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Book affair aims to liberate writing and publishing from the monopoly
Book affair aims to liberate writing and publishing from the monopoly
It seems we are not too far removed from a time when two or three black people gathered together were to be separated from their common purpose. And...
​Authors are (not) selling themselves
​Authors are (not) selling themselves
In South Africa, the Fallist-inspired approach of “decolonising everything” has to some extent polarised literature circles. Older writers,...
Noah’s arc: Intimate and humane
Noah’s arc: Intimate and humane
BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah
Writing a wrong is a bitter irony
Writing a wrong is a bitter irony
Nothing destroys one’s enjoyment of and confidence in a work of nonfiction more than coming across factual howlers. If that’s in a field about...
Why Helen Zille's Not Without A Fight memoir is a rarity in its sincerity
Why Helen Zille's Not Without A Fight memoir is a rarity in its sincerity
Not having previously engaged in detail with either Helen Zille’s personality or the inner conflicts of her party, the Democratic Alliance (DA),...
New life recalls 'mad' SA hero
New life recalls 'mad' SA hero
EMILY HOBHOUSE: BELOVED TRAITOR by Elsabé Brits (Tafelberg)
Open Book Festival: Thinkers and writers talk black feminism, queer politics and TRC
Open Book Festival: Thinkers and writers talk black feminism, queer politics and TRC
I have a love affair with reading that exceeds two decades. When I was younger, I spent more time immersed in books than I did scraping my knees on...
Journey from 'Flyboy in the Buttermilk' to 'Flyboy 2' reveals a more humble man
Journey from 'Flyboy in the Buttermilk' to 'Flyboy 2' reveals a more humble man
Writer, musician and producer Greg Tate’s studious prose and inspired hollers can leave one regenerated but also a little deflated.
UJ prizewinners' fresh works: from haunting novel to poetic word paintings
UJ prizewinners' fresh works: from haunting novel to poetic word paintings
Craig Higginson has won the University of Johannesburg Prize for South African Writing in English for his haunting third novel The Dream...
Tales from the armed struggle: There were heroes in MK but villains, too
Tales from the armed struggle: There were heroes in MK but villains, too
Within a few pages of Thula Simpson’s rather large tome, there are several key moments that illumine the history of the ANC’s armed wing and...
The Yearning is ready for round two as it gears up for its second print run
The Yearning is ready for round two as it gears up for its second print run
South Africans apparently don’t read, least of all local fiction. But Mohale Mashigo has blown that belief out of the water; she is preparing for...
A white writer silenced because her transformation should happen offstage
A white writer silenced because her transformation should happen offstage
I was part of the last generation to grow up under apartheid. I am a white writer who interrogates my mind and soul about the myths of white...
Nnedi Okorafor's The Book of Phoenix is layers of fantasy rooted in reality
Nnedi Okorafor's The Book of Phoenix is layers of fantasy rooted in reality
The more levels it works on, the more delicious a book is. Nnedi Okorafor’s The Book of Phoenix — nominated for the Arthur C...
Isabella Motadinyane, the little-documented but beautifully jaded Botsotso Jester
Isabella Motadinyane, the little-documented but beautifully jaded Botsotso Jester
Isabella Motadinyane was a Botsotso Jester. She named them, through a line in her poem One Leg In.

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