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Suidoosterfees 2021: An interview with Wahbie Long

Robert Kriger, Wahbie Long Suidoosterfees 2021-04-28

On 29 April 2021 at 10:00, Marianne Thamm will be in conversation with Wahbie Long about his book, Nation on the couch: Inside South Africa's mind, as part of the Suidoosterfees-Jakes Gerwel conversations at Artscape, Cape Town. Robert Kriger interviews Wahbie to find out more about his book, which he describes as a "letter to all South African citizens".

2021 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature shortlist: an interview with Penny Lorimer

Naomi Meyer, Penny Lorimer Books and writers 2021-04-26

"What distinguishes South African stories is that they are about people who experience our environment in the same way we do, who look like us, who understand the specific challenges we face, perhaps in more profound ways than people in other English-speaking parts of the world."

2021 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature shortlist: an interview with Francis Tebesi

Naomi Meyer, Francis Tebesi Books and writers 2021-04-26

"I want them to pursue their studies and other talents they have, even if it is tough and challenging, because in all hard work there is reward, and hard work pays."

Suidoosterfees 2021: An interview with Adam Cruise

Adam Cruise, Izak de Vries Suidoosterfees 2021-04-23

"Basically, we all need each other, so, no, we cannot allow humanity to self-destruct." Adam Cruise (It’s not about the bats) will be part of the Jakes Gerwel conversations at the Suidoosterfees. 

2021 Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature shortlist: an interview with Jaco Fouché

Naomi Meyer, Jaco Fouché Books and writers 2021-04-22

"Why write? Because you (as a reader yourself) know all about the joy that a reader finds in a good book. You want to replicate that joy, be responsible for it. A book is a hand reaching out, sometimes to communicate, sometimes to offer comfort, sometimes to outrage."

Deon Meyer, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres: Commendation at the ceremony

Aurélien Lechevallier Books and writers 2021-04-22

"He is the man South Africa can call with pride its best crime fiction author, whose reputation has long crossed the South African borders to reach Europe and France."

Deon Meyer, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres: pictures of the ceremony

LitNet Books and writers 2021-04-22

Deon Meyer was awarded the award of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters) on behalf of the French President at Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch. Here are some pictures of the event.

Deon Meyer, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres: Meyer’s speech

LitNet Books and writers 2021-04-22

"Ce soir, le chat est sur le toit. Tonight, the cat is on the roof."

Press release: South African author Deon Meyer receives France’s top cultural award

LitNet Books and writers 2021-04-22

On Tuesday, 20 April 2021, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, His Excellency Mr Aurélien Lechevallier, bestowed upon South African crime fiction author and screenwriter, Mr Deon Meyer, the award of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters) on behalf of the French President at Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch.

Suidoosterfees 2021: An interview with Thembalethu Seyisi

Thembalethu Seyisi, Izak de Vries Suidoosterfees 2021-04-22

"It is my small way of paying it forward and a way of showing gratitude for the privileges life has afforded me thus far." Thembalethu Seyisi (21 life lessons @ 21) will be part of the Jakes Gerwel conversations at the Suidoosterfees. 

Fresh off the press: Give us more guns by Mark Shaw

LitNet Books and writers 2021-04-21

One senior police officer’s crime: his decision to sell millions of rands’ worth of guns to fund his children’s university fees.

Heritage to ashes, dust to dust

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2021-04-20

"What I remember most is the silent communication, between researcher and librarian, between researcher and the past – in my case literary."

Persverklaring | Press release: Sanlampryse vir Jeuglektuur, 2021-kortlyste | 2021 Sanlam prizes for youth literature, shortlists

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2021-04-19

Sanlam en Tafelberg Uitgewers kondig met trots die finaliste vir die 2021-Sanlampryse vir Jeuglektuur aan. | Sanlam and Tafelberg Publishers are delighted to announce the 2021 finalists for the Sanlam Prizes for Youth Literature.

The lazy makoti’s guide to the kitchen by Mogau Seshoene – reader impression

Louise Viljoen (JBay) Books and writers 2021-04-15

"If you’re on a hunt for a cookbook that leads you through kitchen basics and teaches you foody tips, tricks and fresh ideas, look no further."

All rise: A judicial memoir by Dikgang Moseneke – reader impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2021-04-15

"Very few books that I have read in my life have been so eloquently composed as this one."

Fresh off the press: Hidden Karoo by Patricia Kramer and Alain Proust

LitNet Books and writers 2021-04-14

Hidden Karoo presents a snapshot of the region, offering a glimpse into towns and villages, farms and churches, public buildings and private homes, all against a backdrop of awe-inspiring landscapes.

Press release: 2021 Commonwealth short-story prize shortlist announced

LitNet Books and writers 2021-04-14

South African writer Zoë Wicomb praised the "novel use of local non-standard Englishes as well as inventive inscription of native languages."

Review of 1986 by William Dicey

Helen Moffett Books and writers 2021-04-13

"This is a hallmark of the book that I personally found fascinating: the way Dicey returns women’s stories to the overarching narrative of that year."

Invitation: Launch of Bloody Sunday by Mignonne Breier

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2021-04-08

Tafelberg and Exclusive Books invite you to join the book launch via online webinar of Bloody Sunday by Mignonne Breier.

Johanne 14 by Hope Malau: a reader impression

Louise Viljoen (JBay) Books and writers 2021-04-01

"In a time in South Africa when we are trying to understand each other more than ever, when we are experimenting with ideas of unity, diversity and forgiveness, while still staying true to ourselves, Johanne 14 is a quiet celebration of the things that really matter, that which lies at the heart of it all – like the perfect cabbage."

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