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Fourie Botha sat down to ask Imraan Coovadia (Tales of…

Imraan Coovadia and Philip Hensher Discuss the Episodic Novel: Ways of Measuring the Pace of Life and Writing

Fourie Botha sat down to ask Imraan Coovadia (Tales of the Metric System) and Philip Hensher (The Emperor Waltz) a few questions at the Open …





Jonny Steinberg launched his new book, A Man of Good…

A Dangerous Collaboration in Jonny Steinberg's New Book A Man of Good Hope

Jonny Steinberg launched his new book, A Man of Good Hope, in the company of Mervyn Sloman on Saturday at the Open Book Festival.

A Man …









On Saturday morning at the Open Book Festival a South…

Zakes Mda and Ekow Duker Discuss Sexual Violence as a Major Theme in their Prose at Open Book 2014

On Saturday morning at the Open Book Festival a South African literary newbie and a literary icon got together to speak about their books. Zethu …



Meg Vandermerwe (Zebra Crossing) asked three independent women publishers, Susan…

Independent Feminist Publishing – Experiences from Around the World at Open Book 2014

Meg Vandermerwe (Zebra Crossing) asked three independent women publishers, Susan Hawthorne (Spinifex, Australia), Colleen Higgs (Modjaji, South Africa), and Ritu Menon (Women Unlimited, India), to …

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Fred Khumalo Reviews The Violent Gestures of Life by Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

The Violent Gestures of Life Verdict: carrot The novel is, by and large, an exploration of how a young man, Gift, deals with the trauma of loss. Having lost his biological family, the young Gift has now

Joan Hambidge resenseer Gordel deur Adriaan Coetzee

Gordel Uitspraak: wortel met kritiek Om op te som: daar is ’n hand vol gawe verse en die ontginning van anti-taal en skisotaal maak daarvan iets “nuuts”. Vir my gevoel is te

Dewald Koen resenseer Draalnoot vir ’n janfiskaal deur Henry Jack Cloete

Draalnoot vir ’n janfiskaal Uitspraak: wortel Henry Jack Cloete, ook bekend as joernalis en musikant, se roman Draalnoot vir ’n janfiskaal is enig in sy soort. Cloete se debuut behou deurgaans ’n sterk spanningslyn met ’n

Open Book 2014: Tiah Beautement's Latest Novel This Day Launched with Zukiswa Wanner

Open Book 2014: This Day Tiah Beautement launched her new book, This Day, in the company of Zukiswa Wanner at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town yesterday. Loss has left Ella Spinner alone to care

Open Book 2014: Pick of the Day One Tweets (Daytime Sessions)

The first day of the 2014 Open Book Cape Town literary festival started with a bang! To help those who couldn't make it (including two Books LIVErs, pining away in Joburg)

Open Book Festival 2014 Kicks Off With a Bang: Tweets from the Launch Party

The 2014 Open Book Festival has officially kicked off! The launch party was held last night, 16 September 2014, at the Book Lounge in Cape Town, and from the outset

Uittreksel uit Fanie Viljoen se nuwe jeugroman, Uit: ’n Soen ontlok vreemde gevoelens

Uit Fanie Viljoen is al ’n huishoudelike naam met sy aktuele tienerfiksie. Viljoen se jongste jeugroman, Uit, vertel die verhaal van ’n tienerseun se stryd om vrede te maak met sy

Joan Hambidge resenseer Gordel deur Adriaan Coetzee

Gordel Uitspraak: wortel met kritiek Om op te som: daar is ’n hand vol gawe verse en die ontginning van anti-taal en skisotaal maak daarvan iets “nuuts”. Vir my gevoel is te

Dewald Koen resenseer Draalnoot vir ’n janfiskaal deur Henry Jack Cloete

Draalnoot vir ’n janfiskaal Uitspraak: wortel Henry Jack Cloete, ook bekend as joernalis en musikant, se roman Draalnoot vir ’n janfiskaal is enig in sy soort. Cloete se debuut behou deurgaans ’n sterk spanningslyn met ’n

Wa Afrika, Loewenstein and Zibi at Open Book 2014: "The State of the Press Globally has Never Been Worse"

Open Book 2014: State of the Media Mzilikazi wa Afrika, Antony Loewenstein, and Songezo Zibi spoke to Charles King about the state of the media on Saturday afternoon at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town. King started

The Next Book: "Writing is a Career of Doubts about Yourself"

Open Book 2014: Under Pressure You've written a bestseller. Now what? Thando Mgqolozana and Ivan Vladislavic spoke to Alison Lowry about the pressure of writing the next novel. The conversation centred around the size and nature

Zombie Apocalypse and Vulture Capitalism: Late Night Sessions at Open Book

Open Book 2014: Zombie Apocalypse Some interesting conversations emerged during the Friday night sessions at the Open Book Festival. The Books LIVE team covered every word. Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse Zombies crawled from the woodwork at the

Travel and Nature

Kingsley Holgate Foundation To Host World Youth Rhino Summit on World Rhino Day 2014 in KwaZulu-Natal

Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers Intrepid explorer, activist, and author of Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers Kingsley Holgate has initiated the World Youth Rhino Summit through the Kingsley Holgate Foundation. The summit will

Excerpt from The Reef Guide by Dennis King and Valda Fraser

The Reef Guide Namibiana Buchdepot has shared an excerpt from The Reef Guide by Dennis King and Valda Fraser. The Reef Guide documents over 800 species of reef fish and invertebrates that can be

Gill Staden Discusses the Plans that will Shrink National Parks in Zambia

Beyond the Victoria Falls Gill Staden, the author of Beyond the Victoria Falls: Forays into Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia, has written an article on Zambia's plans to degazette parts of two national parks

Green and Lifestyle

Tim Noakes at Open Book: "The Low Fat Dogma is Nonsense"

Tim Noakes Co-author of The Real Meal Revolution Tim Noakes spoke to Africa Melane about his book at the Open Book Festival on Friday afternoon. With diabetes being the biggest killer in Cape

Open Book 2014: Top Tweets from "Writing Sexuality" with Karin Schimke

Open Book 2014: Writing Sexuality Books LIVE's Jennifer Malec attended the 2 PM session on "Writing Sexuality" on the opening day of Open Book 2014. Karin Schimke spoke to Damon Galgut, Michiel Heyns, and Karina

The Basics of Banting: Tim Noakes Explains What is Wrong with Carbs

Real Meal Revolution Food24 have transcribed a recent talk by Real Meal Revolution author Tim Noakes on the basics of banting. According to Noakes, many experts want people to believe that "the patient is