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Virtual launch: 40 Years of Iconic Food by Dorah Sitole

LitNet Books and writers 2020-10-23

CNA and Human & Rousseau invite you to join us for the virtual launch of 40 Years of Iconic Food by Dorah Sitole.

The pink line: Journeys across the world’s queer frontiers by Mark Gevisser: a review

Shaun de Waal Books and writers 2020-10-21

"The pink line is always very readable, despite its density of content. His account of the twisting political issues is masterly, while the individual and collective stories he narrates and probes give human faces to issues often disputed in abstractly political and 'moral' terms. People’s lives are at stake."

Circles in the sand 

Annemien Bauermeister New writing 2020-10-19

"Where do you come from, little one 
from the soil that births stone and cement 
endlessly perfect control 
souls searching for meaning."

Press Release: ROSACon2020 | Annual Conference of Romance Writers Organisation of South Africa

LitNet English 2020-10-19

"Going online in 2020 has also made the conference more accessible to writers across the country. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from some of the biggest names in romance writing and shouldn't be missed!"

Candles

Jemima Meyer New writing 2020-10-14

"Thick candles enjoy the heat. Though their glow melts 
those next to them, wax drips and widens
their feet – their foundations grow." 

Review: A poor season for whales by Michiel Heyns

Helen Moffett Books and writers 2020-10-14

"Heyns’s ability to capture everyday social interactions with almost uncomfortably precise focus, and to blend moral philosophy into dialogue, is indeed reminiscent of Austen, a feature further underlined when he has his heroine struggle between sense and sensibility even as she reads Austen’s novel of that title."

Finding my way: Reflections on South African literature by Duncan Brown – a book review

Kris van der Bijl Books and writers 2020-10-14

"Brown’s text reminds one of the special and continuous role that literature plays when one seeks to relate to the world one exists in. The book highlights how literature is that which is continuously imagining, connecting, exposing, blurring and knowing."

Night in Corona City

Elana Bregin New writing 2020-10-08

"In the beginning, we obeyed whatever they said. Everything we heard about this unknown virus was terrifying. How unstoppable it was. How it could leap from person to person like contagious lightning. How slim the chances were of surviving it. How horrible the death that resulted. The human race had no immunity ..."

Nuwe boeke | New releases | Penguin Random House SA

Penguin Random House South Africa PRH/LAPA-Uitgewersportaal 2020-10-07

Penguin Random House South Africa stel hulle Oktober-boeke bekend. | Penguin Random House South Africa presents their October releases.

LAW FOR ALL’s Top 10: "Breath of law" by Inga Ntantala

Inga Ntantala New writing 2020-10-06

"In this world, each person is protected by an armour of rights, and all who infringe shall face the smite of justice for their transgression."

Fresh off the press: Hidden Pretoria by Johan Swart and Alain Proust

LitNet PRH/LAPA-Uitgewersportaal 2020-10-02

This book captures remnants of our diverse heritage so that a new generation might recognise the need to embrace the past in order to build our shared future.

Prisoner 913: The release of Nelson Mandela by Riaan de Villiers and Jan-Ad Stemmet

Bill Nasson Books and writers 2020-10-01

"A detailed and intricately plotted reconstruction of the actions surrounding the eventual release of Nelson Mandela from prison, Riaan de Villiers and Jan-Ad Stemmet’s Prisoner 913 has some of the attributes of a good political or contemporary historical thriller – atmosphere, suspense, intrigue, surprise and double-dealing."

Teenage bounty hunters – an unexpected oddity

Reney Warrington Film 2020-10-01

"Sure, season one might not have been an integrated whole, but it serves as the perfect warm-up for something darker, edgier and more out there. Count me in."

Kortlys bekend vir Helgaard Steyn-prys vir Skryfkuns | Helgaard Steyn Award for Literature shortlist announced

LitNet Boeke en skrywers 2020-09-28

Vanjaar se toekenning word gemaak vir skryfkuns, en enige Afrikaanse werk – fiksie of niefiksie – wat tussen 2016 en 2019 verskyn het ... kom in aanmerking.

Fresh off the press: The lie of 1652 by Patric Tariq Mellett

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-09-25

In this radical critique of established pre-colonial and colonial history, Mellet centres land dispossession, the destruction of livelihoods and the brutality of slavery in South Africa.

Achmat Dangor: 1948–2020

Mike Nicol In memoriam 2020-09-24

"For 50 years, Achmat Dangor was one of the constant voices of South African literature, a voice that told what it was to live in apartheid South Africa and in the new country as it struggled to gain an identity."

British Settlers and South African identity

Rodney Warwick Opinion 2020-09-23

"But the English language’s South African origins obviously have emphatic historical roots, with the language arriving via historical processes and people with a culture manifested in innumerable forms, most long shared across communities from origins other than British. Like Hermann Giliomee has explained in his magisterial Die Afrikaners, people are entitled to their historical story, warts and all."

Finding architectural heritage in Hidden Pretoria

Penguin Random House South Africa Books and writers 2020-09-22

The architectural heritage of Pretoria embodies the interaction between people, place and politics that shaped the city over time within its particular historical and geographical context. Hidden Pretoria places the buildings of our capital city in the spotlight. Although Pretoria often receives less attention than Cape Town and Johannesburg, its architecture is equally remarkable and its history is central to the broader South African narrative.

Press release: Adapt or fly! on Heritage Day

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-09-17

In a time of depression, recession, fear and social distancing, what is better and more healing than a good laugh at the expense of those who depress, recess, frighten and annoy us? Book your tickets at Quicket.

First sip: Women in solitary by Shanthini Naidoo

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-09-17

"Here, political prisoners were kept among murderers and thieves. It was large enough for prisoners to disappear, particularly in the maze of solitary cells reserved for political detainees."

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