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Inter-review with Lauri Kubuitsile about her book, But deliver us from evil

Janet van Eeden, Lauri Kubuitsile Books and writers 2020-04-24

"This novel is full of the spirit of adventure and the desire for justice, which make for great storytelling."

Fresh off the press: All that is left by Kirsten Miller

LitNet Books and writers 2020-04-22

When Rachel’s brother disappears under mysterious circumstances, she must come to terms with his apparent death, though there is no body. She travels to Joburg to support her sister-in-law, Maya, with the memorial – also to escape her stifling life as a wife and mother.

Press release: 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist announced

LitNet Books and writers 2020-04-22

Twenty outstanding stories have been shortlisted by an international judging panel for the world’s most global literature prize. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of unpublished short fiction from any of the Commonwealth’s 54 member states. 

Review: Dream of a lifetime: Crossing Antarctica by Mike Horn

Clifford Roberts Books and writers 2020-04-22

"The pages fly by. The journey over the ice is as ferocious as the pace its reading makes."

Review: JM Coetzee: Photographs from boyhood by Hermann Wittenberg (ed)

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2020-04-22

"It is a beautifully produced book that will surprise and enlighten even the most devoted Coetzee readers, but might also be an intriguing entry point for those yet unfamiliar with the Nobel Prize winner's work."

South Africa's liquor on lockdown

Giséle Lavita Opinion 2020-04-21

"The ban on alcohol does not come without harsh social consequences: substance users who go cold turkey face a real fatality risk; liquor stores have been looted; and shebeen and tavern owners, as well as their employees, are going without income. Furthermore, alcohol is being traded illicitly, which could result in a black market being established."

Lockdown: Streaming content, part 1

Reney Warrington Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-04-20

"Most of us are under lockdown and turning to online entertainment. Some nights I don’t even know what to watch, and I write about film and series for a living. So, I thought it would help sift through the jumble, to compile a list of every title that a) I have ever reviewed positively and b) is available online."

The world’s largest online literary festival

Darryl David Books and writers 2020-04-16

"The coronavirus has turned the world on its head. Every day, I hear echoes of Morgan Freeman’s voice from the movie Deep impact in my head. The coronavirus is indeed a deep impact moment. As an evangelist of the literary arts, I have agonised over what this moment means for us."

"Start with the determined decision to fight for your business"

Naomi Meyer, Douglas Kruger, Cliffordene Norton Books and writers 2020-04-16

"Start with the determined decision to fight for your business. No matter how small or trivial it may seem, it is an important block in the foundation of our civilisation. It’s your baby, your dream – don’t let it go without a fight." Naomi Meyer and Cliffordene Norton interview Douglas Kruger about his latest book.

Review: Future-proof your child for the 2020s and beyond by Nikki Bush and Graeme Codrington

Louise Viljoen Books and writers 2020-04-15

"I consider it an invaluable guide to equip children with the right skill sets, attitudes and world views to enable them to identify future opportunities and thrive, no matter what tomorrow may or may not hold."

The annual National Arts Festival goes virtual amid corona crisis

Marli van Eeden, Monica Newton Onderhoude 2020-04-15

The 2020 National Arts Festival (NAF) will go down in our history as the first ever South African virtual festival, taking place from 25 June to 5 July. Marli van Eeden chats to Monica Newton (CEO, NAF) to find out more.

Fresh off the press: Olga Kirsch – A life in poetry by Egonne Roth

LitNet Books and writers 2020-04-15

This biography does not only investigate Kirsch’s role as Afrikaans Jewish poet but also examines her as an example of a cross-cultural, multi-lingual immigrant poet. 

Fresh off the press: A childhood made up by Brent Meersman

LitNet Books and writers 2020-04-08

Brent Meersman’s memoir of a humble yet eccentric upbringing in a Milnerton, Cape Town, flat in the 1970’s and 1980’s reads as a stirring eulogy to his schizophrenic mother, yet also as a vivid snapshot in time.

Lockdown: The corona chronicles – an interview with Melinda Ferguson

Naomi Meyer, Melinda Ferguson Books and writers 2020-04-08

"No. I don’t think we are ever going to go back to the 'unconscious normal' we were in just a few weeks ago. I think that after lockdown, the world and South Africa will, in many ways, be in pieces; in many ways, the systems we knew will be broken, and we will all have to readjust and start again."

Film review: Crip camp: a disability revolution

Reney Warrington Film 2020-04-08

"If you are serious about treating the COVID-19 lockdown as a time for regrouping, for getting back to what is important, then grow a spine and start with this film."

Review: Field guide to butterflies of South Africa (2nd edition) by Steve Woodhall

Louise Viljoen Books and writers 2020-04-08

"This precious guide is said to make a thoughtful and wonderful gift to professional entomologists, gardeners and nature enthusiasts alike."

Stephen Bantu Biko: A thought leader gone far too soon

Phil Ndlela Opinion 2020-04-07

"In a post-apartheid South Africa bedevilled by a paucity and deficit of value-based and selfless leadership, with leadership that uses its struggle credentials for self-enrichment, one wonders how Biko would have reacted."

Review: Financial freedom through property by Laurens Boel

Louise Viljoen Books and writers 2020-04-07

"To my delight, I found Boel a patient and eloquent coach, and his writing clear, to the point and interlaced with examples I could understand and relate to."

Review: The enforcers – Inside Cape Town’s deadly nightclub battles by Caryn Dolley

Clifford Roberts Books and writers 2020-04-06

"There is an art in finding and lifting the real story from the day-to-day facts. Dolley may not quite be there yet, but she's certainly on her way."

South African writing in transition, edited by Rita Barnard and Andrew van der Vlies: a review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2020-04-02

"The individual contributions focus on a fascinating and relevant selection of primary sources, mostly novels and short stories, reaching as far back as Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi (1930) and incorporating contemporary texts into the diverse readings of the South African literary canon."