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Information about the latest books and the people behind them

Join us for our fifth annual #ReadingAfrica Week celebration

LitNet Books and writers 2021-12-02

It’s that time again! Join us for our fifth annual #ReadingAfrica Week celebration. Each year, in the first full week of December (this year, December 5–11, 2021), we invite publishers, authors, librarians, literary organisations, bookstores and book lovers of all kinds to share the best in African literature across social media.

Press release: Invitation to PEG’s webinar on editing fiction

LitNet Books and writers 2021-12-01

If you number yourself among the yearners, or perhaps even want to dip your toes in the waters of fiction, or need to satisfy your curiosity about what being “sunnies” to an author’s wild imaginings entails, then why not join PEG’s climactic webinar of 2021?

Sol T Plaatje: A life in letters – edited by Brian Willan and Sabata-mpho Mokae

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2021-11-26

"Sol T Plaatje: A life in letters provides an important glimpse into the life of Plaatje, his ideas, his relationships and the world in which he lived. Another important feature of note in the book is the index, which is critically important and will greatly ease the task of future researchers."

Peter Harker Philander: Remembering my dad, PJ Philander

Peter Harker Philander Books and writers 2021-11-23

Poet PJ Philander was born on 25 November 1921. Nearing what would have been PJ Philander’s 100th birthday, his son Peter Harker Philander shares an essay about his father with LitNet readers: "[PJ Philander] missed Afrikaans and Afrikaans speakers and sought them out when he could."

Fresh off the press: Deep collusion by Athol Williams

LitNet Books and writers 2021-11-23

While this book exposes corporate corruption and lifts the lid on foreign profiteering and the weakening of South Africa’s public institutions, it also highlights the lonely burden of the whistleblower and the great personal cost of telling the truth in the face of overwhelming pressure.

Whistleblowing: Athol Williams "in conversation with" Janet van Eeden

Janet van Eeden Books and writers 2021-11-22

Janet van Eeden: "I tried to interview Athol Williams about his new book of poetry called Whistleblowing, but the timing was never quite right, as he was fearing for his safety. Therefore, I put together comments of my own and quoted from poems from his above publication to create a commentary, and also cited an earlier interview I did with Williams in 2012."

The ANC’s last decade: an interview with Ralph Mathekga after South Africa’s municipal elections

Naomi Meyer, Ralph Mathekga Books and writers 2021-11-22

"The elections bring more uncertainty in the system. The elections show that the ANC is indeed in trouble, but so is the DA."

A Pretoria boy by Peter Hain: a book review

Robert Turrell Books and writers 2021-11-17

"After planting the bomb, Harris phoned a warning to the station police and to two national newspapers half an hour before it was timed to explode, but no warning was relayed to station commuters on the concourse."

Press release: Response to South African Literary Award winner’s resignation of his award

Morakabe Raks Seakhoa Books and writers 2021-11-16

"Regrettably, Mr de Lange is incorrect to think of SALA as a competition. Instead, it is a celebration of the literary craft as an instrument of artistic, creative and cultural expression within the context of our diverse and multicultural society."

Madibaland World Literary Festival 2021: Full programme

Darryl David Books and writers 2021-11-11

The Madibaland World Literary Festival takes place from 20 to 28 November 2021. Here is the full programme. Register now! It is free.

Unbecoming by Joanne Fedler, an unflinching look at midlife

Joanne Hichens Books and writers 2021-11-10

"I recommend it – engrossing and tender – to all who face the challenges of letting go, to readers heading for a time of life without children, perhaps without partners, and considering, with hope, what fruitful – also intense and challenging – years may lie ahead."

The flight of the bat by Dan Wylie: reader impression

Elzette Steenkamp Books and writers 2021-11-09

"The flight of the bat is an engaging, thought-provoking novella and a valuable addition to the growing genre of South African speculative fiction."

Press release: Meet Zapiro and buy It Only Comes in Orange, Mr Zuma

LitNet Books and writers 2021-11-09

It’s been another helluva year, and who better to make sense of it than Zapiro, cartoonist, political analyst and agent provocateur?

Press release: Are you #ReadingAfrica? Join Catalyst Press’ fifth annual African lit celebration

LitNet Books and writers 2021-11-08

Each year during the first full week of December, we invite publishers, authors, educators, librarians, readers, and book-lovers of all kinds to use the hashtag #ReadingAfrica across social media to highlight posts that celebrate African literature.

Press release: 16th South African Literary Awards, the 2021 winners

LitNet Books and writers 2021-11-08

The 16th South African Literary Awards ceremony was held on 7 November 2021. Here is the complete list of winners.

Inter-review with Fiona Snyckers, author of The school gates – light with a bite

Janet van Eeden, Fiona Snyckers Books and writers 2021-11-05

"I wanted to make the point that competitive parenting has become a worldwide phenomenon."

Press release: Damon Galgut wins the Booker Prize

LitNet Books and writers 2021-11-04

"Damon Galgut, after several shortlist nominations, has finally received the global acknowledgement he richly deserves," said Steve Connolly, CEO of Penguin Random House SA and Damon’s local publisher.

Open Book Festival 2021 announces stellar programme line-up for podcast series

LitNet Books and writers 2021-11-04

Open Book Festival has announced the stellar line-up for its new podcast series which runs from 8 to 24 November.

Wamuwi Mbao reviews Wild imperfections, compiled by Natalia Molebatsi

Wamuwi Mbao Books and writers 2021-11-03

"This remarkable collection runs to 200 pages of poems by 40 black women, some of whom are familiar crowd-drawers – think Nikki Giovanni, Gabeba Baderoon, Warsan Shire – while others have smaller but no less committed audiences."

Press release: The Island Prize for debut African novelists

LitNet Books and writers 2021-11-02

Karen Jennings, Holland House Books and Karavan Press are delighted to announce a new competition for debut novelists from Africa: The Island Prize.