Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

Book launch: Betrayal: The secret lives of apartheid spies by Jonathan Ancer

LitNet Books and writers 2019-09-19

The book launch of Betrayal: The secret lives of apartheid spies by Jonathan Ancer will take place on Thursday 19 September 2019 at The Book Lounge in Cape Town.

Book launch: Yellow and Confused by Ming-Cheau Lin

LitNet Books and writers 2019-09-18

The book launch of Ming-Cheau Lin’s biography, Yellow and Confused, will take place on Wednesday 18 September 2019 at 17:30 at The Book Lounge in Cape Town.

Book review: Verwoerd: My journey through family betrayals by Wilhelm Verwoerd

Bill Nasson Books and writers 2019-09-18

"Ultimately, it is about coming to terms with being the grandson of Hendrik Verwoerd."

Writers Terry Kurgan and Siphiwe Ndlovu celebrated at the 2019 Sunday Times Literary Awards

LitNet Books and writers 2019-09-10
The winners of the 2019 Sunday Times Literary Awards were announced at an event held at The Empire Conference & Events Venue in Parktown, on Friday, 6 September. 

Book launch: Death on the Limpopo by Sally Andrew

LitNet Books and writers 2019-09-05

The book launch of Sally Andrew’s Death on the Limpopo will take place on Saturday 14 September 2019 at Protea Bookshop in Stellenbosch.

And after many days by Jowhor Ile: African Library

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2019-09-03

"And after many days contains a terrible and beautiful narrative of enduring family love, principled conduct and horrific power abuse and the greed it permits to destroy lives. Quietly told, it is a story that will linger in the mind of any reader, long after they have closed its back cover."

Book review: The echo of a noise: A memoir of then and now by Pieter-Dirk Uys

Paula Fourie Resensies 2019-09-03

"When Pieter-Dirk Uys appeared on a lonely stage at the 2017 Woordfees in Stellenbosch, dressed in black and discernible only by a white face, white hands and the words 'Almost famous' dancing white on his chest, I was in the audience. For over 90 minutes, I was mesmerised."

Worlds come alive from page to stage at #cocreatePOETICA (Open Book Festival)

LitNet Feeste 2019-09-02

Press release: Worlds come alive from page to stage at #cocreatePOETICA, a celebration of rap, poetry and the spoken word at Open Book Festival (Cape Town). We look forward to welcoming Dutch poets Simone Atangana Bekono and Radna Fabias. Join The Book Lounge and The Fugard Theatre for the ninth Open Book Festival which takes place from 4 to 8 September 2019. 

Press release: What the Water Remembers at the Open Book Festival

LitNet Feeste 2019-09-02

Why did it refuse to rain for 2 years? What might happen if we don’t listen to the water? What the Water Remembers is a multilingual poetry production that explores our personal, historical, socio-economic and spiritual relationships to water in the Mother City. What the Water Remembers will debut at the Open Book Festival on Wednesday 4 September at 18:00 in the Fugard Studio.

The Midlands Literary Festival is ten years old

Izak de Vries Books and writers 2019-08-21

"The tenth Midlands Literary Festival will take place from 31 August to 1 September 2019 at the Fern Hill Hotel in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal. Here is the programme."

Reader impression: Where do you go to by Jean Cerfontaine

Louise Viljoen Books and writers 2019-08-21

"Despite the occasional punctuation blunder many a self-published book is guilty of, Where do you go to is a lovely and unforgettable read, and a fitting tribute to Sarstedt’s song; and, although one expects a feel-good ending culminating in Marie-Claire learning more about the first few years of her life, the revelation still comes as a surprise."

Press release: Open Book 2019 programme is now live!

LitNet Books and writers 2019-08-05

The Open Book Festival will take place between 4 and 8 September 2019 in Cape Town. The programme is now live and features many brilliant authors!

Breaking a rainbow, building a nation by Rekgotsofetse Chikane: reader impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2019-08-04

"Breaking a rainbow, building a nation is painful reading. The book documents the disillusionment of young people with South Africa."

Karavan Press: an interview with Karina Szczurek

Naomi Meyer, Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2019-08-04

"I did not buy a caravan; but I realised that a book is like a caravan, a home away from home, taking you to unexpected places. It seemed only natural to name the publishing house I was dreaming of Caravan Books. My friend, Alex Smith, recommended 'Press' instead of 'Books', and the 'K' was my own idea."

Review: Remnants restante reste by Annette Snyckers

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2019-07-30

"Writing in English, Afrikaans and German, Snyckers explores the possibilities of translation and creative expansion."

Bettina Wyngaard oor die Elgin-Grabouw Krimifees | Elgin Grabouw CrimeFest

Naomi Meyer, Bettina Wyngaard Skrywersonderhoude 2019-07-23

"Vir hierdie eerste fees het ons woordsmede wat in die Wes-Kaap woon, genooi om deel te neem. Dis 'n lekker wye verskeidenheid van interessante mense: Deon Meyer, Rudie van Rensburg, Karin Brynard, Chanette Paul, Irna van Zyl, Julian Jansen, Sally Andrew, Joanne Hichens, Michéle Rowe en veel meer."

Press release: Winners of the 2019 Sunday Times Literary Awards announced

LitNet Books and writers 2019-07-22

The Sunday Times Literary Awards shortlists for the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction, and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, have been announced.

Reader impression: A captain's journey by Neil Tovey

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2019-07-18

"A captain’s journey details a fascinating time in the history of South African soccer, with the sport making the shift from semi-professional to professional."

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."