week only from 20 to 25 May

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-14

Hot on the heels of its success when it premiered at the Baxter earlier this year, Adam Gwon’s hit musical Ordinary Days returns to the Baxter Flipside for limited one-week only season from 21 to 25 May at 8pm with a matinee on Saturday, 25 May at 4pm.

Louis Botha: A man apart by Richard Steyn: a reader's impression

Barend van der Merwe Lesersindrukke 2019-05-13

"The book is by no means a hero-worshipping publication, and the oppression of black South Africans by the Union government forms an important part of the book. It is a fresh appraisal of Botha, but even this bold attempt will, I believe, not stir any long-term interest in the former prime minister."

Press release: NELM rebrands as AMAZWI South African Museum of Literature

LitNet Books and writers 2019-05-13

"The Amazwi South African Museum of Literature's new identity and vision was unveiled by the National Department of Arts and Culture in Makhanda, at a ceremony which also marked the official opening of its new custom-built, state-of-the-art museum complex."

Press release: Cape Town City Ballet's captivating Autumn/Winter Season

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-13

Bookings are now open for Cape Town City Ballet’s captivating 2019 Autumn/Winter Season. A combined celebration of modern classics and historical popular favourites, Cape Town City Ballet’s (CTCB) recently announced line up at the Artscape Opera House includes Amaranth from 22 June to 7 July and Sleeping Beauty from 17 to 31 August.

Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s web of capture by Pieter-Louis Myburgh: a reader’s impression

Barend van der Merwe Lesersindrukke 2019-05-07

"It is quite a bold move on the part of the author to make claims such as the ones he makes. The book more than raises the eyebrows, as false claims would certainly land the author in hot water. However if there is any truth to these claims, it would mean that the ruling ANC is in really deep trouble as a party – and not only the ANC, but the country as a whole."

Plate by Marlene van der Westhuizen: a reader’s impression

Louise Viljoen Lesersindrukke 2019-05-07

"Plate features a truly sublime collection of 86 appetising main courses with a continental influence. Divided into three chapters – on meat, poultry and seafood – the hand-picked recipes look every bit as scrumptious as they taste."

25 years later: Karabo Kgoleng reflects

Karabo Kgoleng Menings 2019-05-07

It has been 25 years since the first democratic elections in South Africa. With the 2019 elections around the corner, Karabo Kgoleng shares her memories from 27 April 1994.

25 years later: Christi van der Westhuizen reflects

Christi van der Westhuizen Menings 2019-05-07

It has been 25 years since the first democratic elections in South Africa. With the 2019 elections around the corner, Christi van der Westhuizen shares her memories from 27 April 1994.

Featherstream by Ian Sutherland: a review

Sara Pienaar Resensies 2019-05-06

"Featherstream is a successful first novel. It is written with great care and attention to detail, and has an unusual and credible plot. It is a compelling and readable thriller which convincingly brings to life the Cape of 80 years ago."

Press release: 21st Encounters Documentary Festival

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-06

This year’s Encounters South African International Documentary Festival  is excited to announce the first international documentaries that have been confirmed.

International honour for graphic novel on Shaka

LAPA Uitgewers Books and writers 2019-05-06

Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince has been named a 2019 Honor Book by the Children’s Africana Book Awards. Luke Molver, the illustrator and co-author, will attend the award ceremony at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington, DC.

Invitation to the Cape Town launch of Christo Wiese – Risk & Riches by TJ Strydom

LitNet Books and writers 2019-05-06

The book will be launched in Cape Town on 16 May and James-Brent Styan will be in conversation with the author.

Like writer father, like poet daughter

Abigail George New writing 2019-05-03

"That’s being honest, and after the rain
she’s Jean Rhys, and during the rain she edits me

away, censors me, declares me Mrs Rochester.
Her hands smell like spaghetti."

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