Hierdie is die LitNet-argief (2006–2012)
This is the LitNet archive (2006–2012)
Dora Taylor awarded the Literary Posthumous Award at the 2008 South African Literary Awards
The late Dora Taylor, author of Kathie and Don’t Tread on My Dreams, has been selected as a winner of the Literary Posthumous Award 2008. The award is a category of the South African Literary Awards, which endeavour to pay long overdue homage and honour to our literary practitioners and legends, while encouraging the advancement of our literary heritage. Dora Taylor died in exile over thirty years ago, but the novels and stories she wrote during the 1950s and 60s were only published...
The summer edition of BRAVO! with Sandra Prinsloo and Gys de Villiers on the cover page, will be on sale early in December. A complete guide to the 2009 Suidoosterfees is included with every magazine in the Western Cape."Introspection was ‘n natural theme to end the year and to start 2009 with," says Carien Loubser, editor of BRAVO!In this edition Steve Hofmeyr becomes reflective in the dark, while Francois van Coke writes a poignant letter to his first love.Unpublished photographs...
Protesgedigte en beeldmateriaal van De La Rey bied nuwe blik op Anglo-Boereoorlog
Op Versoeningsdag, 16 Desember, stel Marthinus van Bart die protesgedigte, Songs of the Veld and Other Poems, by die Breytenbach Sentrum in Wellington om 11:00 bekend. Na afloop van die sessie, sal die splinternuwe DVD oor die boere-generaal, Koos de la Rey, vertoon word. Die verhaal agter Songs of the Veld and Other Poems is net so aangrypend en onverwags as die boek self – want oplaas het die pen nie net oor die swaard getriomfeer nie, maar ook oor sensuur en ’n eeu van amperse...
Waiting for Christopher in German
When feisty and oh so funny radio personality Sam Cowen wrote all about her journey to becoming a mother, she did not expect Waiting for Christopher, her first book on pregnancy and childbirth, to become such a hit.Now after almost 3 years of enjoying raving reviews as well as a successful follow-up title to her debut, Oshun is proud to announce that the German rights to Waiting for Christopher has been sold, allowing for the book to be translated into German.Sam candidly documents her journey through...
Nog Steeds op die Parlementêre Kolfblad - met Insigte oor die Afrikaner en Afrikaans
The veteran politician Japie Basson devoted his whole life to politics. In this time he was a member of various parties, among them one, the National Union, which he established himself. He was one of six MPs who represented the former South-West Africa in South Africa's Parliament, and then became the honourable member for Bezuidenhout, where he virtually became an institution. He concluded his active political career in the President's Council, which took the first steps on the road to...
Dana Snyman wins Pica Award
Cutting-edge dance, art and word wizardry at HIV/AIDS festival
The arts have the ability to unite and heal as well as entertain, and this will once again be the focus of the sixth annual When Life Happens arts and culture festival, taking place from 3 to 14 December 2008 in Newtown, Johannesburg.Held to coincide with World AIDS Day on 1 December, the festival aims to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS through a varied programme of visual art, performance poetry, music, literature and contemporary dance.As has been the case in previous years, entrance to all events...
Max Du Preez tells new tales of trickery
After the success of Of Warriors, Lovers and Prophets, well-known writer Max du Preez once again brings the past to life with a new collection of African stories in his latest book, Of Trickters, Tyrants and Turncoats.Known for his eloquent, engaging and conversational style, Max brings us new and even more colourful tales that span over three hundred years of South African history.Of Trickters, Tyrants and Turncoats, published by Zebra Press, an imprint of Random House Struik, embraces and celebrates...
A little night out
The White Tiger wins the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2008
Aravind Adiga, a thirty-three year old novelist who has wanted to be a writer since he was a boy, has won the £50 000 Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2008. He becomes the third debut novelist, and the second Indian debut novelist, to win the award in the forty year history of the prize.Aravind Adiga's winning novel The White Tiger is described as a ‘compelling, angry and darkly humorous' novel about a man's journey from Indian village life to entrepreneurial success. It was described...
The King's Eye and John Vorster's Elbow: Reporting the Mandela Years
The King's Eye and John Vorster's Elbow: Reporting the Mandela Years By Peter Hawthorne Launch: Friday, 19 September, 18:00, Breytenbach Centre, Wellington South Africa was a big story for many years, and since 1994 many books have been published by journalists who were on the front line and 'saw it all'. The King's Eye and John Vorster's Elbow: Reporting the Mandela Years may seem just another one of these, yet it is significantly different. Written by a veteran...
Penguin named 2008 "large trader" trader of the year!
Sam Wilson SA’s first award-winning mobilist
Sam Wilson is South Africa's first award-winning mobilist with a clear majority: 38.5% of the readers' votes. Sam's story Prestige Animals is a rollicking comedy adventure involving an animal smuggler, his reprobate brother, an angry badger and a crocodile-coveting drug lord. Packed with gags and cliffhangers, it kept Novel Idea readers hooked to their phones for their daily updates. Sam Wilson wins R8000, sponsored by Vodacom. Congratulations Sam!“It was one of the most enjoyable writing challenges...
Precision and craftsmanship hallmark of this year’s Jonker Prize
Megan Hall’s first collection of poems, Fourth Child, has been announced as the winner of this years’ Ingrid Jonker prize for South African English poetry. The award will be presented to Hall during a ceremony at the Stellenbosch “Versindaba” early in September. The adjudicators’ committee consisted of poets Gabeba Baderoon, Kobus Moolman and Ingrid de Kok. Baderoon and Moolman commended the attentively crafted verse and powerful emotional effect of Hall’s work....
Ceridwen Dovey wins two awards in one weekend
Ceridwen Dovey is the author of the award-winning novel Blood Kin, a shocking exploration of how banal evil can be and how every one of us, at some stage in our lives, could be accused of being complicit.This weekend it was announced that Dovey’s Blood Kin won two prestigious literary awards: the 2008 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the 2007 University of Johannesburg Prize for Creative Writing.Alison Lowry, CEO of Penguin South Africa had this to say of Dovey’s achievement, “Ceridwen...
Look at me by vrouedag op Stellenbosch: EsSensual Spring Celebration 2008
Die Tygerbeer Stigting vir Getraumatiseerde Kinders en Gesinne het ŉ dringende behoefte in die gemeenskap geïdentifiseer om kinders, ouers, die sakesektor en die gemeenskap as geheel in te lig aangaande die regte, behoeftes en verantwoordelikhede van die kind, maar ook dié van die ouer en alle kinderbelanghebbendes.Die toenemende gevalle van trauma onder ons kinders noodsaak aksie om hierdie spiraal tot ommekeer te bring en die gemeenskap deur voorkomings- en informatiewe programme...
Dark Video by Peter Church – new South African fiction from a new South African
Dark Video is a sensational new South African thriller from debut writer Peter Church that has started creating waves in only the first month of its release. Set in and around Cape Town, it plots the descent of a star UCT student’s descent into a sinister world of online video trading, and features a gripping opening chapter, a memorable climax in the waters of False Bay and an unexpected twist in the tail.With an innovative dual launch – one at Maverick’s revue bar for 100 men,...
Henrietta Rose-Innes wins the 2008 Caine Prize for African Writing
Blood Kin written by Ceridwen Dovey has been shortlisted for two literary awards
• The Sunday Times 2008 Literary Award for Fiction. The winner will be announced on the 2 August. • The University of Johannesburg’s main prize for creative writing. The winner will be announced at the end of July. Ceridwen Dovey masterfully tells the story of a chef, a portraitist and a barber who are taken hostage in a coup to overthrow their boss, the President. They are held captive in the President’s Residence in the mountains high above the capital city. Far below them,...
Dr Mamphela Ramphele at the Book Lounge
We’re thrilled to announce that Dr Mamphela Ramphele will be joining us at the Book Lounge on Tuesday 3 June (6.00 for 6.30). Dr Ramphele will be talking about her new book, Laying Ghosts to Rest, (published by Tafelberg) as well as answering questions about the book and contemporary South Africa. In Laying Ghosts to Rest, Dr Ramphele provides a thought-provoking and honest analysis of the state of our young democracy. It is arguably the most important book that has been published in South...
Authors cutting edge
Take the opportunity to meet two young women writers who might be the next Spud-strapheric South African authors, if early sales of their books are anything to go by.They’re both young and talented and they have something else in common, apart from being in the medical field. Kopano Matlwa is the author of the critically acclaimed book Coconut, the story of a young black woman who has to define her identity in post-apartheid South Africa, where you can be accused of being a sell-out if you’re...
Lecture by Mamphela Ramphele
Local book inspires TV series
Pat Hopkins’ book, GHOSTS OF SOUTH AFRICA, has been made into a 13-part series called Phantom on SABC 2. The series began on 16 May 2008 and is screened at 9pm on Fridays.Pat Hopkins has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is an award wining travel and short fiction writer; travel journalist; creative writing teacher; and the author of more than a dozen books – including The Boy and Eccentric South Africa. He lives in Johannesburg. GHOSTS OF SOUTH...
Exclusive Books donates children’s library to Groendal community at Franschhoek Literary Festival
The Exclusive Books Reading Trust donated a complete container library consisting of children’s books to the Groendal Community, as part of the celebrations at the Franschhoek Literary Festival on Friday 16 May 2008.One of South Africa’s favorite story tellers, Gcina Mhlope, opened the library and hundreds of children from the surrounding Franschhoek valley primary schools were invited to celebrate the occasion at a party at the nearby Groendal Community Hall.Says Penny Hochfeld, Exclusive...
Zhoozsh and From my Oven in the top three at Best in the World Awards
Two South African cookbooks from Struik Publishers clinched major accolades at the 2007 Gourmand Awards in the search for the Best in the World. The event was recently held at the Olympia Theatre in London.Also known as the Oscars for food and wine books, the Gourmand Awards serve to reward and honour those who “cook with words”.Zhoozsh, by celebrity couple Jeremy and Jacqui Mansfield, and From My Oven, by Fay Lewis, each came third in the Best Cookbook in the World and the Best in the...
International best-selling authors at 2008’s Cape Town Book Fair
“More than 200 authors will be at the Cape Town Book Fair – including international best-selling authors Marina Lewyka and Alexander McCall Smith – and with over 400 events on the programme, this is set to be the biggest book fair yet”, said festival director Vanessa Badroodien.The book fair is run under the auspices of the Publishers’ Association of South Africa and in co-operation with the Frankfurter Buchmesse.“The Cape Town Book Fair has really captured the...
Book launch of To the Brink: The State of Democracy in South Africa by author Xolela Mangcu
5 March 2008 Exclusive Books Hyde Park - 2008-03-04
You are invited to the launch of To the Brink: The State of Democracy in South Africa by author Xolela Mangcu.DATE: Wednesday, 5 March 2008TIME: 18:00 for 18:30VENUE: Exclusive Books Hyde ParkRSVP: Exclusive Books on: 011 325 4298 or email: email@example.comAbout the bookIn To the Brink Mangcu turns his focus to the state of South Africa's evolving democracy. From policy controversies surrounding HIV/AIDS, Zimbabwe, corruption and the constant...
Marlene van Niekerk short-listed!
Taxi-013 Diane Victor: Book Launch at David Krut Projects this Saturday
Please join us for the launch of the thirteenth book and Educational Supplement in the TAXI Art Books series, TAXI-013 Diane Victor by Elizabeth Rankin and Karen von Veh. Saturday 1 March 200811.00 AMDavid Krut ProjectsThe importance of Diane Victor’s impressive body of drawings and prints lies not simply in its biting social commentary and the sometimes macabre quality of her images, but also in the interplay between the tough and the fragile in her work, between the difficult subject matter...
TAXI-013 Diane Victor Book Lauch
Saturday 8 March 2008 - 2008-02-28
Please join us for the launch of the thirteenth book and Educational Supplement in the TAXI Art Books series, TAXI-013 Diane Victor by Elizabeth Rankin and Karen von Veh. Saturday 8 March 200811.00 AMDavid Krut ProjectsThe importance of Diane Victor’s impressive body of drawings and prints lies not simply in its biting social commentary and the sometimes macabre quality of her images, but also in the interplay between the tough and the fragile in her work, between the difficult subject matter...
Rustum Kozain wins the Olive Schreiner Prize
Books & Leisure Magazine Closure Announcement
Carol R÷thlisberger - 2007-12-05
It is with much heartfelt regret that we at Books & Leisure Magazine, the magazine for people who love to read books, are writing to you. But we have sadly come to the end of the road with Books & Leisure, as without the support from paid advertising we can no longer sustain the magazine. Making this final call has been the toughest decision of our lives. We started Books & Leisure with enthusiasm, energy and true dedication to a unique magazine that lit up the literary world. We had...
The 2007 Exclusive Books List: The List features 51 of the best books to give or get this festive season
The 2007 Exclusive Books List of the 51 best books to give or get this festive season was officially announced at a celebratory luncheon for journalists, authors and publishers in Hyde Park on 19 October 2007. Formerly known as Publishers’ Choice, The List is a tradition that bibliophiles eagerly await; the essential guide to the most delectable titles available, it offers much-needed inspiration as you frantically search for the perfect gift in the holiday rush. “The development of...
Dead Letter ... You're invited
Verbatim Bookshop, Stellenbosch; 15 November 2007 - 2007-11-09
Seven people cut off on the far side of the Kleinrivier lagoon outside Hermanus. One of them is a murderer. Seven authors pool their talents to write this lively murder mystery which includes a postscript on the process of collaborative writing and photography.Authors: Leslie Downie Gray, Joyce James, Katherine Gray, Lucy Baker, Ashleigh Chalmers Gray, SJ du Toit, Lilian Templeton and artist Donna Downie invite you to a booklaunch at Verbatim Bookshop, Stellenbosch at 5.30pm on Thursday 15 November...
Overstrand talent on display at the Overstrand Book Fair - 11 and 12 December 2007
Margie Wilson - 2007-10-26
Every person has a story to tell; every writer finds he has that one story, plus a few more, that he needs to put down on paper. It seems, that the Overstrand area has many of these, and each one has a reason for putting pen to paper, to ensure that these stories are retained for future generations.My own inspiration came from watching my dog ferret around in the bushes, poking her nose into the business of beetles, bugs, birds and tortoises. My thoughts inevitably led me to thinking I should tell...
Kleinmond Book Fair
Kleinmond Library Hall; 11 & 12 December 2007 - 2007-10-25
There is something magical about the Overberg region – rocky craggy cliffs, beautiful sea vistas, glorious fold mountains and the spirit of the folk who inhabit the area. This is probably why one finds so many gifted writers drawn to this special piece of coastline. Perhaps, it is because one can take a walk and feel alone, but never lonely. People stop to speak to one another in passing, commenting on the weather, remarking on a species of flower, noting the passing of a small animal or merely...
The winners and runners-up of the 2007 Maskew Miller Longman Youth Novel Awards
SetswanaP Tseole Ke go jetse eng? ISBN 9780636072725 IsiZuluMM Ndlovu Amathonsi abanzi ISBN 9780636072701 TshivendaHR TshiananeVhuanzwo ISBN 9780636072763 SepediA MotimeleMepipi ka moka e a naISBN 9780636072688 Sepedi (Runner-up)MC MphahleleDilo tsela ke bathoISBN 9780636072756 EnglishDianne Case & Yvonne Hart Katy of Sky Road ISBN 9780636082076English (Runner-up)Mabonchi MotimeleThe boy with the guitar ISBN 9780636082069English (Runner-up)Becky AptekerWritten in water ISBN 9780636082083 AfrikaansJaco...
Saturday Voices / Saterdagstemme @ BOEKEHUIS
4 August 2007 - 2007-07-30
The Bookshop for South African and World Literature / BOEKEHUIS cordially invite you to a conversation about contemporary Indian fiction in English: The conversation will be between Vikas Swarup, author of the novel Q & A which recently won Exclusive Books' 2006 Boeke Prize & Isabel Hofmeyr, professor of African Literature at Wits and co-ordinator of the South Africa-India Research Group. Discussion will focus on both Swarup’s award-winning novel, Q & A and Indian author Amitav...
Saturday 28 July 2007 - 2007-07-06
Join Oshun Books authors Margie Orford (Like Clockwork) and Lauren Beukes (Maverick: Extraordinary women from South Africa’s past as well as her short story in 180*: New fiction by South African women writers) for a wonderful winter’s evening by the fireside at Rhonda’s Manor. Meet the authors, who will entertain you with stories of love and intrigue while you enjoy hot drinks on comfy sofas by a roaring fire. DATE: Saturday 28 July 2007 TIME: 18h00 -...
The Silver Chrysalis by Sam Sterban
“The Silver Chrysalis” is a modern fable set in the beguiling atmosphere of 21st century Greece. It describes with a gentle and sympathetic touch, the unfolding of a deep and loving relationship between an enchanting woman and an older man - two superficially sophisticated people who, despite their cosmopolitan charm, are burdened by doubt and insecurity. During a journey that takes them from the clamour of Athens to the rural tranquillity of Cephalonia, their familiar...
Marlene van Niekerk and Ivan Vladislavic scoop the main prizes at the 2007 Sunday Times Literary Awards
The winners of the Sunday Times Literary Awards were announced Saturday night at a gala dinner at the Cape Town Convention Centre. The Sunday Times Fiction Prize was awarded to Agaat by Marlene van Niekerk, translated by Michiel Heyns, while Imraan Coovadia was chosen as runner-up for his novel Green-Eyed Thieves. The Alan Paton Award for non-fiction was won by Ivan Vladislavic for Portrait with Keys - Joburg & What-What, while Denis Hirson’s White Scars received the runner-up prize.The...
The Lady Missionary
Taller than buildings
Cape Town Book Fair 17 June 2007 - 2007-06-12
Reading from a volume of poetry by Phillippa Yaa de Villiers at the: Cape Town Book FairCape Town International Convention CentreThe Centre for the Book's Community Publishers StandSunday 17 June 20071pm - 2pmSigned copies will be on sale for R100. What the critics say: "…The poems in Taller than Buildings are stories about, and vignettes of life in and around South Africa. They're crafted from sensitive observation and narrated with a verve, an energy that on reflection, renders the...
You are invited to the launch of Finuala Dowling's new book, Flyleaf, at the CTBF
Shortlists announced for 2007 M-Net Literary Awards
M-Net is proud to announce the shortlisted candidates for the 2007 M-Net Literary Awards. Now in its 16th year, the prestigious M-Net Literary Awards serve to acknowledge and celebrate the exceptional creative talent among South African authors. Mandla Langa, well-known South African author and patron of the M-Net Literary Awards, says the quality of all entries shows that the local literary scene is as vibrant as ever. “Firstly, I would like to commend the initiative by M-Net towards...
die plesier parade launch
21 & 25 May 2007 - 2007-05-09
die plesier parade launches 19:00 friday 25 may 2007, at the karoo kafee ...a new poetry book by the inimitable maritz van den berg will be released on the evening, accompanied by the morbid sounds of a band described as the afrikaans answer to joy division...... featuring:maritz van den berg (col) - vocals, poems, attitudeanton krueger - ironic vocal interjections, guitar, electric drilldirkix smit - lead guitar, shuwawaasmurray theron - sax, keyboard, guitar, sound designthey'll be warming...
Participate in the second Copyright Lekgotla
Cape Town Book Fair - 18 June 2007 - 2007-05-09
The Academic and Non-Fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa (ANFASA) and the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA) will be hosting the second Copyright Lekgotla during the Cape Town Book Fair on Monday 18 June 2007. The Lekgotla is open to all interested in knowledge production and cultural development, and will provide a unique and timely opportunity for authors, publishers, language practitioners, librarians, academics and educators, researchers, readers, lawyers, and...
Poetry readings at NSA
Wednesday, 9 May - 2007-05-08
WEDNESDAY 9TH MAY, in the LABORATORY THEATRE, 7-8 pm You are invited to a poetry reading to celebrate the publication of A Private Part: poems and drawings by Lionel Murcott, published by Botsotso Press. The reading will be followed by drinks and book signing. Copies of the book will be available at R80. The full poetry programme is as follows: The Final Philosophers, three talented teenagers; Liz Trew; and Lionel Murcott with half an hour of excerpts from the new book, with projections...
Digital archive for South African books launched. Appeal for out of print books
Digital books are not new to the global market, but South Africa is yet to catch up. This is soon to change as 24.com, a division of Naspers, has launched a project that will see the creation of a digital book library. Through this initiative, the bulk of South African published books will be available in digital format in a few years’ time. Channel Manager Johann van Tonder believes that books as we know them today will not disappear in our life time. "To the contrary,” he says,...
Sunday Times Literary Awards shortlist announced
The short lists for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction were announced in Johannesburg last night. With prizes of R75 000 each for the winners, these prestigious awards are the richest on the continent. Convener Michele Magwood pointed out that because the Sunday Times has upped the number of entries that publishers can submit judges received a record number of books to consider.The short-listed works are:Fiction Prize:1. Agaat by Marlene van Niekerk, translated...