Books and writers
Information about the latest books and the people behind them
The theory of flight by Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu: a reviewBooks and writers 2018-11-15
"Imogen 'Genie' Zula Nyoni is a very special girl who grows into an incredible, defiant woman; her mother was a country and western singer, and her father was a freedom fighter who shot down an aeroplane during the war for liberation."
Postcolonial poetics: 21st-century critical readings by Elleke Boehmer: a reviewBooks and writers 2018-11-13
"The central question Boehmer addresses in Postcolonial poetics is 'whether there was a kind of reading that postcolonial texts in particular solicited' and, if yes, what its main characteristics were."
The enumerations by Máire Fisher: a book reviewBooks and writers 2018-11-05
"This is a triumphant, hopeful work of fiction, and Fisher deserves commendation for writing about such a difficult, stigmatised topic in a creative and gripping way."
The history of intimacy by Gabeba Baderoon: a reviewBooks and writers 2018-10-31
"The history of intimacy by Gabeba Baderoon ... is the only poetry volume published by Kwela Books this year, but one which is a most welcome addition to the plethora of distinguished South African poetic voices."
African Library: Congo Inc: Bismarck's testament by In Koli Jean BofaneBooks and writers 2018-10-25
"With considerable simplification, but highly persuasively in its sweepingly confident claims, Bofane’s account of the world’s continuously violent history from the late 19th until well into the 21st century places the Congo centrally at its heart of darkness, then and now."
The wives by Lauren Weisberger: book reviewBooks and writers 2018-10-22
"This book also gives one pause to reflect on whether it is worth it to try and keep up with a youth-obsessed society that makes unrealistic demands on how you spend your time and where, how your body should look (like Barbie) and how much you should have in your bank account."
The Echo of a Noise by Pieter-Dirk Uys: book launchBooks and writers 2018-10-19
You are invited to the launch of The Echo of a Noise on 23 October in Melville. The author, Pieter-Dirk Uys, will be in conversation with Michelle Magwood.
The inside-out man by Fred Strydom: reader impressionBooks and writers 2018-10-15
"Through the author’s dexterity of storytelling and astute turn of phrase, each sentence becomes its own canvas, and yet the storylines blend effortlessly."
You make me possible: An interview with Karina SczcurekBooks and writers 2018-10-10
"Sometimes, you can say something in a letter that is impossible to voice otherwise."
Space inhabited by echoes by Karen Jennings: a reviewBooks and writers 2018-10-04
"Despite flaws in Jennings's poetic technique, the subject matter and the intimacy of her perspective results in insightful, sensitive and forthright poems."
Green as the Sky is Blue by Eben Venter: excerptBooks and writers 2018-10-03
"The afternoon was bathed in a milky blue. To our left were the koppies and on our right the grassy veld. Right in front of me, my father’s legs in his farm shorts." Read an excerpt from Green as the Sky is Blue by Eben Venter.
Press release: 2018 SALA nominees announcedBooks and writers 2018-09-28
"We congratulate the 2018 nominees for their sterling work and keeping South Africa’s literary heritage alive."
It’s only blood: Shattering the taboo of menstruation by Anna DahlqvistBooks and writers 2018-09-20
"It is a book every menstruator will profit from reading."
Microcosms: Patrick Leigh Fermor’s Mani: Travels in the Southern PeloponneseMenings 2018-09-20
"Time is fluid for Leigh Fermor. Present and past coexist, his experiences threaded into a historical and geographical tapestry ..."
Illuminating lives, edited by Vivian Bickford-Smith and Bill Nasson: book launchBooks and writers 2018-09-18
You are invited to the launch of Illuminating lives on the 27th of September 2018 at the Book Lounge in Cape Town.
New African Graphic Novel LaunchesLAPA Uitgewersportaal 2018-09-14
This full-colour graphic novel places Shaka’s rule against the slave trade that was expanding from the East African coast, and the Europeans spreading inland from the south.
Hope rising from the ashes of despair: Mogadishu Book FairBooks and writers 2018-09-06
"I saw hope rising from the ashes of despair. As I stood at the podium to talk about my book, The lion’s binding oath and other stories, I saw a sea of young faces – young men and women in their late teens and early to mid-twenties – staring at me attentively, taking it all in."
Press release: 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize open for entriesBooks and writers 2018-09-06
"The Commonwealth Short Story Prize – the flagship project of Commonwealth Writers and the world’s most global literary prize – is now open for entries. The closing date is 1 November 2018."
Press release: If one has read Arundhati Roy …Books and writers 2018-09-04
"After fleeing Somalia, Ahmed Ismail Yusuf lived in several states but has lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1997. He did not speak English when he arrived, he was a high-school dropout, and he was not sure what his actual age was. Today he has two college degrees."
African Library: Small country by Gaël FayeBooks and writers 2018-08-30
"Nevertheless, the fact that certain authors manage, like Gaël Faye does with Small country, to create chronicles that do not seem to desecrate, cheapen or sensationalise the devastating dimensions of those events, remains admirable proof of the nuanced art and deep empathy of which some writers are capable."