Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

Jodi Picoult, the Amish and the author’s responsibility

Liné Loff Books and writers 2020-03-24

"She is a woman and a writer, but doesn’t write women’s fiction."

Review: Being Shelley by Qarnita Loxton

Nikita Coote Books 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 Bekker

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books 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 Kruger

Lou-Marie Kruger, Pierre de Vos Books 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 Tavengerwei

Annie Gagiano Books 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 Trotter

LitNet Books 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 Onselen

Natasha Harmse Books 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 Boehmer

LitNet Books 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 Laubscher

LitNet PRH/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 birthday

Catherine Knox Books 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-Blake

Liné Loff, Susan Newham-Blake Skrywersonderhoude 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 Gladwell

Clifford Roberts Books 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 Bennett

Nikita Coote Books 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 DiAngelo

Robin DiAngelo, Ruben Richards Books and writers 2020-02-06

Robin was interviewed by Ruben Richards.

Video: Launch of Yellow and confused by Ming-Cheau Lin

Ming-Cheau Lin, Sara-Jayne King Books and writers 2020-02-05

Ming-Cheau was interviewed by author and journalist Sara-Jayne King.

Review: Bitter pill by Peter Church

Clifford Roberts Books 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 Fourie

Frederik Rudolph van Dyk Books 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 Koopman

Zian Blignaut Books 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 Bulbring

Naomi Meyer, Edyth Bulbring Books 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 media

Cliffordene Norton, Dave Henderson Books 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