Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

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.

Somewhere on the Border - an inter-review

Janet van Eeden 2012-02-22 Anthony Akerman, playwright, in conversation with Janet van Eeden, about the republication of his play Somewhere on the Border

Ants in the Big Onion: A bustling, warm-hearted romp

Jonathan Amid 2012-02-21 I would recommend Ants in the Big Onion to readers that can look past the perfunctory title and jarring cover design, those willing to suspend disbelief in service of a genuinely warm-hearted, good-natured and mostly well-written frolic in the deep end of the new South Africa.

Johannesburg launch of The Cambridge History of South African Literature

2012-02-21 Achmat Dangor, novelist, and Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will speak on South African literary history.

Cape Town launch: The Cambridge History of South African Literature

2012-02-20 The Cambridge University Press is launching the The Cambridge History of South African Literature. Professor Njabulo Ndebele, novelist, critic and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, will speak on South African literary history.

Leave the Door Open and the Lights On

2012-02-15 February is Crime and Thriller Month at Exclusive Books. Win 1 of 5 complete Crime/Thriller sets of novels from Exclusive Books.

AE Ballakisten in conversation with Janet van Eeden

Janet van Eeden 2012-02-15 Janet van Eeden talks to AE Ballakisten about his new collection of poetry, Talking to a Tree, Poems of a Fragile World

“For the reader in Benoni, and the reader in Beijing”: UK launch of the The Cambridge History of South African Literature

Imke van Heerden 2012-02-10 On Friday 3 February 2012, with the winter sun setting on the week, academics and students met in the Berrick Saul Building’s beloved “Tree House” at the University of York to celebrate the UK launch of The Cambridge History of South African Literature.

Kalk Bay Books presents A Celebration of Ingrid Jonker

2012-02-09 Following the successful release of the film, Black Butterflies last year, there has been renewed interest in the poetry and life of Ingrid Jonker. Kalk Bay Books presents A Celebration of Ingrid Jonker with Antjie Krog, Ingrid de Kok & Professor Louise Viljoen

Seen around: Derek Attridge, Isobel Dixon, David Attwell, Margie Orford and Michael Green

Imke van Heerden 2012-02-09 Derek Attridge, Isobel Dixon, David Attwell, Margie Orford and Michael Green at the launch of The Cambridge History of SA Literature.

The Sea of Wise Insects a macabre tale of a tormented soul

Elizabeth Joss 2012-02-08 Alice Wolfe, misunderstood protagonist and victim of unfortunate events, is involved in a car accident that will forever change her life.
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