Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

Like family, yet never

Izak de Vries Books and writers 2019-05-24

On Wednesday 22 May Ena Jansen’s book Like family was launched at the Book Lounge in Cape Town.  The book deals with the contact zone between the domestic worker and the family she works for. Jansen chose to share the stage with Sindiwe Magona and Myrtle Witbooi.

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2019: personal reflections

Fiona Snyckers Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-05-22

"We all want our books to sell well and to reach the widest possible audience. Being invited to Franschhoek is an invaluable leg-up for any writer’s career. May the festival continue to go from strength to strength."

Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival: 6–9 June 2019

LitNet Books and writers 2019-05-21

Here is the programme of the 9th Schreiner Karoo Writers' Festival – which takes place in Cradock from the 6th to the 9th of June 2019.

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2019 in pictures

Izak de Vries Books and writers 2019-05-20

The Franschhoek Literary Festival took place from 17 - 19 May 2019. Izak de Vries was the paparazzo on behalf of LitNet.

At the edge: The writings of Ronnie Govender by Rajendra Chetty: a review

Annie Gagiano Resensies 2019-05-17

"I highly recommend this valuable text, the worth and interest of which I hope the above review has given some indication."

A person my colour – love, adoption and parenting while white by Martina Dahlmanns: a review

Izak de Vries Resensies 2019-05-16

"A person my colour is by no means easy, but it is important. Apart from the ill-conceived introduction, which ought to have been a reflection at the end, the narrative is stylish and gripping."

Louis Botha: A man apart by Richard Steyn: a reader's impression

Barend van der Merwe Lesersindrukke 2019-05-13

"The book is by no means a hero-worshipping publication, and the oppression of black South Africans by the Union government forms an important part of the book. It is a fresh appraisal of Botha, but even this bold attempt will, I believe, not stir any long-term interest in the former prime minister."

Press release: NELM rebrands as AMAZWI South African Museum of Literature

LitNet Books and writers 2019-05-13

"The Amazwi South African Museum of Literature's new identity and vision was unveiled by the National Department of Arts and Culture in Makhanda, at a ceremony which also marked the official opening of its new custom-built, state-of-the-art museum complex."

Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s web of capture by Pieter-Louis Myburgh: a reader’s impression

Barend van der Merwe Lesersindrukke 2019-05-07

"It is quite a bold move on the part of the author to make claims such as the ones he makes. The book more than raises the eyebrows, as false claims would certainly land the author in hot water. However if there is any truth to these claims, it would mean that the ruling ANC is in really deep trouble as a party – and not only the ANC, but the country as a whole."

Plate by Marlene van der Westhuizen: a reader’s impression

Louise Viljoen Lesersindrukke 2019-05-07

"Plate features a truly sublime collection of 86 appetising main courses with a continental influence. Divided into three chapters – on meat, poultry and seafood – the hand-picked recipes look every bit as scrumptious as they taste."

Featherstream by Ian Sutherland: a review

Sara Pienaar Resensies 2019-05-06

"Featherstream is a successful first novel. It is written with great care and attention to detail, and has an unusual and credible plot. It is a compelling and readable thriller which convincingly brings to life the Cape of 80 years ago."

International honour for graphic novel on Shaka

LAPA Uitgewers Books and writers 2019-05-06

Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince has been named a 2019 Honor Book by the Children’s Africana Book Awards. Luke Molver, the illustrator and co-author, will attend the award ceremony at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington, DC.

Invitation to the Cape Town launch of Christo Wiese – Risk & Riches by TJ Strydom

LitNet Books and writers 2019-05-06

The book will be launched in Cape Town on 16 May and James-Brent Styan will be in conversation with the author.

Between rock & a hard place by Carsten Rasch: a review

Michael Hardaker Resensies 2019-05-02

"Carsten Rasch’s Between rock & a hard place is a worthy and immensely readable addition to the canon."

Yellowbone by Ekow Duker: a review

Karabo Kgoleng Books and writers 2019-05-02

"Identity is explored racially, sexually, physically, culturally and linguistically. The reader observes how the major characters navigate these issues, as they respond to the events that challenge them and bring these issues to light."

Invitation to the launch of Christo Wiese – Risk & Riches by TJ Strydom

LitNet Books and writers 2019-04-30

The book will be launched in Johannesburg on 9 May and Peter Bruce will be in conversation with the author.

The African Library: The queue by Basma Abdel Aziz

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2019-04-26

"It is a mature and impressive novel, and one which many readers are likely to revisit in their memories or by rereading the text."

Green as the sky is blue by Eben Venter: a review

Karabo Kgoleng Books and writers 2019-04-25

"I would recommend reading it for your own understanding of how sexuality and sexual expression are not uniform across communities, and that it’s alright that we are not a homogeneous species."

Video: Launch of Gangster State by Pieter-Louis Myburgh

LitNet Books and writers 2019-04-17

Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture was recently launched at the CapeTalk (and Kfm) studios, Cape Town. Myburgh was interviewed by Adriaan Basson.

The Copyright Amendment Bill: an interview

Naomi Meyer, Louis Gaigher, Leanne Martini Onderhoude 2019-04-11

"The Bill erodes copyright protection. It makes it impossible for creators of academic work to protect their legitimate interests, such as being remunerated for their work and having their work’s integrity respected."