Books and writers
Information about the latest books and the people behind them
Invitation to the Cape Town launch of Christo Wiese – Risk & Riches by TJ StrydomBooks 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 reviewResensies 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 reviewBooks 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 StrydomBooks 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 AzizBooks 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 reviewBooks 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 MyburghBooks 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 interviewOnderhoude 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."
Video: Stellenbosch launch of The rise and demise of the Afrikaners by Hermann GiliomeeBooks and writers 2019-04-10
Hermann Giliomee's The rise and demise of the Afrikaners was recently launched at Exclusive Books Stellenbosch. Giliomee was interviewed by Albert Grundlingh.
Poet Laureate at the Adelaide FestivalBooks and writers 2019-04-09
"This literary festival, perhaps the most relaxed of the scores that take place in Australia every year, sprawls across a park in the city centre. It’s hard to resist its charm. And, this year, it’s pleasing to note that, over and above the Coetzee-Van Niekerk hour, there is a strong African presence."
Press release: South Africans rewarded for championing children's literacyBooks and writers 2019-04-08
National reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali, is launching a loyalty programme for South Africans committed to making a difference in children’s reading development. Known as FUNda Sonke, isiXhosa for ‘everyone read’, the programme seeks to grow and support the campaign’s network of more than 17 000 literacy volunteers, known as FUNda Leaders, nationwide.
UNISA’s Breyten Seminar: "The birthday poem ritual as self-portrait in Breyten Breytenbach’s poetry: 1964–2014"Books and writers 2019-04-04
"The biographical nature of both poetry and painting in Breyten Breytenbach’s work is less an indulgence than a subjective witnessing of both personal and world history."
Press release: Cape Town Library Book – Writing my CityNew writing 2019-04-03
"In the coming months, libraries will be running workshops to aid you in honing your writing skills. All of this will culminate on the 15th of June when you will be able to submit your piece for consideration at participating libraries. The finalists' pieces will then be included in the #WritingmyCity anthology which will be launched at Open Book Festival 2019!"
Press release: The 14th call for submissions extended to 30th April 2019Books and writers 2019-04-02
Due to public request, the South African Literary Awards (SALA) Call for Submissions is extended to 30th April 2019.
Secret keeper by Kerry Hammerton: book reviewResensies 2019-03-27
"In Secret keeper, Hammerton manages to capture the essentials of most adult lives – love, loss, loneliness, anxiety, ageing and death – and leaves us pondering our own mortality, and that deep longing not to feel our insignificance 'at night' when we are all alone under the 'black sky, stars,/ the milky way'."
Kora: A lost Khoisan Language: an interviewBooks and writers 2019-03-26
On Wednesday, 27 March 2019 (13h00–15h00) at Stellenbosch University, linguist Menán du Plessis will talk about her book, Kora: A lost Khoisan Language of the early Cape and the Gariep. Menán van Heerden chats to Menán du Plessis about her book.
Invitation: Book launch of Kora: A lost Khoisan Language of the early Cape and the Gariep by Menán du PlessisBooks and writers 2019-03-25
Wednesday, 27 March (13h00-15h00): Please do join Stellenbosch University’s Department of General Linguistics as we celebrate the launch of Extraordinary Associate Professor Dr Menán du Plessis’ book entitled Kora: A lost Khoisan Language of the early Cape and the Gariep (Unisa Press in collaboration with South African History Online, 2018).
Sol Plaatje Award for Translation in 2016 to 2018: acceptance speech by Karin SchimkeBooks and writers 2019-03-22
"Prizes like these highlight the noblest ambition of translation: to humanise."
Response to Gustav Pienaar’s “impressions” of The man who killed apartheidBoeke en skrywers 2019-03-21
"I have gone into considerable detail in countering Mr Pienaar’s criticism of my book, because I believe that he deserves a full and thoughtful reply, but also because criticism of this sort vilifies the memory of Dimitri Tsafendas himself."
Announcement: the winner of the 2019 City Press | Tafelberg non-fiction awardBooks and writers 2019-03-20
City Press and Tafelberg are proud to announce the winner of the City Press | Tafelberg Nonfiction Award for 2019.