Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

Press release: If one has read Arundhati Roy …

LitNet Books and writers 2018-09-04

"After fleeing Somalia, Ahmed Ismail Yusuf lived in several states but has lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1997. He did not speak English when he arrived, he was a high-school dropout, and he was not sure what his actual age was. Today he has two college degrees."

African Library: Small country by Gaël Faye

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2018-08-30

"Nevertheless, the fact that certain authors manage, like Gaël Faye does with Small country, to create chronicles that do not seem to desecrate, cheapen or sensationalise the devastating dimensions of those events, remains admirable proof of the nuanced art and deep empathy of which some writers are capable."

Midlands Literary Festival 2018: Full programme

Darryl David Books and writers 2018-08-29

KZN's premier book festival, the Midlands Literary Festival, is taking place at Fern Hill Hotel near Howick on 1 and 2 September 2018. Here is the full programme.

Call for papers: 7th annual Africa Century International African Writers Conference

LitNet Books and writers 2018-08-28

"The 7th annual Africa Century International African Writers Conference (ACIAWC) call for papers is now open. Papers and panel proposals interpreting the theme 'Unifying Africa: Writing and reading in African languages' are invited."

The Enumerations by Máire Fisher: excerpt

LitNet Books and writers 2018-08-23

"A violent incident at 17-year-old Noah Groome’s school sets into motion a chain of events that will test him and his family deeply." Read an excerpt from The Enumerations by Máire Fisher, author of Birdseye

Fault lines by Joanne Macgregor: book review

Eva Hunter Resensies 2018-08-14

"Macgregor seeds a fair amount of technological information throughout the novel. This locates the plot in substantial fact – the controversy around Karoo fracking has led to much publicity in the South African media – while Macgregor also presents these details in digestible pieces, mostly through Sam’s voice."

I wish I'd said: an interview with Mantoa Motinyane

Naomi Meyer, Mantoa Motinyane Books and writers 2018-08-08

"What was striking about the different poets was that each one had, at some point in their life, experienced some form of grief, love, birth and hope. These themes came through in all the languages."

Be engaged, entertained and inspired – bookings now open for eighth Open Book Festival

LitNet Books and writers 2018-08-08

"Open Book Festival is committed to creating a platform to celebrate South African writers, as well as hosting top international authors. The festival strives to instil a love of reading among young attendees, with the programme designed to create conversations among festivalgoers long after the event." The eighth Open Book Festival will take place from 5 to 9 September 2018.

Reading books on current affairs

Karabo Kgoleng Books and writers 2018-07-19

"Now, Zuma is gone, and there are more breaking stories about the extent of the fiscal damage that has been done by his administration. But, When Zuma Goes and On the Brink are still there."

Boerekos with a Twist by Annelien Pienaar: book launch and bread tasting

LitNet Books and writers 2018-07-18

You are invited to the launch of Boerekos with a Twist on 21 July in Durbanville. The author, Annelien Pienaar, will do a bread tasting and all the items you will taste are taken from the recipe book.

Get up! Stand up! by Mark Heywood: a review

Karabo Kgoleng Books and writers 2018-07-18

"Ultimately, what I have taken from this book is the story of a man who could have continued with his life of privilege, but instead chose the road of social justice in a way that few can speak for themselves today."

Book launch: A new selection of Joan Hambidge's poetry in translation – The Coroner's Wife

LitNet Books and writers 2018-07-18

You are invited to the launch of The Coroner's Wife on 28 July in Stellenbosch, where Joan Hambidge will be in conversation with Fourie Botha.

Press release: 2018 Caine Prize winner announced

LitNet Books and writers 2018-07-05

"Narrated in the first person plural, 'Fanta Blackcurrant' follows Meri, a street child of Nairobi, who makes a living using her natural intelligence and charisma."

Hermann Giliomee speaks about his latest book, Die Afrikaners

Paul Murray Books and writers 2018-07-04

"There was a hard-hitting question about the future of Afrikaans."

Ingrid Jonker – ’n biografie by Petrovna Metelerkamp: a review

Karin Schimke Boeke en skrywers 2018-07-03

"Metelerkamp is careful not to turn her biography into an abject lesson on the ravages of a patriarchal society on individual lives. She steers through her complex subject with a careful and steady rudder – a class journalistic act."

African Library: And they didn’t die by Lauretta Ngcobo

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2018-06-27

"South Africans and others who want to, need to or ought to have an understanding of rural black South African life under the apartheid system can do no better than to read or reread Lauretta Ngcobo’s searing, moving and profoundly probing account enshrined in the unforgettable narrative of her 1990 novel, And they didn’t die."

Press release: Nigerian-German writer Efua Traoré named regional winner for Africa in 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-27

The Nigerian-German writer Efua Traoré was announced the regional winner for Africa in the world’s most global literary prize. Traoré, who grew up in a little town in the south of Nigeria, wins with a first person narrative that sees a 13-year-old boy wrestle with the question of what it means to find "True Happiness".

Press release: Winners of the 2018 Sunday Times Literary Awards announced

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-25

"Bongani Ngqulunga received the Alan Paton award for non-fiction for The Man Who Founded the ANC: A Biography of Pixley ka Isaka Seme, while Harry Kalmer was named the recipient of the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg."

The Summit Syndrome by Owen Dean: book launch

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-20

You are invited to the launch of The Summit Syndrome on 23 June in Stellenbosch. The author, Owen Dean, will be in conversation with Cobus Jooste.

Herman Charles Bosman Prize 2018: Winner and shortlist motivations

LitNet Books and writers 2018-06-15

Media24 Books Literary Prizes: The Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English fiction was awarded to Ken Barris for The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions. Read the motivations for the winning novel as well as the other finalists.