Books and writers
Information about the latest books and the people behind them
Press release and competition: Buy Christine and win a trip to Amsterdam in 2022NB-Uitgewersportaal 2021-05-04
To celebrate the release of Christine, Melinda Ferguson Books (an imprint of NB Publishers) is thrilled to announce an exciting competition that offers one lucky reader the chance to win a return ticket to Amsterdam in 2022.
By the fading light by Ashraf Kagee: a reader impressionBooks and writers 2021-05-04
"By the fading light is a book to be read and reread. To remind us of where we were as a country. To savour the language. To laugh. But mostly to stare misty-eyed into the distance."
The African Library ‒ Timothy Ogene: The day ends like any day (2017)Books and writers 2021-05-03
"This debut novel by acclaimed poet Timothy Ogene bears the traces of the author’s lyrical talent, his Nigerian origins, his expansive reading of world literature and his life-cherishing attentiveness to natural and human phenomena, both physical and spiritual. The text is, nevertheless, unpretentious in every way; as a narrative, perhaps a bildungsroman, the predominant tonal quality is a sort of quietness, a retrospective serenity."
First sip: It’s not about the bats by Adam CruiseLitNet Eerste Slukkie | First Sip 2021-05-03
"We recognise when our pets are happy or sad, we understand the happy expression of an elephant wallowing in a muddy waterhole or a tired lion yawning under the shade of a tree at midday. But the mannerisms of bats, fish and mosquitoes, no."
The profiler diaries by Gérard Labuschagne – reader impressionBooks and writers 2021-04-28
"As a reader (and writer), I find the interviews Labuschagne conducted with suspects most interesting, as they afford one rare glimpses into their worlds and the way they saw things."
Suidoosterfees 2021: An interview with Wahbie LongSuidoosterfees 2021-04-28
On 29 April 2021 at 10:00, Marianne Thamm will be in conversation with Wahbie Long about his book, Nation on the couch: Inside South Africa's mind, as part of the Suidoosterfees-Jakes Gerwel conversations at Artscape, Cape Town. Robert Kriger interviews Wahbie to find out more about his book, which he describes as a "letter to all South African citizens".
2021 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature shortlist: an interview with Penny LorimerBooks and writers 2021-04-26
"What distinguishes South African stories is that they are about people who experience our environment in the same way we do, who look like us, who understand the specific challenges we face, perhaps in more profound ways than people in other English-speaking parts of the world."
2021 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature shortlist: an interview with Francis TebesiBooks and writers 2021-04-26
"I want them to pursue their studies and other talents they have, even if it is tough and challenging, because in all hard work there is reward, and hard work pays."
Suidoosterfees 2021: An interview with Adam CruiseSuidoosterfees 2021-04-23
"Basically, we all need each other, so, no, we cannot allow humanity to self-destruct." Adam Cruise (It’s not about the bats) will be part of the Jakes Gerwel conversations at the Suidoosterfees.
2021 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature shortlist: an interview with Jaco FouchéBooks and writers 2021-04-22
"Why write? Because you (as a reader yourself) know all about the joy that a reader finds in a good book. You want to replicate that joy, be responsible for it. A book is a hand reaching out, sometimes to communicate, sometimes to offer comfort, sometimes to outrage."
Deon Meyer, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres: Commendation at the ceremonyBooks and writers 2021-04-22
"He is the man South Africa can call with pride its best crime fiction author, whose reputation has long crossed the South African borders to reach Europe and France."
Deon Meyer, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres: pictures of the ceremonyBooks and writers 2021-04-22
Deon Meyer was awarded the award of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters) on behalf of the French President at Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch. Here are some pictures of the event.
Deon Meyer, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres: Meyer’s speechBooks and writers 2021-04-22
"Ce soir, le chat est sur le toit. Tonight, the cat is on the roof."
Press release: South African author Deon Meyer receives France’s top cultural awardBooks and writers 2021-04-22
On Tuesday, 20 April 2021, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, His Excellency Mr Aurélien Lechevallier, bestowed upon South African crime fiction author and screenwriter, Mr Deon Meyer, the award of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters) on behalf of the French President at Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch.
Suidoosterfees 2021: An interview with Thembalethu SeyisiSuidoosterfees 2021-04-22
"It is my small way of paying it forward and a way of showing gratitude for the privileges life has afforded me thus far." Thembalethu Seyisi (21 life lessons @ 21) will be part of the Jakes Gerwel conversations at the Suidoosterfees.
Fresh off the press: Give us more guns by Mark ShawBooks and writers 2021-04-21
One senior police officer’s crime: his decision to sell millions of rands’ worth of guns to fund his children’s university fees.
Heritage to ashes, dust to dustBooks and writers 2021-04-20
"What I remember most is the silent communication, between researcher and librarian, between researcher and the past – in my case literary."
Persverklaring | Press release: Sanlampryse vir Jeuglektuur, 2021-kortlyste | 2021 Sanlam prizes for youth literature, shortlistsNB-Uitgewersportaal 2021-04-19
Sanlam en Tafelberg Uitgewers kondig met trots die finaliste vir die 2021-Sanlampryse vir Jeuglektuur aan. | Sanlam and Tafelberg Publishers are delighted to announce the 2021 finalists for the Sanlam Prizes for Youth Literature.
The lazy makoti’s guide to the kitchen by Mogau Seshoene – reader impressionBooks and writers 2021-04-15
"If you’re on a hunt for a cookbook that leads you through kitchen basics and teaches you foody tips, tricks and fresh ideas, look no further."
All rise: A judicial memoir by Dikgang Moseneke – reader impressionBooks and writers 2021-04-15
"Very few books that I have read in my life have been so eloquently composed as this one."