Books and writers
Information about the latest books and the people behind them
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.
The resurrection of Winnie Mandela: A biography of survival by Sisonke Msimang: reader impressionBooks and writers 2019-03-20
"The history of Winnie Mandela (1936–2018) is one of the most painful stories to emerge from South Africa. It is a story of injustice and oppression, but it is also, for many South Africans, a story of triumph and hope."
Press release: Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2019Books and writers 2019-03-20
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the world’s most global literary prize, is launching into its 2019 hot phase: the shortlist will be announced in the week commencing 8 April.
Steinheist: Markus Jooste, Steinhoff and SA’s biggest corporate fraud by Rob Rose: book reviewBooks and writers 2019-03-19
"Rob Rose’s Steinheist is not the first book to appear in the aftermath of the Steinhoff crash, but it is, by far, the most comprehensive and most compelling."
The Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club: an interviewOnderhoude 2019-03-13
On 16 March 2019 the Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club will host a panel discussion under the theme “Literacy in indigenous languages as the foundation of community, economic, social and political development”. Menán van Heerden chats to Sindiswa Seakhoa about the book club, the legacy of Miriam Tlali and the importance of indigenous languages.
Press release: Panel discussion on literacy and indigenous languagesBooks and writers 2019-03-12
The Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club will host a panel discussion on 16 of March 2019 (13h00–15h00, Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg) under the theme "Literacy in indigenous languages as the foundation of community, economic, social and political development".
Rainbow nation my Zulu arse: Reader impressionBooks and writers 2019-03-04
"Khumalo really goes out of his way to research and explain the origins and meanings of the names of all the places that he visits. This, in itself, makes the book a wonderful read, as there are many surprises to the reader along the way."
The African Library: On Black Sisters’ Street by Chika UnigweBooks and writers 2019-03-02
"It is especially Unigwe’s rendition of each of her main characters’ uniqueness in circumstances, setting and personality – the absence of othering of the sex workers in an either sentimentalising or demonising manner – that achieves the novel’s powerfully humane purpose."
Press release: Alan Paton Literary Festival 2019Lifestyle and entertainment 2019-02-28
"The Paton Festival represents not only a fight for the principle of non-racialism in the arts and culture sector of South Africa, but also a fight over the blueprint of what a UNESCO City of Literature should look like."
Kwela 25: Iconic SA publisher celebrates 25 years of local publishingNB-Uitgewersportaal 2019-02-28
Come and celebrate with Kwela! Thursday 28 February 2019, 18:30, Exclusive Books, Sandton.
Press Release: The 22nd annual Time of the Writer FestivalBooks and writers 2019-02-25
The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) presents its 22nd annual Time of the Writer Festival from 13 to 16 March 2019. Celebrating Durban’s status as the UNESCO City of Literature, Time of the Writer 2019 offers a shining gem of a four-day festival that allows audiences, budding authors and literature lovers a chance to encounter some of South Africa’s most notable writers in some wonderfully curated up close and personal encounters.
You make me possible by Karina Szczurek: a reviewResensies 2019-02-25
"The early email correspondence between ... Karina Szczurek and ... writer André Brink is a romantic WikiLeak of sorts that gives readers detailed and minimally censored insight into their courtship. That the growing passion between them worked out as perfectly as both imagined, coming from different hemispheres, must be the ultimate romantic plot ..."
63 days to optimum health: an interview with Sally-Ann CreedBooks and writers 2019-02-21
"We have to be 'hunter gatherers' – we need to hunt for truth and good food, then gather it and make it work for us – it can change your life. It changed mine."
Video: Stellenbosch launch of Sex, Lies & StellenboschBooks and writers 2019-02-13
Eva Mazza's debut novel Sex, Lies & Stellenbosch was recently launched at Gino's Stellenbosch. Eva was interviewed by her publisher Melinda Ferguson.
The African Library: Forbidden Fruit by Stanley GazembaBooks 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 reviewBooks 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 reviewBooks 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 reviewResensies 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 FisherBooks 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."