Books and writers
Information about the latest books and the people behind them
PRH | LAPA | Nuwe fiksie | New fictionPRH/LAPA-Uitgewersportaal 2020-09-04
Penguin Random House en LAPA se nuwe fiksie is bekendgestel. | Announcing new fiction from Penguin Random House and LAPA.
Elsa Joubert memorial service: JM Coetzee’s contributionBooks and writers 2020-09-04
"With her wide experience of the world, her firm but generous moral sense, and her sharp, inquiring mind, Elsa Joubert represented the very best of the Afrikaans intellectual tradition. I am honoured to have been her friend."
Press release: Madibaland World Literary Festival, 20–30 November 2020Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-09-03
"It’s going to be the festival of the year, beams Darryl David! 'It might very well be the only festival of the year, but boy will it make up for the many that we missed!'"
Reader impression: Prisoner 913 by Riaan de Villiers and Jan-Ad StemmetBooks and writers 2020-08-27
"Loose talk, especially pillow talk, can be dangerous. In the arms of a lover, Nelson Mandela’s wife, Winnie, whispers that Nelson will be visiting Durban."
African Library: Behold the dreamers by Imbolo MbueBooks and writers 2020-08-26
"Permeated as it is by compassionate irony, this is a deeply satisfying novel, a narrative that feeds the soul and expands the understanding."
Reader impression: The accidental mayor: Herman Mashaba and the battle for Johannesburg by Michael BeaumontBooks and writers 2020-08-25
"He is not a career politician. Mashaba’s decision to accept the call to leadership within the DA resulted from his desire to serve the people of Johannesburg."
Press release: The virtual launch of Heart of a strong woman by Xoliswa Nduneni-NgemaNB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-08-18
You are invited to the launch of Heart of a strong woman by Xoliswa Nduneni-Ngema on 24 August 2020. She will be in conversation with Fred Khumalo.
LitNet and the Jakes Gerwel Foundation’s Kommadagga writing workshopBooks and writers 2020-08-14
LitNet and the Jakes Gerwel Foundation will present a mentorship programme for promising young English and Afrikaans writers in Somerset East from 12 October to 1 November 2020. The programme is intended specifically for short-prose writers – applications are now open.
Femicide in South Africa – an interview with Nechama BrodieBooks and writers 2020-08-05
"It’s important that we understand that femicide is not something that happens only when there is a big story in the news – but it is systemic, and it has been happening over a long period of time; it exists as part of a broader society that has allowed and encouraged violence to be used as a solution or as a means to an end."
Reader impression: Has China won? by Kishore MahbubaniBooks and writers 2020-07-29
"Space doesn’t allow for a fuller discussion of the author’s conclusions, the main conclusion of which is that a major geopolitical contest between America and China is both inevitable and avoidable."
Review: Decolonising schools in South Africa: The impossible dream? by Pam ChristieSA Skoleseminaar | Schools Seminar 2020-07-29
"Pam Christie’s entire career’s work shines a bright light on our educational fault lines, and now, with this book, she invites us into the decolonial space, which is an impossible space to embrace – maddeningly impossible – yet one which must be occupied and rendered pedagogical."
The fall: an interview with Jen ThorpeBooks and writers 2020-07-24
"I think the way we think about and talk about protests and why they happen has the ability to shape our receptiveness to listening, and I wanted to explore this idea in The fall."
Reader impression: The body: A guide for occupants by Bill BrysonBooks and writers 2020-07-21
"This is a book that is really worth the read; I am even considering rereading it sometime, which is something that I very rarely do with books."
Sea star summer: an interview with Sally PartridgeBooks and writers 2020-07-15
"It was during a morning beach walk on one of these trips that he pointed out all the 'sea stars' in a rock pool. I was already writing the book, and that scene automatically made it in."
Press release: Ingrid Jonker Prize 2020 goes to a poignant collection of poems distinguished by a photographer’s instinctBooks and writers 2020-07-14
The winner of the Ingrid Jonker Prize for a debut volume of poetry in English published in 2018 and 2019 has been announced.
Inter-review with Helen Moffett about her novel CharlotteInterviews 2020-07-13
"Please could Helen Moffett write the ending to my life story? Listening to Helen’s delightful Charlotte as an audiobook had me weeping in delight as I learned how things turned out in the end for the unobtrusive Charlotte Lucas, one of Elizabeth Bennet’s closest friends in Pride and prejudice."
The South African Writers’ Circle: An interview with the chairpersonBooks and writers 2020-07-08
"Writing is a solitary occupation, and writers enjoy being able to exchange ideas with other writers. The Circle provides them with this opportunity."
Reader impression: Talking to strangers by Malcolm GladwellBooks and writers 2020-07-03
"Talking to strangers made me realise yet again that one cannot separate one field of study from the other. History and psychology go hand in hand."
Ingrid Jonker Prize: Shortlist 2020Books and writers 2020-07-03
The shortlist for the Ingrid Jonker Prize for debut volumes of poetry in English published in 2018 and 2019 has been announced. The prize is alternately awarded on an annual basis to a first volume of poetry in Afrikaans or English – the two languages in which Ingrid Jonker herself wrote.
The African Library: The theory of flight by Siphiwe Gloria NdlovuBooks and writers 2020-06-26
"The theory of flight is a beautifully told narrative, memorable and innovative, and a skilfully structured novel."