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2020 Media24 Books Literary Prize: Recht Malan Prize for Nonfiction

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-06-18

Read the commendations of the books on this shortlist – and the announcement of the winner!

Media24 Boeke Literêre Pryse 2020: Elisabeth Eybersprys vir Afrikaanse en Engelse Poësie

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-06-18

Lees die aanbevelings vir hierdie kortlys – en ook die aankondiging van die wenner!

Media24 Boeke Literêre Pryse 2020: MER-prys vir geïllustreerde kinderboeke

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-06-18

Hier is die aanbevelings op hierdie kortlys – en die aankondiging van die wenner.

Media24 Boeke Literêre Pryse 2020: MER-prys vir geïllustreerde kinderboeke – commendatio’s

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-06-18

Hier is die commendatio’s van al die boeke op hierdie kortlys, en die wenaankondiging.

Reader impression: Beast by Tendai Mtawarira with Andy Capostagno

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2020-06-17

"I do not typically 'score' books, but since this is a book about a sporting legend, I decided that I would have to give the book 5 out of 10."

Review: Steeped in heritage: The racial politics of South African rooibos tea by Sarah Ives

Kris van der Bijl Books and writers 2020-06-15

"Racial inequalities are afforded fresh insight, and with the current resurgence of movements like #BlackLivesMatter, books such as Ives’s seem to call louder each day. What better way to delve into South Africa’s socio-political underbelly than with a cup of tea?"

Press release: Shaping our work for an uncomfortable new world

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-11

Today we need the voices of artists, thinkers, writers, and arts educators to help us examine and navigate this new world that is not only experiencing a physical pandemic, but witnessing reactions to the pandemic of racial discrimination that has for centuries divided and enraged communities across the world.

Whiteness in Southern Africa – an interview

Cliffordene Norton, Duncan Money, Danelle van Zyl-Hermann Books and writers 2020-06-09

"The idea of whites in colonial Africa conjures up images of pith helmets and khaki shorts, rural landscapes and vast estates, madams and masters parked on verandas alternately sipping gin and barking orders at African servants. Such stereotypes present whites as a uniformly wealthy and homogenous group, secure atop a binary power structure." Duncan Money and Danelle van Zyl-Hermann, editors of Rethinking white societies in southern Africa, 1930s–1990s

"Keep your imagination active": an interview with the Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Innovation in Theatre winners

Naomi Meyer, Robin Malan, Andisiwe Mgibantaka, Cliffordene Norton Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-08

"[E]ngage in dialogues with other artists; take a duologue and Zoom it with another actor; join the Facebook Shakespeare soliloquy group and learn and perform a favourite soliloquy online; plan a season for a small theatre venue for the first six months after lockdown …"

Press release: Pieces fall into place for reimagined festival

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-08

The festival’s website is readying itself to become a virtual stage: all events will be accessed through the website portal – both curated work and un-selected "fringe" events. The curated programme is a schedule of events that will be released each day from 25 June to 5 July. 

Press release: BR Concerts presents Concerts Connect

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-08

Concerts Connect is proud to present the second concert in a premier series of three concerts on 14 June 2020 at 15:30. From the magnificent Casa Labia in Muizenberg, Nina Schumann will present a solo piano recital featuring an eclectic programme of works by Bach, Haydn, Debussy and Rachmaninoff.

Press release: 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize regional winners announced

LitNet Books and writers 2020-06-04

Judges praise winning stories "that are striking for their lateral leaps, their use of language, voice and subversion – and their sheer courage".

Press release: The Baxter's Zabalaza Theatre Festival is calling for play script applications for the 2021 season

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-04

The Zabalaza team has come up with a new and exciting model for applications with the introduction of a Script Writing Programme, which came about in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its effects.

The three-letter plague

Darryl David Opinion 2020-06-04

"This three-letter plague is also responsible for a few strange symptoms. It causes blindness in its followers."

Review: Madness: Stories of uncertainty and hope by Sean Baumann

David Willers Books and writers 2020-06-04

"We mourn with him and feel his helplessness when patients, friends and colleagues commit suicide. But then, he squares his shoulders and soldiers on, dispassionately analysing the circumstances."

Press release: Live stream concert – R&B night with Lana Crowster & friends

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-04

Join Lana Crowster in a one-hour performance with Shaun Johannes (bass), Amanda Tiffin (keys), Marc de Kock (sax) and Unity Mzi (drums) on Saturday, 6 June at 18:00 for an evening of Rhythm, Blues, Soul and Funk.

Review: Leaving word by Steven Boykey Sidley

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2020-06-04

"It offers fascinating insight into a dying art – editing – and the industry that is killing it instead of treasuring it for what it can contribute to the wealth of our knowledge and the joys of our entertainment."

Press release: The virtual launch of Marian Keyes’ new novel Grown ups

LitNet Books and writers 2020-06-03

Penguin Random House and The Reading List invite you to the launch of Grown ups by bestselling author Marian Keyes. Keyes will be in conversation with another bestselling author, Paige Nick. The launch will take place on 3 June (18h00) on Facebook Live in a video stream on The Reading List’s Facebook page. 

Press release: Connect with The Fugard Theatre online from 1 June with The Fugard at Home

LitNet Lifestyle and entertainment 2020-06-02

The Fugard Theatre’s new digital platform The Fugard at Home launched on 1 June, presenting a unique opportunity to access a range of theatrical content on The Fugard Theatre’s website.

Bassie: My journey of hope by Basetsana Kumalo – a reader impression

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2020-06-02

"Besides its wonderful historical detail, the book truly lives up to hope – but also hard work and commitment – to achieve and to serve."