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Book review: Lacuna by Fiona Snyckers

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2019-07-10

"Lacuna is the story of Lucy Lurie, a fictional woman who shares a name with one of the main characters in Disgrace (published exactly two decades ago in 1999). It is a feminist ‘reply’, for want of a better word, to JM Coetzee’s most famous — or infamous (depending on one’s reading) — novel."

Reader impression: The rise and demise of the Afrikaners by Hermann Giliomee

Barend van der Merwe Lesersindrukke 2019-07-09

"Despite the ambitious title of this book, and the feeling it left of not being detailed enough, The rise and decline of the Afrikaners is still very much worth the read."

Reader impression: Lawfare: Judging politics in South Africa by Michelle le Roux and Dennis Davis

Barend van der Merwe Lesersindrukke 2019-07-09

"Despite the criticism that it received, Lawfare is one of the most interesting and stimulating books that I have read in a long time. It is a book that makes important legal cases from the past accessible in a language easy to understand for the average person."

Press release: a celebration of women at Klassique 2019

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-07-04

“In celebration of the Women’s Day long weekend in August, classical music enthusiasts can look forward to enjoying music by exceptional women at the 11th Klein Karoo Klassique.”     

Press release: WAG (Waiting)

LitNet Teater 2019-07-03

WAG (Waiting) is a contemporary dance  production featuring the renowned Figure Of 8 Dance Collective, Grant van Ster and Shaun Oelf. The young dance talents, Dustin Jannetjies and Gabriela Dirkse will join them on stage. 


63 days to optimal health by Sally-Ann Creed: a book review

Izak de Vries Books and writers 2019-07-03

"I would definitely suggest that those who are too scared of going low-carb would do well with Creed’s book."

Booksmart: a film review

Reney Warrington Film 2019-07-02

"Booksmart, a film about high school – the current colosseum where the innocent and not so innocent are fed to lions – is simply not cruel enough to feel authentic, not funny enough to make you cringe at what you are laughing at, and not insane enough to elevate it to mockumentary/spoof status."

North Facing by Tony Peake: a review

David Willers Books and writers 2019-07-01

"North Facing is one of a recent stable of coming-of-age books set in South Africa where moral issues are revisited in later life."

Behind the Fifth Wall

Carsten Rasch Musiek 2019-06-27

"To compare this scenario, where songs were routinely banned, musicians harassed and/or locked up, and parties and gigs teargassed, with the rock scene of today is like comparing porcupines with export grapes. It’s not only impossible; it’s simply not useful."

Runaway hit Kinky Boots extended at The Fugard Theatre

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-06-27

Just two weeks into its South African premiere run, The Fugard Theatre’s production of multiple Tony-Award winning musical Kinky Boots has been extended. Bookings are now open for performances until 27 October.

The African Library: Tears of the brain by OK Matsepe translated

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2019-06-26

"The recent English translation, in 2018, forms part of the admirable work done by the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research based at the University of the Western Cape, and the two translators are Seleka Tembane and Lucy Ndlovu."

Photo gallery: Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival 2019

Amy Coetzer Feeste 2019-06-20

The 9th Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival took place from 6 to 9 June this year in Cradock. Amy Coetzer documented the new display on Cradock writers in the Great Fish River Museum (part of the literary walking tour), book launches, talks, performance poetry and music performances and letters from Olive Schreiner.

Press release: Fresh Perspectives – Pre-National Arts Festival Season at Theatre Arts Admin Collective

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-06-20

Missing out on the National Arts Festival Makhanda (Grahamstown) this winter? Missing freezing weather, great productions, fabulous company and delicious food? Then join us at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective for Fresh Perspectives – a pre-NAF season. Four productions make up Fresh Perspectives and run until 24 June. 

Green as the sky is blue by Eben Venter: a reader's impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2019-06-19

"There is enough variation to keep the book interesting, and I have to conclude that Green as the sky is blue is a thoroughly enjoyable book. The book also had a nice feel of Zen Buddhism to it, in the way that Simon concludes that some things are just beyond expression, that it is what it is and that one must flow with life and not always resist by overtly abstract reasoning." 

Press release: Open Book Festival announces first group of authors

LitNet Books and writers 2019-06-13

Join The Book Lounge and The Fugard Theatre for the ninth Open Book Festival which takes place from 4 to 8 September this year.

Invitation to the launch of Holding the fort by Toni Strasburg

LitNet Books and writers 2019-06-11

Kwela and Love Books invite you to the Johannesburg launch of Holding the fort by Toni Strasburg on 18 June, and on 25 June in Cape Town.

Press release: Magnet Theatre’s powerful G7: Okwe-Bokhwe for Cape Town and NAF

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-06-06

G7: Okwe-Bokhwe (Like/Of a Goat) will be performed at the P4 Studio at Hiddingh Hall campus from 12 to 22 June, followed by a run on 27, 28 and 29 June as part of the Main Programme at the National Arts Festival, Makhanda.

Durban Literary Festival: An interview with Darryl David

Naomi Meyer, Darryl David Books and writers 2019-06-06

"Durban is not merely about sunshine, beaches, surfing and bunny chows.  ... We must ride the Unesco City of Literature wave – the first on South African shores and the first on the African continent. As a city, we need to honour and celebrate our literary heritage."

Encounters documentary film festival celebrates 21 years

Marli van Eeden, Mandisa Ralane Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-06-04

"Recently, Encounters has expanded the scope of its programming to encompass new media (virtual reality and interactive documentaries) and other forms of nonfiction storytelling, placing an emphasis on a contemporary, cross-disciplinary approach to both documentary reception and documentary production."

Lacuna: an interview with Fiona Snyckers

Naomi Meyer, Fiona Snyckers Books and writers 2019-06-04

"It is about a woman by the name of Lucy Lurie (clearly inspired by Coetzee’s character of the same name), who is trying to recover from a gang rape. What makes her situation more unbearable is that a male writer, John Coetzee, has written a bestselling book about her experience. She feels as though it was her story to tell."