Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

Press release: 2018 Caine Prize winner announced

LitNet Books and writers 2018-07-05

"Narrated in the first person plural, 'Fanta Blackcurrant' follows Meri, a street child of Nairobi, who makes a living using her natural intelligence and charisma."

Hermann Giliomee speaks about his latest book, Die Afrikaners

Paul Murray Books and writers 2018-07-04

"There was a hard-hitting question about the future of Afrikaans."

Ingrid Jonker – ’n biografie by Petrovna Metelerkamp: a review

Karin Schimke Boeke en skrywers 2018-07-03

"Metelerkamp is careful not to turn her biography into an abject lesson on the ravages of a patriarchal society on individual lives. She steers through her complex subject with a careful and steady rudder – a class journalistic act."

African Library: And they didn’t die by Lauretta Ngcobo

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2018-06-27

"South Africans and others who want to, need to or ought to have an understanding of rural black South African life under the apartheid system can do no better than to read or reread Lauretta Ngcobo’s searing, moving and profoundly probing account enshrined in the unforgettable narrative of her 1990 novel, And they didn’t die."

Press release: Nigerian-German writer Efua Traoré named regional winner for Africa in 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-27

The Nigerian-German writer Efua Traoré was announced the regional winner for Africa in the world’s most global literary prize. Traoré, who grew up in a little town in the south of Nigeria, wins with a first person narrative that sees a 13-year-old boy wrestle with the question of what it means to find "True Happiness".

Press release: Winners of the 2018 Sunday Times Literary Awards announced

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-25

"Bongani Ngqulunga received the Alan Paton award for non-fiction for The Man Who Founded the ANC: A Biography of Pixley ka Isaka Seme, while Harry Kalmer was named the recipient of the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg."

The Summit Syndrome by Owen Dean: book launch

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-20

You are invited to the launch of The Summit Syndrome on 23 June in Stellenbosch. The author, Owen Dean, will be in conversation with Cobus Jooste.

Herman Charles Bosman Prize 2018: Winner and shortlist motivations

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-15

Media24 Books Literary Prizes: The Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English fiction was awarded to Ken Barris for The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions. Read the motivations for the winning novel as well as the other finalists.

Recht Malan Prize 2018: Winner and shortlist motivations

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-15

Media24 Books Literary Prizes: The Recht Malan Prize for Nonfiction was awarded to Jacques Pauw for The President's Keepers. Read the motivations for the winning book as well as the other finalists.

MER-prys vir geïllustreerde kinderboeke 2018: Wenner- en kortlysmotiverings

LitNet Boeke en skrywers 2018-06-15

Media24 Boeke-pryse: Die MER-prys vir geïllustreerde kinderboeke is vanjaar aan Rosamund Haden en Tony Pinchuck vir The All Africa Wildlife Express toegeken. Lees hier die motiverings vir die wenboek en ander finaliste.

Winging it by Joanne Jowell: a review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2018-06-14

"Winging it illuminates the entire undertaking of what an egg donation, IVF, surrogacy, and solo parenting entails. None of it is for the faint-hearted."

You have to be gay to know God by Siya Khumalo: book launch

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-14

You are invited to the launch of You have to be gay to know God on 26 June in Johannesburg.

Press release: Call for entries – City Press-Tafelberg Nonfiction Award

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2018-06-12

"The aim is to fund the research and writing of an original work of nonfiction on a subject of importance in the South African context, irrespective of genre. The closing date for entries is 31 July 2018."

Launch of Joan Hambidge's The Coroner's Wife

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-05

You are invited to the launch of The Coroner's Wife on 20 June in Newlands, where Joan Hambidge will be in conversation with the publisher, Michèle Betty. The Coroner's Wife is a selection of the poems of Joan Hambidge in translation.

Ingrid Jonker: ’n biografie, a review essay

Leon de Kock Resensies 2018-06-05

"Reading a biography such as Petrovna Metelerkamp’s Ingrid Jonker: ’n biografie provides a fine example of what I am talking about. This is a nice fat book, chock-full of stories and reported data about the enigma that is Ingrid Jonker. Apart from anything else, it is clear that Metelerkamp’s 437-page tome is the product of many years of unstinting work ..."

Who will rule in 2019? by Jan-Jan Joubert: Book launch in Stellenbosch

LitNet Boeke en skrywers 2018-05-31

You are invited to the launch of Who will rule in 2019? on 2 June in Stellenbosch, where the author, Jan-Jan Joubert, will be in conversation with Tony Leon.

Invitation: Join us for a celebration of Colour me yellow by Thuli Nhlapo

LitNet Books and writers 2018-05-30

Colour me yellow by Thuli Nhlapo was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Alan Paton award 2018. Join the celebration on 2 June in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Press release: 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlist announced

LitNet Books and writers 2018-05-25

"As well as being open to entries translated into English from any language, it is the only literary prize in the world where entries can be submitted in Bengali, Chinese, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Swahili, and Tamil."

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

LitNet Books and writers 2018-05-23

A discourse about this book will take place at the Stellenbosch University Museum on 31 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.

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