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Henrietta Rose-Innes, author of Homing, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2010-10-12
Title: Homing Author: Henrietta Rose-Innes Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201343 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Review by Janet van Eeden Henrietta Rose-Innes’s latest collection of short stories is nourishing. Start reading any one of the stories and you will be drawn into a richly imagined world populated with characters whose dramas unfold as credibly as those of people passing you by on the street. Rose-Innes takes the reader into her story with literary assuredness. Her...

Poet Harry Owen in conversation with Janet van Eeden about his new collection, Non-Dog
Janet van Eeden - 2010-10-05
Title: Non-Dog Author: Harry Owen Publisher: The Poets Printery ISBN: 9780620464727 Review by Janet van Eeden “But feelings, however strongly experienced, are not enough. Poetry is a craft as well as an art.” These are the words of the poet Harry Owen, and they encapsulate his approach to writing good poetry. Owen’s latest collection, Non-Dog, is a beautifully crafted anthology, with craft being intrinsic to each poem. Not that the poems are laboured in any way. Not at all....

Walking and welcomed in Hillbrow
Andie Miller - 2010-07-21
Andie Miller is the author of Slow Motion, a collection of stories about walking, published by Jacana. Slow Motion Andie Miller Publisher: Jacana ISBN: 97817700987010Click here to order Slow Motion from Kalahari.net! When a friend asked me recently where I wouldn’t walk in Jo’burg, I said without hesitation: “Hillbrow.” Someone else in the conversation, young, male and black, said he is still quite happy to walk there, and I had to think about why I’d responded so...

(In brackets) – Andie Miller in conversation with Leon de Kock on bodyhood
Andie Miller - 2010-04-06
Leon de Kock’s new collection of poems, Bodyhood, has just been released by Umuzi. The poems in this collection open widely to the inside while looking outwards at the connecting points of body and being. Andie Miller, the author of Slow Motion – a collection of stories about walking, to be published later in the year by Jacana – asked De Kock about the art of running. “By the sheer pounding of my feet, and the rhythm of moving, and the dropping of awareness from the mind...

Geographies of the self: Michael Ondaatje and Anne Michaels
Jonathan Amid - 2010-03-25
Among the greatest works of literature must surely be novels that evoke more than just the telling of a good story or a representation of an interior or exterior life, novels that allow for the transportation into realms of the historical, material, unknown or seemingly impossible, through aesthetic and ethical investigations into the human condition. Two contemporary Canadian poets turned authors, Michael Ondaatje and Anne Michaels, have managed this feat, enthralling and fascinating readers with...

The Double Crown: Secret writings of the female pharaoh from history to fiction
Marié Heese - 2009-10-01
"I am the chosen of the gods. I have always known that. This knowledge has been the source of my strength and my power, and it is the reason why I know that those who now seek my death and desire to usurp my throne shall not succeed."These are the words of Hatshepsut, the woman who declared herself to be King of Upper and Lower Egypt around 1500 BC. The words, from the introduction to my novel The Double Crown, are fictitious. The person is not. I shall proceed to trace some of the steps...

Kanse
Danie Botha - 2008-11-05
Vir Vivian en vriendeHerinnerings, herinnerings ... Opgeteken toe ek in my vyftigerjare was. Is nou 61. Hoeveel is nou anders? ‘n Man soos Emile Grové - gewoonlik kyk ek weg van hom; hy is te sexy; hy sal nooit in my belangstel nie.Hoeveel hoogliedgeleenthede het ek nie al so verbeur nie? Met so ‘n besluit namens die ander?Daardie agtermiddag by Steamers stap ek warmnat uit die stoomkamer. Moet besluit: óf ek gaan stort, óf ek sak lomp in die skemerige jacuzzi in....

Exclusive Books se The List bekendgestel vir die 2008-feesseisoen
Melt Myburgh - 2008-11-05
Op 24 Oktober 2008 is Exclusive Books se The List by die Victory-teater in Johannesburg aan die publiek bekendgestel. Drie prominente gaste wat by dié geleentheid aandag getrek het, was Trevor Manuel, Max du Preez en Jeremy Gordin.The List, voorheen bekend as Publishers' Choice, word beskou as 'n toonaangewende gids vir boekvrate in Suid-Afrika. Vanjaar verskyn daar 53 uitgesoekte titels op hierdie lys publikasies wat in die 2008-feesseisoen landwyd in takke van dié boekwinkelketting...

Cape Town Book Fair breaks its own record, consolidates growth
2008-06-18
The Cape Town Book Fair has broken its own record, with 50 494 people attending it over four days.The fair last year drew a staggering 49 000 visitors, this year it was up to 50494. At 1pm today (Tuesday) it was confirmed that 7 194 children had visited the fair. “This is the first year that we have counted the number of children attending the fair,” said Vanessa Badroodien the director of the fair.For four days thousands of members of the public, representatives of publishing houses,...

In conversation with Shuter’s assistant publisher, Marie Rocher
Janet van Eeden - 2008-03-12
Marie, you are the Assistant Publisher and Publicist of Shuter's new trade publications. Please tell me how you came to this industry and what you hope to bring to this position. I’m Assistant Publisher and Publicist for Shuter & Shooter Publishers's new trade imprints. An imprint is a brand name under which a work is published. A publishing company often has several different imprints to market different sorts of books to different markets or consumer segments. Shuter & Shooter launched...

Commendation for the 2007 Sanlam Youth Literature Awards
2008-02-25
Adjudication of the English category was done by Robin Malan, Jennifer Crocker and Penny Hochfeld.The finalists were John Coetzee, Nalini Sooknanam Pillay, Gill D’achada, June McKinnon and Daphne Olivier.John Coetzee is congratulated on being a worthy recipient of the Silver Award for his Dance of the Freaky Green Gold.This is a gripping story that manages to explain some quite complex scientific facts in a very accessible manner. Global warming and the Kyoto Protocols are extremely topical....

Art book set to make Christmas a little brighter
Katja Hamilton - 2007-12-18
The Big Issue is once again going the extra mile for its vendors with the launch of its evocatively named book Shades and Shadows – a compilation of selected art and writing pieces produced by vendors over the years, with a foreword by South Africa's favourite satirist, Pieter-Dirk Uys. This inspirational book, arriving right on time for Christmas, will make a great gift for friends and loved ones."In the true spirit of the holidays the book is a celebration of the creativity of our vendors...

Talking in tongues – writing and publishing in your non-mother tongue
Thembelani Ngenelwa - 2007-06-27
Thembelani Ngenelwa took part in the the "Talking in tongues – writing and publishing in your non-mother tongue" discussion during the Kwela Coffee Hour at the Cape Town Book Fair on Tuesday 19 June 2007. The discussion leader was Antjie Krog and other members of the panel were Kgebetli Moele, Rachelle Greeff and Rustum Kozain. Thembelani shares with us why he chose to write in his non-mother tongue and the challenges he faced in doing so. Igama lam ngu Thembelani ka Ngenelwa owazalelwa...

Nationalism and the Democratic Imperative: Comment on Ivor Chipkin’s Do South Africans Exist? Nationalism, Democracy and the Identity of ''the People''
Suren Pillay - 2007-06-21
This talk was delivered by Suren Pillay on the third day of the Cape Town Book Fair, 18 June 2007. The event was held at 15:00 in Room 1.44 and had an excellent response from visitors.Click here for an article Ivor Chipkin based his talk at the event on. Do South Africans Exist?: Nationalism, Democracy and the Identity of "The People"Author: Ivor Chipkin Normally R190.00 (For June: R171.00 from kalahari.net) Publisher: Witwatersrand University...

Cape Town Calling launches at the CTBF and you're invited. Read what Justin Fox says about compiling this book
Justin Fox - 2007-06-14
Justin Fox’s new compilation, Cape Town Calling, has recently been published by Tafelberg Publishers. We asked Justin how this book came to be. What inspired the compilation of Cape Town Calling? Cape Town Calling was a commissioned project. I was approached by Erika Oosthuizen of Tafelberg Publishers and asked to put together an anthology on the city. At first I was reluctant, as I have a complicated and confrontational relationship with "Slaapstad", town of my birth and the...

Flyleaf launches at the CTBF and you're invited. Read about Finuala Dowling's inspiration for her new novel
Finuala Dowling - 2007-06-14
Flyleaf, Finuala Dowling’s new novel, launches this weekend at the Cape Town Book Fair. This book is the story of Violet Birkin, a teacher, who imagines she’ll have to teach forever, as she’s paid to teach by the hour. But her life is changing: she’s shedding both her hair and her husband, the flamboyant actor Frank Eastwood Lea. When Frank’s mistress falls pregnant, Violet leaves her marital home in the countryside and moves in with her poly-amorous best friend, Marina,...

Fynbos Fairies launches at the CTBF and you're invited. See what Antjie Krog has to say about this delightful book of children's verse
Sharon Jenkings - 2007-06-13
Antjie Krog has once again brought us a delightful new children’s book, a book readers of all ages are bound to fall in love with. Have you ever wondered about the secrets of Fynbos? Well Antjie Krog uses verse along with Fiona Moodie’s beautiful illustrations to let us in on those secrets, and open up the world of Fynbos Feetjies to all. This book has also been translated into English by Gus Ferguson and is called Fynbos Fairies. With a team like that you know it’s a must-have. We...

Rosemund Handler sheds some light on her new novel Katy's Kid and invites you to the book launch at the CTBF
Rosemund J Handler - 2007-06-11
Rosemund Handler’s new novel Katy’s Kid has been released this month by Penguin Books SA Pty Ltd and will be officially launched at the 2007 Cape Town Book Fair. The plight of women is an ongoing concern for Rosemund and this book embodies it in both story and character. Katy’s Kid is a vividly textured tale of risk and betrayal that juxtaposes an unlikely trio of two women and a child who both connects and divides them. It is an intimate portrayal of the bare-bones struggle for...

Writing Rainbow’s End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm
Lauren St John - 2007-05-23
Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African FarmAuthor: Lauren St John Publisher: Penguin BooksISBN: 9780241143841Publication Date: 2007/6To buy the hardcover (ISBN: 9780241143360) from kalahari.net now, click here. In February 2000 I went back to Southern Africa to see my family. The new Zimbabwe was a very different place from the Rhodesia in which I’d grown up and yet because I returned to the farm once or twice a year and rode my horse and ran around barefoot just as I...

Two centenaries: reprinting the classics
Stephen Gray - 2007-05-09
In scouting for possible future titles for the recently launched range of Penguin Modern Classics in South Africa, inevitably I came across the fact that in 2007 we celebrate two centenaries. The first centenary we will be hearing a lot more about during the year, for J Percy FitzPatrick’s Jock of the Bushveld first appeared in August 1907. As surely everyone who can read must know, it has been a bestseller ever since, not only in English, but (in our schools) in Afrikaans and Zulu translations...

Travel writing by women
Michelle McGrane - 2007-02-27
Michelle McGrane recommends fifteen travel titles "Life in a foreign country is a dance of submission and resistance. Self-knowledge comes in small repeated shocks as you find yourself giving in easily, with a struggle, or not at all. What can you do without? What do you cling to?" – Rhiannon Paine A Woman's Europe: True Stories (anthology) edited by Marybeth Bond "I did not fully understand the dread term 'terminal illness' until I saw Heathrow for myself."...

Reading highlights of 2006
Michelle McGrane - 2007-01-09
Michelle McGrane lists her local and international reading highlights of 2006. Not all these books were published in 2006, but were enjoyed during the year. South African publications Graceland by Chris Abani (fiction) Winner of the 2005 PEN/Hemingway Prize Shortlisted for the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Picador Africa, 2004 ISBN 1770100083 (Read an interview with Chris Abani) Seasonal Fires: New and Selected Poems by Ingrid de Kok (poetry) Umuzi, 2006 ISBN...

Your Christmas Booklist
Michelle McGrane - 2006-12-04
Michelle McGrane suggests twenty titles:    The Romanian by Bruce Benderson Winner of the Prix de Flore First published in France in 2004 as Autobiographie érotique (Rivages) Snowbooks, 2006 ISBN 1905005180 Memoir/Travel/Gay "Imagination is a licensed trespasser: it has no fear of dogs, but may climb over walls and peep in at windows with impunity." - George Eliot     The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by GW Dahlquist Viking, 2006 ISBN 0670916528 Fiction       "Wear...

A masterful exposition of a legend: Capote, a biography by Gerald Clarke
Madri Victor - 2006-11-08
Author: Gerald ClarkePublisher: Abacus ISBN: 0349105456 Format: Trade paperback Click to buy your copy at Kalahari.netTruman Capote once said: Publishing is the toughest racket in the world to stay on top of. To be a good writer and stay on top is one of the most difficult balancing acts ever. Talent isn’t enough. You’ve got to have tremendous staying power. … There has to be some ‘X’ factor, some extra dimension that has kept us going. Really successful people...

Cape Town Book Fair discussion on the editing process
Lynda Gilfillian - 2006-07-03
This discussion took place at the Cape Town Book Fair, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, during the Kwela Coffee hour, 11 am to 12 pm on Monday 19 June 2006. Editors and writers Henrietta Rose-Innes, Ken Barris, Simão Kikamba, Lynda Gilfillian and James Woodhouse discussed the editing process, the difference between killing and crafting, and the criteria for a good editor. By way of introduction to the topic, I'd like to recall Michelle Magwood's comments in the Sunday...


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