Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

I wish I’d said ... Vol 1, edited by Johann de Lange and Mantoa Matonyane: a review

Annel Pieterse Books and writers 2019-12-24

"Even if these poems might not make for easy reading, I can only urge you to read them anyway. Read them slowly, and take long breaks to process what they reveal to you."

African library: The woman next door by Yewande Omotoso

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2019-12-18

"Some readers might have formed a mistaken superficial impression of this impressive novel, based on brief reviews. Yewande Omotoso’s 2016 (second) novel is by no means a comforting or a sentimental “Rainbow Nation” or facile Truth and Reconciliation text; nor is it 'chick lit' for old ladies ..."

"As unique as braaivleis and pap" – an interview about ROSA

Cliffordene Norton, Romy Sommer Books and writers 2019-12-17

ROSA (Romance writers Organisation of South Africa) is a non-profit, volunteer-run professional association for romance writers. Cliffordene Norton talks to Romy Sommer about this organisation’s origin, 100-membership mark and future projects.

Fresh off the press: For the love of the land – Ivor Price and Kobus Louwrens

LitNet Books and writers 2019-12-13

For the love of the land introduces South Africans to the heroes of agriculture.

Video: Cape Town launch of Will South Africa be okay? by Jan-Jan Joubert

Cliffordene Norton NB-Uitgewersportaal 2019-12-05

The launch of Will South Africa be okay? by Jan-Jan Joubert took place on Thursday, 21 November 2019 at The Book Lounge in Cape Town. Mervyn Sloman was in conversation with Jan-Jan Joubert. 

Review: Death, detention and disappearance by David Smuts

Clifford Roberts Books and writers 2019-11-28

"Death, detention and disappearance makes an invaluable contribution to our perspective, both historical and on abusive power everywhere."

Unmaking Grace: an interview with Barbara Boswell

Cliffordene Norton, Barbara Boswell Books and writers 2019-11-28

"I wanted to show the effects of intimate partner violence on one family, and how these effects also travel through generations if the trauma is not healed." Barbara Boswell talks to Cliffordene Norton about her book, Unmaking Grace.

Book launch: Being Shelley by Qarnita Loxton

LitNet Books and writers 2019-11-15

You are invited to the launch of Being Shelley by Qarnita Loxton on the 25th of November. 

An interview with Fiona Snyckers

Janet van Eeden, Fiona Snyckers Books and writers 2019-11-15

"Most of my books deal with issues that affect women, and it’s hard to rank these in terms of importance."

Book launch: Will South Africa be okay? by Jan-Jan Joubert

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2019-11-14

You are invited to the launch of Will South Africa be okay? on Thursday 21 November 2019 at The Book Lounge in Cape Town, where the author, Jan-Jan Joubert, will be in conversation with Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

Resensie: Shadow flicker deur Melissa A Volker

Yolanda Wessels Resensies 2019-11-14

"Melissa slaag ongetwyfeld daarin om die leser vasgenael te hou, van begin tot einde."

Book launch: For the love of the land by Ivor Price and Kobus Louwrens

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2019-11-13

You are invited to the launch of For the love of the land by Ivor Price and Kobus Louwrens.

Reader impression: Tobacco wars by Johann van Loggerenberg

Clifford Roberts Books and writers 2019-11-06

"Overall, the book sheds light on the darker workings of a massive industry. But it also provides much-needed insight into SARS and the world of tax collection."

The African Library: The old drift by Namwali Serpell

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2019-11-04

"It is the achievement of Serpell’s novel to be at once complex and lucid, to evoke a Zambian past, present and (imagined) future both ironically and compassionately."

Siya Kolisi – against all odds: an interview with Jeremy Daniel

Naomi Meyer, Jeremy Daniel Books and writers 2019-10-31

"I think he is a figure of reconciliation already. What he's achieved, where he came from, how he lives his life is all part of his story."

Fresh off the press: Siya Kolisi: Against All Odds by Jeremy Daniel

LitNet Books and writers 2019-10-31

When Siya Kolisi leads the Springboks out onto the field at the Rugby World Cup in September 2019, it will be the crowning glory of an incredible journey that began on the impoverished streets of Zwide, a township outside Port Elizabeth.

Fresh off the press: Blessed by BOSASA: Inside Gavin Watson’s State Capture Cult

LitNet Books and writers 2019-10-24

Fresh off the press: Blessed by BOSASA: Inside Gavin Watson’s State Capture Cult

Press release: 2019 South African Literary Awards nominees announced

LitNet Books and writers 2019-10-24

The South African Literary Awards (SALA) have shortlisted 26 authors in 13 awards categories for this year’s awards. The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on the 7th November at Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History.

Booktown Richmond, BookBedonnerd XII: full programme

LitNet Feeste 2019-10-23

BookBedonnerd XII takes place from 23 to 26 October 2019. Here is the full programme. 

Reader impression: The Stellenbosch mafia by Pieter du Toit

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2019-10-13

"If, however, the stories of these Afrikaner business tycoons are completely unknown to you, a reading of this book could and would be of great benefit and could assist you in understanding South African politics much better."

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