Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

The African Library: Forbidden Fruit by Stanley Gazemba

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2018-12-19

"Gazemba beautifully interweaves the rhythms of rural life with the impulses of individuals’ emotions. The lives he evokes are rich in feeling and the narrative voice, however compassionate, describes the poor without condescension or pity."

Poacher by Shuhood Abader and Kimon de Greef: a book review

Johan Fourie Books and writers 2018-12-12

"The book exposes the inner workings of the poaching industry, laying bare the social structures that support the communities and people who participate." 

Tell me your story by Ruda Landman: a book review

Izak de Vries Books and writers 2018-12-04

“Since the book is representative of all races, a variety of cultures, most religions and a fair range of age groups, the reader is treated to a number of colourful, multilayered views of our country.”

Anatoli by Tayfun Aras: a book review

Elsibe Loubser McGuffog Resensies 2018-11-29

Anatoli by Tayfun Aras is not only a recipe book. It is a mini-memoir of his creative culinary life and a hearty diary of this much-loved niche restaurant in Cape Town, which was established in 1984.

The Enumerations: an interview with Máire Fisher

Naomi Meyer, Máire Fisher Books and writers 2018-11-28

"I like the idea of it being a whydunnit, but I really do hope that readers will land up liking Noah and understanding more about him. I think it’s really important that we see people as people, not as being defined by their conditions."

The enumerations by Máire Fisher: reader impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2018-11-28

"The enumerations is certainly a novel that I recommend to anyone, especially anyone with an interest in psychology and the issue of OCD."

Chatsworth by Pravasan Pillay: a book review

Karabo Kgoleng Books and writers 2018-11-22

"Set in the highly populated township of Chatsworth in KwaZulu-Natal, this collection of 11 short stories highlights working class life in a residential area that was allocated for South Africans of Indian descent during apartheid."

The theory of flight by Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu: a review

Karabo Kgoleng Books 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 review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books 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 review

Karabo Kgoleng Books 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 review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books 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 Bofane

Annie Gagiano Books 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 review

Karabo Kgoleng Books 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 launch

LitNet Books 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 impression

Thérèse Fensham Books 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 Sczcurek

Naomi Meyer, Liné Loff, Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books 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 review

Tony Ullyatt Books 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: excerpt

LitNet Books 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 announced

LitNet Books 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 Dahlqvist

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2018-09-20

"It is a book every menstruator will profit from reading."

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