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How writers make sense of a world in lockdown

Cathy Kelly Opinion 2021-01-14

"Noting my insights and emotions is not merely a tool for making sense of the past and sinking into the present. It’s also a way of starting a conversation with the future."

Fresh off the press: 40 years of iconic food by Dorah Sitole

LitNet Books and writers 2021-01-13

Each chapter features various stages of Dorah’s fascinating life, with recipes to match: traditional African, Township, Pan-African and Western.

Gus Ferguson: Old poets never die, they simply decompose

Finuala Dowling In memoriam 2021-01-11

"Gus’s totem, the snail, holds the key to a less well-known aspect of his make-up. He was a closet scientist; for him, science had a beauty and patterning that made it mystical."

Reguit met Robinson: A Zoom interview with Glenda Gray

Freek Robinson, Glenda Gray Interviews 2021-01-06

What went wrong in South Africa? Freek Robinson interviews paediatrician and president of the Medical Research Council, Glenda Gray.

Media Release: Mitchells Plain field hospital operational  

LitNet English 2021-01-05

Alan Winde, premier of the Western Cape: "This is a very delicate balance with lots of moving parts. We have developed systems so that we can track the number of beds available, available oxygen and staff. We are recruiting more staff and we have potential for additional beds in facilities across the province should they be required and should we have available staff for them."

Beginning, middle, end

PP Fourie New writing 2020-12-23

"In Paris at midday on a day in May we emerged from the métro at the Place Maubert. In that tiny square the Huguenots were burned at the stake, I’d read, and I remarked to him that the screams must have been awful."

A book of friends: In honour of JM Coetzee on his 80th birthday, edited by Dorothy Driver: reader impression

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2020-12-21

"What will stay with me for a long time after reading this multilayered collection is the deep sense of curiosity which runs through A book of friends – it is an expression of care which the authors and artists share with the man they pay tribute to."

Him here, he’s my second husband

Anna-Marie le Roux New writing 2020-12-18

"A few years ago, I travelled to my hometown – by bus, because I couldn’t muster enough courage to take my car to travel all those many kilometres on my own."

The Afrikaners: a concise history by Hermann Giliomee: a book review

Bill Nasson Books and writers 2020-12-18

"Now running to just over 200 pages, and wearing his immense learning much more lightly, the author’s new Concise history is more of a tapas-trek through the topic than his original pièce de résistance."

camino journey

Desmond Gird New writing 2020-12-17

"this perhaps a glorious destiny 
scattered stardust in an infinite Salty Sea"

LAW FOR ALL's Top 10: "Green" by Naomi Meyer

Naomi Meyer New writing 2020-12-15

"I don’t see a hopeful future. I see the back of my little girl’s head the last time I was here. The red rash on her neck."

African library: The Lotus people by Aziz Hassim

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2020-12-14

"The impressive and morally valuable account that Hassim has produced should, in my view, be honoured as a classic of anti-apartheid literature. It is a complex work rich in meaning and serves as an act of commemoration, but one which never preaches or flags in its breathtaking pace."

First sip: The Afrikaners, a concise history by Hermann Giliomee

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-12-14

"On 1 January 1827 English became the only official language in the courts. Evidence in Dutch or Afrikaans was translated. The British jury system was imported and members of the jury were required to be proficient in English."

People don’t read crime if they don’t have hope

Catalyst Press Books and writers 2020-12-11

“People don’t read crime if they don’t have hope.” So said Jessica Powers, head of Catalyst Press, quoting the South African author Andrew Brown, during a panel discussion hosted by Micheal Sears on Wednesday 9 December 2020.

The joys of #ReadingAfrica: A panel discussion

Catalyst Press Books and writers 2020-12-09

On Sunday 6 December 2020 an international panel of authors and publishers took part in a discussion on the joys of #ReadingAfrica. View the discussion on LitNet’s YouTube channel.

Searching for Simphiwe by Sifiso Mzobe: a book review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2020-12-09

"Mzobe is a consummate storyteller, and it is easy to lose oneself in the tales he shares so compellingly. My hope is that we won’t have to wait another decade for his next book to hit our bookshelves and hearts."

Bitter tea

Estelle Condra New writing 2020-12-09

"The name Pretorius sent a shock of frigidity into Nella’s heart. She shuddered. She thought of her blonde husband and what she had heard about a blonde man with the Pretorius girl."

Die stoute Corona / The naughty Corona: ’n resensie

Izak de Vries Resensies 2020-12-08

"Hierdie mooi, insiggewende teks is deur ’n mediese dokter vir sy kleinkinders geskryf. Die idee was aanvanklik om seker te maak dat hulle nie onnodig vir hulle eie veiligheid hoef te vrees nie."

Press release: Launch event of Liberty Books cancelled

LitNet Books and writers 2020-12-08

Due to the surging number of COVID-19 cases in the Western Cape, the manager and owner of Liberty Books and the management of the Peregrine Farm Stall have decided to cancel the launch event that would have taken place on 10 December 2020.

Fresh off the press: Paradise in Gaza by Niq Mhlongo

LitNet Books and writers 2020-12-04

"When Mpisi Mpisani travels to his home village for the burial of his mother and a visit to his first wife, he is anxious to hurry back to Johannesburg."

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