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New books for green looks

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From food and architecture to décor and city living, you’ll find all the inspiration you need right here, writes Roberta Thatcher.

Jane's Delicious A-Z of VegetablesJane’s Delicious A-Z of Vegetables
By Jane Griffiths, Jonathan Ball, R280

Whether you have an established veggie garden or are thinking of testing out your green thumb, this book is an invaluable resource. Jane Griffiths has been growing herbs and vegetables in her Joburg garden for over two decades, and has written several books on the subject, all of which are relevant to our local climate. Her latest is a guide to the vegetables most commonly grown in SA gardens and to the many unusual heirloom varieties that are available. It provides a wealth of information on how to sow, plant, feed, water, protect, harvest and eat the plants, as well as advice on how to save seed for future generations. Written in her quirky, practical style and illustrated with full-colour photos for easy reference, this is a one-stop guide to growing organic vegetables.

HabitatHabitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet
Edited by Sandra Piesik, Thames & Hudson, R2700

Climate change is the biggest challenge facing our planet, and when it comes to architecture, we need to start understanding how to produce buildings that do not rely on stripping the environment or transporting materials across the globe. This beautiful large-format book is the perfect guide to doing so. The result of years of research, the book brought together an international team of more than 100 experts who reveal how people and cultures have adapted to their environment to make the best use of indigenous materials and construction techniques. Notably, it also stresses the importance of preserving craftsmanship and local knowledge.

The Green HomeThe Green Home
By Susanna Vento, Cozy Publishers, R400

With a tagline “inspiring book of plants”, this beautiful tome is just what it sets out to be – and more. Written and styled by Helsinki-based interior stylist Susanna Vento, it features more than 30 Finnish homes, which are not only beautiful in their signature Scandi simplicity, but are filled with stylish indoor plants. While the book is a drool-worthy guide on interiors and home décor solutions, it also focuses on plants and how to care for them. It’s only available online from the publishers, so if you can’t get your hands on a physical copy, you can get inspiration from their Instagram page @greenhomebook.

Garden CityGarden City: Supergreen Buildings, Urban Skyscapes and the New Planted Space
By Anna Yudina, Thames & Hudson, R1250

Urban gardens are transforming our cities, and this spectacular book captures the growing global movement. Showcasing more than 100 projects, the book shows how plants can be used to improve both city landscapes and our quality of life. It’s packed with ideas that can be applied to new buildings and old alike. Think office buildings that incorporate urban farms and exchange the CO² produced by humans for food and oxygen produced by plants, lightweight systems for growing vertical gardens or “tree houses“ the size of city blocks. This book proves that the future of our urban architecture can be self-sustaining and alive.

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Winners of the 2015 Artists In Residency Programme announced – including Masande Ntshanga

Winners of the 2015 Artists In Residency Programme announced

 

The ReactiveAlert! The Africa Centre has announced the winners of the 2015 Artists In Residency Programme.

The residencies, which have been running since 2011, are available to artists in all stages of career development across all disciplines: visual arts, performing arts, creative and literary arts, film, music and curatorial practice. Winners are given the opportunity to participate in residency programmes throughout the world.

The Africa Centre received a large number of applications this year, and shortlisted over 65 artists in December.

Nine winners have been announced, including two writers: South African Masande Ntshanga (left) and Nana Oforiatta Ayim from Ghana.

Congratulations to the winners!

2015 Artists In Residency Programme winners:

Collin Sekajugo (Uganda | Visual Artist) – Jiwar, Spain
Francois Knoetze (South Africa | Visual Artist) – Nafasi Arts Space, Tanzania
Kato Change (Kenya | Performance Artist) – Instituto Sacatar, Brazil
Liza Grobler (South Africa | Visual Artist) – Khoj, India
Masande Ntshanga (South Africa | Author) – Bundanon Trust, Australia
Nana Oforiatta Ayim (Ghana | Author) – Instituto Sacatar, Brazil
Richard Mudariki (Zimbabwe | Visual Artist) – Fountainhead, USA
Tamrat Gezahagne Gero (Ethiopia | Visual Artist) – Jiwar, Spain
Wallen Mapondera (Zimbabwe | Visual Artist) – Kuona Trust, Kenya

Image of Nana Oforiatta Ayim courtesy of Asiko Art School

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DIY this Christmas – 7 Books to Inspire the Perfect Homemade Gift

SuzelleDIY

 
Hands up if you’re making gifts for your family and friends this Christmas?

In 2015 we saw a return to the trend of doing things ourselves. Why would you buy Christmas crackers from the store if you can make it yourself and add that extra personal touch? Who doesn’t love a sweater or a throw pillow lovingly crocheted by someone close to you? What’s a home without a garden, especially if it grew from your own fingertips?

We’ve compiled a list of seven fabulous DIY books that were published this year. They will either make the perfect gift, or inspire you to create something unique for your loved ones this festive season.

Have a look at the DIY books of 2015:

 

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1. SuzelleDIY

SuzelleDIYSuzelleDIYSuzelleDIY: The Book gives DIY a humorous twist. Julia Anastasopoulos, aka Suzelle, shows us how to deal with household chores, maintain your car, live green, make braai day a day to remember and how to minimise the hours you spend in the kitchen. Marianne, her friend, joins her and takes a special interest in our furry friends. The DIY diva also shares her DIY and beauty secrets, while also entertaining us with the best recipes from her kitchen. DIY? Because anybody can.
 

 

2. Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening

Jane’s Delicious Urban GardeningDo you love living in the city but dream about growing your own wholesome fruit and vegetables? South Africa’s organic gardening guru, Jane Griffiths, shows you just how easy it is to achieve a flourishing food garden, no matter how small your space.

Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening is packed with inspirational ideas and practical information on all aspects of urban eco living.
 
 

 

3. Party Time

Party TimeParty Time is the ultimate party-planning book for parents! It contains 12 fun themes and is jam-packed with inspirational ideas. Planning an exciting party has never been easier! A CD with printable templates for signage and décor is also included.

Not only are there themes for boys and girls but unisex themes have also been included. The parties cater for all budgets. Those recipes that are included are easy to follow and can either serve as a starting point or can be adjusted to suit your specific theme by changing, for example, the colour of the cake icing.

 

4. Braids: Step by Step

BraidsVlegselsMarie Wivel and Laura Arnesen have known each other since kindergarten. In those days braiding was something they did for fun, but today it has become their passion.

In April 2013, during a school strike in their native Denmark, the two friends decided to try out some new braiding techniques to pass the time. They searched the Internet for different braids and documented their progress on their Instagram account. They were surprised by the many girls who shared their interest!

 

5. Crochet Know How

Crochet Know HowCrochet Know How 2Crochet Know How is a guide to the basic techniques and stitches of crocheting, and also offers additional information on how to care for crocheted products.

This book is not only the ideal starting point for those who would like to learn to crochet, but also discusses interesting stitches and could become a handy resource for experienced crafters.

Also available in Afrikaans as Alles oor hekel and Alles oor hekel 2.

 
6. 50 Upcycling Projects

50 Upcycling Projects50 Upcycling-projekteUpcycling refers to the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and beautiful. This 224-page book shows you just that – how to transform trash into treasures. At the hand of Misi Overturf, well-known creative consultant, no less than 50 exciting projects are undertaken ranging from easy to the more advanced. Clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful pictures ensure that the techniques are mastered. The projects cover the whole home and even include the garden.

 

7. 150 All-Time Favourite Crochet Blocks

150 All-Time Favourite Crochet Blocks150 All-Time Favourite Crochet Blocks brings together the classic patterns of the blocks that all avid crocheters love.

Each crochet block is categorised by skill level, with a crochet chart and row-by-row instructions. A short description focusing on each block’s special features and characteristics has also been included.
 
 

 

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Knotting Your Brain Over Festive Gifts? Check out the 2015 Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue for Ideas

 
Does the very idea of Christmas make you break out in a cold sweat? Is your festive season countdown calendar an endless list of futile ideas (because really, how many creative gifts can you buy someone you’ve known for years now?) Or do you simply avoid the issue until Christmas Eve, and then pray for Groundhog Day?

However you approach the holiday that inevitably turns into a time of giving – and more giving – the 2015 Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue will take the guesswork out of gift-shopping.

There is something for everyone in the Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue – from fiction to poetry, children’s books to young adult, even books for inspired home cooks or avid gardeners.

For all that the Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue has to offer, have a look at the contents page (click to see the entire list):

 

 

 
Here are a few of the local books in the 2015 Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue:

The Book of MemoryThe Magistrate of GowerSweet MedicineFlame in the SnowBeer SafariVlakwaterImmer wes
SkarlakenDie verdwyning van Billy KatzDJ Opperman - Versamelde poësieRympies vir pikkies en peuters’n Goeie dag vir boomklimDie huis van ryeTwo Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
Jane’s Delicious Urban GardeningGolden LionDonker stroomSugar ManThe Supper Club
Burchell's TravelsShed Happens50 Must-see Geological Sites in South AfricaThe Secret Society
Still GrazingWe Have Now Begun Our DescentJack Parow - Die ou met die snor by die barRhodes Rage

 
The catalogue was launched last week Friday at Exclusive Books Rosebank, with special presentations and activities by Suzelle DIY (SuzelleDIY: The Book), Lucy Corne (Beer Safari), Jane Griffiths (Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening) and Rico of Madame & Eve (Shed Happens).

 

Read Monique Bernic’s blog post on the event:

We were then able to select our next activity between container gardening with Jane Griffiths, learning to draw the characters from Madam & Eve with Rico, tasting craft beer with Lucy Corne and decorating cookies with Elli Saayman in celebration of the release of the special edition of Alice in Wonderland.

I opted for the container gardening due to my background in Conservation and got to put together and take home an upside-down potted parsley which now graces my front door. We learned about the water-holding properties of peat (an essential in this drought!) and the soil enriching characteristics of earthworms.

Annetjie van Wynegaard (@Annetjievw) live tweeted the festivities:


 

 

Press release:

Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue Event

Exclusive Books was delighted to have hosted media, publishers and clients at this year’s Christmas Catalogue Event at the Rosebank Exclusive Books store this past Friday.

As part of the festivities, Exclusive Books announced the 2015 Christmas Catalogue titles, among which were highly esteemed authors and one very special anniversary. CEO of Exclusive Books, Benjamin Trisk delivered a warm welcome to all attending guests and spoke heartily about the industry and Exclusive Books’ mission to keep the legacy of print books alive. After his speech guests quickly moved on to an exciting ‘make your own handbag’ activity with the comical and energetic Suzelle DIY.

After Suzelle’s hilarious delivery, the order of events continued and Rico Schacherl, Jane Griffiths, Lucy Corne and Elli Saayman kept the crowd thoroughly entertained with their activities. Publishers and media were invited to gather around the specially designed activity tables. All were in for a treat! Rico taught his guests a thing or two about cartoon drawing. Some of his guests’ attempts were dismal but Rico kept his students going, encouraging them to focus more on the pleasure of the creative exercise. Lucy Corne’s beer tasting table was a popular draw card, especially amongst the gents. The result? Great conversation, plenty of laughs and quite a few interesting facts about beer. Jane was not at all phased by her mall surrounding. She immediately set to work and got her hands (quite) dirty. Inspired by her enthusiasm, Jane’s table of guests all did their best at urban gardening and made their very own upside down pot plants. The final thrill of the afternoon was Elli Saayman’s cookie designs. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland, Elli’s table designed the most exquisite Alice in Wonderland cookies using glitter, icing, frosting and a rainbow of other sweets.

The Christmas Catalogue Event was a great success. The hosts went all out with the food and drinks menu too. The beautifully displayed tables of cheese boards, macaroons and other desserts were mouth-wateringly gorgeous. The endless supply of flat white coffees from the Exclusive Books cafe was certainly a win with guests, especially those who’d burnt through the midnight oil to ensure they didn’t miss out on this exclusive event.

All guests thoroughly appreciated the joys and spoils that the Exclusive Books team put together. We wait with childish anticipation on what the team will put together for 2016!

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Down in the Valley: Mike Nicol Chats to Michele Rowe About Her Novel Hour of Darkness

By Mike Nicol for the Sunday Times

Hour of DarknessHour of Darkness
Michéle Rowe (Penguin)
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What sort of person would be listening to “Changeling, particularly Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud, Agitprop by the Kalahari Surfers, and also Spoek Mathambo and Beast, Wagner piano pieces, Pond, Tame Impala, The Doors, and the Decembrists”?

You wouldn’t guess it was the elegant woman with the blondish hair pinned up and the casually-thrown burgundy scarf round her neck, at the table in the Food Barn deli in Noordhoek, stabbing a finger at her cellphone. But that just goes to show how wrong first impressions can be.

You see, that’s Michéle Rowe sitting there. Who? If you don’t know you are probably one of those dipheads who buys adult colouring-in books.

Michéle Rowe is a crime novelist. Actually a damn good crime novelist. She won a CWA debut dagger for her first novel. That’s the Crime Writers Association, which is UK based and has crime novelists dreaming of the fame it confers.

Here are a few things about Michéle that might or might not tell you something.

Her order is for cappuccino and a chocolate croissant. She is married to the Kalahari Surfer. She has two children who have left home. She has never been in rehab. If she could take cocaine every day she would but she does worry about what it might do to her. She has great grandparents who came from Mauritius and whose children crossed over to the white side during the time of the pencil test.

She’s been an egg-peeler, a waitress, a graphic designer, a scriptwriter “and a whole lot of things in between which I won’t talk about”.

She has moved house 48 times. You might think “gypsy” at this point. Or hippie. Or even troubled soul. She does wear wellies in the garden, however, which hardly speaks of a troubled soul.

Until 2000 she lived in Johannesburg before migrating to Cape Town. “A completely strange city. There is something going on beneath the surface which you can sense but you don’t know what it is or how to describe it. Cape Town is a crime.”

Got it in one. Cape Town is, after all, a city founded on slavery, a theme which rears its head in her books.

The first, What Hidden Lies, went scratching beneath the surface of the western side of the southern peninsula – from Noordhoek southwards. That was a nasty story of murder and drugs and bones that rose out of the past. It brought into the South African crime pantheon a slight but feisty cop named Persy (short for Persephone) Jonas.

She got into a fair amount of trouble in that book and she gets into a fair amount in the new one, Hour of Darkness, partly because she’s having it off with her boss. It doesn’t help that her boss’s wife is head of the police station.

This novel not only scratches but digs deep into the Constantia valley. There is much that comes to the surface.

“What I don’t understand,” – Michéle pauses to pay attention to her chocolate croissant – “is how do people live in Harare, Khayelitsha and work in Constantia? How do they cope with seeing that luxury? These rich homes?”

Her book has a kind of answer.

So does she, once she’s swallowed the piece of chocolate croissant.

“There’s not only the destruction of the valley beneath housing estates, there’s the cover up of its history. It’s a suburb of homeless people.”

And you get the impression that she might not only be talking about those sleeping in the vineyards and on the streets and under the shrubbery on the motorway junction. She might also be talking about those who have everything.

If Michéle’s crime novels are an attempt to imagine Cape Town where to next? It seems the people of Kommetjie, that surfing seaside suburb, might provide an insight. A few weeks ago she moved there. Into a house in Afrikaner Avenue – which featured prominently in her first novel – and she has since found a squashed leopard toad in her driveway.

Significance? Leopard toads are sacred to the folks of Noordhoek and Kommetjie. There are road signs warning motorists to avoid flattening them. A squashed leopard toad is an ill omen. It speaks of what hidden lies.

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2015 Open Book Festival: Wednesday, Session 1 (12 AM)

Bongani Kona, Michèle Rowe, Justin Cartwright and Perfect Hlongwane

 
The 2015 Open Book Festival is off to a great start! Check out Books LIVE’s coverage of the events as they unfold:

The festival will be covered by Books LIVE editor Jennifer Malec (@projectjennifer), deputy editor Helené Prinsloo (@helenayp), assistant editors Erin Devenish (@ErinDevenish811), Annetjie van Wynegaard (@Annetjievw) and Jennifer Platt (@Jenniferdplatt) of the Sunday Times.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/BooksLIVESA) and our Twitter profile (@BooksLIVESA) for more information and pictures!

 

Up Against the NightJoziHour of DarknessAnna Peters' Year of Cooking DangerouslyTaste the World with Jenny MorrisInvisible Others

 

For this session Erin is covering “City Shades” with Justin Cartwright, Perfect Hlongwane and Michèle Rowe in conversation with Bongani Kona:

 


 

Helené is at the session entitled “Food and Fiction” where Kathryn White and Jenny Morris are speaking to Karina M Szczurek:

 


 

 
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The Local Books to Look Forward to in 2015 (July – December)

The Local Books to Look Forward to in 2015 (July – Dec)

 
The second half of the year is well underway, so take a look at what lies in store, books-wise, until December.

Fiction fans have a lot to look forward to, with new novels from Fiona Snyckers, Deon Meyer, Wilbur Smith, Kathryn White, Alexander McCall Smith, Justin Cartwright and Zakes Mda, as well as eagerly anticipated second novels from Claire Robertson and HJ Golakai.

Fans of speculative fiction should look out for Tracer, the debut novel from Rob Boffard, and the new SL Grey, Under Ground.

There’s also quite a lot happening on the poetry front, with a new collection from Lesego Rampolokeng and the launch of the uHlanga New Poets series, starting with collections by Genna Gardini and Thabo Jijana.

Herman Mashaba’s Capitalist Crusader, the follow-up to his bestselling Black Like You, is out in August, and there are exciting new books by Breyten Breytenbach and Moeletsi Mbeki, as well as a collection of never-before-seen letters between André Brink and Ingrid Jonker that is sure to cause some hearts to flutter.

If you think we’ve left something out, feel free to let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

Take a look at equivalent story from earlier this year to see if there was anything you missed:

 
 

Note: Covers are subject to change, and information was provided by the publishers
 
 

JULY

The Unknown Van GoghThe Unknown Van Gogh, by Chris Schoeman
Zebra Press
Non-fiction

Much has been written about Vincent van Gogh and his tempestuous relationship with his brother Theo. But few people know that there was a third Van Gogh brother, Cornelis, who was raised in the Netherlands, but worked, married and died in South Africa.

Chris Schoeman’s biography of Cor van Gogh recreates South Africa in the last decade of the nineteenth century, tells the personal story of this young uitlander, as revealed in his letters, and describes his relationship with his famous brother Vincent. With new insights based on original research, this book is an important addition to South African and world history.

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Incredible JourneyIncredible Journey: Stories that Move You edited by Joanne Hichens
Jacana Media/Burnet Media
Fiction (Short Stories)

The new Short.Sharp.Stories anthology, Incredible Journey, is out now – containing the winning short stories from this year’s Short.Sharp.Stories competition, which were announced in July.

Two Dogs/Mercury will be doing a series of interviews with the winning authors on Books LIVE – check out the first, with Andrew Salomon, here!

As the only regular collection of short fiction writing in South Africa, the Short.Sharp.Stories initiative, published in conjunction with the National Arts Festival, is playing an increasingly important role in the nurturing and development of South African writing talent. Bloody Satisfied and Adults Only were both positively reviewed, and have given widespread exposure to more than 40 local authors.

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HomeHome. Food from My Kitchen, by Sarah Graham
Struik Lifestyle
Non-fiction

Building on the success of her two previous books, and in support of her TV series, Sarah Graham’s Food Safari, Home. Food from My Kitchen encapsulates cooking throughout southern Africa.

Within the standard cookbook format of Brunch, Salads, Soups, Snacks, Meat, Poultry, Pasta, Seafood, Desserts and Baking, Sarah Graham presents food that is simple but beautiful, delicious and healthy.

TracerTracer, by Rob Boffard
Jonathan Ball
Fiction

Rob Boffard is a South African journalist and author who slits his time between London, Vancouver and Johannesburg. Tracer is his first novel.

Sarah Lotz calls Tracer “fast, exhilarating and unforgettable”.

Our planet is in ruins. Three hundred miles above its scarred surface orbits Outer Earth: a space station with a million souls on board. They are all that remains of the human race.

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nullPappa in Doubt, by Anton Kannemeyer
Jacana Media
Art

With Pappa in Doubt, Anton Kannemeyer returns to the fertile land that he explored to brilliant satiric effect in Pappa in Afrika (2010). Once again parodying Herge’s Tintin in the Congo (1931), Kannemeyer exposes the contradictions and paradoxes of life in the postcolony.

The artist is as provocative as he is playful, and does not spare himself the relentless, humorous scrutiny to which he subjects politicians, despots and his neighbours in the leafy suburbs.

Kannemeyer and Conrad Botes founded Bitterkomix as students at Stellenbosch University.

Under GroundUnder Ground, by SL Grey
Pan Macmillan
Fiction

Under Ground is the new high-concept thriller from the combined talents of Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg.

A global outbreak of a virus sends society spinning out of control. But a small group of people have been preparing for a day like this. Grabbing only the essentials, they head to The Sanctum, a luxury self-sustaining underground survival facility where they’ll shut themselves away and wait for the apocalypse to pass.

But when a body is discovered, they realise that the greatest threat to their survival may be trapped in The Sanctum with them.

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A Death in the FamilyA Death in the Family, by Michael Stanley
Fiction

The latest Detective Kubu crime novel from Michael Stanley, A Death in the Family is a must read.

Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, both South Africans by birth. Both have worked in academia and business, Sears in South Africa and Trollip in the USA. Their love of watching the wildlife of the African subcontinent has taken them on a number of flying safaris to Botswana and Zimbabwe. On one such trip, they had the idea for their first novel, A Carrion Death, which introduced Detective Kubu. Kubu has now featured in five novels and a short-story collection.

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AUGUST

Homeless WanderersHomeless Wanderers: Movement and mental illness in the Cape Colony in the nineteenth century by Sally Swartz
UCT Press
Non-fiction

Lunatic asylums in the colonies in the nineteenth century mirrored those of “home”, in Britain. But in a European settler context, the administration and policies of the asylums, and the treatment of their patients, took on many different nuances.

There was a complex interface between lunacy legislation, colonial government, families and communities, and the ways in which these elements affected individuals’ experiences of treatment before and after committal to a lunatic asylum. Homeless Wanderers breaks new ground in tracing the route of people thought to be “of unsound mind” from their homes and families to eventual committal to a lunatic asylum in the Cape Colony in the late nineteenth century.

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nullA Half Century Thing by Lesego Rampolokeng
Black Ghost Books
Poetry

Lesego Rampolokeng will be launching his eighth collection of poetry, A Half Century Thing, on Saturday, 1 August, as he celebrates his 50th birthday.

The publication comes 25 years after his debut, Horns for Hondo. His most recent collection is Head on Fire: Rants / Notes / Poems 2001-2011.

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Hour of DarknessHour of Darkness, by Michéle Rowe
Penguin Books
Fiction

A page-turner from one of South Africa’s exciting new crime novelists. Readers familiar with Michéle Rowe’s exhilarating plot twists and authentic South African characters will love her latest spine-chilling thriller.

Hour of Darkness sees the return of Rowe’s popular Detective Percy Jonas, who has to investigate a series of child abductions that evoke her own childhood abandonment.

What Hidden Lies, Rowe’s first crime novel, won the 2011 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award.

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The Seed ThiefThe Seed Thief, by Jacqui L’Ange
Umuzi
Fiction

The debut novel from Jacqui L’Ange, The Seed Thief is an entrancing and richly imagined modern love story with an ancient history, a tale that moves from flora of Table Mountain to the heart of Afro-Brazilian spiritualism.

L’Ange was born in Durban and grew up across five continents. She has worked in advertising, television, film, and multimedia over the past 20 years, and has a MA in creative writing from the University of Cape Town. She is also the author of the children’s book Miss Helen’s Magical World.

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Signs for an ExhibitionSigns for an Exhibition by Eliza Kentridge
Modjaji Books
Poetry

Eliza Kentridge’s poems are autobiographical. She was born in Johannesburg shortly after her father defended Nelson Mandela in the Treason Trial. She was a teenager when he represented Steve Biko’s family at his inquest. In her twenties, at the height of apartheid, she left South Africa for England. Against this dramatic backdrop, her focus is quieted, small and interior. With her mother now afflicted by a serious neurological illness, she writes about family, love and place, as a woman who vividly recalls her girlhood self, gently and almost incidentally approaching one of the biggest questions: how does one live a life?

Real Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenReal Food – Healthy, Happy Children by Kath Megaw, Daisy Jones, Phillippa Cheifitz and Jane-Anne Hobbs
Quivertree
Non-fiction

Sustained energy? Check. Reduced sugar cravings? Check. Improved concentration? Check.

Check-marks, too, for: increased health and vitality, enhanced athletic performance, longer and deeper sleep, improved digestion, strategies for fussy eaters, and helping your child reach and maintain a healthy body weight.

All these topics are addressed by South Africa’s leading paediatric dietician Kath Megaw in Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children, Co-written with Daisy Jones, Phillippa Cheifitz and Jane-Anne Hobbs. Set to be released in August this year, the book offers a low-carb solution for the whole family – with recipes for moms, dads and kids of all ages.

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nullThe Low-Carb Solution for Diabetics, by Vickie de Beer and Kath Megaw
Quivertree
Non-fiction

A book that marries science with good sentiment, strategies with real solutions, The Low-Carb Solution for Diabetics is an invaluable guide to understanding and practically managing Type-1 diabetes.

Beyond the science of diabetes and the advice of both Vickie and Kath lies a fantastic low-carb cookbook with meals that the whole family can enjoy.

Focusing on a move to healthy, natural food shared in a loving family environment, The Low-Carb Solution for Diabetics is an inspiration. It’s not about what’s ‘allowed’, it’s about what’s healthy – for diabetic children and their families.

Capitalist CrusaderCapitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth by Herman Mashaba and Isabella Morris
Bookstorm
Non-fiction

The much anticipated follow-up to Herman Mashaba’s bestselling Black Like You, in which self-made entrepreneur Herman Mashaba outlines his crusade for economic freedom for all South Africans.

Mashaba suggests concrete macroeconomic solutions to South Africa’s poverty crisis, deftly combining biography, politics and business.

nullDeliberate Concealment: An Insider’s Account of Cricket South Africa
and the IPL Bonus Saga
, Mtutuzeli Nyoka

Pan Macmillan
Non-fiction

In 2008, Mtutuzeli Nyoka was appointed as the President of Cricket South Africa (CSA), a position he held until October 2011 when, after a protracted battle with the CSA board, he was dismissed.

In Deliberate Concealment, Nyoka shares his behind-the-scenes experiences and personal journey as events unfolded, including his own mistakes, the repercussions of the scandal on the game of cricket in South Africa, and his fight for the truth to prevail.

The Democratic Republic of BraaiThe Democratic Republic of Braai by Jan Braai
Bookstorm
Non-fiction

Over 60 000 Jan Braai books have been sold – from South Africa to the USA and the Czech Republic! Jan Braai is a South African phenomenon – he started Braai Day in 2005 and the day has grown from strength to strength.

It is your democratic right to gather with friends and family around braai fires throughout the country and celebrate with a meal cooked over the coals of a real wood fire. This is the promise of Jan Braai’s Democratic Republic of Braai.

Raising SuperheroesRaising Superheroes, by Tim Noakes, Jonno Proudfoot and Bridget Surtees
Jacana Media
Non-fiction

Jacana Media will be distributing the latest book published by the Real Meal Team. Raising Superheroes, by Tim Noakes, Jonno Proudfoot and Bridget Surtees will revolutionise the way you feed your kids.

The Real Meal Revolution was all about taking on the global obesity epidemic with a revolutionary approach to eating; it challenged ingrained beliefs, it sold (and still sells) in record-breaking numbers throughout South Africa, and it changed people’s lives.

With Raising Superheroes the authors have now set out to revolutionise the way we feed our children. It’s time, they believe, to challenge the kids’ food industry and our old assumptions; it’s time to give our children the best nutrition possible, and the best start in life.

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Rape UnresolvedRape Unresolved: Policing sexual offences in South Africa by Dee Smythe
UCT Press
Non-fiction

More than 1 000 women are raped in South Africa every day. Around 150 of those women will report the crime to the police. Fewer than 30 of the cases will be prosecuted and no more than 10 will result in a conviction.

Rape Unresolved is concerned with the question of police discretion and how its exercise shapes the criminal justice response to rape in South Africa.

Agent 407Agent 407: A South African Spy Tells Her Story, by Olivia Forsyth
Jonathan Ball
Non-fiction

Olivia Forsyth was a Lieutenant in the South Africa Security Police in the 1980s. She spent four years at Rhodes University where she infiltrated various anti-apartheid organisations.

Having reached the end of her studies, she turned her attention to the ANC in exile. But what should have been her greatest triumph as a spy turned into disaster when the ANC threw her into Quatro, the notorious internment camp in Angola.

Here, for the first time, South Africa’s most notorious apartheid spy lays bare the story of her remarkable life.

IcarusIcarus, by Deon Meyer
Jonathan Ball
Fiction

The new novel from South Africa’s leading crime writer, featuring his much loved detective Benny Griessel.

After 602 days dry, Captain Benny Griessel of the South African police services can’t take any more tragedy. So when he is called in to investigate a multiple homicide, it pushes him close to breaking point – a former friend and detective colleague has shot his wife and two daughters, then killed himself. Benny wants out – out of his job, his home and his relationship with his singer girlfriend, Alexa. He moves into a hotel and starts drinking. Again.

nullDagga: A Short History, by Hazel Crampton
Jacana Media
Non-fiction

This book is not intended as a comprehensive take on dagga, aka cannabis, marijuana, bhanga, ganga, pot, zol, weed, etc., but as a conversation piece. It is, as a pocket book, simply a brief overview. Its hope is to provide a background to dagga in South Africa and, by putting all the dope into one joint, so to speak, ignite debate on emerging issues such as licensing, legalisation and taxation.

Hazel Crampton is the author of The Sunburnt Queen (2004) and The Side of the Sun at Noon (2014), and was coeditor of Into the Hitherto Unknown: Ensign Beutler’s Expedition to the Eastern Cape, 1752 (2013).

nullRape – A South African Nightmare, by Pumla Dineo Gqola
Jacana Media
Non-fiction

South Africa has a complex relationship with rape. Pumla Dineo Gqola unpacks this relationship by paying attention to patterns and trends of rape, asking what we can learn from famous cases and why South Africa is losing the battle against rape.

Gqola looks at the 2006 rape trial of Jacob Zuma and what transpired in the trial itself, as well as trying to make sense of public responses to it. She interrogates feminist responses to the Anene Booysen case, among other high profile cases of gender-based violence.

This is a conclusive book about rape in South Africa, illuminating aspects of the problem and contributing to shifting the conversation forward.

nullThe Black Sash, by Mary Burton
Jacana Media
Non-fiction

This is the story of a remarkable organisation of white South African women who carved out a unique role for themselves in opposing the injustices of apartheid and working towards a free and democratic country.

It is written by Mary Burton, herself national president of the Black Sash for many years and, later, one of the Truth and Reconciliation commissioners.

nullThe Refined Player: Sex, Lies and Dates, by Stevel Marc
Jacana Media
Non-fiction

The Refined Player: Sex, Lies and Dates is the first publication under Jacana’s exciting new imprint, BlackBird Books.

The book not only helps men to understand their role in relationships, but it also inspires women to be empowered and to expect and demand better from their men.

Stevel shows us that it is possible to have those difficult conversations about money, sex, honesty and trust. With Stevel’s help you can transition from singlehood into a meaningful relationship.

Lusaka Punk and Other StoriesLusaka Punk and Other Stories
Jacana Media
Fiction (Short Stories)

Now entering its 16th year, the Caine Prize is Africa’s leading literary prize, and is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere.

This collection brings together the five 2015 shortlisted stories, along with stories written at the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop, which took place in Ghana in April 2015.

Zambia’s Namwali Serpell won the 2015 Caine Prize for her short story entitled “The Sack” from Africa39 (Bloomsbury, London, 2014).

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Stoked!Stoked! by Chris Bertish
Zebra Press
Non-fiction (Biography)

Stoked! is an inspiring true story about courage, determination and the power of dreams. Chris Bertish was a skinny little kid from Cape Town when he started surfing with his brothers. Fiercely driven and constantly pushing his boundaries, Chris was not content with conquering “ordinary” big waves. What began as a personal quest to prove to himself that he was one of the best in the ‘big-wave brotherhood’ culminated a decade later with Chris being crowned South Africa’s first Mavericks BigWave Champion.

With his infectious enthusiasm, Chris tells how he pulled off death-defying antics time and again, overcame overwhelming obstacles and fears, and parried every blow that fate dealt him, all without ever losing faith or focus on his dreams.

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True Blue Superglue by Jenny Hobbs
Umuzi
Fiction

In the 1950s it was important to please your man. As the twentieth century wore on, it became more important to please yourself …

Following the lives of Anne and Doug Perceval, from big-dreaming students to strung-out parents to a couple at the end of their tether, True Blue Superglue is a love story with a sting in its tale that moves from South Africa to swinging London and back home again.

Witty and poignant, Jenny Hobbs’s novel is also a tribute to a life lived as a woman in changing times.

 
 
SEPTEMBER

Tribe, by Rahla Xenopoulos
Umuzi
Fiction

Ibiza, 1997: a period of drug-taking, dancing and hedonism forges an unbreakable bond between six friends, and “the Tribe” is formed. Their dependence on one another deepens as the years pass, but when Jude overdoses and almost dies, his wife, Tselane, makes a decision that breaks up the Tribe.

12 years later, after Jude attempts suicide, the group decides to reunite …

A compelling story of friendship, love and life, Tribe is Rahla Xenopoulos’ third book. She is the author of A Memoir of Love and Madness, her personal account of being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and the novel Bubbles.

IcarusThe Magistrate of Gower, by Claire Robertson
Umuzi
Fiction

The new novel from Claire Robertson, who won the 2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize for The Spiral House.

When an illicit affair in British Ceylon comes to light in 1902, 17-year-old Boer prisoner-of-war Henry Vos is disgraced. Months before, a short film made his face widely recognisable, but now he is shunned by Boer and Brit alike. Three decades later, Henry is the magistrate of Gower …

Impeccably written and researched, The Magistrate of Gower is a sweeping, exquisitely told story about the courage to choose love over fear.

nullThe Shouting in the Dark, by Elleke Boehmer
Jacana Media
Fiction

Ella is locked in a battle for creative survival with her domineering father, and apartheid South Africa, the troubled country in which he passionately believes. While seeking political refuge in Europe, Ella makes an unexpected discovery that forces her to confront both her father’s war ghosts and the shape of her own future. In the country of his birth, her father, Ella finds, never officially recognised her existence. Boehmer has written a raw, intense and involving story.

“The story, as disturbing as it is enthralling, of a girl’s struggle to emerge from under the dead weight of her father’s oppression while at the same time searching for a secure footing in the moral chaos of South Africa of the apartheid era.” – JM Coetzee

Elleke Boehmer is the author of, among other books, Screens against the Sky (short-listed David Hyam Prize, 1990), Bloodlines (shortlisted SANLAM prize) and an edition of Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys that was a 2004 summer bestseller. Her acclaimed biography of Nelson Mandela (2008) has been translated into Arabic, Malaysian, Thai, Kurdish, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese. She is a judge of the Man Booker International Prize 2015 and lives in London.

Anna Peters’ Year of Cooking DangerouslyAnna Peters’ Year of Cooking Dangerously, by Kathryn White
Umuzi
Fiction

Anna Peters’ Year of Cooking Dangerously is the new novel from Kathryn White, author of Emily Green and Me and Things I Thought I Knew.

Anna Peters has been dumped by her long-term love, Garry, and needs to figure out what to do with her broken heart. Tackling her misery by trying to cook her way back into her beau’s life, she learns a few things …

Witty, irreverent and highly entertaining, with food descriptions will have readers salivating, Anna Peters’ Year of Cooking Dangerously will appeal to readers of popular fiction and romantic novels as well as aspiring chefs.

nullTwo, by Seline and Leandri van der Wat
Struik Lifestyle
Non-fiction

During the screening of the MasterChef South Africa 2013 series, TV viewers were both fascinated by, and impressed with, the Van der Wat sisters. Since then their foodie careers have taken off, albeit in differing directions.

But in Two, they are back in collaboration to present a really fascinating cookbook concept: taking the same main ingredient and creating two different
dishes from it, or taking a classic recipe and making one for family and casual dining, and the other version to impress for serious entertaining.

Diane AwerbuckHelen MoffettStray, edited by Diane Awerbuck and Helen Moffett
Modjaji Books
Fiction (Short Stories and Poetry)

A collection of stories and poems by mostly well-known South African writers. Some of the pieces have been previously published, and others are new. Each story and poem explores different ways in which animals and humans live together, co-exist and change each other.

List of writers includes: Arthur Attwell, Diane Awerbuck Gabeba Baderoon, Robert Berold, Margaret Clough, Mike Cope, Colleen Crawford-Cousins, Gail Dendy, Richard de Nooy, Isobel Dixon, Nerine Dorman, Finuala Dowling, Tom Eaton, Justin Fox,Damon Galgut, Robyn Goss, Michiel Heyns, Colleen Higgs, Jenny Hobbs, Liesl Jobson, Rustum Kozain, Jacqui L’Ange, Sarah Lotz, Sindiwe Magona, Siphiwo Mahala, Julia Martin, Joan Metelerkamp, Niq Mhlongo, Thando Mgqolozana, Helen Moffett, Mmatshilo Motsei, Paige Nick, SA Partridge, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Bev Rycroft, Alex Smith, Fiona Snyckers, Ivan Vladislavić, Zukiswa Wanner, James Whyle, Makhosazana Xaba.

nullNow Following You, by Fiona Snyckers
Modjaji Books
Fiction

Jamie Burchell is a digital native – social media comes as naturally to her as breathing. She Instagrams, tweets and Facebooks her every move. Then a stalker starts using social media to track her movements. As his behaviour escalates, so does her fear. But her blog has never been more popular. The fans can’t get enough of reading about her stalker. She is closer than ever to achieving her dream of becoming a writer. Should she take herself offline out of fear for her own safety or should she refuse to be intimated? Soon the stalker starts threatening the people she cares about. But now it’s too late for Jamie to go offline, because he is already following her in real life.

nullPiggy Boy’s Blues, by Nakhane Touré
Jacana Media
Fiction

Nakhane Touré’s debut novel is for all intents and purposes a portrait of the M family. Centred mostly on the protagonist, Davide M, and his return to Alice, the town of his birth, the novel portrays a Xhosa royal family past its prime and glory.

Piggy Boy’s Blues will be published under Jacana’s new imprint, BlackBird Books.

Touré is a multimedia artist born in Alice in the Eastern Cape. His album Brave Confusion won a South African Music Award for Best Alternative Album in 2014.

nullSweet Medicine, by Panashe Chigumadzi
Jacana Media
Fiction

Sweet Medicine, set in Harare at the height of Zimbabwe’s economic woes in 2008, is a thorough and evocative attempt at grappling with a variety of important issues in the postcolonial context: tradition and modernity, feminism and patriarchy; spiritual and political freedoms and responsibilities; poverty and desperation; and wealth and abundance.

Panashe Chigumadzi is a young and upcoming media executive, passionate about creating new narratives that work to redefine and reaffirm African identity.

Sweet Medicine will be published under Jacana’s new BlackBird Books imprint.

The Book of MemoryThe Book of Memory, by Petina Gappah
Jonathan Ball
Fiction

The stunning debut novel from the award-winning author of An Elegy for Easterly, a short story collection that won the Guardian First Book Prize in 2009.

Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe. She will be at the 2015 Open Book Festival in Cape Town in September.

nullInnovation: Shaping South Africa through Science, by Sarah Wild
Pan Macmillan
Non-fiction

Sarah Wild is an award-winning science journalist. She is the Mail & Guardian’s science editor and in 2013 was named the best science journalist in Africa. In 2012, Wild published her first full-length non-fiction book, Searching African Skies: The Square Kilometre Array and South Africa’s Quest to Hear the Songs of the Stars.

Innovation takes a look at inventions – developed in South Africa by South Africans – to address issues in the areas of healthcare, energy, environment and industry, showcasing the country’s excellence.

Up Against the NightUp Against the Night, by Justin Cartwright
Jonathan Ball
Fiction

“History . . . is seldom able to convey the essence of being human”

Justin Cartwright possesses that rarest of novelist’s skills – the ability to create fiction which is intensely serious but which also vividly encompasses the absurdity and comedy of life. Up Against the Night is a subtle, brilliant novel about South Africa, its beautiful, superbly evoked landscape, its violent past and its uncertain present.

Notes from the Lost Property Department by Bridget Pitt
Umuzi
Fiction

“The struggle to forget, or not; courage in small things – Bridget Pitt’s new novel has found a voice for wounded memory. It’s a searching voice, evoking from jumbled discards something that perhaps we’ve all lost …. but which might still be found.” – Jeremy Cronin

Notes from the Lost Property Department is a beautifully written, captivating novel about family: mother-daughter relationships, marriage, memory, and familial secrets and lies.

Bridget Pitt’s novel The Unseen Leopard was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize in 2011 and the 2012 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, and her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize, among others.

Golden LionGolden Lion, by Wilbur Smith
Jonathan Ball
Fiction

Fans of Wilbur Smith will be delighted to hear that his next book – Golden Lion – will be released across the world in September.

In this sweeping adventure full of danger, action, and intrigue, the master returns to his longest-running series, taking fans back to the very beginnings of the Courtney family saga.

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nullLet’s Talk Frankly: Letters to Influential South Africans About the State of Our Nation, by Onkgopotse JJ Tabane
Pan Macmillan
Non-fiction

Onkgopotse JJ Tabane is one of South Africa’s leading media and communications specialists, a community activist and a business executive. In a series of letters, addressed to people of influence from Helen Zille to Gwede Mantashe and from Revd Ray McCauley to Steve Hofmeyr, Tabane praises for work well done and castigates for poor judgement.

Let’s Talk Frankly tells some home truths in a satirical sense and is meant to offend sensibilities as well as raise things that people often say around dinner
tables but are too afraid or too constrained to say in the open.

The Woman Who Walked in SunshineThe Woman Who Walked in Sunshine, by Alexander McCall Smith
Jonathan Ball
Fiction

The new Botswana book from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, this is Mma Ramotswe’s 16th wonderful adventure.

Mma Ramotswe is not one to sit about. Her busy life gives her little time for relaxation (apart from the drinking of tea, of course, which is another matter altogether). Nonetheless, she is persuaded to take a holiday from the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

But Mma Ramotswe finds it impossible to resist the temptation to follow the cases taken on by her business partner, Mma Makutsi, and to interfere in them – at one remove. This leads her to delve into the past of a man whose reputation has been called into question.

The Food of LoveThe Food of Love: Book 1, Laura’s Story, by Prue Leith
Jonathan Ball
Fiction

The first installment of an epic three-volume multi-generational family saga by award-winning restaurateur Prue Leith.

The novels centre around an Anglo/Italian family that founds a restaurant business, from the 1940s to the present day. Television rights for the series have already been optioned.

Leith was born in South Africa, and is a cook, restaurateur, food writer and businesswoman. After publishing 12 cookbooks she changed tack and has now authored five contemporary romance novels. She lives in London.

nullSugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez, Craig Bartholomew Strydom and Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman
Penguin
Non-fiction

The fascinating story of the American musician who was famous in South Africa and Australia, but unknown anywhere else … until the Oscar-winning documentary.

Based on the authors’ first-hand knowledge, Sugar Man: The Birth, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez carefully outlines three separate journeys and the obstacles and triumphs that each presented: Rodriguez’s quest to make a life from music and his subsequent failure; the odyssey of two Rodriguez fans to find out what had happened to their hero; and the pursuit of die-hard filmmaker Bendjelloul to bring the story to celluloid, and his untimely death shortly thereafter.

The book covers topics and events that weren’t included in the film: the story of Rodriquez’s two wives, his tours to Australia in 1979 and 1981, his South African, British and American tours after the 1998 concert that forms the film’s climax, and events subsequent to the film itself.

Taking to the Witness Stand, by Jestina Mukoko
KMM Review Publishing
Non-fiction

Jestina Mukoko is a former Zimbabwean broadcast journalist turned a human rights activist, who was incarcerated in 2008 and “disappeared” by the Zimbabwe government.

Told through flashbacks intertwined with information related to her childhood, her family and her work at the Zimbabwe Peace Project, Mukoko’s recollections give a birds-eye view of the social, economic and political situation during one of the most turbulent and repressive times in Zimbabwe’s history.

nullWhen Time Fails, by Marilyn Cohen de Villiers
Fiction

The follow-up to A Beautiful Family, When Time Fails is set on a farm in South Africa during the death throes of the apartheid era and the emergence of the “new” South Africa.

The book follows Annamari and her family as they struggle to come to terms with a changing world and the past she has kept hidden for decades.

 
 
 
OCTOBER

nullMatric Rage by Genna Gardini
uHlanga New Poets
Poetry

uHlanga is proud to announce the launch of the uHlanga New Poets series, a platform for the publication of debut collections from South Africa’s most promising young voices.

Genna Gardini, based in Cape Town, is one of South Africa’s most decorated young poets and playwrights. She is the winner of the 2012 DALRO/New Coin Award for poetry, and a 2013 Mail & Guardian Young South African. Her plays WinterSweet (2012) and Scrape (2013) both won Standard Bank Ovation Awards at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

Supported by a grant from the Arts and Culture Trust, uHlanga New Poets will publish two debut collections in 2015: Matric Rage and Failing Maths and My Other Crimes by Thabo Jijana.

nullFailing Maths and My Other Crimes by Thabo Jijana
uHlanga New Poets
Poetry

Thabo Jijana, based in Port Elizabeth, is a rising star in South African literature. In 2011, he won the Anthony Sampson Foundation Award. In 2014, he won the Sol Plaatje/European Union Poetry Award. That same year, he also published his first book, the memoir Nobody’s Business, published by Jacana.

nullGridlocked, by Moeletsi and Nobantu Mbeki
Pan Macmillan
Non-fiction

“The reorganisation of South Africa’s economic system cannot, however, be postponed indefinitely as conflicts in the economic system are already threatening to undo the gains made with the new political system. This should come as no surprise since South Africa’s economic system has always generated major conflicts, many of them extremely violent.” – From Gridlocked

South Africa is immersed in a new phase in the long struggle to develop and consolidate democracy and to build an economy that is both sustainable and serves the needs of its entire people instead of the selfish interests of small elites as has been the case over the past 360 years. Moeletsi and Nobantu Mbeki explore the different dynamics of this reinvention and its chances of success or failure.

nullRecipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery, by Sally Andrew
Umuzi
Fiction

Meet Tannie Maria: She’s 50-something, short and soft (perhaps a bit too soft in the wrong places) with brown curls and untidy Afrikaans. She is also the agony aunt for the local paper, the Klein Karoo Gazette. One day, her life takes a sinister turn when a woman in the area is murdered and she becomes entangled in the investigation…

Warm, poignant and entertaining, Sally Andrew’s delightful heroine blends together intrigue, romance and cooking in this irresistible new mystery, complete with a few mouth-watering recipes.

Recipes for Love and Murder includes 14 tried-and-tested Karoo recipes.

nullGlowfly Dance, by Jade Gibson
Umuzi
Fiction

Glowfly Dance is a lyrical and poignant tale of family trauma, seen through the eyes of a child.

Through young Mai’s eyes, life is enchanting and full of beauty. She dances on her grandfather’s feet while he talks of freedom. But the world is hard and her mother is struggling. When her new stepfather Rashid arrives, he casts a deep shadow over their lives …

From Mexico to Scotland to London to North Africa, the West Indies and back again, Glowfly Dance is a powerful and haunting story of migration, resilience and, ultimately, hope.

Earlier versions of Glowfly Dance were shortlisted for the 2010 Dundee International Book Prize for an unpublished debut novel, and the 2011 Virginia Prize for Fiction.

nullChaka, by Thomas Mofolo
Kwela
Fiction

Thomos Mofolo’s Chaka is the first of many works of literature that take Shaka, the great Zulu leader, as its subject. A mythic retelling of Shaka’s rise and fall, the novel was written in Sesotho in 1909, translated in 1931, and forms the foundation for every subsequent telling of the Shaka legend. Chaka is a study of origins, passion, and uncontrollable ambition leading to the moral destruction of the human character.

nullParole: Collected Speeches, by Breyten Breytenbach
Penguin
Fiction

Breyten Breytenbach is hailed in South Africa and internationally as an influential writer and critical thinker. Parole is a collection of some of his most memorable and poignant speeches, which, through their resonating subject matter, continue to light literary, political and philosophical fires.

The speeches in Parole, many of which have not been published before, will provide valuable insights into the mind of a literary icon. Available in Afrikaans as Parool.

nullI Ran for My Life, by Kabelo Mabalane with Nechama Brodie
Pan Macmillan
Non-fiction (Biography)

Kabelo Mabalane, known by his stage name as Kabelo or “Bouga Luv”, is a kwaito musician, songwriter and actor. He was a member of the kwaito trio TKZee.

In I Ran for My Life, South Africa’s number one self-proclaimed “pantsula for life” shares his journey and insights, from the highs and lows of drug addiction, to finding hope and life again through running and staying in shape.

nullCrashed, by Melinda Ferguson
Jacana Media
Non-fiction (Memoir)

To celebrate her 14-year clean and sober birthday, Ferguson organises to take a R3.2 million Ferrari California out on a test drive for the day. 20 minutes before she returns the car, she is involved in a spectacular car crash, during which she experiences a near-death collision.

Over the following months her long-term relationship implodes and she is faced with a litany of legal and financial nightmares as a result of the Ferrari being written off, while certain members of the dog-eat-dog motoring journo industry relish in her downfall.

Written in Ferguson’s trademark gritty tell-it-all and often hilarious style, Crashed is the highly anticipated final book of the three-part memoir trilogy, following in South African bestsellers Smacked (2005) and Hooked (2010).
 
 
NOVEMBER

What if there were no whites in South Africa?, by Ferial Haffajee
Pan Macmillan
Non-fiction

In What if there were no whites in South Africa? Ferial Haffajee examines South Africa’s history and its present circumstances and dynamics in the light of a provocative question that yields some thought-provoking analysis for the country.

Ferial Haffajee is highly respected as one of South Africa’s thought leaders and commentators. She effectively uses her media platform to raise and discuss issues pertinent to the state of the nation. Before becoming the editor-in-chief at City Press, Haffajee headed up the Mail & Guardian. She sits on the boards of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the World Editors Forum, the International Press Institute and the Inter Press Service, and she has won several awards, including international ones, related to media freedom and independence as well as for her reporting over the years.

nullFlame in the Snow: The Love Letters of André Brink & Ingrid Jonker, by André Brink & Ingrid Jonker
Umuzi
Non-fiction

More than 50 years on, the poignant, often stormy relationship between Ingrid Jonker and André Brink still grips readers’ imaginations.

In December 2014, three months before his death on 6 February 2015, Brink offered these never-before-seen letters, as well as personal photographs, for publication.

The letters provide astonishing new insights into the minds, writing and legendary love affair of two of South Africa’s greatest writers. Umuzi will be publishing a limited, numbered edition in Afrikaans and in English to coincide with the publication of this collection.

nullKarkloof Blue, by Charlotte Otter
Modjaji Books
Fiction

Greenwashing, corporate intransigence and bloody secrets. Maggie Cloete’s back. After working in Berlin and Joburg, she returns to present-day Pietermaritzburg as the day news editor for The Gazette. When a well-known environmentalist commits suicide, Maggie finds herself caught in the crossfire of conflicting interests. Sentinel, a national paper company, intends to log a piece of natural forest in the Karkloof, home to an endangered butterfly. While her brother joins a group of environmental activists determined to stop the logging at any cost, The Gazette itself is ensnared in complicated negotiations with Sentinel over paper prices. When the loggers unearth a gruesome find in the forest, Maggie discovers a litany of secrets, lies and betrayal. As South Africa’s present confronts its past, Maggie herself faces the most bitter surprise of her life.

nullThe Score, HJ Golakai
Kwela
Fiction

The Score is the follow-up to the internationally acclaimed The Lazarus Effect.

Voinjama Johnson, aka Vee, has been banished. And to Oudtshoorn, of all places … and for what? For daring to do her job, for daring to be an investigative reporter. Luckily for Vee, and her ever-faithful sidekick Chlöe – and unluckily for everyone else – they are barely checked in to their lodge when the first body is discovered. Sex, drugs and BEE (or should that be B-BBEE), The Score is an unflinching romp through what remains of the dream of the rainbow nation …

nullUnnatural Relations, Casey B Dolan
Kwela
Fiction

All psychiatrists have a patient that gets under their skin. For Dr Felicity Sloane, forensic psychiatrist, Archie Ferber is that patient. Archie seemingly only needed one thing to make his life complete – a child. And Hannah was born. But somehow it all went wrong and now Archie is on trial in South Africa for murdering the surrogate. Unnatural Relations is the follow-up to the internationally acclaimed When the Bough Breaks.

nullJustice Served: The Trial and Conviction of Bob Hewitt, Jamaine Krige
Zebra
Non-fiction

The fascinating legal account of how a sporting legend was brought to book by his victims, 30 years later.

In 2012 former Grand Slam tennis champion Bob Hewitt was indefinitely suspended following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct from women he coached as girls. On 23 March 2015, Hewitt was found guilty of two counts of rape and one of sexual assault after a watershed trial.

Jamaine Krige was the court reporter from the start of the trial and has conducted extensive interviews with all the relevant parties.

nullAB: The Autobiography, by AB de Villiers
Pan Macmillan
Non-fiction

AB de Villiers is one of South Africa’s most celebrated sporting heroes. He has captained the national ODI team since June 2011, and has been a member of the national team for 11 years since his debut test as a 20-year-old in December 2004. AB has excelled on the sporting field throughout his life and today he is considered one of the leading batsmen in the world in all forms of the game.

AB: The Autobiography will cover key events and influences that have shaped his life and career, and AB will offer access to the man behind the bat and beneath the helmet, exploring career-defining moments, on-and-off the field events and his relationship with various mentors. The autobiography will also explore AB’s interests in music and business and how he pursues these alongside his international cricket career.
 
 
DECEMBER

Zakes MdaLittle Suns, by Zakes Mda
Umuzi
Fiction

Zakes Mda’s new novel, a work of historical fiction titled Little Suns, will be published by Umuzi in 2015.

Little Suns intertwines an unusual love story with little-told, brutal history.

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Great Line-up for the 2015 McGregor Poetry Festival (27 – 30 August)

 
The third installment of the annual McGregor Poetry Festival will be taking place from Thursday, 27 August, to Sunday, 30 August. With a strong line-up of both well-established poets and newcomers, it promises to be another great event.

The small village of McGregor is already preparing to welcome poets and poetry-lovers with superb red wine, log fires, cosy venues and excellent restaurants.

Banquet at BrabazanWorthyHeavenHomegrownThese are the Lies I Told You
Ecological IntelligenceMede-weteSynapseKop op \'n blokStrange Fruit

 
This year, the McGregor Poetry Festival line-up includes Patricia Schonstein, Kerry Hammerton, Helen Moffett, Colleen Higgs, Antjie Krog, Harry Owen, Douglas Reid Skinner, Christine Coates, Hugh Hodge, Mavis Vermaak, Marguerite van der Merwe, Ansa Smit, Genna Gardini, Ian McCallum, Philip de Vos and many other wonderful poets.

The programme details have not been released yet, but will be available here, soon.

Watch a video of some of the highlights from last year’s festival:

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#STBooks: It Won’t Be Nice To All Be from Venus, by Ben Williams

Wild LawBy Ben Williams for The Sunday Times

One thing I learned during three days of environmental training with Al ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Gore last month is that we greenies are a reading bunch. Problem is, we’re reading the wrong books.

Gore prowled the stage at the Sandton Convention Centre for hours at a time, putting it to us, like Barry Roux reincarnated as an eco-warrior, that our version of the future and what’s really going to happen – unless we reduce our dependence on oil and coal smartly – are wildly divergent affairs.

For me, the simplest, most head-clearing explanation of how we are tending to our own gangrenous ruin – the rot’s above the knee, by now – came with Gore’s comparison of our planet and its twin, Venus. The two have roughly the same amount of carbon, but while most of the Earth’s is buried, most of Venus’ is in its atmosphere. As a consequence, the surface temperature on Venus is hotter than Mercury’s – which is twice as close to the sun. By burning oil and coal – moving carbon from the ground to the air – we’re steadily turning Earth into Venus.

I met three women at the training who, in keeping with the pop-psych book joke of the hour, most definitely didn’t care to be known as ‘from Venus’. Amukelani Mayimele attended the training because she wants to inject climate change discourse into the pan-African policy conferences she attends as a youth organiser. Tessa Brock, a recent advertising graduate, sees an opportunity to kickstart green-friendly communications and is involved in the Sustain our Africa summit to be held in October. Khadija Sanusi witnessed destructive flooding in her native Nigeria last Eid, which spurred her to learn the basics of global warming, so she can teach them back home.

Like the others I met in Sandton, all three are avid readers, busy with authors as diverse as Darwin and Baldacci. If you combined the reading lists of the 700 delegates into one, in fact, you’d have a recipe for weeks of pleasure and stimulation.

But only rarely during the conference did I hear about ‘green’ books. And the two in particular I think everyone should read weren’t mentioned at all. So here’s a plea to Amukelani, Tessa, Khadija and anyone else who wants to save the planet: make space on your bedside table for Cormac Cullinan and Edward Abbey.

Cullinan, who practices law in Cape Town, has written one of the most influential green books in a generation. It’s called Wild Law. Its simple, revolutionary premise is that, just as people and companies have rights, so should nature. Given the legal right, for example, to exist, nature could be the appellant in a suit to halt the construction of the coal-burning Medupi power plant. Barry Roux representing, my lady. I put it to you that it would be quite the consciousness-raising courtroom drama.

Abbey’s novel, meanwhile, The Monkey Wrench Gang, is perhaps the second most important green book in history, after Thoreau’s Walden – a bestseller that changed how people think about taking on the system. Its band of merry saboteurs cause all manner of pro-Earth havoc, pouring sand in the petrol tanks of construction vehicles, defacing billboards and blowing up dams. They’re a special bunch; and because the fiction was based on real events, you close the book with a gleam in your eye.

So there you have it: law and disorder, two factors present in almost every social struggle (including the one against apartheid, ahem), in two fascinating reads. Why not find a copy and glean some ideas? To quote Thoreau – and Gore: it’s Now. Or never.

- @benrwms

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Penny Haw Reviews If Trees Could Talk: Meg’s Guide to Bushveld Trees by Megan Emmett

If Trees Could TalkVerdict: carrot

Baobabs are unmistakable in their appearance. Enormous, mushroom-shaped trees with bulging trunks and branches that dominate the skyline in northern parts of SA, they are particularly prevalent in Limpopo and are said grow for as long as 4,000 years.

Myth has it that a hyena, disgruntled about having been the last animal to receive seeds to plant on earth from the gods, sowed the tree upside down. In other words, the fat, bare branches you see in winter are actually the tree’s roots.

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