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Book Bites: 22 July

Published in the Sunday Times

When Morning Comes
***
Arushi Raina, Jacana, R195

This fictionalised account of the lead up to the student uprising in June 1976 is relayed through the experience of four central characters. And it is gripping. Raina has managed to bring to life one of the most painful episodes in our history in a way that neither detracts from nor glamorises the time. All the characters will stay with you. There’s Zanele, the wilful leader and daughter of a domestic worker; Meena, the curious observer and daughter of an Indian shopkeeper; Jack, the white boy from the ’burbs; and Thabo, the schoolboy-turned-tsotsi.

Each take their turn in narrating the reality of their surroundings and how their lives and that of their families and friends are affected by the apartheid government, and the chain of events that is set in motion leading to the student uprising. Zodwa Kumalo @Zoddies

White Houses
*****
Amy Bloom, Granta, R285

There is a hefty disclaimer at the start of this book and another at the end of it, both stating that even though the story features real historical figures, everything in it is entirely fictional. This double warning is clearly meant to stop readers from being beguiled by the Eleanor Roosevelt presented by her lover Lorena Hickok, and to prevent us from warming to the eloquent, acerbic “Hick” herself.

It doesn’t work. White Houses is far too well written to allow for that sort of distance to be maintained. It grabs your throat from the first line – “No love like old love” – and holds on until the delicate Gatsbyesque glitter of the ending. In public, Roosevelt was a remarkable woman who should have been US president instead of her charming rogue of a husband. In private, she was a siren in blue, lovely and unattainable as a comet.

Hick carefully unfolds their story with mesmerising elegance, her pain cushioned by pragmatism. Of course none of it really happened, as it says in the disclaimers. But you will still live through every moment of it with them. Sue de Groot @deGrootS1

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Lowveld Book Festival 2018: Save the date!

Via Allison Cooper

The Lowveld Book Festival is fast-becoming a not-to-be-missed event on literary calendars across South Africa!

It’s time to save the dates in your diary as this year’s festival will take place at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, in White River, on 18 and 19 August 2018, whilst the business breakfast and outreach activities will take place on Friday 17 August.

This year visitors can look forward to a host of interesting authors, including two of the youngest authors Stacey Fru (11- years-old) and Michelle Nkamankeng (10-years-old),Tony Park, Dudu Busani-Dube, Mercy Dube, Tracy Going, Amy Heydenrych, Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, Mike Mills, Gus Mills, Maruping Phepheng, James Styan, Richard Steyn, Fred Khumalo, Rehana Rossouw, Steven Sidley, Kate Sidley, Ronnie Kasrils, Dr Gerrit Haarhoff, Prof Peter Delius, Peter Harris, Menzi Mkhonza, Sandy and Tony Ferrar, Sahm Venter, Vimla Naidoo, Dr Salomon Joubert, Walter Thornhill, Adam Cruise and we are very honoured to have Archbishop Thabo Makgoba as well.

Adam Cruise will also be one of the facilitators and will be joined by Lowveld Living’s Nicky Manson and renowned local author Jayne Bauling as well as Bobo Lukhele, news editor at the SABC in Mpumalanga and Alison Lowry who is the ex-CEO of Penguin Publishers and an independent editor.

A balanced programme is on the cards, including poetry, workshops, kids’ corner and story-time for youngsters, panel discussions, historical Lowveld literature, nature lovers’ presentations, interviews with authors, youth literature, a book club segment, a cooking demonstration, a locally written and produced movie as well as the South African Music Show put on by the CMDA which will include well-known songs by some of our best loved local musicians.

South African authors will be selling and autographing their latest publications and authors will be slotted into events to ensure interesting discussions that grapple with the issues confronting South African literature and reading.

The Lowveld Book Festival is a multi-cultural event that encourages a love of reading and acknowledges the role played by writers and poets in society. The 2018 Lowveld Book Festival will again reach out to surrounding rural schools to expose children to the joy of stories and reading; encourage teenagers to read more, whether electronic or printed books; and to support local writers and illustrators through workshops hosted by published authors.

The full programme is being finalised and information about ticket sales will be available from the end of June at www.lowveldbookfestival.co.za. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or email lowveldbookfestival@gmail.com.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tracy Going and Nozizwe Cynthia Jele are two authors festival goers can look forward to!


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Open Book Festival announces first group of authors

Via Open Book Festival

Throwback to a panel discussion at Open Book Fest 2016. ©Retha Ferguson

 
The first group of authors has been announced for the eighth Open Book Festival taking place from 5 to 9 September this year.

Brought to you by the Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre, Open Book Festival offers a world-class selection of book launches, panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses, readings, performances, and more. The festival also hosts the popular Comics Fest, #cocreatePoetica and various children’s and outreach programmes. Venues for the event include the Fugard Theatre, District Six Homecoming Centre, the A4 Arts Foundation, and The Book Lounge in Cape Town, and are all within walking distance of one another. Selected events will also take place outside the city centre, such as at Elsies River Library and Molo Mhlaba School.

Open Book Festival has established itself as one of the most innovative literature festivals in South Africa. It has twice been shortlisted for the London Book Fair Excellence Awards. Last year, nearly 10 000 people attended the festival’s record 140 events, with ticket sales from previous years surpassed in the first two days. Open Book Festival is committed to creating a platform to celebrate South African writers, as well as hosting top international authors. The festival strives to instill a love of reading among young attendees, with the programme designed to engage, entertain and inspire conversations among festival goers long after the event.

“We are once again compiling a phenomenal line up of authors, across a wide range of genres, to join us at the festival,” says Festival Director Mervyn Sloman. “We’ve put together a short preview of some of the authors joining us, to help plan your reading.”

The international authors include:

Author: Lesley Arimah (Nigeria / USA)
Books include: What it Means when a Man Falls from the Sky
Why we’re excited: Lesley has been a finalist for the Caine Prize and a winner of the African Commonwealth Short Story Prize among other honors. She was selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 and her debut collection What it Means when a Man Falls from the Sky won the 2017 Kirkus Prize.

Author: Jonas Bonnier (Sweden) joining us courtesy of the Swedish Embassy
Books include: The Helicopter Heist, Stockholm Odenplan
Why we’re excited: Jonas Bonnier is a novelist, screenwriter and journalist. His latest book, The Helicopter Heist is a gripping suspense thriller about the Västberga helicopter robbery. It has been sold to 34 territories.

Author: David Chariandy (Canada) joining us courtesy of Canada Council of the Arts
Books include: Brother, Soucouyant
Why we’re excited: David Chariandy won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2017 for Brother. The Guardian UK described it as ‘breathtaking…compulsive, brutal and flawless’. David’s debut novel, Soucouyant, received nominations from eleven literary awards juries.

Author: Anna Dahlqvist (Sweden)
Books include: It’s Only Blood
Why we’re excited: Anna Dahlqvist is a leading voice writing about women’s and girls’ rights. She is editor-in-chief of Ottar, a Swedish magazine focusing on sexuality, politics, society and culture.

Author: Nicole Dennis-Benn (Jamaica/USA) with thanks to the University of Stellenbosch for assisting with her joining us
Books include: Here Comes the Sun
Why we’re excited: Her debut novel, Here Comes The Sun, received a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a NPR Best Books of 2016, an Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Entertainment Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016, a BuzzFeed Best Literary Debuts of 2016, among others.

Author: Guy Deslisle (Canada) joining us courtesy of Canada Council of the Arts
Books include: Hostage, Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China, Burma Chronicles, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City
Why we’re excited: Guy Deslisle is a cartoonist and animator, who is acclaimed for his graphic novels about his travels. His most recent book, Hostage, was longlisted for Brooklyn Public Library’s 2017 literary prize.

Author: Frankie Edozien (Nigeria/USA)
Books include: Lives of Great Men
Why we’re excited: Frankie Edozien is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of AFRrican Magazine. Lives of Great Men was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award. The Financial Times called the book ‘a fine contribution to the important work of pursuing equality and social justice on a global scale’

Author: Mariana Enriquez (Argentina) joining us courtesy of the Embassy of Argentina
Books include: Things We Lost in the Fire
Why we’re excited: Stories by Mariana Enriquez have appeared in anthologies of Spain, Mexico, Chile, Bolivia and Germany. The New York Times Book Review called Things We Lost in the Fire, ‘[P]ropulsive and mesmerizing, laced with vivid descriptions of the grotesque…and the darkest humor’.

Author: Aminatta Forna (Scotland/Sierra Leone/USA)
Books include: Happiness, The Hired Man, The Memory of Love.
Why we’re excited: Aminatta Forna’s award-winning work has been translated into eighteen languages. Her essays have appeared in Freeman’s, Granta, The Guardian, LitHub, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, The Observer and Vogue. She has written stories for BBC radio and written and presented television documentaries.

Author: Adam Smyer (USA)
Books include: Knucklehead
Why we’re excited: Adam Smyer’s debut novel Knucklehead is a refreshingly honest, fierce, intelligent, and often hilarious read.

“By setting his novel in the ’90s, Smyer, has crafted some brutal deja vu. As Marcus reflects on Rodney King, the Million Man March and the Oklahoma City bombing, we think of Freddie Gray, Black Lives Matter and school shootings that have become a way of life… Here we are more than 20 years on, and it’s only gotten worse. We should all be furious.” San Francisco Chronicle

Author: Mariko Tamaki (Canada) joining us courtesy of the Canada Council of the Arts
Books include: Skim, Emiko Superstar, This One Summer.
Why we’re excited: Mariko Tamaki is an acclaimed graphic novelist and author. In 2016 she began writing for both Marvel and DC Comics.

“A key objective of Open Book Festival is to celebrate the wealth of South African talent,” says Sloman. “We have a selection of the most insightful minds and compelling storytellers joining us. Here are a few.”

“We are looking forward to The Last Sentence, a psychological thriller and the debut novel from Tumelo Buthelezi and also to welcoming Ijangolet S Ogwang, whose novel An Image in a Mirror, is a richly told African coming-of-age story.”

Clinton Chauke’s Born in Chains: The Diary of an Angry ‘Born Free’ is a story of hope, where, even in a sea of poverty, there are those that refuse to give up and, ultimately, succeed. Journalist Rebecca Davis, author of Best White and Other Anxious Delusions will talk about her new memoir and journey on a spiritual quest.

Sorry, Not Sorry author Haji Dawjee joins us to discuss this revealing experience of moving through post-Apartheid South Africa as a woman of colour. “We are delighted to welcome back Judith February of the Institute for Security Studies, and author Pumla Dineo Gqola, whose book Reflecting Rogue was the best selling title at last year’s Festival,” says Sloman.

Nozizwe Jele has recently released her new novel, The Ones With Purpose. Happiness is a Four-Letter Word was Jele’s debut novel and won the Best First Book category (Africa region) in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2011, as well as the 2011 M-Net Literary Award in the Film category. Playwright and theatre director Craig Higginson whose novels include The Dream House also joins the line-up to talk about his new novel, The White Room.

Siya Khumalo’s debut memoir, You Have to be Gay to Know God, is a powerful book dealing with gay identity. In Becoming Him, Landa Mabenge explores his own journey that includes being the first transgender man in South Africa to successfully force a medical aid to pay for his surgeries.

The Blessed Girl by Angela Makholwa sees an unraveling of the life that ambitious, social climber Bontle Tau was aiming for. Makholwa’s previous books include Black Widow Society, The 30th Candle and Red Ink. The Gold Diggers is the latest novel by Sue Nyathi (The Polygamist).It is a simultaneously heart-breaking and heart-warming chronicle of immigrant experiences.

Singer-songwriter and author Mohale Mashigo (The Yearning) returns to talk about her new collection, Intruders while in Soweto, Under the Apricot Tree, another festival regular Niq Mhlongo brings the complexities of Soweto to life on the page.

Zuki Wanner’s books include Men of the South which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize Africa Region for Best Book; London – Cape Town – Joburg and children’s book Refilwe. Her recent Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts explores the politics of nations, and the ‘burden’ of travelling on an African passport.

SAPS Major General Jeremy Vearey also joins us to talk about Jeremy Vannie Elsies which chronicles his journey of growing up in Elsies River, from rough-and-tumble youngster to the head of the anti-gang unit in the Western Cape. Along the way he mastered the Communist Manifesto in Afrikaans, joined MK, and was sent to Robben Island for his role in the struggle.

The eighth Open Book Festival will take place from 5 to 9 September at the Fugard Theatre, D6 Homecoming Centre, The A4 Arts Foundation and The Book Lounge from 10:00 to 21:00 each day. For further information and the full programme, which will be available in early August, visit www.openbookfestival.co.za

Bookings can be made at Webtickets: www.webtickets.co.za

Open Book Festival is organised in partnership with the Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum, The A4 Arts Foundation, The Townhouse Hotel, Novus Holdings, The French Institute, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Embassy of Sweden, The Embassy of Argentina, The Dutch Foundation for Literature, UCT Creative Writing Department, University of Stellenbosch English Department and Central Library and is sponsored by Leopards Leap, Open Society Foundation, Pan Macmillan, NB Publishers, Jonathan Ball and Penguin Random House.

An Image in a Mirror

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Born in Chains

 
 
 
 
 
Best White and Other Anxious Delusions

 
 
 
 

Sorry, Not Sorry

 
 
 
 

Reflecting Rogue

 
 
 
 

The Ones With Purpose

 
 
 
 

The Blessed Girl

 
 
 
 
 
The Gold Diggers

 
 
 
 
 
The Yearning

 
 
 
 
 
Soweto, Under the Apricot Tree

 
 
 
 
Jeremy vannie Elsies


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Kingsmead Book Fair programme and authors announced!

Authors, editors, poets and publishers will congregate at Kingsmead College on Saturday 12 May from 8:30 AM to 6 PM for the seventh annual Kingsmead Book Fair.

Bibliophiles can expect an assortment of literary discussions including deliberations on political unrest in South Africa, culinary conversations with some of South Africa’s most prolific food-writers, and the mysterious processes authors go through to get their stories onto the page.

Authors you can look forward to include Achmat Dangor (Bitter Fruit, Dikeledi), Sisonke Msimang (Always Another Country), Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ (Stay With Me), Claire Bisseker (On the Brink), Fred Khumalo (Bitches’ Brew), Fred Strydom (The Inside-Out Man), Glynnis Breytenbach (Rule of Law), Gregg Hurwitz (HellBent), Ishay Govender-Ypma (Curry), Kate Mosse (The Burning Chambers), Jacques Pauw (The President’s Keepers), Sally Partridge (Mine), Zinzi Clemmons (What We Lose), Pumla Dineo-Gqola (Reflecting Rogue), Redi Tlhabi (Khwezi), Tracy Going (Brutal Legacy), Rehana Rossouw (New Times), Peter Harris (Bare Ground), Mandy Wiener (Killing Kebble), and many, many more…

Kingsmead Book Fair supports numerous literary projects across the country, encouraging and instilling a love of reading and contributing to South African literacy rates across the board. The Link Reading Programme, Alexandra Education Committee, Sparrow Schools, Read to Rise, and St Vincent’s School for the Deaf are all supported by this singular book fair.

The full programme for this year’s fair is available here.

Tickets can be purchased online via WebTickets.

‘Til May 12th!

Bitter Fruit

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Dikeledi

 
 
 

Always Another Country

 
 
 

Stay With Me

 
 
 

On the Brink

 
 
 

Bitches' Brew

 
 
 

The Inside-Out Man

 
 
 

Rule of Law

 
 
 

HellBent

 
 
 

The Burning Chambers

 
 
 

The President's Keeper

 
 
 

Mine

 
 
 

What We Lose

 
 
 

Reflecting Rogue

 
 
 

Khwezi

 
 
 

Brutal Legacy

 
 
 

New Times

 
 
 

Bare Ground

 
 
 

Killing Kebble


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Sunday Times Literary Awards Longlist 2018 announced

Announcing the longlists for South Africa’s most prestigious annual literary awards, the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, in association with Porcupine Ridge. The shortlists will be announced in May.

BARRY RONGE FICTION PRIZE

This is the 18th year of the Sunday Times fiction prize, named for Barry Ronge, the arts commentator who was one of the founders of our literary awards. The criteria stipulate that the winning novel should be one of “rare imagination and style . . . a tale so compelling as to become an enduring landmark of contemporary fiction”.

“South African novelists have once again demonstrated their creative power. This year’s longlist invites the reader to tussle with uncomfortable questions of politics, loss, greed, mythology, heroism and trauma.

Vivid storytelling and unflinching characterization help us to explore vulnerabilities in our quest for love, justice, kindness and compassion. What particularly stands out this year is the inspiration drawn from the complicated relationship between fact and fiction. Some of the authors deftly draw us in to grapple with contemporary South African issues of rampant corruption, devastating greed, and gender disparity. Others bravely take us on a tour of an unkind history and give us a new lens through which to examine our reflections.

Many of the stories are deeply personal, allowing the reader to resonate, on a human level, with the characters’ innermost fears, secret fantasies and their darkest sins. The novels will compel you to examine your humanity, question your unease and define your aspirations. The longlist lays bare the complex and confused time we live in. What an incredible joy and honour to have delighted in these stories that pierce at our hearts. It is going to be very difficult to choose one winner.” - Africa Melane

LONGLIST

Selling LipService, Tammy Baikie (Jacana Media)

Grace, Barbara Boswell (Modjaji Books)

A Handful of Earth, Simon Bruinders (Penguin Books)

Softness of the Lime, Maxine Case (Umuzi)

Dikeledi, Achmat Dangor (Picador Africa)

Accident, Dawn Garisch (Modjaji Books)

Bare Ground, Peter Harris, (Picador Africa)

I am Pandarus, Michiel Heyns (Jonathan Ball Publishers)

A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg, Harry Kalmer (Penguin)

Dancing the Death Drill, Fred Khumalo (Umuzi)

Asylum, Marcus Low (Picador Africa)

The Blessed Girl, Angela Makholwa (Pan Macmillan)

Johannesburg, Fiona Melrose (Little, Brown)

If I Stay Right Here, Chwayita Ngamlana (Blackbird Books)

The Last Stop, Thabiso Mofokeng (Blackbird Books)

The Third Reel, SJ Naudé (Umuzi)

Unpresidented, Paige Nick (B&N)

Imitation, Leonhard Praeg (UKZN Press)

Bird-Monk Seding, Lesego Rampolokeng (Deep South)

New Times, Rehana Rossouw (Jacana Media)

The Camp Whore, Francois Smith – translated by Dominique Botha (Tafelberg)

Spire, Fiona Snyckers (Clockwork Books)

Son/Seun, Neil Sonnekus (MF Books Joburg)

A Gap in the Hedge, Johan Vlok Louw (Umuzi)

The Shallows, Ingrid Winterbach – translated by Michiel Heyns (Human & Rousseau)

JUDGES

Africa Melane – Chair

Melane is the host of the Weekend Breakfast Show on CapeTalk. He is also an ambassador for LeadSA, an initiative of Primedia Broadcasting and Independent Newspapers. Melane studied accounting at the University of Cape Town and did articles at PwC. He then went on to teach a professional development course to first-year students in the faculty of health sciences at the University of Cape Town. Melane is the chairman of MODILA, a trust that offers educational programmes to raise awareness and provides training in design, innovation, entrepreneurship and art studies. He also serves on the board of Cape Town Opera, Africa’s premier opera company.
 
 
Kate Rogan

Rogan is the owner of Love Books, an independent book shop in Johannesburg. Rogan has a degree in English from the University of Cape Town and a post-graduate degree English (Hons) from Stellenbosch University, where she studied under Michiel Heyns. She started her working life as a copywriter at 702, then moved into publishing where she was a commissioning editor at Zebra Press in its early days. She moved back to radio as a producer and for many years produced The Book Show for Jenny Crwys-Williams. In 2009 she started Love Books.
 
 
 

Ken Barris

Barris is a writer, book critic, NRF-rated academic, poet and keen photographer. His work has been translated into Turkish, Danish, French, German and Slovenian, and has appeared in about 30 anthologies. He has won various literary awards, including the Ingrid Jonker Prize, the M-Net Book Prize, and most recently, the University of Johannesburg Prize, for his novel Life Underwater. He has published five novels, two collections of poetry, and two collections of short stories. The most recent, The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions, was released last year.
 
 
 
ALAN PATON NON-FICTION AWARD

This is the 29th year the Alan Paton Award will be bestowed on a book that presents “the illumination of truthfulness, especially those forms of it that are new, delicate, unfashionable and fly in the face of power”, and that demonstrates “compassion, elegance of writing, and intellectual and moral integrity”.

“It is inspiring to note that out of the 25 books on a very prestigious long list, eight have been written by women, and as two of the books have been co-authored, it means we have 10 female authors in the running.

Dominant trends this year include corruption and state capture which are probed mercilessly. The Gupta family’s wheeling and dealing as well as the former President Jacob Zuma’s alleged malfeasance come under intense scrutiny from several quarters. There are journeys into the criminal underworld and insights into past and present spy networks that read like thrillers, and a selection of moving biographies and memoirs of courageous struggles by contemporary and historic figures. These intensely personal accounts help us understand the bigger picture. There are also specialist offerings that delve into topics as diverse as regional history, social activism, sport, anthropology and feminism.

Each of the books on the 2018 long list is like a pointer on a road map, illuminating the place in which we now find ourselves. A common thread running through the longlisted books is the question of how on earth did we get here? At the TRC hearings a sentiment repeated like a litany over many months, was that of people just wanting to know what happened. Revenge, compensation or retribution seemed to take a backseat for many testifying. We need to know what happened if we want to shape a solid, healthier future and together these books answer myriad questions about the road we have travelled as a nation.” - Sylvia Vollenhoven

LONGLIST

Spy: Uncovering Craig Williamson, Jonathan Ancer (Jacana Media)

Almost Human: The Astonishing Tale of Homo Naledi, Lee Berger (Jonathan Ball Publishers)

65 Years of Friendship, George Bizos (Umuzi)

Rule of Law: A Memoir, Glynnis Breytenbach with Nechama Brodie (Pan Macmillan)

Reflecting Rogue: Inside the Mind of a Feminist, Pumla Dineo Gqola (MF Books Joburg)

Kingdom, Power, Glory: Mugabe, Zanu and the Quest for Supremacy 1960-87, Stuart Doran (Bookstorm)

Skollie: One Man’s Struggle to Survive by Telling Stories, John W Fredericks (Zebra Press)

No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela, Thandeka Gqubule (Jonathan Ball Publishers)

Being Chris Hani’s Daughter, Lindiwe Hani and Melinda Ferguson (MF Books Joburg)

Get Up! Stand Up! Personal Journeys Towards Social Justice, Mark Heywood (Tafelberg)

A Simple Man: Kasrils and the Zuma Enigma, Ronnie Kasrils (Jacana Media)

Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years, Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa (Pan Macmillan)

Unmasked: Why The ANC Failed to Govern, Khulu Mbatha (KMMR)

Being a Black Springbok: The Thando Manana Story, Sibusiso Mjikeliso (Pan Macmillan)

Democracy & Delusion: 10 Myths in South African Politics, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh (Tafelberg)

Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home, Sisonke Msimang (Jonathan Ball Publishers)

The Republic of Gupta: A Story of State Capture, Pieter-Louis Myburgh (Penguin Books)

The Man Who Founded the ANC: A Biography of Pixley Ka Isaka Seme, Bongani Ngqulunga (Penguin Books)

Colour Me Yellow: Searching for my family truth, Thuli Nhlapo (Kwela)

How to Steal a City: The Battle for Nelson Mandela Bay, Crispian Olver (Jonathan Ball Publishers)

The President’s Keepers: Those Keeping Zuma in Power and Out of Prison, Jacques Pauw (Tafelberg)

Miss Behave, Malebo Sephodi (Blackbird Books)

Hitmen for Hire: Exposing South Africa’s Underworld, Mark Shaw (Jonathan Ball Publishers)

Khwezi: The Remarkable Story Of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, Redi Tlhabi (Jonathan Ball Publishers)

Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit, Hennie van Vuuren (Jacana Media)

JUDGES

Sylvia Vollenhoven – Chair

Vollenhoven is a writer, journalist and filmmaker whose work has won many awards including the 2016 Mbokodo Award for Literature and the Adelaide Tambo Award for Human Rights in the Arts. Vollenhoven was the South African producer for the BBC mini-series Mandela the Living Legend, and is also a Knight Fellow, which is funded by the John S. and James L Knight Foundation with additional support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
 
Edwin Cameron

Cameron has been a Justice of South Africa’s highest court, the Constitutional Court, since 2009. Previously a human rights lawyer, President Mandela appointed him a Judge of the High Court in 1994 and he went on to be a Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal. He was a fierce critic of President Mbeki’s AIDS-denialist policies. Cameron’s memoir Witness to AIDS was joint winner of the Alan Paton Prize in 2005 and his second memoir Justice: A Personal Account won a South African Literary Award in 2014. He has received many honours for his legal and human rights work.
 
 
 
 
 
Paddi Clay

Clay has more than 40 years of experience in the media, covering radio, print, and online journalism. She has a BA Degree in English and Drama from UCT and an MA in Journalism Leadership from the University of Central Lancashire, UK. She has reported for the Rand Daily Mail and Capital Radio, and wrote for the FT and US News and World Report. A life-long campaigner for freedom of expression and a free, independent, media, she spent 15 years as head of the Graduate Journalism Training Programme at what is now Tiso Blackstar and retired in January 2017. She continues to coach and lecture.
 
 
 
 

 
Book details

 
 
 
 
Almost Human

 
 
 
 
65 Years of Friendship

 
 
 
 
Rule of Law

 
 
 
 
Reflecting Rogue

 
 
 
 
Kingdom, power, glory

 
 
 
 
Skollie

 
 
 
 
No Longer Whispering to Power

 
 
 
 
Being Chris Hani's Daughter

 
 
 
 
Get Up! Stand Up!

 
 
 
 
A Simple Man

 
 
 
 
Dare Not Linger

 
 
 
 
Unmasked

 
 
 
 
Being a Black Springbok

 
 
 
 
Democracy and Delusion

 
 
 
 
Always Another Country

 
 
 
 
The Republic of Gupta

 
 
 
 
The Man Who Founded the ANC

 
 
 
 
Colour Me Yellow

 
 
 
 
How To Steal A City

 
 
 
 
The President's Keeper

 
 
 
 
Miss Behave

 
 
 
 
Hitmen for Hire

 
 
 
 
Khwezi

 
 
 
 
Apartheid Guns and Money

 
 
 
 
Selling Lip Service

 
 
 
 
Grace

 
 
 
 
A Handful of Earth

 
 
 
 
Softness of the Lime

 
 
 
 
Dikeledi

 
 
 
 
Accident

 
 
 
 
Bare Ground

 
 
 
 
I am Pandarus

 
 
 
 
A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg

 
 
 
 
Dancing the Death Drill

 
 
 
 
Asylum

 
 
 
 
The Blessed Girl

 
 
 
 
Johannesburg

 
 
 
 
If I Stay Right Here

 
 
 
 
The Last Stop

 
 
 
 
The Third Reel

 
 
 
 
Unpresidented

 
 
 
 
Imitation

 
 
 
 
Bird-Monk Seding

 
 
 
 
New Times

 
 
 
 
The Camp Whore

 
 
 
 
SPIRE

 
 
 
 
Son

 
 
 
 
A Gap in the Hedge

 
 
 
 
The Shallows


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Veteran newsman provides an evocative portrait of a dying era, writes Hamilton Wende of Jeremy Thompson’s autobiography

Published in the Sunday Times
 
Breaking NewsBreaking News
*****
Jeremy Thompson
Biteback Publishing
R385

Jeremy Thompson sits across the table. He loosens his trademark silk presenter’s tie and gives me a warm smile. His relaxed, open approach exposes the real person behind the global fame and the glass curve of the TV screen. A disclaimer: I have worked for other networks alongside Thompson, and always found him to be completely professional, and often downright amusing.

I jumped at the chance to interview him about his newly released autobiography Breaking News, his account of nearly 50 years in the news business. An epic journey from being an apprentice newspaper hack in Britain in the late ’60s, using a red phone booth and a pocketful of two-penny pieces to dictate his stories, to going live as a world famous presenter for Sky News on an iPhone from the streets of Paris in the November 2015 terror attack.

“I liked telling stories and digging around.” He looks at me over his loosened tie and unbuttoned collar. “I was a 16-year-old schoolboy when Kennedy was assassinated. I got hooked then. I wanted to know more.”

When young Jeremy announced his career plans, his father was appalled. An insurance man who had built a solid career, starting in the depths of the Great Depression, he blurted out that only jazz musicians were a worse insurance risk than journalists.

Thompson rose from apprentice newspaper reporter to local radio with BBC Radio Sheffield, where he covered the bitter coal miners’ strikes in the ’70s, the birth of Louise Brown, the first test-tube baby, and the horror of the Yorkshire Ripper.

He joined British network ITN and his world exploded. He and his crews travelled the globe covering news for decades, “often blagging our way onto First Class”. His first major conflict was the violence after Indira Gandhi’s assassination, then on to pro-democracy riots in South Korea, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, then Sri Lanka, Tiananmen Square, a coup in Fiji, the first Gulf War, the release of Nelson Mandela, Bosnia, Kosovo.

“I’ve always followed my nose,” Jeremy says. “And opportunities opened up for me. I’m lucky, I never thought I would get this far.” In 1991 he and his family came to South Africa for ITN. One of his highlights was the 1994 election. “I had been at the Bisho Massacre, and at Boipatong. I had the soil of South Africa under my fingernails, and the blood of some of its residents splashed over me. It was hard not to get emotionally involved watching people here voting for the first time in their lives. I wanted to tell their story.”

The genocide in Rwanda that was occurring at the same time shook Thompson deeply. Yet he says: “I could cope. I could turn what I saw into TV that would hopefully make a difference somewhere down the line. I tried to be objective and fair, tell both sides and work really hard to let the viewer decide.”

Not so easy to achieve today? He looks at me carefully. “No, ISIS has taken things a step beyond. Most stories about Iraq and Syria today use third-hand information. They are still telling the story of what is happening. But you can’t really tell it as an eyewitness, because it’s become a death sentence to go there.”

His book is partly an elegy for a time when journalists were freer to roam the world and tell stories of what they found and who they met. “A lot of news today is a processing plant that is not dealing with first-hand, grassroots stories.”

It’s a great read – often funny along with the darker stories. He writes with an accomplished journalist’s verve and colour. The previous US election was Jeremy’s last big story. “By the end of the Trump election,” he says, “real news was left face down like road kill on the information superhighway.”

His book is an evocative portrait of an era that is dying, but it is a plea for journalists to keep fighting for what he regards as his most important goal: “The viewer’s trust,” he says, “is crucial.” @HamiltonWende

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Vrydag 2 Maart

 

WOMEN OF STEEL: THULI MADONSELA AND GLYNNIS BREYTENBACH
In conversation with Marianne Thamm

Presented by Pan MacMillan
Marianne, a well-known journalist and writer, sits down with two women whose lives are characterised by sheer willpower to pursue the truth. With Thuli’s memoir in the pipeline and Glynnis’ Rule of Law on the shelf, they discuss their formative influences, defining moments and fighting the odds still facing females today.
2 March 10:30
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

ALBERT GRUNDLINGH: ’N EEU IN PERSPEKTIEF
Aangebied deur die Dokumentesentrum, US Biblioteek
Die bekende US historikus vertel meer omtrent sy gedenkboek waarin hy skryf oor beslissend oomblikke en historiese gebeure in die universiteit se eerste 100 jaar. Daarna kan gekyk word na ‘n uitstalling in die Dokumentesentrum.
2 Maart 12:00
90 min | JS Gericke-ouditorium | R50 | R60 by die deur

ELIZE BOTHA AS GESPREKSGENOOT – ’N BRIEWEBOEK
Met Heilna du Plooy en Liesbeth Botha

Aangebied deur Litera
Chris van der Merwe gesels met samesteller Heilna du Plooy en wyle Prof. Elize Botha se dogter, Liesbeth, oor die briewe deur en aan dié geliefde literator en oud-kanselier van die US aan van die bekendste skrywers en letterkundiges van daardie tyd, en wil in besonder weet wat die verantwoordelikheid is wanneer ‘n mens werk met sulke persoonlike korrespondensie.
2 Maart 12:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

#JOERNALISTIEK4.0 – TUSSEN DEMOKRASIE EN DISASTER
Die US se Departement van Joernalistiek vier 40 jaar met ’n gedenkpublikasie, #Joernalistiek4.0, en bespreking oor die stand, die rol en die toekoms van joernalistiek in ons land wat alte veel ossileer tussen demokrasie en ‘n ramp. Kom klink ‘n glas!
2 Maart 15:30
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | Gratis

Saterdag 3 Maart


 

KOM BAK SAAM MET DIE KOKKEDOORTJIES!
Met Martjie Malan

Spesiaal net vir kinders: Kom kuier saam met twee deelnemers aan die Kokkedoortjie TV-reeks en leer bak saam met Martjie Malan, wat haar eie kookskool vir kinders het en medeskrywer was vir die Kokkedoortjie én nuwe Koekedoortjie-reekse. Jou sintuie sal gons, jou vingers sal woel en jou kakebeen sal wikkel! Ingesluit: bakpret met twee heerlike resepte in The Private Hotel School se professionele opleidingskombuis, werk in ‘n span met ‘n maat, eet wat jy bak en neem die res huis toe plus as bonus ‘n verrassingspakkie met geskenkies en ‘n gratis Kokkedoortjie-kookboek ter waarde van R310! Vir ouers wat moet wag, is daar koffie en eetgoed, of ‘n spesiale ontbytdemo – sien Ontbytdemo vir ouers.
3, 10 Maart: 09:00-11:30
150 min | Debut @ The Private Hotel School | R350 (Net 20 plekke vir kinders 9-13 per klas)
 
 
 
ONTBYTDEMO VIR OUERS
Aandag alle ouers van woelige kinders. Terwyl die klein Kokkedoortjies by die Private Hotel School bak en brou, word ’n weglê-ontbyt vir die ouers voorgesit. Die professionele sjefs wys jou hoe ’n ou gunsteling, Eggs Benedict, in ’n japtrap opgetower kan word sonder om op eiers te loop in die kombuis.
3, 10 Maart: 09:00-11:30
150 min | Debut @ The Private Hotel School | R115

KOSDEMO: MARTELIZE KOOK – EN JY’S GENOOI
Aangebied deur Human & Rousseau
Dié RSG-kok was van kindsbeen af die uieskiller vir die Brink-span. En g’n wonder nie – haar pa was dan die potjiekoskoning Matie Brink. Kom kyk, luister en proe aan van haar gunstelingresepte uit haar boek, soos ‘n spesiale beeswangpotjie en kry wenke oor pasta maak.
3 Maart 10:00
60 min | Die Khaya | R70 | R80 by die deur

JACQUES PAUW: THE PRESIDENT’S KEEPERS
Met Pauli van Wyk

Aangebied deur Tafelberg
“Dinamiet”, inligting wat “soos ‘n veldbrand” deur die ANC sal trek, is hoe dié boek voor die tyd beskryf is. En dit was. Jacques, ‘n multibekroonde ondersoekende joernalis, wat die apartheidmoordbendes aan die kaak gestel het en al in Rwanda en Darfoer gewerk het, rig hierin sy soeklig op die skadu-mafiastaat van Zuma en die kabal wat hom in sy plek as Nommer Een hou. In sy boek ontbloot Jacques, deur jare se volgehoue speurwerk, ’n spoor van leuens en kontant, meelopers en spioene tot selfs geheime ontmoetings in Rusland. Daily Maverick se Pauli lei die gesprek.
3 Maart 10:30
60 min | Kruiskerk| R50 | R60 by die deur

SIMON BRUINDERS: DIE DJ
Aangebied deur Naledi
Akteur, dramaturg, skrywer en ontvanger van ‘n Fiësta vir Lewenslange bydrae. Valerie Truter vra Simon uit oor hoe hy dié oorgang gemaak het en sy jongste roman, oor ‘n seun van Zoar wat teen sy wil saam met sy gesin Mitchells Plain toe moet trek ….
3 Maart 10:30
60 min | Bloehomhoek | Gratis

DEON EN KLUUN: ROCK-STERRE IN DIE SKRYWERSWÊRELD
Met Deon Meyer en Ray Kluun

Moontlik gemaak deur SASNEV en Human & Rousseau
Deon Meyer is onlangs vir die Icelandic Noir-toekenning benoem en het al Duitse, Franse en Amerikaanse pryse gewen. Sy Vrou in die blou mantel (weer met Bennie!) was ‘n opdragwerk vir die Amsterdamse Boekeweek. Nederlander Kluun het destyds meer as 1 miljoen eksemplare verkoop van sy debuut – in Engels, Love Life en in Afrikaans, ‘n Vrou gaan dokter toe, en het pas sy vierde roman gepubliseer. Altwee trek skares. Altwee tree wêreldwyd op. Kirby van der Merwe wil weet wat is die voordele, maar ook slaggate van sukses.
3 Maart 12:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

TOM LANOYE: SPRAKELOOS
In gesprek met Kluun

Moontlik gemaak deur SASNEV
Kom kyk na die fliekweergawe deur regisseur Hilde van Mieghem van die Vlaamse Tom Lanoye se roman Sprakeloos. Hierin word vertel van die skrywer se flambojante moeder, wat na ‘n beroerte haar spraak verloor en hoe dit die skrywer aftakel. Ná die fliek gesels Tom en die beroemde Nederlandse skrywer Ray Kluun oor hulle onderskeie ervarings met die verfilming van hulle boeke. Kluun se supertreffer, wat ook in Afrikaans as ‘n Vrou gaan dokter toe verskyn het, is in Nederland verfilm.
3 Maart 13:00 Fliek 15:00 Gesprek met Kluun
100 min Fliek | 60 min Gesprek | Pulp Cinema Neelsie | R40 | R50 by die deur

KOSDEMO: BOEKKLUBS KUIER SÓ
Aangebied deur Quivertree
Dis nie net op TV waar kunstenaars boekklub hou nie. Die bekende Kaapse keramiekkunstenaar Louise Gelderblom wys met The Book Club Cookbook: Eat Your Words hoe 24 jaar se leeskringbyeenkomste haar geleer het enigeen kan stresvry onthaal as jy iets lekkers vroeg kan klaarmaak.
3 Maart 14:00
60 min | Die Khaya | R70 | R80 at the door

REUBEN EN RIANA BY THE JORDAN
’n US Woordfees-aanbieding in samewerking met Stellenbosch Wynroete.
Sjef George Jardine se The Jordan Restaurant is een van dié fynproewersbestemmings in die Boland. Daarom is daar nie ‘n beter plek om die geliefde kospersoonlikheid Reuben Riffel beter te leer ken nie. Kom luister oor ‘n viergangmaaltyd, bedien met die beste wyne en in ‘n restaurant met ‘n uitsig oor die berge, na ‘n gesprek tussen Reuben en die ewe bekende roman- en kosskrywer Riana Scheepers. Die twee sal gesels oor sy jongste boek, Reuben At Home, waarin hy ‘n kosbare kykie gee in sy huislewe en vormingsjare in Groendal buite Franschhoek.
3 Maart 19:00
150 min | Jordan-wynlandgoed | R950

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Sondag 4 Maart


 

’N PAARTIE VIR RYK – ONS ONTHOU RYK HATTINGH
Met Jana Cilliers, Willem Pretorius, Catherine du Toit en ander

Hy was iemand wat sy ‘vinger kon druk in die wond van verlies, van híér en dáár, van orde en sensualiteit, van eie chaos en woede en perversie’; wat geglo het ‘n mens leef jou eerder dood. Toe Ryk Hattingh verlede jaar, 10 dae nadat hy die kykNET Rapport fiksieprys vir Huilboek ontvang het in Auckland sterf, was dit met ‘n gevoel van ongeloof dat medeskrywers en vriende die nuus ontvang het. Hier onthou hulle die “skoenlapper” van Nieu-Seeland op ‘n gepaste manier ‘n jaar nadat hy die Woordfees-gehoor in die palm van sy hand gehou het. Kom lig saam ‘n glas en luister stories. Veral roerend is die vertellings van sy beste vriend Zirk van den Berg, sy vrou en drie seuns in ‘n spesiale video uit Nieu-Seeland.
4 Maart 18:00
60 min | Die Bosrestaurant | Gratis
 
 
STORIEVUUR: VRIKKIE & DIE BOIKIE VAN GROOTFONTEIN
Aangebied deur NB-Uitgewers
Vrikkie se briewe aan sy antie het ‘n Facebook-fenomeen geword nadat die Vrystaatse prof Deon Visser hom geskep het om sy vrou te laat lag. Nou kan jy giggel oor vertellings uit Hoezit Antie? Vrikkie hier. Lloyd Zandberg se humor in Per ongeluk is soos sy mense in Namibië: droog, maar lekker!
4 Maart 18:30
60 min | Die Plataan | Gratis

STERREKYK OP KNORHOEK
Met RSG se Hennie Maas en Willie Koorts

Aangebied deur Naledi
Meld aan vir ‘n aand se sterrekyk-ekspedisie met twee van die aanbieders van RSG se gewilde Sterre en planete-reeks, wat nou ook in boekvorm beskikbaar is. Alles wat dié aand in die ruimte leef en beef en te siene is, sal uitgewys en verduidelik word. Kom loer self deur ‘n teleskoop en luister oor ‘n glas wyn hoe die wonders van die ruimte ontsluit word.
4 Maart 18:30 vir 19:00
100 min | Knorhoek | R60 | R70 by die deur

Maandag 5 Maart


 

RAMAPHOSA – BEHIND THE ENIGMA
With Max du Preez, Ray Hartley, Koketso Sachana and Jeremy Thompson

What does Ray Hartley’s Ramaphosa – The Man Who Would Be King say about the enigma that is the new ANC president – ambitious, charming, a born negotiator, astute businessman, the boy who at a young age told his friend that he would one day be president? In this centenary year of Nelson Mandela, who anointed him as his successor, everyone wants to know: Does he have what it takes to turn SA around? Max du Preez will lead the discussion with Hartley, Cape Talk’s Koketso Sachana and former Sky News achorman Jeremy Thompson.
5 March 09:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 at the door

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VAN DE ZALZE TOT DIE STORIE
Met Julian Jansen, Martin Steyn en Dibi Breytenbach

Aangebied deur LAPA-Uitgewers en Tafelberg
Wanneer word moord ‘n storie? En wanneer klink dit soos een? Misdaadverslaggewer Julian Jansen het op niefiksie met sy Die De Zalze-moorde besluit, terwyl Dibi Breytenbach en Martin Steyn, met Heiliger en Swartval, misdaadfiksie verkies. Heino du Plessis vra hulle uit oor die dun lyn tussen feit en fiksie, navorsing en storie.
5 Maart 09:30
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

KOSDEMO: THERESA DE VRIES SE DEEG
Aangebied deur Human & Rousseau
Die enigste boek oor deeg wat jy ooit nodig sal kry! Alle soorte deeg om terte of pasteie te maak word bespreek, selfs die gewilde Marokkaanse ouarkadeeg. En boonop gee dié Kokkedoor 1-deelnemer aanwysings oor hoe om alles te versier.
5 Maart 10:00
60 min | Die Khaya | R70 | R80 by die deur

MARK BEHR – NUSAS-LEIER OF STUDENTESPIOEN?
Met Pearlie Joubert en Gerrit Olivier

Die reuk van appels maak deesdae skoonskip van teaterpryse. Toe die gelyknamige debuut deur Mark Behr in 1993 verskyn het, het dit net soveel opslae gemaak, maar ook ‘n generasie rebelle geïnspireer. Drie jaar later het Mark egter erken hy het as ‘n student vir die Veiligheidspolisie gespioeneer – dit, terwyl hy voorsitter was van die Stellenbosse Nusas-tak. Pearlie, ‘n bekende joernalis, het ná Mark se dood in 2015 haar studentevriend se hanteerder opgespoor. Gerrit, ‘n Wits-kollega en vriend, was by die aand toe Mark siek begin voel het. Hulle gesels oor ’n briljante, maar komplekse man.
5 Maart 10:00
60 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

ELSA JOUBERT: SPERTYD
Met Ena Jansen

Aangebied deur Tafelberg
Ter viering van haar 95e verjaarsdag en die publikasie van die slot van haar outobiografiese trilogie, vooraf gegaan deur ’n Wonderlike geweld en Reisiger, het Ena ‘n eksklusiewe onderhoud met Elsa gevoer, wat in Berghof-aftreeoord opgeneem is waar die boek ook afspeel. Luister na die onderhoud, waarna Ena met Elsa se seun, Nico Steytler, en haar uitgewer, Etienne Bloemhof, gesels.
5 Maart 10:30
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

KAROOGESPREK
Met David Kramer, Eben Venter, Darryl David en Louis Botha

‘n Musiekkunstenaar, skrywer, boekfeesorganiseerder en fotograaf vertel watter rol dié magiese, droë stuk aarde in hulle werk speel. David skets die agtergrond van die bekende Karoo Kitaar Blues en van die liedjies op sy nuwe CD, Wakkerslaap, Eben lees voor uit sy roman Groen soos die hemel daarbo, Darryl (die enigste Indiër-dosent van Afrikaans in Suid-Afrika) vertel van sy Karoo-feeste soos BoekBedonnerd, en Louis gee ‘n voorsmaak uit sy nuwe koffietafel-fotoboek, Karoo.
5 Maart 11:30
60 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

FRANZ MARX: SPIEËLBEELD
In gesprek met Schalk Schoombie

Aangebied deur Protea Boekhuis
Die veelbekroonde TV-skrywer/veraardiger se debuut is ’n spanningsverhaal wat teen die skunnige agtergrond van Johannesburg se ontkleeklubs en die administratiewe kantore van internasionale sakeondernemings afspeel. Akteur, dramaturg en nou ook skrywer Schalk Schoombie vra Franz uit oor wat terselfdertyd ‘n speurtog, en ‘n ironiese soeklig op hedendaagse Afrikaansheid is.
5 Maart 12:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

IZAK DU PLESSIS: BOEREVERNEUKERS!
In gesprek met Martelize Brink

Aangebied deur Penguin Random House
RSG se Izak vertel vir Martlize meer van sy heerlike versameling Afrikaanse swendelaars, swierbolle en swerkaters wat van ons land se grootste skelmstreke gepleeg het, en waar hy hulle almal raakgelees het. Van die karakters is minder bekend; ander het byna mitiese status in die Afrikaanse psige verwerf.
5 Maart 14:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur
 
KOSDEMO: KAREN HART TOOR MET MAALVLEIS
Aangebied deur Human & Rousseau
In Maalvleis deel die Toorkombuis-kok meer as 100 liplekker maalvleisresepte, soos hoe om jou eie te maak. Leer hoe om Ouma se frikkadelpastei ‘n nuwe kinkel te gee en enige maalvleis met verskillende speserymengsels in iets spesiaals om te tower.
5 Maart 14:00
60 min | Die Khaya | R70 | R80 by die deur

MARTIE MEIRING MEETS ACHMAT DANGOR
Presented by Pan MacMillan
The Man Booker nominated writer, who shot to fame with Kafka’s Curse, then made it onto to prestigious awards’s shortlist with Bitter Fruit, chats to Martie about growing up in the extraordinary days of apartheid, the role of the women in his family (his sister is Jessie Duarte) and in his latest novel, Dikeledi – the story of a young girl born in Harlem, and her grandmother back home.
5 March 14:00
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

TANT ANNA EN DIE 25 SHAKESPEARE-SONNETTE
Met Karin Hougaard

Op 80 het Anna Neethling-Pohl, drama-doyenne en skoonsuster van NP van Wyk Louw, 25 van Shakespeare se sonnette in Afrikaans vertaal – “om te bewys dat ek nog kan “. Dié gedigte is nou op CD beskikbaar, voorgelees deur Karin Hougaard. Karin gesels oor die ontstaan van die projek met Ingrid Glorie, koördineerder van die Week van de Afrikaanse roman, en lees van die gedigte voor met musiek wat spesiaal vir die CD geskryf is.
5 Maart 14:00
60 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

‘BUYS’ SE HONDE – DIERLIK OF MENSLIK?
Met Michiel Heyns

Dis die dilemma waarmee dié skrywer en vertaler te doene gekry het met sy vertaling-in-wording van Willem Anker se bekroonde Buys, in dié stadium genoem Red Dog: Hoe vertaal jy die honde-voorsetsel? In Afrikaans word na honde as ‘n ‘hy’ of ‘n ‘sy’ verwys. In Engels word die onpersoonlike ‘dit’ gebruik. Tensy die hond menslike eienskappe het, of ‘n naam. ‘n Prikkelende gesprek, waartydens Michiel dié en ander vertaalprobleme aan die hand van voorbeelde (*nie vir sensitiewe lesers nie) met uitgewer Hester Carstens en die gehoor probeer oplos.
5 Maart 15:30
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

JONATHAN JANSEN: AS BY FIRE
In gesprek met Frans Rautenbach

Aangebied deur Tafelberg
Die voormalige rektor van die Universiteit van die Vrystaat gee ‘n binne-perspektief op wat die werklike wortels van die studenteprotes van 2015/16 was en praat met Frans (South Africa Can Work) oor wat hy glo die universiteite moet doen om die hulpbronne van die samelewing doeltreffend te kanaliseer sodat genoeg studente toegang kan kry tot hoë-gehalte onderwys.
5 Maart 15:30
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

MARION ERSKINE: VLERKE VIR ALMAL
Met Vicky Davis, in gesprek met Ilza Roggeband

Aangebied deur Human & Rousseau
Die Amerikaanse Amanda Todd was 15 toe sy deur middel van flitskaarte op video vertel het hoe een dom besluit haar lewe verwoes het. Daarna het sy haar eie lewe geneem. Ilza gesels met Marion oor tieners, sosiale media en sy persoonlike en merkwaardige ervaring met boelies, terwyl Vicky vertel hoe sy haar teksverwerking en regie vir die Woordfees-toneelstuk Vlerke vir almal benader het.
5 Maart 17:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

8 Maart 16:15 | Hoërskool Stellenbosch Marion gesels oor die toneelstuk

MIGRATIONS-MIGRASIES
Met Piet Grobler, Paddy Bouma, Dale Blankenaar en Roger Mello van Brasilië

Meer as 300 illustreerders wêreldwyd het poskaarte gemaak ter ondersteuning van vlugtelingkinders wat in dié reisende uitstalling, met Piet as kurator, versamel is. MIGRATIONS is pas terug van Bratislava in Slowakye en van die Woordfees af op pad na Japan, Engeland en die internasionale kinderboekfees in Italië in 2019. Kom kyk gedurende die fees na dié ‘vlieënde’ uitstalling in die voorportaal van die Visuele Kunste-gebou, en luister na Piet in gesprek met van die kunstenaars tydens die opening van die uitstalling.
5 Maart 18:00 Opening
60 min | Visuele Kunste-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

CONVERSE
Met Pieter Odendaal, Adrian ‘Diff” van Wyk, Koleka Putuma, Lwanda Sindaphi, Jolyn Phillips en ander

‘n Baldadige viering van gedigte in vier tale deur die InZync-span. Om dié veeltalige poësiebundel, waarin die werk van 16 vars stemme versamel is, bekend te stel gaan ‘n tiental jong digters mekaar probeer troef met heen-en-weer vertalings tussen Afrikaans, Xhosa, Engels en Tswana.
5 Maart 20:30
90 min | Drostdy-teater | Gratis

BOEKKLUB: MY LAASTE GESPREK MET KAREL SCHOEMAN
Met Willem Landman in gesprek met Frederik de Jager; en Antoinette Kellermann

“Moenie moeite doen om hierop te reageer nie … ek is van plan om my rekenaar nou simbolies af te skakel.” Met dié woorde sluit Karel Schoeman sy e-pos aan Willem op 1 Mei verlede jaar af voordat hy sy lewe beëindig. Willem, ‘n lid van Dignity SA se uitvoerende komitee, vertel in dié eerste Woordfees-Boekklubgesprek eksklusief van sy laaste gesprekke met en besoeke aan Schoeman. Ook van die keer toe Schoeman hom gevra het om op sy bed te gaan sit en te sien wat hy laaste sou sien. Frederik, ‘n oud-uitgewer, voer die gesprek en Antoinette Kellermann lees voor uit Slot van die dag.
5 Maart 19:15 vir 19:45
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur (glas wyn is ingesluit)
 

Dinsdag 6 Maart

BLOEDGELD IN IRAK
Met oud-Recce Johan Raath, in gesprek met Jaco Kirsten

Aangebied deur Jonathan Ball Uitgewers
’n Oud-Recce plaas sy lewe op die spel om BBP’s en ingenieurs te beskerm wat Irak na die oorlog moet opbou. Johan se dramatiese Blood Money gee vir die eerste keer inlsae in wat dit verg om vandag in Irak diens te doen. Hy skets vir Jaco die breër, dikwels gewelddadige prentjie van private militêre kontrakteurs se rol in hedendaagse konflikte.
6 Maart 09:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

REHANA ROSSOUW: NEW TIMES – BUT NO MANDELA
In coversation with Karina Szczurek

Presented by Jacana Media
As Ali Adams starts a new job as a political reporter at The New Times, a weekly newspaper in Cape Town, her stories make front page. But back home in Bo-Kaap the community has expectations, and none of them involve a woman running all over the place chasing stories. Apartheid, religion, homosexuality, Mandela The Sellout, politics of the newsroom, and post-traumatic stress all come to the fore in this gritty novel by a veteran political reporter.
6 March 09:30
60 min | HB Thom seminar room | R50 | R60 at the door

KOSDEMO: KOOK & GENIET MET LISE SWART!
Aangebied deur Human & Rousseau
Een TV-reeks (op kykNET) en een onbeholpe aanbieder (Lise) later, en die immergroen kookboek deur SJA de Villiers is vir die soveelste keer die nr. 1-verkoper! Dié slag wys Lise hoe almal-se-kosbybel relevant bly vir vandag se kok, en demonstreer sy en Tannie Ina se dogter Eunice van den Berg ‘n paar nuwe toevoegings tot die boek.
6 Maart 10:00
60 min | Die Khaya | R70 | R80 by die deur

ROGER MELLO: ‘KWAAI PAPEGAAI’
In gesprek met Piet Grobler

Piet, seker een van ons bekendste illustreerders en deesdae professor van illustrasie aan die Universiteit van Worcester in Engeland, gesels met dié multibekroonde illustreerder uit Brasilië. Roger, ‘n gewilde en gesogte gas by boekfeeste wêreldwyd, het in 2014 die hoogste eer vir kinderboekillustrasie ontvang, die Hans Christian Andersen-medalje, vir sy delikate, kleurryke werk wat heeltyd in die Visuele Kunste-gebou te sien en te koop is. Piet gesels met hom oor sy lewe, visuele taal en temas.
6 Maart 10:00
60 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

TEETYD IN IDASVALLEI
Met Piet Matipa en Kuier se Marilyn Gantana

Aangebied deur Penguin Random House en LAPA Uitgewers
Ja, hy’t in ‘n weeshuis grootgeword, ja, hy’s swart, Afrikaans en gay, ja, hy haat wit yskaste. Maar verder is hy vervelig, sê Piet, skrywer van die skreeusnaakse stories in Dwarsklap. Marilyn het háár sin vir humor weer leer slyp as ‘n pasgetroude domineesvrou op die platteland. En dis waar sy ook leer kook het – om die susters uit haar hare te hou. Kom luister hoe gesels die twee met WOW se Shereen Crotz en geniet daarna tee, met happies geïnspireer deur Marilyn kuier en kook.
6 Maart 10:30
120 min | Idasvallei-biblioteek | R80 | R90 (Plek is beperk.)

TANNIE EVITA EN PIK ONTHOU MADIBA
Met Pieter-Dirk Uys, Pik Botha, Denis Cruywagen en Melanie Verwoerd

In die eeufeesviering van Madiba se geboortejaar onthou vier mense wat oor ons eerste demokraties-verkose president geskryf het die mens agter die woorde. Tannie Evita én Pieter-Dirk is daar, Pik huldig die man met wie hy ‘n ‘onbekende en intieme verbintenis’ gehad het, en Denis die spirituele leier. En in volle sirkelgang lei ‘n Verwoerd die gesprek!
6 Maart 10:30
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

INGRID JONKER – DIE LAASTE BIOGRAFIE
Aangebied deur Penguin Random House
Petrovna Metelerkamp het al die inligting wat sy oor dié kultusdigter versamel het nou bygewerk met indringende nuwe navorsing en eksklusiewe foto’s. Sy vertel vir Karin Schimke hoe talle voorheen onbeantwoorde vrae oor Ingrid se lewe en dood beantwoord word en hoe die beeld weerlê word wat die wêreld van Ingrid het. Sy wys van die foto’s en speel ook ‘n opname van ‘n voorlesing deur Ingrid self.
6 Maart 11:30
60 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

RIANA SCHEEPERS: STORMKIND
In gesprek met Dave Pepler

Aangebied deur Tafelberg
Bekroonde skrywer Riana Scheepers gesels met Dave oor magiese realisme en die San-verhale waaruit haar jongste roman voortgevloei het. Dis die storie van ‘n meisietjie wat net drie jaar oud was toe haar ma spoorloos verdwyn het. Snags het die wind Jana geroep en as sy mooi geluister het, kon sy die note van haar ma se fluit hoor. Maar een stormnag was daar iemand buite …
6 Maart 12:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

WOORD-EN-WYNETE
’n US Woordfees-aanbieding in samewerking met Stellenbosch Wynroete.
Kom kuier op Simonsig saam met RSG se Martelize Brink – deesdae ook ‘n kosboekskrywer – en die plaas se wynmaker oor ’n heerlike langtafel-ete, met van die landgoed se beste wyne!
6 Maart 13:00
120 min | Simonsig | R300

GABRIËL BOTMA: POLEMIEKE
In gesprek met Lizette Rabe

Aangebied deur Penguin Random House
Onthou jy nog die pennestryd wat in koerante gewoed het oor Dan Roodt se teenwoordigheid by die Woordfees? Of die fel woordewisseling nadat NP van Wyk Louw se Die pluimsaad waai ver tydens Republiekdagviering opgevoer is, of die “Boetman is die bliksem in”-briewestorm? Kom verkneuter jou in die bekgevegte wat die land en Afrikaner-kultuur help slyp het in dié gesprek tussen twee veteraanjoernaliste.
6 Maart 14:00
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

PHILIP DE VOS: VANDAG IS EK ’N WINDLAWAAI
Met Piet Grobler en Lina Spies

Aangebied deur Protea Boekhuis
Stuitige rympies is sy kos, maar ook insiggewende radioreekse oor klassieke komponiste. Met Vandag is ek ’n windlawaai, geïnspireer deur Robert Schumann se klavierwerk Kinderszenen, kombineer Philip dié twee talente en saam met Tertia Visser-Downie se klavierspel en die vertoning van Piet Grobler se sensitiewe illustrasies, word die aanbieding ‘n speelse, maar ook dromerige hunkering na kindwees.
6 Maart 14:00
60 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

ANDRÉ PRETORIUS: REISE DEUR DIE KERKHERVORMING
In gesprek met Cas Wepener

Aangebied deur Naledi
Aan die vooraand van die 500ste herdenking van die begin van die Protestantse Kerkhervorming loop dié reisskrywer terug op die spore van Martin Luther en Johannes Calvyn. Hy besoek die plekke waar grootse omwentelinge hulle afgespeel het, eet, drink en gaan kerk toe daar en soek raakpunte met sy eie kerkgeskiedenis in verre Suid-Afrika.
6 Maart 15:30
60 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

DERICK VAN DER WALT: TUSSEN VRIENDE
In gesprek met Alta Cloete

Aangebied deur Queillerie
Rugby en seer-snaakse grootwordervarings het Derick al heelparty pryse vir sy jeugromans besorg én ‘n fliekkontrak. Maar nou skryf hy oor 50-plussers en hulle alledaagse bestaan uit ‘n man se oogpunt – van vriendskap, skuldgevoelens en ‘n affair, tot ‘n huweliksmaat se swaarkry en kommer oor ‘n dwarstrekkind.
6 Maart 15:30
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

WINSTON WICOMB – DIE ‘MECHANIC’ IN CHRIS BARNARD SE SPAN
Met Winston Wicomb, Amos van der Merwe en Hanlie Retief

Aangebied deur Naledi
Anders as sy broer, die sanger Randall Wicomb, is dié baanbreker-navorser grootliks onbekend in sy geboorteland. Die geskiedenis van sy stryd teen verwerping weens sy velkleur, sy sukkelbestaan as jeugdige en die verstommende storie van hoe ‘n Volkswagen-werktuigkundige in Prof. Chris Barnard se laboratorium en toe teater beland het, lees soos ‘n moderne sprokie. Kom luister hoe Winston en Amos, sy biograaf, met Hanlie gesels.
6 Maart 15:30
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

ANDRÉ BARTLETT: WEERLOSE WEERSTAND
In gesprek met Jean Oosthuizen

Aangebied deur Protea Boekhuis
Jean lei dié reguit gesprek met die bekende teoloog en predikant oor sy in-diepte ondersoek na die NG Kerk se omstrede gay-beleid. Deelnemers is die gay teoloog Pieter Oberholzer, wat weens sy seksuele oriëntasie nie toegelaat is om sy roeping in die NG Kerk te beoefen nie, en LGBTI-aktivis Michelle Boonzaaier, een van die mense wat die Kerk hof toe geneem het oor die laaste sinodebesluit.
6 Maart 17:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

LEWENSMAATS OF ‘SUSTERS’
Met Celesté Fritze en Hester van der Walt, in gesprek met Ena Jansen

Ena Jansen gesels met twee debuutskrywers wat skaamte en geheimhouding oor lesbiese-seksualiteit as tema het in ’n tyd toe dit gesien is as taboe. Celesté se Verlorenkop, wat vir bykans elke groot literêre prys verlede jaar benoem is, verken die seer en impak van besluite wat geneem word om die skyn te bewaar oor drie generasies vroue heen, terwyl Hester in haar memoires Sê my, is julle susters? die geestelike isolasie beskryf van alle “vlugtelinge” wat die onversoenbare waardes van hulle tuiste opsy skuif.
6 Maart 17:00
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

JOHANNES DE VILLIERS: KALMTE IN DIE MALLE GEJAAG
In gesprek met Erns Grundling

Aangebied deur Human & Rousseau
Jy wil stilstaan by dit wat saak maak, maar dit voel onmoontlik. Kom luister hoe Johannes aan Erns vertel wat dit beteken om “bewus”, of mindful, te lewe en na sy praktiese raad. Of kom 30 minute vroeër, laat hy jou wys hoe om die stilte te ervaar en in die oomblik te lewe.
6 Maart 17:45 Mindfulness-oefening | 18:30 Gesprek
105 min | Botaniese Tuin | R40 studente | R50 | R60 by die deur (Botteltjie water ingesluit)

WILLEM SAMUEL: SKREE ALLEEN, ’N ‘SINGENDE’ UITSTALLING
Skree Alleen is ‘n stilgebore, vroeë naughties punk band wat dié multi-dissiplinêre kunstenaar her-animeer deur ‘n samevlegting van installasie, musiek en animasie. Die lirieke is die katalisator vir ‘n singende uitstalling wat die besoeker ‘n anderwêreldse ervaring van musiek en digkuns gee en heelweek ervaar kan word. Skree Alleen tree eksklusief op tydens die openingsgeleentheid – kom luister en kyk.
6 Maart 18:00 Opening
60 min | Visuele Kunste-Seminaarkamer 1008 | R50 | R60 by die deur

‘BOEKKLUB’: ALEXANDRA FULLER – A RHODESIAN CHILDHOOD
In conversation with Ingrid Winterbach

She grows up during the bush war that helped turn Rhodesia into Zimbabwe –the family’s bombproof Landrover is nicknamed Lucy. She survives a terrible, avoidable death that turns her fun-loving Scottish mother into a crazy drunk and for which she, as a child of eight, feels responsible … These last days of colonialism are at the heart of Alexandra Fuller’s internationally acclaimed 2002 memoir, Don’t Let’s go to the Dogs Tonight. She talks to Ingrid about a world of taboos and projected shame, about living in Wyoming after being separated from her all-American husband of 20 years, and “the beautiful and terrible” she wrestles with in writing.
6 March 19:15 for 19:45
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 at the door (glass of wine included)


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Woensdag 7 Maart

ZUMA – VYAND NOMMER EEN
Met Adriaan Basson, Pieter du Toit, Pieter-Louis Myburgh, in gesprek met Max du Preez

Aangebied deur Jonathan Ball Uitgewers
Max ondervra ‘n nuwe generasie ondersoekende joernaliste wat weet waar om vir die waarheid te krap en nie skroom om dit te publiseer nie – ondanks die prys. Adriaan en Pieter ontleed Zuma se grootskaalse korrupsie en hoe ‘n nasie begin terugveg het in Zuma – Enemy of the People, en Pieter-Louis verklap meer omtrent die manne wat die staatskoffers plunder in The Republic of Gupta – A Story of State Capture.
7 Maart 09:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

ANTJIE KROG – SUSKE EN WISKE EN MANDELA
Ook met Daniël du Plessis, Willem Samuel en Loyiso Mkize

Honderd jaar ná Mandela se geboorte kyk Antjie hoe hy – én Suid-Afrika – uitgebeeld word in twee Vlaamse comics uit die Suske en Wiske-reeks. Ná die visuele aanbieding gesels sy met drie jong plaaslike comics-kunstenaars.
7 Maart 09:30
90 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

HENK GOUS: BREEKPUNT
In gesprek met Simon Bruinders en Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Aangebied deur CUM Uitgewers
Te veel stres en langdurige spanning kan tot ernstige ligaamlike siektes en emosionele uitbranding lei. Henk, wat ook ‘n berader is, bespreek maniere om breekpunt te vermy, gesonde streshantering en die redes waarom slagoffers van trauma veg, vlug of vries met Simon en radio-omroeper Benescke.
7 Maart 09:30
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

KOSDEMO: HERMAN VIER 30
Aangebied deur Human & Rousseau
SARIE se kosredakteur is 30 – en dit vier Herman Lensing op allerhande maniere, maar hoofsaaklik met kos. Leer saam met hom watter geregte net 30 minute neem om te maak, wat die 30 dinge is wat jy van wyn moet weet, en ook sommer 30 goeie kosgewoontes.
7 Maart 10:00
60 min | Die Khaya | R70 | R80 by die deur

GEORGE BIZOS: 65 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP
In conversation with Edwin Cameron

Presented by Penguin Random House
The world-renowned human-rights lawyer talks to Judge Edwin Cameron about his new book, a touching homage to his friendship with Nelson Mandela and a fascinating tale of two men whose work affected the lives of all South Africans– arguing in favour of the Constitution, which is under threat in the current political climate.
7 March 10:30
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

VADERLAND, MOEDERBAND, BROEDERLIEFDE
Met SJ Naudé en Eben Venter

In altwee dié romans word ‘n wêreld anderkant geografiese grense verken, maar ook grense van die band met ‘n ma en seksualiteit. In Die derde spoel projekteer SJ (of Fanie) ‘n donker poëtiese beeld van liefde tussen mans op ‘n steeds verskuiwende doek, terwyl Eben in Groen soos die hemel daarbo ritueel van erotiese ervarings en die ontginning van selfkennis daaruit. Frederik de Jager gesels met hulle.
7 Maart 11:30
60 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

IRMA JOUBERT EN HANS DU PLESSIS
Aangebied deur LAPA-Uitgewers
Ilse Salzwedel vra twee topverkopers uit oor die inspirasie vir hulle jongste historiese verhale. Irma se Mentje – kind van Pas-Opkamp vertel van ‘n Nederlandse oorlogwesie, wat alleen ‘n onderduikkamp en die berugte Hongerwinter van 1944 en 1945 moet oorleef. Hans skryf ook oor ‘n kinderkarakter in Drie vroue en ‘n meisie, wat handel oor vier geslagte vroue op die Hoëveld en hulle droom van ‘n beter lewe.
7 Maart 12:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

FRIK DU PREEZ BY TOWERBOSCH
In gesprek met Mannetjies Roux en Johnny Davids

In 2015 is hy verkies as ons Rugbyspeler van die 20e Eeu, maar Frik du Preez kan ook lekker spot dat hy op sy dag die kortste slot in die wêreld was. Hy was een van die grotes in ‘n tyd van amateurrugby, toe die Bokspan voor ‘n oorsese toer deur die bestuur vermaan is om hulle tande deeglik te laat versorg en darem “een goeie sportsbaadjie [sic]” in te pak. Dié rugby-ikoon, wat kon drop, place én score, is vanjaar die US Woordfees se eregas wanneer die universiteit sy eie eeufees vier. Kom ontmoet die bul van ‘n oud-rugbyspeler, wat – ondanks kanker en ‘n hartaanval – jare jonger as 82 lyk wanneer hy saampraat met oud- Bok-”kollega” Mannetjies Roux en Supersport se Johnny Davids oor ‘n somerse feesmaal.
7 Maart 12:30
150 min | Towerbosch | R400 (Plek is beperk.)

WOORD-EN-WYNETE
’n US Woordfees-aanbieding in samewerking met Stellenbosch Wynroete
Kom kuier op Somerbosch saam met fliekkenner en skrywer Leon van Nierop en die plaas se wynmaker oor ’n heerlike langtafel-ete, met van die beste landgoed se beste wyne!
7 Maart 13:00
120 min | Somerbosch | R300

OORKANT JOU: ’N VERHAAL UIT DIE BINNEKAMER
Met Juliana Coetzer, in gesprek met Riette Rust

Aangebied deur Jonathan Ball Uitgewers
Sy het háár persoonlike reis met haar baie siek dogter in Bloedvreemd beskryf. Nou skryf Juliana oor die uiteenlopende mense – veral vroue – wat haar pad as psigoterapeut kruis. Riette gesels met haar oor swaarkry en herstel en hoe sy die leser op ‘n reis neem wat eintlik ons almal sʼn is: van grootword en eienaarskap neem.
7 Maart 14:00
60 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

WHOSE HISTORY IS IT ANYWAY?
With Fred Khumalo, Alexandra Fuller and Achmat Dangor

How important is it to keep telling accurate and unembellished stories about the past – even if it’s offensive or hurtful? Three writers discuss this with Sandra Swart. Fred used the sinking of the crew ship SS Mendi during the First World War as backdrop for Dancing the Death Drill. Alexandra wrote about growing up during the Rhodesian war in her debut and for her new novel, Quiet Until the Thaw, investigates the history of two Native American boys in a South Dakota reserve, while Achmat returns to the apartheid history in Dikeledi.
7 March 14:00
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

KLEINBOER: HIERDIE HUIS
Aangebied deur Penguin Random House
Kleinboer (Fanie de Villiers) se nuwe boek voltooi die drieluik wat hy met sy bekroonde Kontrei en Werfsonde begin het. Dit is die roerende verhaal van ’n kompulsiewe, obsessiewe en seksverslaafde skrywer – een van die laaste wit inwoners van Yeoville in Johannesburg. Die gesprek met joernalis Albertus van Wyk word voorafgegaan deur Niel van Deventer se doccie om 15:00 oor die lewe van Kleinboer en sy oorlede vrou, Lungi.
7 Maart 15:00 Fliek | 16:00 Gesprek
45 min Fliek | 60 min Gesprek | Pulp Cinema Neelsie | R40 | R50 by die deur

ADAM SMALL: DENKER, DIGTER, DRAMATURG
Met Sandra Kotze, Cobus Rossouw, Steward van Wyk en Pieter Odendaal

Aangebied deur Protea Boekhuis
In 1974, tydens die eerste professionele opvoering van Kanna hy kô huis toe in die toe Nico Malan-teater, was die wit gehoor in vervoering oor dié poëtiese “nuwe stem”. Sandra was Makiet onder regie van Pieter Fourie en Cobus, Kanna. In ‘n gesprek met Heindrich Wyngaard onthou dié twee teatergrotes daardie vroeë verhoogdae, terwyl Steward terugkyk na Small se letterkundige nalatenskap en Pieter sy aangrypende gedig voorlees oor sy pa en Adam Small.
7 Maart 15:30
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

GRIEKELAND EN ROME IN SUID-AFRIKA
Met Amy Daniëls, Philip Bosman, Jo-Marie Claassen en Samantha Masters

Aangebied deur Cambridge University Press
Is die Klassieke oudheid handlanger van die kolonialisme? In South Africa, Greece, Rome: Classical Confrontations, ‘n bundel essays met Grant Parker van Stanford University as die redakteur, word aspekte van antieke Grieks-Romeinse kultuur in Suid-Afrika bespreek – van Romeinse reg tot die Grondwet, argitektuur en kuns tot opvoeding, die kolonialis Rhodes tot die bevryder Mandela, en die bevrydende invloed van Griekse drama. Annemaré Kotzé lei die gesprek.
7 Maart 15:30
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

RECCES KAN OOK KOOK
In gesprek met Alexander Strachan

Aangebied deur Jonathan Ball Uitgewers
Oud-Recces Justin Vermaak en Johnny Maass lig in ‘n gesprek met Zander, ‘n bekroonde skrywer van onder meer Bosoorlogromans en self ‘n oud-Recce, die sluier oor ‘n geheime vaardigheid van dié elite-groep soldate: Hulle kon kos maak. In Recce-resepte vir kos, die bos, die lewe vertel hulle van gebraaide luislang, of goudvis-sushi, afgewissel met stories oor die Forte, die daaglikse roetine en ‘n besonderse lewensfilosofie.
7 Maart 15:30
60 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

ANTOINETTE PIENAAR: DIE LANG MAN SONDER SKADUWEE
In gesprek met Dave Pepler

Aangebied deur Penguin Random House
Die geliefde RSG-kruievrou en topverkoper-skrywer van Kruidjie roer my sit in haar jongste boek haar roeping as geneser voort. Sy en haar getroue vennoot, Oom Johannes, vertel Dave hoe Karookruie ingespan kan word om allerhande kwale te genees, en watter krag in die ou stories, raaisels en rympies van die Griekwa-mense skuil.
7 Maart 17:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

SCHALK VAN DER MERWE: ON RECORD
Met Andries ‘Roof’ Bezuidenhout

Aangebied deur African Sun Media
In On Record; Music an Society in Recorded Popular Afrikaans Music Records, 1900-2017 bekyk Schalk die geskiedenis van opgeneemde populêre musiek – van die eerste opnames van die Transvaalse volkslied tydens die Boereoorlog, tot Steve Hofmeyr se optredes die afgelope twee jaar. Hy en Andries gesels oor wat hy raakgesien het en maak daarna saam musiek.
7 Maart 17:00
85 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

SKOLLIE KUIER IN IDASVALLEI
In gesprek met Heindrich Wyngaard

Aangebied deur Penguin Random House
Noem my Skollie, die fliek wat op die lewe van John W Fredericks gegrond is, het gehore landwyd ontroer. Kom hoor hoe gesels Oom John met RSG se Heindrich oor sy aangrypende verhaal en die mag van ‘n beginselbesluit. Want dis in die tronk dat dié man besef het hy is by ‘n kruispad en net hy kan hom red.
7 Maart 19:30
120 min | Idasvallei-biblioteek | R50 | R60 by die deur

BOEKKLUB: ANDRÉ P BRINK EN DIE SPEL VAN LIEFDE
Met Leon de Kock, in gesprek met Tim Huisamen

In ‘n eksklusiewe steelkykie in Leon se biografie-in-wording oor André P Brink verklap die skrywer meer oor Brink se sikliese liefdesintriges en word sy 50-jaar lange joernaalskrywery vir die eerste keer onder oë geneem. Tim, lank ‘n kollega van Brink aan Rhodes-universiteit op Grahamstad, vra Leon veral uit oor die Ingrid Jonker-storie, wat in dié boek vir die eerste keer deur Brink se eie oë vertel word – met verbysterende nuwe detail.
7 Maart 19:15 vir 19:45
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur (glas wyn is ingesluit)

 

Donderdag 8 Maart


 
ALEX MOUTON: IRON IN THE SOUL
In gesprek met Hermann Giliomee

Aangebied deur Protea Boekhuis
Dit neem uitsonderlike karaktereienskappe – of “iron in the soul”, om Van Zyl Slabbert aan te haal – om die leier van die amptelike opposisie te wees. Alex en Hermann, skrywer van Die laaste Afrikanerleiers, bespreek die loopbane van die sogenaamde politieke “verloorders” voor 1994.
8 Maart 09:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

DIE SMIT-MOORDE – ‘EK IS LIZA SMIT’
Met Liza Smit, in gesprek met Ilse Salzwedel

Angebied deur Jacana Media
Veertig jaar sedert die raaiselmoorde op NP-politikus Robert Smit en sy vrou in hulle Springs-tuiste, met RAU TEM teen die muur geverf as enigste leidraad, is die moordenaars steeds soek. Liza, hulle dogter, was toe 13. Deur die jare het sy haar eie ondersoeke gedoen en selfs ‘n verslag daaroor aan die WVK voorgelê. Weens doodsdreigemente moes sy en haar kinders selfs in ‘n getuiebeskermingsprogram geplaas word. In ‘n eksklusiewe voorskou vertel sy haar verhaal, wat later vanjaar in boekvorm verskyn, aan Ilse Salzwedel.
8 Maart 09:30
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

PIETER-DIRK UYS: WEERKLINK VAN ’N WANKLANK
Aangebied deur Missing Ink
Pieter-Dirk vind in sy 72e jaar die moed om die storie agter die stories te vertel in dié teatermemoires, wat saam met sy Engelse weergawe, Echo Of A Noise, nou in boekvorm verskyn. Hy bied ‘n kaleidoskoop van ‘n lewe vol gelag en gesag – van sy familie in Pinelands met Ma Helga en Pa Hannes, wat met liefde, musiek en dissipline sy lewensiening help vorm het, tot die latere spartelings met sensuur en Nasionale Party-kaskenades. Kom beleef dele van die boeke as opvoering, maar hoor ook hoe die verwerking die storie help ontwikkel het.
8 Maart 09:30
90 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

TAALSPELETJIES MET GERHARD VAN HUYSSTEEN
8 Maart 09:30
60 min | Die Plataan | Gratis

KOSDEMO: TEETYD MET MARTJIE
Aangebied deur Quivertree
Koekedoor se Martjie Malan publiseer binnekort haar eerste bakboek wat enige bakgierige sal inspireer met sy resepte en delikate waterverf-illustrasies deur Claudia Liebenberg. Sy gee wenke oor hoe om met ‘n basis te begin en dan voort te bou op variasies daarvan. Proe van dié bakjuwele saam met ‘n koppie tee en kry daarna die gratis resepkaartjies.
8 Maart 10:00
60 min | Die Khaya | R70 | R80 by die deur

HIGH TEA MET KRISTEL LOOTS
Aangebied deur LAPA-Uitgewers
Liefdesverhaalveteraan Kristel Loots vier haar verjaarsdag in styl, maar sy vermoed daar’s fout op haar ID. Daar’s geen manier waarop sy nou al 70 kan word nie – sy voel dan nog so jonk! Elias P Nel, bekend om sy droë sin vir humor, vra haar uit oor waar haar inspirasie vir haar nimmereindigende stroom vermaaklike boeke vandaan kom, of sy gebore is met haar rooi hare, en hoe sy oor ouer hoofkarakters voel. (Sy luister af, sê sy!)
8 Maart: 10:30
120 min | Oude Werf Hotel | R250 | R270

KAREL SCHOEMAN SE LAASTE STEMME
Met Dan Sleigh, Louise Viljoen, Cas Wepener en Tim Huisamen

Aangebied deur Human & Rousseau
Dié historiese improvisasie is een van die laaste literêre nalatenskappe voor Schoeman se afsterwe in 2017. Dit is ook die laaste teks waar hy sy hand aan fiksionele stemme waag – die opklink van ‘n menigte immigrante aan die Kaap. Aan die hand hiervan, word gekyk na dié skrywer se bydrae tot die Afrikaanse letterkunde en hoekom hy ‘n “anderster” Sestiger was, waarna elke deelnemer sy/haar mooiste Schoeman-roman kies.
8 Maart 10:30
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

HANNELIE GROENEWALD: TERREUR IN KABOEL
In gesprek met Juliana Coetzer

Aangebied deur Lux Verbi
Vier jaar gelede is ‘n Pretoriase ma se man en twee kinders uitgewis in ‘n terreuraanval op hulle huis in Kaboel, waar Hannelie se man opheffingswerk gedoen en sy as dokter gewerk het. Net hulle een hondjie, Chico, het oorleef. Hanneli vertel aan skrywer en terapeut Juliana Coetzer (Oorkant jou) van daardie dag en hoekom sy vergifnis bo bitterheid kies.
8 Maart 11:30
60 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

RUDIE VAN RENSBURG: HANS STEEK DIE RUBICON OOR
In gesprek met Kerneels Breytenbach

Aangebied deur Queillerie
Hans wil op 90 op sy éie terme oud word en sommer gou neem hy Huis Madeliefie op horings met ’n properse ouetehuisopstand. Kerneels vra die bekende misdaadskrywer uit oor sy bitterlik snaakse roman, waar daggakoekies, ontkleedansers en vet sports aan die orde van die dag is.
8 Maart 12:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

WOORD-EN-WYNETE
’n US Woordfees-aanbieding in samewerking met Stellenbosch Wynroete.
Kom kuier op L’Avenir saam met die bekende TV-persoonlikheid en nou ook misdaadskrywer Franz Marx en die plaas se wynmaker oor ’n heerlike langtafel-ete, met van die landgoed se beste wyne!
8 Maart 13:00
120 min | L’Avenir | R300

HARTEBREKER: CHRIS BARNARD EN DIE EERSTE HARTOORPLANTING
Met James-Brent Styan, in gesprek met Gilbert Gibson

Aangebied deur Jonathan Ball Uitgewers
Die flambojante liefdeslewe, huwelike (en egskeidings) van hartchirurg Christiaan Barnard het soms die impak van sy historiese eerste hartoorplanting en verstommende mediese suksesse oorskadu. Maar 50 jaar later is sy prestasie des te meer merkwaardig – veral as gekyk word na eksklusiewe foto’s (wat ook gewys sal word). Gilbert, mediese dokter en digter, vra James uit – ook oor Hamilton Naki, die swart tegnikus wat saam met sy vriende die chirurg agter die skerms gehelp het.
8 Maart 14:00
60 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

REDI TLHABI: KHWEZI
In conversation with Adriaan Basson

Presented by Jonathan Ball Publishers
The book touched a nerve: More than 400 people attended the launch; 10 000 copies were sold in a week. Adriaan Basson asks the well known talk show radio host and author why, and what price Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo – better known as Khwezi – ultimately paid as the woman who dared to accuse Zuma of rape.
8 March 14:00
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

FRANSJOHAN PRETORIUS: VERSKROEIDE AARDE
In gesprek met Carel van der Merwe

Aangebied deur Tafelberg
Die redakteur van dié bygewerkte glans-weergawe van 2001 se topverkoper oor die Britte se verskroeide aarde-beleid tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog vertel meer omtrent die nuwe inhoud, soos die storie van Lizzie van Zyl (die foto van ‘n uitgeteerde meisie op ‘n bed), swart sterfgevalle in die kampe, en Emily Hobhouse se lewe ná die oorlog. Hy gesels met Carel, wat self navorsing oor die oorlog gedoen het vir Donker stroom.
8 Maart 15:30
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

GERARD SEKOTO: FIELIES EN POTE
Met Melvyn Minnaar, Barbara Lindop en Marelize van Zyl

Op 60 het die kunstenaar Gerard Sekoto ‘n prenteboekie vir kinders – oor twee stout honde – geskryf en geïllustreer. Dié storie is in 2013, 100 jaar ná sy geboorte, in 12 tale vertaal, insluitende as Fielies en Pote in Afrikaans.. ‘n Beperkte oplaag van net 100 van dié pragboekie is spesiaal vir die 100-jaarviering van die US herdruk en te koop. Kunsjoernalis Melvyn gesels met Barbara, voorsitter van die Sekoto Trust, wat Sekoto tydens sy selfopgelegde ballingskap in Frankryk hoor sing het (een manier waarop hy aan die lewe kon bly), en Marelize van Aspire Art, oor die gesogtheid van sy werk vandag – iets wat hy nooit beleef het voor sy dood in ‘n ouetuis in die vreemde nie.
8 Maart 15:30
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

VROUE IN VERANDERING
Met Christi van der Westhuizen, Sylvia Vollenhoven, Annie Klopper en Bettina Wyngaard
Wat haar fassineer van ’n manlike teenwoordigheid, sê Antjie Krog nadat sy die Hertzogprys vir poësie ontvang het, is “mans gaan nooit net weg nie, mans vat ook die mag saam met hulle weg en dan bly daar nou net ’n klomp vrouens oor en skielik daal die statuur van daardie beroep”… Op Internasionale Vrouedag debatteer vier skrywers oor vroue en hulle identiteit in Suid-Afrika vandag: Hoe het dit verander, hoe kry dit in hulle werk beslag, is daar so iets soos vroue wat mekaar bemagtig, of is presies die teenoorgestelde waar? Lou-Marie Kruger doen die vrawerk.
8 Maart 15:30
60 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

DAMES EN HERE, LEONARD COHEN!
Met Danie Marais, Kerneels Breytenbach en Andries ‘Roof’ Bezuidenhout

Die Kanadese digter-troebadoer, skepper van ‘Suzanne’ (1967) en ‘Hallelujah’ (1984), is in November 2016 op 82 dood ná ‘n verstommende oplewing laat in sy loopbaan. ‘n Deeglike evaluering van die poësie in sy lirieke, met nuwe insigte, baie bewondering en heelwat heimwee. As bonus sing Andries die onbekender lang weergawe van ‘So long, Marianne’.
8 Maart 17:00
75 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

HARTLAM – LIEFDE MET TANDE
Met Malene Breytenbach, Pieter van Zyl en Gerda Taljaard

Aangebied deur Tafelberg
Liefde het vele gedaantes: Erotiese liefde, moederliefde, gewelddadige liefde, verbode liefde, liefde tot die dood toe… Verken die vele gesigte van liefde, en nie almal is mooi nie. Madri Victor doen die vrawerk.
8 Maart 17:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

JOGA & VEGETARIES
Met Marlien Wright

Aangebied deur Jacana Media
Haar resepteboek The Yoga Kitchen – 100 Easy Superfood Recipes was só gewild dat die joga en Pilates-instrukteur Marlien Wright dit verlede jaar met ’n gereelde nuusbrief, die Secret Supper Club, opgevolg het. Hierin gee sy inligting, wenke en resepte oor die jongste tendense in gesonde kos en konsentreer sy veral op hoe om weerstand teen veroudering op te bou. Sluit by haar aan vir ’n uur se joga in ’n groen binnehof langs ’n fontein, kry pitkos oor gesondheid, en ontspan dan buite of binne met ’n heerlike vegetariese ete, geïnspireer deur Marlien se resepte.
8 Maart 18:00
120 min | Debut @ The Private Hotel School | R180 | R190 by die deur (Plek is beperk)

STORIEVUUR: RECCE-RESEPTE VIR KOS EN DIE LEWE
Aangebied deur Jonathan Ball Uitgewers
Recces kén van stories vertel. Hulle deel net nie alles nie. Wat Justin Vermaak en Johnny Maass wel deel, saam met Zander Strachan en nog ‘n paar oud-kollegas, is stories uit Recce-resepte vir kos, die bos, die lewe: wat hulle geëet het, waar – en hoe – hulle dit gemaak het, die Forte en die bos.
8 Maart 18:30
60 min | Die Plataan | Gratis

BOEKKLUB: RAY KLUUN, DIE ONWILLIGE SUPERSTER
In gesprek met Francois Smith

Moontlik gemaak deur SASNEV
Dit sit nie in enigeen se broek om 1,2 miljoen eksemplare van ‘n boek te verkoop nie. Te meer as dit jou debuut is en jy dit eintlik geskryf het om skuld en rou op papier uit te stort. Dis die storie van Raymond van de Klundert, kortweg Ray Kluun, of net Kluun, ‘n kultusfiguur in Nederlandse skrywerskringe. Komt een vrouw bij de dokter, (in Engels Love Life en in Afrikaans as ‘n Vrou gaan dokter toe) was ‘n fiktiewe weergawe van sy ervaring as ‘n jong man wat sy vrou, vir wie hy baie lief was, se terminale siekte net kon verwerk deur al hoe meer klubs toe te gaan en by ander vroue te slaap. Sy jongste roman is DJ. Francois Smith, wat sy debuut in Afrikaans vertaal het, vra hom uit oor die geweldige reaksie wat die boek uitgelok het en of hy dinge anders sou wou doen as hy kon.
8 Maart 19:15 vir 19:45
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur (glas wyn is ingesluit)

OUERAAND IN IDASVALLEI
Met Pieter van Jaarsveld

Aangebied deur Lux Verbi
Hoe maak jy ‘n gelukkige kind groot? Dis iets waarna elke ouer streef. Kom luister na Pieter, wat wêreldwyd as leierskapontwikkelingskonsultant vir maatskappye optree, wanneer hy gesels oor sy boek, ‘n Gelukkige kind. Pieter gee hierin raad oor hoe jy jou kinders kan grootmaak om positiewe en gelukkige mense te wees deur hulle “reg te bedraad” met wetenskaplik getoetste speletjies en oefeninge. Eindig die aand met ‘n koppie tee en ‘n kans om die skrywer persoonlik uit te vra.
8 Maart 19:30
120 min | Idasvallei-biblioteek | R80 | R90 by die deur
 

Vrydag 9 Maart


 
FRANS RAUTENBACH: SOUTH AFRICA CAN WORK
In gesprek met Edwin Cameron

Aangebied deur Penguin Random House
In sy uitdagende boek oor wat Suid-Afrika kan laat werk, stel dié arbeidsregadvokaat ‘n volledige hervorming van beleidsdenke voor. Maar dit kom nie sonder ‘n hele paar ongewilde stellings nie – veral in die oë van die regerende party. Edwin Cameron, regter in die Grondwetlike Hof, is net so goed met omstredenheid bekend nadat hy in Witness To Aids (2005) lynreg van Thabo Mbeki se vigsbeleid verskil het. Die twee bespreek wanneer dit die regte tyd is om teen die stroom te praat, hoe jy jou tyd kies, en hoe jy weet of jou waarheid dié waarheid is.
9 Maart 09:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

CARINA STANDER: DIE BERGENGEL
Aangebied deur Protea Boekhuis
Die verhaal van ‘n mitiese bergengel en die jong Eron Verberger se lewensveranderende avontuurreis deur die land Gabriëllië is die onderwerp van Carina se fantasieverhaal. Sy vertel meer omtrent haar karakters en inspirasie aan die hand van die 30 sketse wat sy vir haar boek gemaak het.
9 Maart 09:30
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

KOSDEMO: ANNA-CAROLINA SKEP BOTTER EN LIEFDE
Aangebied deur Quivertree
‘Kom sit ‘n bietjie,’ is die leuse van die jong kosskrywer en plaaskind van Pipeklipberg in Mpumalanga, deesdae ‘n bekende TV-kosstilis in die Kaap. Anna-Carolina – of Caro – Alberts wys hoe jy die waarheid en eenvoud van gister in die mooi en modern van vandag kan omskep – of sommer ‘n plaastafel in ‘n onthaaltafel.
10 Maart 10:00
60 min | Die Khaya | R70 | R80 by die deur

TAALSPELETJIES MET GERHARD VAN HUYSSTEEN
9 Maart 09:30
60 min | Die Plataan | Gratis

MARLENE VAN NIEKERK – DIE DIGTER
Met Louise Viljoen

Aangebied deur Human & Rousseau
Vier jaar ná Kaar verskyn twee digbundels deur dié Hertzogpryswenner vir poësie. Louise Viljoen ontsluit die beeldgedigte van In die stille agterkamer en Gesant van die mispels aan die hand van foto’s van die werk van die Nederlandse skilders Adriaen Coorte (1659-1707) en Jan Mankes (1889-1920), waarop die gedigte gegrond is. In ‘n opname kan Marlene ook gehoor word waar sy self van die gedigte voorlees.
9 Maart 10:00
60 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

DANA SNYMAN EN NATHAN TRANTRAAL – DIE KLEURE VAN ONS LAND
Aangebied deur Tafelberg en Kwela
‘n Reisskrywer en digter vertel elkeen skrynend eerlik die stories van hulle mense – Dana in sy reisverhaalbundel Op pad, en Nathan in Wit issie ‘n colour nie, oor die lewe in die buitewyke van die Kaapse Vlakte. Loftus Marais vra hulle uit.
9 Maart 10:30
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

DIE RESTAURANT AS MISDAADTONEEL
Met Schalk Schoombie en Irna van Zyl, in gesprek met Kerneels Breytenbach

‘n Bekende kosresensent sterf onverklaarbaar en ‘n ongewilde sjef word ná ‘n hewige tantrum die volgende oggend dood in sy kombuis gevind. Oud-joernaliste Schalk (Rooi haring) en Irna (Gifbeker) gesels met Kerneels Breytenbach oor hoe ons jongste koshebbelikhede en die moderne onthaalwese vrugbare teelaarde is vir ‘n komiese misdaadsatire, of hoëoktaan-spanningsverhaal.
9 Maart 11:30
60 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

LAG-LAG DIE MOEILIKSTE
Met Rudie van Rensburg, Bennie Fourie, Beer Adriaanse en Ernest van der Kwast

Moontlik gemaak deur die Kaapse Forum vir Neerlandistiek en SASNEV
Twee romanskrywers en twee draaiboekskrywers het een ding in gemeen: Hulle stories is snááks! Rudie skryf oor ‘n ouetehuisopstand en die Nederlander Ernest van der Kwast oor sy Indiese mama met die koekroller, terwyl Bennie en Beer TV-kykers laat skaterlag met kykNET se Hotel. Hulle vertel vir Bibi Slippers hoe swaarkry lekkerkry word.
9 Maart 12:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

KOSDEMO: GEURE VAN DIE BO-KAAP
Aangebied deur Quivertree
Hulle noem haar Laysa, maar eintlik sien sy haarself as Liza Minnelli. Want sien, as ‘n mens nie personality het nie, hoe oorleef jy die dag wanneer jou man loop om brood te koop en terugkom met ‘n ander vrou? Nee wat, vandag leef Ms Jabaar haar passie voor die kospotte uit in al die eksotiese geure so reg uit die glansboek Bo-Kaap Kitchen. Kom leer by haar en vriendin Shireen Narkedien omtrent die geheimenisse van speserye en tradisionele Maleier-kerries, knibbel aan happies soos bollas en ope bekkies, en hoor wat jy nooit by ‘n begrafnis kan voorsit nie!
9 Maart 14:00
60 min | Die Khaya | R70 | R80 by die deur

GERDA TALJAARD: DIE LAKSMAN SE DOGTER
In gesprek met Marita van der Vyver

Aangebied deur Penguin Random House
Wat doen dit aan ‘n dogter om te hoor haar pa was ‘n laksman in die vorige politieke bedeling? Was dit wat Rosaria van haar dogter vervreem het en wat tot dié jong rock-ster se dood gelei het en Rosaria se eie makabere fassinasie met opgestopte voëltjies? Marita hoor meer by die skrywer wat bekend is vir haar romans ‘n Engel in die hoenderhok en Kelder.
9 Maart 14:00
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

LEON VAN NIEROP: KATELKNAAP
In gesprek met Francois Bloemhof

Aangebied deur Penguin Random House
Die vervaardiger, skrywer en fliekresensent gee nou die voorafstorie van Plesierengel, waarin ons vir Tristan Hansen leer ken het – die jongman wat deur die rykste vroue in Johannesburg vir sy “dienste” betaal word. Nou hoor ons wat hom sy lewenspaadjie laat kies het en onmoet ook die vroue wat hom gelei, gevorm en opgelei het. Francois Bloemhof gesels met Leon oor dié witwarm gigolo-storie.
9 Maart 14:00
60 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

CECILE CILLIERS: DIE OU VROU EN DIE PRIESTER EN ANDER KORTVERHALE
In gesprek met Martie Meiring

Aangebied deur Human & Rousseau
Een van die bekende Boeksusters (met sus Madeleine van Biljon nog op M-Net) en gewilde rubriekskrywer het eindelik haar eerste eie kortverhaalbundel die lig laat sien. Sy gesels met Martie oor haar temas, soos wat in ’n huwelik ongesê bly, die oorweldigende blindheid van ’n eerste liefde, die menigte vorms wat verlies kan aanneem, en bowenal die uitdagings wat met ouderdom gepaardgaan.
9 Maart 15:30
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

’N ANDER MANIER VAN DRUK*
HAT: druk: (deur ‘n pers) op papier aanbring
Met Pieter-Dirk Uys, Brent Meersman, Joan Kruger, Jaco van der Merwe en Wikus de Wet, in gesprek met Riana Barnard

Vandag kan ‘n president die wêreld met 140 karakters regeer en ‘n sakeman sy onderneming via ‘n Wolk bestuur. En die boek is nog hier as boek! Of hulle nou hulle eie drukkery bedryf, soos Pieter-Dirk en Brent, ‘n familie-uitgewery soos Joan, of crowdfunding as finansiering gebruik soos Jaco en Wikus – daar ís deesdae vele opsies om boeke (goedkoper) te maak. Riana Barnard vind uit.
9 Maart 15:30
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

TOT DIE DOOD ONS SKEI
Met Schalk Schoombie en Julian Jansen, in gesprek met André le Roux

Aangebied deur Human & Rousseau en Tafelberg
Wat dryf iemand om sy vrou of lewensmaat te vermoor? Of sy ouers? In Tot die dood ons skei kyk Schalk indringend na die verskynsel van ‘intieme vrouemoord’ en diep grusame voorbeelde op, terwyl Julian vir Die De Zalze-moorde die storie agter die storie vertel van dié skokkende Stellenbosse gesinsmoord. André, wat in Narsiste, psigopate, stalkers en sadiste verskeie moordenaarsprofiele ontleed, soek saam antwoorde.
9 Maart 17:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

LOFTUS EN BIBI: SLEGTE SEKS & GIN
Met Loftus Marais, Bibi Slippers, Desmond Painter, Ryan Pedro, Annie Klopper, Andries Bezuidenhout en Charlotte van den Broeck

Daar is te min gedigte oor slegte seks in Afrikaans, en te veel oor die natuur, voëls, God en die liefde. Ses Afrikaanse digters, een Vlaming en ‘n studentedigter is genooi om as deel van ‘n Vrydagaandse gin bar ‘n nuwe gedig oor slegte seks te kom voorlees saam met ‘n paar ander.
9 Maart 18:00
85 min | Drostdy-teater | R50 | R60 by die deur

STORIEVUUR: ANTOINETTE PIENAAR EN OOM JOHANNES

Angebied deur Penguin Random House
Antoinette is die kruievrou van RSG en saam met haar getroue vennoot, Oom Johannes, vertel sy stories uit haar nuwe boek, Die lang man sonder skaduwee, en oor die genesende, soms selfs towerkragte van kruie.
9 Maart 18:30
60 min | Die Plataan | Gratis

BOEKKLUB: 55 VOOR 12/ 55 TO 12 – SKRYWERS OM DIE LANGTAFEL
Met Jacques Pauw, Valda Jansen, Alexandra Fuller, SJ Naudé, Masande Ntshanga, Eben Venter, Fred Khumalo, Ghaireyah Fredericks, Jolyn Phillip, Sean Christie, Marita van der Vyver en Heindrich Wyngaard, in gesprek met Jean Meiring

Twaalf skrywers – Afrikaans en Engels – kom bymekaar teen die agtergrond van toenemende vreemdelingehaat en onrus wêreldwyd en die verkrummeling van magstrukture om vrae uit te trap, soos wat beteken dit om in vandag se werklikheid te skryf en wie kry die reg om sê wat dié werklikheid is? Kan jy nog as skrywer ‘n bydrae maak om 55 minute voor 12? Regsgeleerde en gereelde boekresensent Jean Meiring is die gespreksleier.
9 Maart 19:15 vir 19:45
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur (glas wyn is ingesluit)

STORIEVUUR: ONS BESTE SPOOKSTORIES
Kom sit ounag en luister na van die beste spookstories versamel in Constant Companions: South African Tales of the Supernatural, bymekaargemaak deur Annel Pieterse en geskryf deur studente van UWK en US en deelnemers aan InZync se INKcredible-poësieslypskole vir skoliere.
9 Maart 22:00
60 min | Die Plataan | Gratis
 

Saterdag 10 Maart


 
KOM BAK SAAM MET DIE KOKKEDOORTJIES!
Met Martjie Malan

Spesiaal net vir kinders: Kom kuier saam met twee deelnemers aan die Kokkedoortjie TV-reeks en leer bak saam met Martjie Malan, wat haar eie kookskool vir kinders het en medeskrywer was vir die Kokkedoortjie én nuwe Koekedoortjie-reekse. Jou sintuie sal gons, jou vingers sal woel en jou kakebeen sal wikkel! Ingesluit: bakpret met twee heerlike resepte in The Private Hotel School se professionele opleidingskombuis, werk in ‘n span met ‘n maat, eet wat jy bak en neem die res huis toe plus as bonus ‘n verrassingspakkie met geskenkies en ‘n gratis Kokkedoortjie-kookboek ter waarde van R310! Vir ouers wat moet wag, is daar koffie en eetgoed, of ‘n spesiale ontbytdemo – sien Ontbytdemo vir ouers.
3, 10 Maart: 09:00-11:30
150 min | Debut @ The Private Hotel School | R350 (Net 20 plekke vir kinders 9-13 per klas)

ONTBYTDEMO VIR OUERS
Aandag alle ouers van woelige kinders. Terwyl die klein Kokkedoortjies by die Private Hotel School bak en brou, word ’n weglê-ontbyt vir die ouers voorgesit. Die professionele sjefs wys jou hoe ’n ou gunsteling, Eggs Benedict, in ’n japtrap opgetower kan word sonder om op eiers te loop in die kombuis.
3, 10 Maart: 09:00-11:30
150 min | Debut @ The Private Hotel School | R115

KOSDEMO: MARILYN KUIER EN KOOK!
Aangebied deur LAPA-Uitgewers
Kuier se tuiskok het as jong bruid van ‘n dominee op Loeriesfontein beland en dáár geleer van tydbestuur. Ook kosdiplomasie, want dis met haar maklike, vinnige en lekker resepte dat Marilyn Gantana die susters se guns kon wen!
10 Maart 10:00
60 min | Die Khaya | R70 | R80 by die deur

RIAN VAN HEERDEN: DINGE WAT EK NIÉ MOES GESÊ HET NIE
In gesprek met Ivor Price

Aangebied deur Tafelberg
Met sy eerste verskyning op TV as hoërskool-laaitie het Rian van Heerden reeds die volk die josie in gemaak. En sedertdien het dinge nie beter gegaan nie! Op sy aweregse manier en met ‘n goeie skoot humor vertel dié radio- en TV-persoonlikheid aan Ivor van sy boek, waarin hy wonder oor dáárdie dinge wat hom in die warmwater laat beland het.
10 Maart 10:30
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

ANDRÉ LE ROUX: WAAROM MANS ALTYD REG IS (EN ANDER ONNOSELHEDE)
In gesprek met Michélle van Breda

Aangebied deur Human & Rousseau
Dié bundel bevat van die laaste (en skreeusnaaksste) rubrieke wat André le Roux vir SARIE geskryf het. Wat is dit met vroue en alewig inkopies doen? En hoekom wil mans nooit dokter toe gaan nie? André gesels met SARIE se redakteur, Michélle, oor (volgens hom) die hemelsbreë verskille tussen mans en vroue. En hoe jy eintlik net jou hart kan vashou oor hoe blind die liefde steeds is.
10 Maart 12:00
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60

JOHN W FREDERICKS: SKOLLIE
In gesprek met Herman Lategan

Aangebied deur Penguin Random House
Suid-Afrikaanse gehore was in verlede jaar in vervoering oor Noem my Skollie, die fliek wat op die lewe van John W. Fredericks gegrond is. Herman praat met John oor Skollie, sy aangrypende memoires, getik met net met één vinger, sy lewe as ‘n bendelid en Pollsmoor-tronkvoël, en hoe sy talent om stories te vertel hom laat oorleef het sodat hy hom vandag “‘n skrywer” kan noem.
10 Maart 12:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

THULI AND TIM AT GUARDIAN PEAK
With Thuli Madonsela, in conversation with Tim du Plessis

Adv Thuli Madonsela shows without question that dynamite comes in small packages. In seven years the former Public Protector has achieved what few accomplish in a lifetime, often praised and vilified in equal measures. Looking back at her time in office, she said the role is akin to that of the Venda traditional spiritual female leader, the Makhadzi, who whispers truth to the king or the ruler. And a ruler who ignores the Makhadzi does so at his peril. Sample a three-course meal prepared by the legendary Rust en Vrede chef, listening to former Rapport editor and columnist Tim du Plessis enjoying some rare personal time with this woman of steel.
10 March 12:30
180 min | Guardian Peak Winery and Restaurant | R950

KOSDEMO: BOEREKOS MET ’N TWIST
Aangebied deur Human & Rousseau
Annelien Pienaar ’n kwyllekker kinkel aan die eenvoudige huiskos wat jou ma, ouma en oumagrootjie gemaak het. Sy deel van haar 140 familieresepte, wat elkeen die “resep-met-’n-les”-konsep voortsit wat haar blog so suksesvol maak.
10 Maart 14:00
60 min | Die Khaya | R70 | R80 by die deur

TREE AAN: DIGTERS IN AKSIE!
Met Churchil Naudé, Jolyn Phillips en Charlotte van den Broeck, met Danie Marais aan die stuur

Moontlik gemaak deur NB-Uitgewers, die Kaapse Forum vir Neerlandistiek, SASNEV en die Vlaamse Regering
Van die Kaapse Vlakte tot Antwerpen wys dié digters wat van ‘n gedig ‘n show maak. Die Kaapse rapper en woordtowenaar Churchil ‘Meneer Naudé’ Naudé, die Gansbaaise digter Jolyn Phillips en die veelbekroonde Vlaamse digter en verhoogkunster Charlotte van den Broeck vertel – en wys – hoe jy poësie voordra, uit jou kop lees, met die gehoor speel, kletsrym, en jou verhoogvrees beheer sónder om beheer te verloor.
10 Maart 14:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

VAN LIEF EN LEED EN ALLES TUSSEN-IN
Met Elsa Winckler

Aangebied deur Kwela en Human & Rousseau
Elsa gesels met Jacolet van den Berg en Juanita Aggenbach, skrywers van Hoë hakke met hoogwater en Gister is verby oor lekkerleesromans en hoe belangrik dit is om van die werklikheid en swaarkry te ontsnap, of is dit hoe jy lesers lok: deur stories te vertel wat soos hulle eie voel.
10 Maart 14:00
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

DIE INTIMITEIT VAN SKRYF
Met Dominique Botha, Valda Jansen, Kluun en Ernest van der Kwast

Moontlik gemaak deur NB-Uitgewers, die Kaapse Forum vir Neerlandistiek, SASNEV en die Vlaamse Regering
Vier skrywers gesels met Andries Visagie oor watter ryk stof jou naaste familie vir fiksie bied, maar watter verantwoordelikheid dit ook is. Vir Dominique, ook die vertaler van Camp Whore, was haar broer die inspirasie vir Valsrivier, vir Valda ‘n verlore geliefde in Hy kom met die skoenlappers, vir Kluun die dood van sy jong vrou, en vir die Nederlandse Ernest sy Indiese ma met die koekroller.
10 Maart 15:30
60 min | HB Thom-seminaarkamer | R50 | R60 by die deur

HYKIE BERG: ‘MY LEWE MET DWELMS’
In gesprek met Helana Olivier

Aangebied deur Lux Verbi
Ons hoor by die bekende akteur wanneer hy sy deurbraak gemaak het. En wanneer hy aan dwelms verslaaf geraak het. Hykie se persoonlike verhaal, wat sy laagtepunt het in ’n maksimum-sekuriteitsel in die Weskoppies-hospitaal, is een van suiwer genade.
10 Maart 15:30
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

DIGTERSPARADYS
Met Daniel Hugo, Gilbert Gibson, Jolyn Phillips, Pieter Fourie, Fourie Botha, Clinton V du Plessis, en Nuwe Stemme 6 se Remona Voges en Jaco van der Merwe

Aangebied deur NB-Uitgewers, Naledi en Penguin Random House
‘n Jaarlikse hoogtepunt wanneer bekende en debuutdigters uit hulle werk voorlees.
10 Maart 17:00
90 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 by die deur

No Longer Whispering to Power

Book details

 
 

Rule of Law

 
 
 

Kokkedoortjie

 
 
 

The President's Keeper

 
 
 

Die DJ

 
 
 

Die Vrou in die Blou Mantel

 
 
 
 

Love Life

 
 
 
 

'n Vrou gaan doktor toe

 
 
 

The Book Club Cookbook

 
 
 

Reuben at Home

 
 
 
 

Huilboek

 
 
 
 

Hoezit, Antie. Vrikkie Hier.

 
 
 

Ramaphosa: The man who would be king

 
 
 

Die De Zalze-moorde

 
 
 

Deeg

 
 
 
 

Die reuk van appels

 
 
 

Spertyd

 
 
 

Groen soos die hemel daarbo

 
 
 

Spieëlbeeld

 
 
 

Boereverneukers!

 
 
 

Maalvleis

 
 
 
 

Kafka's Curse

 
 
 
 

Bitter Fruit

 
 
 
 

Dikeledi

 
 
 
 

Buys – ’n Grensroman

 
 
 
 

As By Fire

 
 
 
 

South Africa Can Work

 
 
 

Slot van die dag

 
 
 

Blood Money

 
 
 

New Times

 
 
 

Kook en Geniet

 
 
 

Dwarsklap

 
 
 
 

Stormkind

 
 
 

Die pluimsaad waai ver

 
 
 

Vandag is ek 'n windlawaai

 
 
 

Tussen vriende

 
 
 

Weerlose weerstand

 
 
 

Verlorenkop

 
 
 

Sê my, is julle twee susters?

 
 
 

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

 
 
 

Enemy of the People

  • Enemy of the People: How Jacob Zuma stole South Africa and how the people fought back by Adriaan Basson, Pieter du Toit
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The Republic of Gupta

 
 
 

65 Years of Friendship

 
 
 

Die derde spoel

 
 
 

Groen soos die hemel daarbo

 
 
 

Mentje: Kind van Pas-Opkamp

 
 
 

Drie vroue en 'n meisie

 
 
 

Bloedvreemd

 
 
 

Dancing the Death Drill

 
 
 

Quiet Until the Thaw

 
 
 

Werfsonde

 
 
 

Kontrei

 
 
 

Hierdie Huis

 
 
 

Kanna hy kô huistoe

 
 
 

Adam Small: Denker, digter, dramaturg - 'n Huldiging

 
 
 

Recce-Resepte

 
 
 

Kruidjie roer my

 
 
 

On Record

 
 
 

Skollie

 
 
 

Die laaste Afrikanerleiers

 
 
 

Hans steek die Rubicon oor

 
 
 

Hartebreker

 
 
 

Khwezi

 
 
 

Verskroeide Aarde

 
 
 

The Yoga Kitchen

 
 
 

Die Bergengel

 
 
 

In die stille agterkamer

 
 
 

Gesant van die mispels

 
 
 

Wit issie 'n colour nie

 
 
 

Rooi Haring

 
 
 

Bo-Kaap Kitchen

 
 
 

Tot die dood ons skei

 
 
 

Narsiste, psigopate, stalkers en sadiste

 
 
 

Marylin kuier en kook!

 
 
 

Hykie Berg - My Storie van Hoop

 
 
 

Nuwe Stemme 6

 
 
 

Valsrivier

 
 
 

Hy kom met die skoenlappers


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Woordfees Writers Festival 2018 programme

The countdown for the annual Woordfees Festival has begun…

From the second to the eleventh of March, the quaint Western Cape town of Stellenbosch will play host to an array of authors, poets, actors, playwrights, musicians and artists.

2018′s programme is certainly one for the books and the following Writers Festival sessions should not be missed:

Friday 2 March

 
WOMEN OF STEEL: THULI MADONSELA AND GLYNNIS BREYTENBACH
In conversation with Marianne Thamm
Presented by Pan MacMillan
Marianne, a well-known journalist and writer, sits down with two women whose lives are characterised by sheer willpower to pursue the truth. With Thuli’s memoir in the pipeline and Glynnis’ Rule of Law on the shelf, they discuss their formative influences, defining moments and fighting the odds still facing females today.
2 March 10:30
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 at the door
 

Monday 5 March

 
RAMAPHOSA – BEHIND THE ENIGMA
With Max du Preez, Ray Hartley, Koketso Sachana and Jeremy Thompson

What does Ray Hartley’s Ramaphosa – The Man Who Would Be King say about the enigma that is the new ANC president – ambitious, charming, a born negotiator, astute businessman, the boy who at a young age told his friend that he would one day be president? In this centenary year of Nelson Mandela, who anointed him as his successor, everyone wants to know: Does he have what it takes to turn SA around? Max du Preez will lead the discussion with Hartley, Cape Talk’s Koketso Sachana and former Sky News achorman Jeremy Thompson.
5 March 09:00
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 at the door

MARTIE MEIRING MEETS ACHMAT DANGOR
Presented by Pan MacMillan
The Man Booker nominated writer, who shot to fame with Kafka’s Curse, then made it onto to prestigious awards’s shortlist with Bitter Fruit, chats to Martie about growing up in the extraordinary days of apartheid, the role of the women in his family (his sister is Jessie Duarte) and in his latest novel, Dikeledi – the story of a young girl born in Harlem, and her grandmother back home.
5 March 14:00
60 min | HB Thom-seminar room | R50 | R60 at the door
 

Tuesday 6 March

 
REHANA ROSSOUW: NEW TIMES – BUT NO MANDELA
In coversation with Karina Szczurek

Presented by Jacana Media
As Ali Adams starts a new job as a political reporter at The New Times, a weekly newspaper in Cape Town, her stories make front page. But back home in Bo-Kaap the community has expectations, and none of them involve a woman running all over the place chasing stories. Apartheid, religion, homosexuality, Mandela The Sellout, politics of the newsroom, and post-traumatic stress all come to the fore in this gritty novel by a veteran political reporter.
6 March 09:30
60 min | HB Thom seminar room | R50 | R60 at the door

‘BOEKKLUB’: ALEXANDRA FULLER – A RHODESIAN CHILDHOOD
In conversation with Ingrid Winterbach

She grows up during the bush war that helped turn Rhodesia into Zimbabwe –the family’s bombproof Landrover is nicknamed Lucy. She survives a terrible, avoidable death that turns her fun-loving Scottish mother into a crazy drunk and for which she, as a child of eight, feels responsible … These last days of colonialism are at the heart of Alexandra Fuller’s internationally acclaimed 2002 memoir, Don’t Let’s go to the Dogs Tonight. She talks to Ingrid about a world of taboos and projected shame, about living in Wyoming after being separated from her all-American husband of 20 years, and “the beautiful and terrible” she wrestles with in writing.
6 March 19:15 for 19:45
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 at the door (glass of wine included)
 

Wednesday 7 March

 
GEORGE BIZOS: 65 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP
In conversation with Edwin Cameron

Presented by Penguin Random House
The world-renowned human-rights lawyer talks to Judge Edwin Cameron about his new book, a touching homage to his friendship with Nelson Mandela and a fascinating tale of two men whose work affected the lives of all South Africans– arguing in favour of the Constitution, which is under threat in the current political climate.
7 March 10:30
60 min | ATKV-Boektent | R50 | R60 at the door

WHOSE HISTORY IS IT ANYWAY?
With Fred Khumalo, Alexandra Fuller and Achmat Dangor

How important is it to keep telling accurate and unembellished stories about the past – even if it’s offensive or hurtful? Three writers discuss this with Sandra Swart. Fred used the sinking of the crew ship SS Mendi during the First World War as backdrop for Dancing the Death Drill. Alexandra wrote about growing up during the Rhodesian war in her debut and for her new novel, Quiet Until the Thaw, investigates the history of two Native American boys in a South Dakota reserve, while Achmat returns to the apartheid history in Dikeledi.
7 March 14:00
60 min | HB Thom-seminar room | R50 | R60 at the door
Thursday 8 March

REDI TLHABI: KHWEZI
In conversation with Adriaan Basson

Presented by Jonathan Ball Publishers
The book touched a nerve: More than 400 people attended the launch; 10 000 copies were sold in a week. Adriaan Basson asks the well known talk show radio host and author why, and what price Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo – better known as Khwezi – ultimately paid as the woman who dared to accuse Zuma of rape.
8 March 14:00
60 min | HB Thom-seminar room | R50 | R60 at the door
 

Saturday 10 March

 
THULI AND TIM AT GUARDIAN PEAK
With Thuli Madonsela, in conversation with Tim du Plessis
Adv Thuli Madonsela shows without question that dynamite comes in small packages. In seven years the former Public Protector has achieved what few accomplish in a lifetime, often praised and vilified in equal measures. Looking back at her time in office, she said the role is akin to that of the Venda traditional spiritual female leader, the Makhadzi, who whispers truth to the king or the ruler. And a ruler who ignores the Makhadzi does so at his peril. Sample a three-course meal prepared by the legendary Rust en Vrede chef, listening to former Rapport editor and columnist Tim du Plessis enjoying some rare personal time with this woman of steel.
10 March 12:30
180 min | Guardian Peak Winery and Restaurant | R950

No Longer Whispering to Power

Book details

 
 

Rule of Law

 
 
 
 
Ramaphosa: The man who would be king

 
 
 
 

Kafka's Curse

 
 
 
 
Bitter Fruit

 
 
 
 
Dikeledi

 
 
 
 
New Times

 
 
 
 
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

 
 
 
 
65 Years of Frienship

 
 
 
 
Dancing the Death Drill

 
 
 
 
Khwezi


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“This was a series of stories that needed to be told” – Jeremy Maggs on writing Win!

Published in the Sunday Times

In a 30-year broadcasting career I’ve had many tough moments.

I’ve interviewed people who didn’t want to talk. I’ve been threatened. I’ve experienced the naked terror of launching television shows.

And having makeup put on me every day is something I’ve never gotten used to. Even more so as you need shovelfuls the older you get.

But nothing was more difficult than sitting down night after night, watching a flashing cursor on a white screen with the ghostly voice of Nadia the publisher resonating in my ear using the word deadline over and over again. Don’t believe authors when they pontificate about books being a labour of love. They are a labour of extreme pain.

This was a series of stories that needed to be told. I encounter successful people all the time. People who are making a real difference. The older I get the more interested I’ve become in what makes a person a winner.

I had five rules driving the choice of 20 people I spoke to including Pravin Gordhan, Cheryl Carolus and Bryan Habana. They needed to be people I had encountered and looked up to. They had to have a real story to tell; had to have the power of inspiration; needed to have failed and overcome adversity and had to have real life lessons to impart.

My subjects all gave me 30 minutes. Pravin saw me just before a performance at a corporate conference. Cheryl was late but she had a good excuse, telling a group of ANC politicians to “grow a pair”. Bryan taught me it’s okay to live with regrets. He wishes he’d studied more as a youngster, something he’s now pursuing. Industrialist Mark Lamberti explained that the more successful one becomes, the more responsibility one has to shoulder. Ryan Bacher, of home gift delivery service Netflorist, taught me never to forget the importance of family. Wendy Lucas Bull was late for her interview because she said she couldn’t find parking in her own basement.

At the end of each chapter there are three takeouts from each interview. Cumulatively I hope they provide readers with a blueprint for what will be inevitably be another tough year in South Africa.

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Book Bites: 4 February

Published in the Sunday Times

Trade SecretsTrade Secrets
****
Short.Sharp.Stories, Tattoo Press, R240

As Yewande Omotoso remarks in the foreword, the stories in Trade Secrets range from the futuristic to the bad old days: “You’re a fighter pilot, you’re a young girl getting a haircut, suddenly you know magic…” But a decent collection also emphasises the connections among the stories, like a good mixtape. Trade Secrets does. My favourites were Mishka Hoosen’s powerful take on gay longing and girlhood, Wedding Henna; Kamil Naicker’s story of intimacy and euthanasia, The Liberator, and Darrel Bristow-Bovey’s funny/terrible tale with a wheelchair as its axis, An Act of God – his best fiction yet. Buy this book. – Diane Awerbuck

In the Midst of WinterIn the Midst of Winter
****
Isabel Allende, Simon & Schuster, R285

Despite its improbable plot, the novel’s concerns with the plight of displaced people make it a worthwhile read. It is literally and metaphorically midwinter for the three protagonists. During the worst snowstorm in memory, in Brooklyn in 2016, academic Richard Bowmaster collides with a vehicle driven by Evelyn Ortega, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala. Although the damage is minimal, the situation is serious: Evelyn has taken the car without the permission of her employer; and there is a corpse in the boot. At a loss, Richard calls on his Chilean colleague Lucia Maraz for assistance. The trio, all of whom have harrowing backgrounds, contrive to solve the problem. – Moira Lovell

Sourdough
Sourdough
****
Robin Sloan, Penguin Random House, R295

As good if not better than Sloan’s debut novel Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore. This is a book hug, set in San Francisco, one to chase away the new year blues. Lois Clary is a coder for a robotics company. Working constantly and not taking care of herself, Lois and her colleagues – most of them men – survive on Slurry, a nutritive drink like Soylent. She is unhappy, lonely and depressed until she meets two brothers who own an illegal eatery. They feed her sourdough and spicy soup. When they’re deported, they leave her their sourdough starter. It’s more alive than any starter and this begins Lois’s odyssey into the mysterious and warm world of food. – Jennifer Platt @jenniferdplatt

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