Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

Navigate by Karin Schimke: book launch

LitNet Boeke en skrywers 2018-01-18

You are invited to the launch of Navigate on 31 January in Cape Town. Jolyn Phillips will introduce the poet, Karin Schimke, who will also read from her poetry collection.

Navigate: an interview with Karin Schimke

Karin Schimke, Naomi Meyer Skrywersonderhoude 2018-01-18

"On a day-to-day basis, poems rush by me and through me all the time, and only now and again do I have the time to snatch them by their slippery tails and nail them to the page."

As by fire – the end of the South African university by Jonathan Jansen: book review

Vicki Trowler Universiteitseminaar | University Seminar 2018-01-09

"Many news reports, blogs and scholarly articles have been written about 'the hashtag movements', but As by fire is the first comprehensive, systematic attempt at analysing the reflections on the movements from the perspectives of the leaders of those universities most closely involved."

In memoriam: Keorapetse Willie Kgositsile – A letter by Breyten Breytenbach

Breyten Breytenbach In memoriam 2018-01-04

"He lived as if he was a reed for the tunes and the rhythms and the winds of his time, and in that he was the reed of our turbulent passage on earth, perhaps transmitting a very ancient song to us."

Journal 1955–1962: Reflections on the French-Algerian War by Mouloud Feraoun

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2017-12-18

"This important and moving text is the last completed work by an Algerian Berber novelist and public intellectual who wrote in French, the language in which the original Éditions du Seuil edition appeared in 1962."

My Portuguese feast: an interview with Mimi Jardim

Mimi Jardim, Naomi Meyer Skrywersonderhoude 2017-12-06

"This book is about a celebration of moods, travels, family, classes – therefore, a feast."

Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard by Sean Christie: a book review

Clifford Roberts Resensies 2017-11-29

"Christie skilfully weaves historical and social context into the retelling of day-to-day events, from his early encounters with the Beachboys through to his introduction to the slums of Dar es Salaam."

Trevor in the land of fantasy by Sheila Cussons: book launch

LitNet Boeke en skrywers 2017-11-24

"Beautifully illustrated with her own delicate artwork, the quaint characters in Trevor in the land of fantasy come to life, transporting the reader with them into a world of fantasy and imagination." Izak de Vries shares his photos of the Cape Town book launch with LitNet.

A literary guide to KwaZulu-Natal by Niall McNulty and Lindy Stiebel: book launch

LitNet Boeke en skrywers 2017-11-24

You are invited to the launch of A literary guide to KwaZulu-Natal on 30 November in Durban.

Migrations: New short fiction from Africa edited by Efemia Chela, Bongani Kona and Helen Moffett: book review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2017-11-23

"Migrations is the fourth SSDA anthology after Feast, famine and potluck: African short stories, Terra incognita: New short speculative stories from Africa and the abovementioned Water. The idea behind the SSDA project is to offer a platform for writers across the African continent and the African diaspora to write about our experience on our own terms, and to support African writers in our endeavours through the SSDA Prize, anthologies and writing workshops."

Brunch across 11 countries by Alix Verrips: book launch

LitNet Boeke en skrywers 2017-11-14

You are invited to the launch of Brunch across 11 countries on 18 November in Claremont. Alix Verrips will be in conversation with Susie Chatz-Anderson.

Press release: Charges laid against Jacques Pauw

LitNet Boeke en skrywers 2017-11-10

"Instead of investigating what Pauw’s explosive new book reveals about the agency – including that millions of rands of taxpayers’ money was blown on a bogus parallel intelligence network – the SSA has chosen to 'shoot the messenger'."

The volksmoeder, ordentlikheid and whiteness

Menán van Heerden Opinion 2017-11-09

On 6 November, the launch of Sitting Pretty: White Afrikaans Women in Postapartheid South Africa took place in Cape Town. Christi van der Westhuizen, author of Sitting Pretty, was in conversation with Adam Haupt. Read a broad overview of the main discussion points and also listen to the entire discussion.

Press release: The 2017 South African Literary Awards (SALAs) winners announced!

LitNet Books and writers 2017-11-09

"This year's winners of the South African Literary Awards (SALAs) were announced on Tuesday, 7 November 2017. Authors, poets, writers and literary practitioners whose works are continuously contributing to the enrichment of South Africa’s literary landscape were celebrated in an auspicious ceremony."

Press release: Enemy of the People by Adriaan Basson and Pieter du Toit

LitNet Boeke en skrywers 2017-11-08

“A remarkable, well-researched book, a must read for anyone interested in evidence of state capture and getting South Africa back on track.”

The old woman and the moon by Wilna van der Walt: book launch

LitNet Boeke en skrywers 2017-11-08

You are invited to the launch of The old woman and the moon on 18 November at Protea Bookshop in Stellenbosch. Wilna van der Walt will be in conversation with Marita de Wet.

Dark Traces awarded a Kirkus Star Review

Izak de Vries Books and writers 2017-11-07

LAPA Publishers (South Africa) and Catalyst Press (USA) are thrilled to announce that Martin Steyn’s English fiction debut, Dark Traces, has been awarded a Kirkus Star Review. The Kirkus Star is one of the most prestigious recognitions in the book industry.

The President's Keepers by Jacques Pauw: book launch

LitNet Books and writers 2017-11-06

You are invited to the launch of The President's Keepers on Wednesday, 15 November in Cape Town. Author Jacques Pauw will be in conversation with Glynnis Breytenbach.

Faith & Courage by Thabo Makgoba: book launch

LitNet Books and writers 2017-11-03

You are invited to the launch of Faith & Courage by Thabo Makgoba on Thursday, 16 November in Cape Town.

Durban first city on the African continent to become a Unesco World City of Literature

Darryl David, Naomi Meyer Boeke en skrywers 2017-11-01

"This is big. In a sense it means that Durban becomes the literary capital of Africa, the literary gateway to Africa. Everything that the city plans from now, literature must be at its heart."