Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

My father died for this by Lukhanyo & Abigail Calata: Discourse Café

LitNet Books and writers 2018-05-23

A discourse of this book will take place at the Stellenbosch University Museum on the 31st of May 2018. 

Press release: Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese wins 2018 Ingrid Jonker Prize for a "completely original" and "moving" chronicle

LitNet Books and writers 2018-05-22

"Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese’s debut collection of poetry Loud and yellow laughter, published by Botsotso, is the winner of the 2018 Ingrid Jonker prize for poetry." The Ingrid Jonker Prize is awarded in alternate years to the best debut collection in English or Afrikaans.

2018 Caine Prize Shortlist Announced

LitNet Books and writers 2018-05-17

"The shortlist for the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced, showcasing a diversity of themes and a wealth of literary talent."

Press release: 2018 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize – the 2018 shortlist is here!

LitNet Books and writers 2018-05-16

Here is the six-strong shortlist for the 2018 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, Best Published Novel.

Press release: Massmart launches Urban Bookshelf in Alexandra

LitNet Books and writers 2018-05-16

"The project, aimed at increasing access to books, is the second in a series of planned free miniature libraries across Johannesburg to promote reading and improve literacy."

Press release: 2018 Sunday Times Literary Awards shortlist finalists announced

LitNet Books and writers 2018-05-14

"These stories and histories, tales of yesteryear and today, reflections of our own individual past and present, are adding to the much-needed conversation that we have to start to get things right."

Navigate by Karin Schimke: a review

Tony Ullyatt Books and writers 2018-05-07

"[T]hroughout the volume, a wide range of subjects and diverse techniques are skilfully interwoven with a broad spectrum of emotions and finely tuned diction."

African Library: The water house by Antȏnio Olinto

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2018-04-26

"While the Afro-Brazilian connection through transportation of enslaved West Africans to Bahía and other ports and parts of the 'New World' is well known, this novel does the unusual thing of depicting the return of one such (former) slave to the Yoruba region of her family origins."

The book club cookbook by Louise Gelderblom: reader impression

Louise Viljoen Lesersindrukke 2018-04-24

"If you love books and are hosting a book club evening where you also want to treat your guests to a culinary feast, look no further than this delightful cookbook by Louise Gelderblom."

Video: Launch of The land is ours by Tembeka Ngcukaitobi

Naomi Bruwer Skrywersonderhoude 2018-04-24

Tembeka Ngcukaitobi's historical book The land is ours: South Africa's first black lawyers and the birth of constitutionalism was launched at Protea Bookshop Stellenbosch on 19 April 2018. Ngcukaitobi was interviewed by Hermann Giliomee and Albert Grundlingh. Watch the video of the conversation.

My father died for this by Lukhanyo and Abigail Calata: book launch

LitNet Books and writers 2018-04-23

You are invited to the launch of My father died for this on 3 May in Cape Town where the authors, Lukhanyo and Abigail Calata, will be in conversation with Pippa Green.

The land is ours by Tembeka Ngcukaitobi: book launch

LitNet Books and writers 2018-04-17

You are invited to the launch of The land is ours on 19 April in Stellenbosch, where the author, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, will be in conversation with Hermann Giliomee and Albert Grundlingh.

Coalition country by Leon Schreiber: book launch

LitNet Books and writers 2018-04-16

You are invited to the launch of Coalition country on 25 April in Cape Town where the author, Leon Schreiber, will be in conversation with Riaan de Villiers.

How Heather got her HAT’ness back by Heather Costaras: reader impression

Louise Viljoen Books and writers 2018-04-16

"How Heather got her HAT’ness back is a quick read, but its powerful message will stay with you long after you have put the book down."

South Africa can work by Frans Rautenbach: reader impression

Martin van Staden Books and writers 2018-04-12

"In the midst of what seems like a doubling down of authoritarianism by the South African government – from draconian proposed limits on free speech in the Hate Speech Bill to expropriation without compensation – an antidote arises: a blueprint and vision for a successful and open society. All it takes, simply, is freedom."

My low carb kitchen by Vickie de Beer: reader impression

Louise Viljoen Books and writers 2018-04-11

"Paging through this book, I am struck by the huge variety of easy recipes that consist largely of everyday basics. The colour photographs by Craig Fraser do justice to the delectable food. I cannot wait to try out a few recipes!"

Press release: Jolyn Phillips receives NiHSS Award for Tjieng Tjang Tjerries

LitNet Books and writers 2018-04-11

"It is a strikingly original work of narrative fiction based on the mimetics of life. The texture of the writing is finely laced and covers a wide range of emotional modalities from the tragic to comical."

Under glass by Claire Robertson: a review

Coenraad Walters Resensies 2018-04-10

"In the depiction of the building of a farm and a colony, in the contact between different groups of people, in the relationships within a family with their secrets and pettinesses and preferences and loves, Robertson creates another view of a particular piece of South African history for her readers."

My Portuguese feast by Mimi Jardim: reader impression

Louise Viljoen Books and writers 2018-03-28

"I am impressed by the wide and carefully chosen selection of mouth-watering recipes in My Portuguese feast. My favourite recipe by far is the golden koeksisters on page 48. Another firm favourite is the chicken and chickpea soup on page 104."

Feminism is: South Africans speak their truth, edited by Jen Thorpe: a book review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2018-03-28

"While reading the essays in this collection, I found myself repeatedly rethinking my own attitudes. To start with, I wanted to be as sensitive and as aware as I could be while writing my review of the book. Change of attitude often begins with language. I hope that each of the words I have chosen for this review is respectful towards the contributors, their views and their sterling work."