Books and writers
Information about the latest books and the people behind them
Jodi Picoult, the Amish and the author’s responsibilityBooks and writers 2020-03-24
"She is a woman and a writer, but doesn’t write women’s fiction."
Review: Being Shelley by Qarnita LoxtonBooks and writers 2020-03-23
"My overall feeling towards the novel is exactly what you would expect: just not my cup of tea."
Review: Asleep Awake Asleep by Jo-Ann BekkerBooks and writers 2020-03-10
"Bekker has a fascinating voice and she is not afraid to experiment with the short form."
Video: Cape Town launch of Of Motherhood and Melancholia by Lou-Marié KrugerBooks and writers 2020-03-04
The launch of Of Motherhood and Melancholia by Lou-Marié Kruger took place on Thursday 27 February 2020 at The Book Lounge in Cape Town. Pierre de Vos was in conversation with Lou-Marié.
The African Library: Hope is our only wing by Rutendo TavengerweiBooks and writers 2020-03-02
"This small gem of a novel, published in 2018, is its Zimbabwean author’s first."
Fresh off the press: Cape Town: A place between by Henry TrotterBooks and writers 2020-02-26
This tween-ness complicates and perplexes. It threatens key conceptions we have about the histories, identities, and cultures of those who live on the continent.
Review: The night trains by Charles van OnselenBooks and writers 2020-02-25
"Van Onselen’s exposition of the night trains on the Eastern Main Line offers a clear and focused view of the circumstances surrounding the Mineral Revolution in South Africa."
Invitation to the launch of To the volcano and other stories by Elleke BoehmerBooks and writers 2020-02-24
You are invited to the launch of To the volcano and other stories by Elleke Boehmer in Stellenbosch on 4 March.
Fresh off the press: Operation Mandela by Willem LaubscherPRH/LAPA-Uitgewersportaal 2020-02-20
Nelson Mandela was scheduled for a medical operation, but all hell broke loose.
Photo gallery of an exhibition celebrating JM Coetzee’s 80th birthdayBooks and writers 2020-02-20
The first major exhibition of papers and artefacts from the JM Coetzee archives opened on the evening of 9 February to honour Coetzee on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Here is a photo gallery of the event.
As if born to you: An interview with Susan Newham-BlakeSkrywersonderhoude 2020-02-19
“I think there are still many narratives that portray adoption in a very positive light, where the child is somehow saved by the parent, or, in this country, the black child is saved by the white parent.”
Reader impression: Talking to strangers by Malcolm GladwellBooks and writers 2020-02-18
"These are the stories of real people. They’re the stories that we enjoy most, and are, from their reading, those that Gladwell relishes compassionately too."
Review: The music box by Toby BennettBooks and writers 2020-02-12
"The music box treats its first half like a slow ascent up a steep rollercoaster, taking the time to show you the inner cogs of John’s thoughts, giving a carefully intimate look into the mind of a child in an abusive household."
Video: Launch of White fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin DiAngeloBooks and writers 2020-02-06
Robin was interviewed by Ruben Richards.
Video: Launch of Yellow and confused by Ming-Cheau LinBooks and writers 2020-02-05
Ming-Cheau was interviewed by author and journalist Sara-Jayne King.
Review: Bitter pill by Peter ChurchBooks and writers 2020-01-31
"Bitter pill is a book built for speed. The chapters are short and the events fast paced."
Review: The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires’ Club by Pieter FourieBooks and writers 2020-01-28
"Stellenbosch Mafia is a pleasant piece of research supplying a good dose of quick facts and insight into the world of South Africa’s richest Afrikaners."
Review: They called me queer, edited by Kim Windvogel and Kelly-Eve KoopmanBooks and writers 2020-01-17
"In a still largely segregated and unequal South Africa, this book is a breath of fresh air to display difference and othering."
The choice between us: an interview with Edyth BulbringBooks and writers 2020-01-14
"And like most white children, I also had several 'nannies' who looked after me and seemed to care about me. I can never get over how strange and complex these relationships were in the context of apartheid."
Interview: How authors can use social mediaBooks and writers 2020-01-10
"Social media – used properly – can be an important tool within any author’s marketing arsenal." Cliffordene Norton interviews Dave Henderson, founder of MyeBook.co.za.