Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

ANC congratulates Adam Small

2012-04-02 The African National Congress wishes to congratulate Adam Small on receiving the prestigious Hertzog Prize from the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns.

Happy 40th, Picador!

2012-03-29 To celebrate Picador’s 40th anniversary we are re-issuing some of our classic fiction titles. Among them you will find prize-winning books, books that have become global sales hits, books that caused huge controversy when published or were published to huge critical acclaim. Together they are a valuable set of must-reads.

Cape Town Book Fair

2012-03-29 After an almost two-year absence, The Cape Town Book Fair is back− remodeled and set to impress. The Fair will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 15 − 17 June.

City Soirée at The Book Lounge

2012-03-28 Attend the free City Soirée at The Book Lounge on 5 April 2012, featuring poet Toni Stuart and guitarist Philip Malan.

City Press and Tafelberg invest in nonfiction authors with annual award

2012-03-26 City Press and Tafelberg Publishers, an imprint of NB Publishers, are proud to announce their partnership in investing in nonfiction authors by means of an annual award. The award of R60 000 will be made on an annual basis to an author to fund the research for a nonfiction book on a subject of importance in the South African context.

SA-illustreerders | SA Illustrators

2012-03-20 South Africa's brightest and most talented illustrators share their thoughts, their inspiration and their art. |  Suid-Afrika se mees geliefde en talentvolle illustreerders. Hulle deel hul gedagtes, inspirasie en hul kuns.

Appointment of James Woodhouse as Publisher of Kwela Books

2012-03-20 NB Publishers is pleased to announce the appointment of James Woodhouse as Publisher of Kwela Books,  effective from 1 April 2012.

Cup O' Thought on Poetry

2012-03-19 A vibrant new addition to the Durban poetry scene is emerging with The Cup O' Thought poetry sessions which kicked off the year with a rousing launch at the Alliance Francaise in January.

1 Club Festival – a fun filled children's festival at Exclusive Books

2012-03-19 This year, the 1 Club Festival will celebrate the very best of youth titles for children from the ages of three to 15 then catering for the older teen in the young adult category with many fabulous new reads, as well as classic children’s stories.

Speaking with many voices: The Cambridge History of South African Literature Cape Town launch

Elzette Steenkamp 2012-03-15 LitNet attended the Cape Town launch of The Cambridge History of South African Literature at The Book Lounge and was left somewhat star-struck.

Dreaming about being a bestselling writer?

2012-03-12 International best- selling author, Albert Jack can equip you with the writing tools to get your manuscript published.

Yewande Omotoso, author of Bom Boy, in conversation with Janet van Eeden

Janet van Eeden 2012-03-12 "I loved Omotoso’s flirtation with magic realism in some parts of the story and I look forward to more of this from her in the future. Her skill lies in the subtlety of her character creations. Omotoso is definitely an author to watch."

Seasons of sorrow: Carol Thompson’s Betrayed – A mother’s battle for justice

Jonathan Amid 2012-03-09 "Thompson’s Betrayed – A Mother’s Battle for Justice ultimately demands to be read. It avoids forms of easy manipulation and rose-tinted glasses when looking at its subject matter, and continuously reminds us of the precariousness of life in a society beset by crime."

African Library: Little Mother

Annie Gagiano 2012-03-09 “Cristina Ali Farah’s fine, moving and exhortatory text exhibits a large talent.”

Big Book Chain Chat #85: The orgasm of writing

Gillian Schutte 2012-03-09 “Excruciatingly delicious and yet endurable, it lasts a lot longer than the clitoral/penile orgasm. In fact, it is a way of life if you choose it to be.” Gillian Schutte on the writing process.

After just now an account of postmodernity

Runette Kruger 2012-03-08 Gillian Schutte’s After just now can best be described as a psychic, spiritual and historical travelogue, the non-linear account of a private and shared journey.

South African English – a “mixed masala”?

Rob Gaylard 2012-03-08 The sun may have set on the English Empire, but the English language continues to spread and proliferate across the globe

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness comes highly recommended

Louise Anne Buchler 2012-03-08 In her latest memoir, Alexandra Fuller regales us with what is largely the story of her mother, Nicola Fuller – or as she likes to be introduced, “Nicola Fuller of Central Africa”.

Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards: Reminder of closing date

AntheaV 2012-03-07 Maskew Miller Longman publishers are running their annual Literature Awards competition for the category of youth novels.

Photos: From Malan to Mbeki book launch

Naomi Meyer, Elzette Steenkamp 2012-02-23 On Tuesday, 21 February 2012 a small crowd gather in parliament. Most of the people present work here anyway, during the day, but tonight they are attending the book launch of From Malan to Mbeki.