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Kry jou chronologiese Woordfees Skrywersfees-program hier!

 

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

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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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Peter Carey’s novel about a motor race around Australia is not so much Mad Max as Thoughtful Stricken Max, writes Allison Pearson

Published in the Sunday Times


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Long Way From Home
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Peter Carey, Faber & Faber, R275

There are some novelists who lift the heart through sheer exuberance and generosity on the page. Laurence Sterne was the first (in that most singular of one-offs, Tristram Shandy). Charles Dickens is another. Peter Carey belongs in that same zestful company. The 14th novel by the two-times Booker Prize winner starts as a rattling good tale about a race and ends as a painful meditation on race. In between, there are 10000 miles of Australian terrain to navigate and centuries of buried, bloody history. The narrative does a sudden, handbrake turn, and you may feel the book has lost its way, but in the hands of such a skilful driver no detour is entirely wasted.

We begin where the author began, in Bacchus Marsh, a small town 33 miles from Melbourne, where Carey was born in 1943 to parents who ran a General Motors Holden dealership. The story is told through two alternating voices, a favourite Carey device. The first, Irene Bobs, is a petite, irrepressible young woman, married (with two children) to the similarly diminutive “Titch” Bobs.

Irene’s husband may be the best Ford salesman in south-eastern Australia, but he lives in fear of his bullying father, Dan. In Irene’s disgusted description, Dan “puffed himself up like a cobra, glaring in triumph at those of us whose wallets he planned to lighten”. Carey is just as good at evoking the Bobses’ sexually replete happiness.

Observing this domestic bliss wistfully from next door is lanky, bookish Willie Bachhuber, the second narrator, a fair-haired son of a Protestant preacher who, feeling out of place in Australia, pines for what he believes to be his native Germany. A teacher and radio-quiz maestro obsessed with maps, Willie is dodging support payments for a black child who can’t possibly be his. Tortured and tentative, Willie is drawn to the life force that is Irene and we sense a romance brewing.

The Bobses, meanwhile, have a plan to open a Ford dealership stymied by a jealous Dan. To boost their chances of being awarded a franchise they enter the Redex Reliability Trial, a bonkers, round-Australia motorsport race, hugely famous in the 1950s. All they lack is a navigator.

With perfect timing, their map-reading neighbour loses his job after dangling an errant schoolboy out of a window. Something the lad said about the whites-only immigration policy of Australia made peaceable Willie snap. “What about you, sir? Why did they let you in?” Willie reflects grimly that, “No one would see the parallels between the government’s recruitment of ‘Nordic types’ and their habit of removing the paler Aboriginal children from their mother and giving them to white families with total confidence that half-castes would never give birth to throwbacks…”

It’s a shockingly cruel image and, as we shall discover, a revealing one, but Carey doesn’t let the reader linger. As the eccentric trio hits the road, we are swept along.

Redex contestants were given detailed strip maps to help them negotiate the catastrophe-strewn course. Carey has great fun with the cautionary instructions. “SUDDEN DROPS”, “BEND INTO DEEP DRAIN”. Beneath the madcap mirth, however, a darker seam is opening up like a wound. Willie may excel at reading the white man’s maps, but what he doesn’t know is that the outback is crisscrossed with lines of ceremony and ritual.

The “murderous continent” starts to give up its ugly secrets. Taking a loo break, Irene stumbles upon an open grave, the site of a massacre. “There were so many, they must be blacks.” She finds a human skull “a tiny thing, as fragile and powdery as an emu egg … I was a mother. I knew what it was to hold a tender child and I knew this must be a little boy, and all these bones around him must be his family.”

Until now, Australia’s greatest living novelist has shied away from writing about the Aborigines.

Carey said he felt that it was not the place of a white writer to tell that story. Recently, though, he declared: “You can’t be a white Australian writer and spend your whole life ignoring the greatest, most important aspect of our history, and that is that we – I – have been the beneficiaries of a genocide.”

The novel’s second half sees Willie Bachhuber become a living renunciation of Titch Bobs’s cheerily brazen, “I could not give a f*** about what happened a hundred years ago.”

Working with Aboriginal people, and all the while uncovering the mystery of his own past, a guilty Willie learns to draw maps far more ancient than any made for motor cars. Carey has taken great care to do his research, and rightly so. Yet there is a cautious constricting in these pages, a sense of the novelist watching his step, which feels strange after the bravura brio of the beginning. Not so much Mad Max as Thoughtful Stricken Max.

Some critics have praised A Long Way from Home as evidence of a new “complexity” in Peter Carey’s work because, in literature, darkness is too often valued over light. I’m afraid I found the ending opaque to the point of bafflement, even after reading it several times. — ©The Telegraph, London

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Dr Judy Dlamini donates books to initiative aimed at increasing equality among young girls and boys


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr Judy Dlamini, accomplished entrepreneur, doctor, mother, wife, student, style icon and author is contributing to yet another initiative close to her heart by donating books to an initiative to inspire young boys and girls to succeed in their careers. This book drive is an initiative spearheaded by Book Circle Capital, a newly established book store situated in Maboneng. The donation of 500 copies of Dr Judy’s book Equal but Different will kick the initiative into gear.

Equal But Different is based on life story interviews from fourteen women from diverse backgrounds, all of whom have risen to top leadership positions. These include Phuti Mahanyele (exec chairman Sigma Capital), Coco Cachalia (CEO Grounded Media), Cora Fernandez (Former Head of Sanlam Investment Management), Gloria Serobe (Founder & Executive Director of WIPHold), Maria Ramos (first woman to lead one of the biggest Financial Services groups in the country) and Siza Mzimela (first black woman to lead a commercial airline company). The book also covers men’s voices, including the Deputy President of the country, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa. While promoting the book, Dr Dlamini also donated books to underprivileged schools to inspire learners and demonstrate that nothing is impossible.

This spirit of giving is integral to Dr Dlamini and her husband Sizwe Nxasana’s business practices, and Dr Dlamini endorses the ethos of giving back, she believes that South Africa will only be prosperous if all who live in it have an equal chance to succeed. When she noticed Book Circle Capital’s CSI initiative on social media, which aimed to donate 10 000 books to schools across SA, she couldn’t resist contributing books to this initiative. This was not the first time she has engaged with the quirky bookstore as they have previously invited her to be a guest speaker at their book club, where she addressed a group of young professionals.

Book Circle Capital, owned by Sewela and Loyiso Langeni, started their initiative to promote the essence of equality among young girls and boys. They are also looking to inspire them through the stories and different experiences captured in Dr Dlamini’s book.

Book Circle Capital is highly appreciative of Dr Dlamini’s contribution towards their initiative. According to the partners, the publishing industry in South Africa is highly concentrated and competitive with small margins. Dr Dlamini’s contribution to their cause further cements the partnerships they’re hoping to cultivate in order to have an impact on the youth. Dr Dlamini’s personal journey is regarded by the Langeni’s as an inspirational story that many children need to hear.

The partners look forward to teaming with other corporate organisations and believe others will follow in Sifiso Publishers footsteps. Dr Dlamini echoes their sentiments and states that “all stakeholders in our economy have a responsibility to invest in our youth. Empowering their minds and showing them what they can become if they work hard is a good starting point.”

“My hope is that Equal But Different inspires the young readers encouraging them to reach for their dreams. I am living proof that hard work and determination ensure you achieve your dreams. I always believed that people are equal but different and that mindset helped me to achieve despite the apartheid system and all other obstacles I encountered along my journey. This hard-working attitude is one I would like to instil in those that come after us,” concludes Dr Dlamini.

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A new year, a new pile of books to read…

Published in the Sunday Times

A new year, a new pile of books to read. Here are some highlights to look forward to in 2018, as compiled by Michele Magwood.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (Headline)

Four siblings are told the exact date of their death by a psychic. The novel traces their lives over four decades in a story described as “a moving meditation on fate, faith, and the family ties that alternately hurt and heal”.

Under Glass by Claire Robertson (Umuzi)

The much-anticipated third novel from the award-winning author, set on a sugar estate in 19th-century Natal and chronicling the lives of the Chetwyn family. A deeply researched historical novel and an intriguing mystery, it is described as “a high-stakes narrative of deception and disguise”.

What Are We Doing Here? by Marilynne Robinson (Little Brown)

A new essay collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist that examines the political climate and the mysteries of faith. She offers hope and a call to action.

Michael K by Nthikeng Mohlele (Picador Africa)

A brilliant take on JM Coetzee’s classic that explores the weight of history and of conscience, by one of South Africa’s most compelling young authors.

Knucklebone by NR Brodie (Pan Macmillan)

Nechama Brodie is a welcome new voice on the krimi scene. This is a disturbing story set in Johannesburg that wrangles sangomas, disillusioned cops and animal poaching.

Macbeth by Jo Nesbo (Hogarth Shakespeare)

Setting aside his popular detective Harry Hole, Nesbo takes on Shakespeare’s immortal story. “It’s a thriller about the struggle for power, set both in a gloomy, stormy crime noir-like setting and in a dark, paranoid human mind,” he says.

Heads of the Colored People: Stories by Nafissa Thompson-Spires (Simon & Schuster)

Timely and darkly funny stories examining black identity in a supposedly post-racial era.

A Spy in Time by Imraan Coovadia (Umuzi)

A new novel from the award-winning Coovadia always creates a buzz. Here he imagines a futuristic South Africa, where Johannesburg has survived the end of the world because of the mining tunnels that run beneath it.

The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin (HarperCollins)

Has a book ever been as eagerly awaited as this? The sixth novel in the fantasy series on which the TV show Game of Thrones is based is due for release this year. But then, it was due last year too.

Tsk-Tsk: The story of a child at large by Suzan Hackney (Jonathan Ball Publishers)

In a style reminiscent of Alexandra Fuller’s Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Hackney writes of a childhood on the run, fighting to survive in a world of abandoned and abused children.

The Boy Who Could Keep a Swan in His Head by John Hunt (Umuzi)

Surely one of the best titles of the year, it’s the story of a boy growing up in Hillbrow in the ’60s and his friendship with an eccentric homeless person.

The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton (Pan Macmillan)

The acclaimed Australian author leaves his familiar coastland settings and heads for the interior to the saltland next to the desert. A young runaway is on a desperate quest to find the only person who understands him. Described as “a rifle-shot of a novel – crisp, fast, shocking – an urgent masterpiece”.

Transcription by Kate Atkinson (Transworld)

The popular author’s new novel is based on the life of a female former Secret Service worker. Sure to be another runaway bestseller.

A Short History of Mozambique by Malyn Newitt (Jonathan Ball Publishers)

A comprehensive overview of 500 years of turbulent history, from its modern origins in the Indian Ocean trading system to the 15-year civil war that followed independence and its lingering after-effects.

Toy Boy by Leon van Nierop (Penguin)

Billed as an erotic coming-of-age tale and based on the life of a real person, this is the story of Tristan, a mysterious Johannesburg gigolo.

Homeland by Karin Brynard (Penguin)

The much-awaited English translation of Karin Brynard’s bestseller Tuisland. Captain Albertus Beeslaar is about to hand in his resignation when he is sent on one final assignment to Witdraai.

Brutal Legacy by Tracy Going (MF Books Joburg)

The shocking story of TV star Tracy Going’s abusive relationship that emerged when her battered face was splashed across the media in the late ’90s. She writes of her decline into depression and the healing she has finally found.

The Broken River Tent by Mphuthumi Ntabeni (Blackbird)

An entrancing novel that marries imagination with history, set in the time of Maqoma, the Xhosa chief at the forefront of fighting British colonialism in the Eastern Cape in the 19th century.

The Fatuous State Of Severity by Phumlani Pikoli (Pan Macmillan)

A fresh collection of short stories and illustrations that explore the experiences of a generation of young, urban South Africans coping with the tensions of social media, language and relationships of various kinds.

Born in Chains: the diary of an angry ‘born-free’ by Clinton Chauke (Jonathan Ball Publishers)

Debut author Chauke shows how his generation is still affected by apartheid policies but writes with wit and a unique sense of humour about his life. It’s a story of hope and perseverance, and of succeeding against all the odds.

The Golddiggers: A Novel by Sue Nyathi (Pan Macmillan)

The Zimbabwean author recounts the experiences of her fellow compatriots trying to make a life in Jozi. The stories of these desperate immigrants is both heart-breaking and heartwarming.

Cringeworthy by Melissa Dahl (Penguin UK)

Subtitled “How to Make the Most of Uncomfortable Situations” New York Magazine’s Dahl offers a thoughtful, original take on what it really means to feel awkward, relating all sorts of mortifying moments and how to turn them to your advantage.

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (Grove Press)

One of the most talked-about books coming in 2018. Described as unsettling and powerful, it is an extraordinary debut novel about a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side.”

The Madiba Appreciation Club: A Chef’s Story by Brett Ladds (Jonathan Ball Publishers)

A delightful memoir by Mandela’s former chef, spilling stories about meeting kings and queens, presidents, rock stars and even the Pope, as well as sharing Mandela’s favourite foods. – Michele Magwood, @michelemagwood

The Immortalists

Book details

 
 

Under Glass

 
 
 

What Are We Doing Here?

 
 
 

Macbeth

 
 
 
 
Heads of the Colored People

 
 
 
 
The Winds of Winter

 
 
 
 
The Shepherd's Hut

 
 
 
 
Transcription

 
 
 
 

A Short History of Mozambique

 
 
 
 
The Broken River Tent

 
 
 
 

Freshwater


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The best books of 2017

Published in the Sunday Times

Looking for book recommendations? Who better to ask than the people who create them. Spoiler alert: The Nix gets most votes…

Eusebius McKaiser (Run, Racist, Run)

It is unsurprising that the best local non-fiction titles of 2017 are also the most predictable. They have had public success and rightly so. These include, for me, The Republic of Gupta by Pieter-Louis Myburgh, The President’s Keepers by Jacques Pauw, Always Another Country by Sisonke Msimang, Khwezi by Redi Tlhabi, Reflecting Rogue by Pumla Dineo Gqola and Democracy & Delusion by Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh. They deserve to be read, and engaged, as an anthology that brilliantly captures the capture of the state, the danger our democracy is in, the elusive promise of exile that one day home will be safe again, rape culture’s persistence, our various identity journeys and crises that endure, and the disillusionment of the youth with the neocolonial leadership of the ANC government. Painful but urgent truths.

Karin Brynard (Our Fathers)

Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead was a late discovery for me. I devoured all three of her novels, but Gilead took my breath away. The prose alone felt like a religious experience, never mind the themes of belonging, redemption, salvation and grace. The Third Reel by SJ Naudé – a two-fisted exploration of art, politics, loss and love – left me reeling. Naudé is destined for a great career. I first read A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg by Harry Kalmer in Afrikaans some years back. I’m glad this gem of a book will now reach a wider audience. Johannesburg is like a bedeviled wife. You eventually become besotted with her. Kalmer shows you how. Having read Paul McNally’s The Street, an excellent real- life account of life on a particular street in Joburg, I no longer marvel at the depths of depravity in our politics.

Paige Nick (Unpresidented)

The Nix by Nathan Hill. It’s a fantastic, immersive, topical read that spans lives and decades. The basic plot revolves around an underachieving writer forced to face his mother, who abandoned him as a child. But it’s about so much more than that, including American politics. Good Cop, Bad Cop by Andrew Brown is riveting non-fiction that changed the way I think about South African divides: humanity, townships, crime and policing. It should be prescribed reading for every South African – law enforcement and politicians in particular. I ugly cried and ugly laughed on consecutive pages. Dark Traces by Martin Steyn is one of the most gripping, graphic, dark and twisty crime thrillers I’ve read. Set in the world of a cop investigating teenage girls who go missing, this is a book of much evil for poor Detective Magson, and the brave reader.

Achmat Dangor (Dikeledi)

All The Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan is a riveting story about a passionate love affair between an Israeli Jewish woman and a Palestinian Muslim man that embroils them in all kinds of turmoil. It bravely crosses ethnic and religious “rivers” that divide people. Exit West by Mohsin Mohammed is told through the eyes of a young couple – Saeed and Nadia – who flee from an unnamed city during a civil war. It explores the traumas that migrants and refugees face, without ever descending into rhetoric. To leave their country, they use a magical system of fictitious doors to places around the world, and the story, as it unfolds, introduces us to a new version of “magical realism”.

Hamilton Wende (Arabella, the Moon and the Magic Mongongo Nut)

I’m researching a novel on Ancient Rome and Africa at the moment, so my two best books of the year hands-down are: The Annals of Imperial Rome by Tacitus. Its blood and sex-filled chronicle of betrayal and survival across the Roman Empire is as good as anything in Game of Thrones. My second book of the year is Satires by Juvenal. His descriptions of the excesses of Rome are breathtaking: perfumed wine drunk from conch shells at midnight oyster suppers, dizzy ceilings spinning round and dancing tables. The Roman world without too much politics!

Ray Hartley (Ramaphosa: The Man Who Would Be King)

New Times by Rehana Rossouw brings to life a journalist covering the first years of the Nelson Mandela presidency – and dealing with deep personal issues – with such raw brilliance that it is startling. I was gripped and could not put it down.

Karina Szczurek (The Fifth Mrs Brink)

The following books provided me with intellectual, emotional and aesthetic joy: Ingrid Winterbach’s deeply satisfying novel The Shallows; Hedley Twidle’s great essay collection Firepool: Experiences in an Abnormal World; Sara-Jayne King’s remarkable and moving memoir Killing Karoline; the highly entertaining Rapid Fire: Remarkable Miscellany by John Maytham; Anne Fadiman’s touching tribute to her father, The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir; and the visionary, beautiful Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World by Lyndall Gordon.

Mike Nicol (Agents of the State)

Being Kari by Qarnita Loxton is a funny, insightful novel about contemporary life. The Cape Town setting is a bonus. Queen of the Free State by Jennifer Friedman captures the quizzical voice of a young girl growing up in the 1950s. It’s charming. And then the massive Apartheid Guns and Money by Hennie van Vuuren revealed everything we had expected but were too afraid to acknowledge.

Malebo Sephodi (Miss Behave)

Grace by Barbara Boswell will have you gasping at every turn. Her word use is absolutely delicious and the weaving of the story is close to perfection. I would love a sequel because the protagonist has never left me since I read the book months ago. I find myself wondering how she’s coping. If I Stay Right Here by Chwayita Ngamlana. This experimental fiction had me crossing legs. Shifting. Crying. Triggered.

Steven Sidley (Free Association)

The Nix by Nathan Hill is a sprawling tour de force of style and story and character, the great American novel of the year. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry is about forbidden love, deprivation and redemption, the poverty and danger of the American 1850s, told through the eyes and vernacular of a teenage refugee from the famine of Ireland. A masterpiece. Midwinter by Fiona Melrose – a story of two tragedies on two continents and its effects on a father and son, who through mutual awkwardness, incoherent grief and rage play out against their attempts at love and family in the deep and muddy earth of county Suffolk in England.

Diane Awerbuck (South)

Nick Mulgrew’s The First Law of Sadness is tied for first place with Koleka Putuma’s Collective Amnesia. They are both what I love and look for in fiction and poetry: truth in all its awkward beauty. I also love that you can see these two perform their work, because they’re local, and because they care.

Tony Park (The Cull)

The Girl From Venice by Martin Cruz Smith, who writes sparingly yet beautifully and still manages to produce a gripping page turner. A disillusioned veteran of Mussolini’s dirty war in Africa returns to civilian life as a fisherman in his native Venice, which is still under Nazi Occupation. Into his lap lands a beautiful, rich woman on the run. Perfect. The Cuban Affair by Nelson Demille is a good example of how an author can try something different without alienating fans. Ex Afghanistan veteran “Mac” MacCormick is lured out of retirement to take a Cuban-American woman back to her ancestral home to rescue a store of treasure. Mac reflects Demille’s own experiences and many others who return home glad to be out of a war zone but missing the military and a life less predictable. He paints a picture of a Cuba crumbling under Communism, but also squeezes in enough rum and rhumba to make me want to visit.

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The Nix

 
 
 

Run Racist Run

 
 
 

The Republic of Gupta

 
 
 

The President's Keeper

 
 
 

Always Another Country

 
 
 

Khwezi

 
 
 

Reflecting Rogue

 
 
 

Democracy and Delusion

 
 
 

Our Fathers

 
 
 

Gilead

 
 
 

The Third Reel

 
 
 

A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg

 
 
 

The Street

 
 
 

Unpresidented

 
 
 

Good Cop, Bad Cop

 
 
 

Dark Traces

 
 
 

All the Rivers

 
 
 

Arabella, the Moon and the Magic Mongongo Nut

 
 
 

The Annals of Imperial Rome

 
 
 

Satires

 
 
 

Ramaphosa: The man who would be king

 
 
 

New Times

 
 
 

 
 
 

The Shallows

 
 
 

Firepool

 
 
 

Rapid Fire

 
 
 

The Wine Lover's Daughter

 
 
 

Outsiders

 
 
 

Agents of the State

 
 
 

Being Kari

 
 
 

Queen of the Free State

 
 
 

Apartheid Guns and Money

 
 
 

Miss Behave

 
 
 

Grace

 
 
 

If I Stay Right Here

 
 
 

Free Association

 
 
 

Days Without End

 
 
 

Midwinter

 
 
 

South

 
 
 

The First Law of Sadness

 
 
 

Collective Amnesia

 
 
 

The Cull

 
 
 

The Girl from Venice

 
 
 

 
 
 


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Our guide to the best holiday reads

Published in the Sunday Times

So much to read, so little time … here are some good places to start, with an emphasis on excellent local authors


BIOGRAPHY

Khwezi: The Remarkable Story Of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, Redi Thlabi (Jonathan Ball Publishers): One of the absolute must-read books of the year, it’s the harrowing tale of Khwezi, the rape trial and the consequences of President Jacob Zuma’s acquittal.

65 Years of Friendship, George Bizos (Umuzi): The human rights lawyer lovingly reflects on his friendship with Nelson Mandela.

FUN

Hasta la Gupta, Baby!, Zapiro (Jacana Media): The latest collection from the cartoonist/political analyst/agent provocateur.

Unpresidented, Paige Nick (B&N): Another hilarious satire from the columnist and writer — this time about No1.

Rapid Fire: Remarkable Miscellany, John Maytham (Tafelberg): Random trivia collected by the talkshow host from his Rapid Fire insert on CapeTalk.

POLITICS

How to Steal a City: The Battle For Nelson Mandela Bay, Crispian Olver (Jonathan Ball Publishers): An insider’s account of the corruption and clean-up of the municipality.

Ramaphosa: The Man Who Would be King, Ray Hartley (Jonathan Ball Publishers): Hartley looks at how Ramaphosa has handled the key challenges he has faced in the unions, in business and in politics.

The President’s Keepers: Those Keeping Zuma in Power and out of Prison, Jacques Pauw (Tafelberg): The explosive book that has got the nation talking about Zuma’s shadow mafia state.

A Simple Man: Kasrils and the Zuma Enigma, Ronnie Kasrils (Jacana Media): The revelatory history of the two men.

CRIME

What Have We Done, JT Lawrence (Pulp Books): Dystopian thriller series set in Johannesburg in 2036 in which the heroine Kate has to save her loved ones from The Prophecy.

Spire, Fiona Snyckers (Clockwork Books): A box of frozen viruses is brought to Spire, a remote research station in Antarctica, and within days people are dying of diseases.

Bare Ground, Peter Harris (Picador Africa): The first novel from the Alan Paton winner is packed with political and corporate intrigue, with insights into the society we have become.

Bad Seeds, Jassy Mackenzie (Umuzi): Joburg private investigator Jade de Jong tracks down a saboteur in a race to prevent a nuclear disaster.

The Cull, Tony Park (Pan Macmillan): Former mercenary Sonja Kurzt is hired by a British tycoon to lead an elite anti-poaching squad to take down the kingpins, but the body count starts rising.

FINE FICTION

Tin Man, Sarah Winman (Tinder Press): Bestseller author of When God Was a Rabbit pens a delicate and tender novel of friendship and loss.

New Times, Rehana Rossouw (Jacana Media): As Mandela begins his second year as president, political reporter Ali Adams discovers that his party is veering off the path. She follows the scent of corruption.

Dikeledi, Achmat Dangor (Picador Africa): A family saga set in a time of forced removals and the creation of bantustans.

My Absolute Darling, Gabriel Tallent (HarperCollins): It’s fraught, harrowing and divisive – some critics can’t stop raving about Tallent’s debut novel, others not so much.

Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Bloomsbury): The Man Booker prize-winning novel is an original literary experience. Abraham Lincoln visits his dead son Will in a graveyard filled with ghosts.

The Golden House, Salman Rushdie (Jonathan Cape): Nero Golden and sons move to the US under suspicious circumstances.

QUICK FICTION

The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster): Prequel to the much-loved Practical Magic, this features the witchy family in 1950s New York.

Wolf Trap, Consuelo Roland (Jacana Media): Paolo Dante must save her adopted daughter from a criminal mastermind.

Did You See Melody?, Sophie Hannah (Hodder & Stoughton): Hannah transports the reader to a sunny Arizona spa where a cast of characters are all suspects in an old missing-child case.

Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng (Little Brown): A hearty slice of American life in the Clinton era.

The Blessed Girl, Angela Makholwa (Pan Macmillan): Bontle Tau has to juggle her family and friends and all the men in her life wanting to give her emotional and financial support.

The Break, Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph): Amy’s husband decides he wants a break from their marriage and children, and to lose himself in South Asia.

Sleeping Beauties, Stephen King and Owen King (Hodder & Stoughton): The prolific writer and his son team up to tell the tale of a mysterious sleeping syndrome in a women’s prison.

NON-FICTION

Always Another Country, Sisonke Msimang (Jonathan Ball Publishers): One of the most searing voices of contemporary South Africa, this is Msimang’s candid and personal account of her exile childhood in Zambia and Kenya, college years in North America, and returning to the country in the ’90s.

Dare Not Linger, Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa (Pan Macmillan): The remarkable story of Mandela’s presidency told in his own words is finished off by Mandla Langa.

I Am, I Am, I Am, Maggie O’Farrell (Tinder Press): The writer chronicles 17 of her own near misses with death.

The Fifth Mrs Brink, Karina M Szczurek (Jonathan Ball Publishers): A soul-baring memoir of Szczurek’s life before, with and after her marriage to André P Brink.

Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery, Scott Kelly (Doubleday): The astronaut’s gripping adventures of his year on the International Space Station in 2015.

Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions, David Attenborough (John Murray): The man who made nature cool gives a record of the voyages he did for the 1950s BBC show The Zoo Expeditions.

Outsiders, Lyndall Gordon (Little Brown): A profound investigation into the lives and works of Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner and Virginia Woolf.

I’ll Take the Sunny Side, Gordon Forbes (Bookstorm): Memoirs from the author of A Handful of Summers and Too Soon to Panic.

GIFT

Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds, Yemisi Aribisala (Pan Macmillan): This down-to-earth collection from Aribisala, uses food as a lens to observe Nigerian society.

A Hat, a Kayak and Dreams of Dar, Terry Bell (face2face): In 1967 journo Bell and wife Barbara were living in exile in London when they decided to go back to Africa by paddling from England to Dar es Salaam in a 5m kayak.

Shisanyama: Braai Recipes from South Africa, Jan Braai (Bookstorm): Jan Braai’s first crowd-sourced cookbook.

The Sun and Her Flowers, Rupi Kaur (Simon & Schuster): The poet’s second collection is proving to be as popular as her first.

Way of the Wolf, Jordan Belfort (Hodder & Stoughton): The Wolf of Wall Street reveals his step-by-step playbook on making the sale.

The Curse of Teko Modise, Nikolaus Kirkinis (Jacana Media): How Modise overcame poverty to become “the General” and one of South Africa’s best footballers.

Collective Amnesia, Koleka Putuma (Uhlanga Press): A bestselling poetry collection that hits all of the emotions.

From Para to Dakar, Joey Evans (Tracey Macdonald Publishers): Evans shares how he faced the toughest challenges to fulfil his dream of competing in the 2017 Dakar Rally.

200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World, Geoff Blackwell, Ruth Hobday, Kieran Scott (Bookstorm): The women, from a variety of backgrounds, are asked the same five questions and their answers are inspiring.

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Khwezi

 
 
 

65 Years of Frienship

 
 
 
 
Hasta la Gupta, baby!

 
 
 
 
Unpresidented

 
 
 
 
Rapid Fire

 
 
 
 
How To Steal A City

 
 
 
 
Ramaphosa: The man who would be king

 
 
 
 
The President's Keeper

 
 
 
 
A Simple Man

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Bare Ground

Bare Ground by Peter Harris
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Bad Seeds

 
 
 
 
The Cull

 
 
 
 
Tin Man

 
 
 
 
New Times

 
 
 
 
Dikeledi

 
 
 
 
My Absolute Darling

 
 
 
 
Lincoln in the Bardo

 
 
 
 
The Golden House

 
 
 
 
The Rules of Magic

 
 
 
 
Wolf Trap

 
 
 
 
Did You See Melody?

 
 
 
 
Little Fires Everywhere

 
 
 
 
The Blessed Girl

 
 
 
 
The Break

 
 
 
 
Sleeping Beauties

 
 
 
 
Always Another Country

 
 
 
 
Dare Not Linger

 
 
 
 
I am, I am, I am

 
 
 
 
The Fifth Mrs Brink

 
 
 
 
Endurance

 
 
 
 
Adventures of a Young Naturalist

 
 
 
 
Outsiders

 
 
 
 
I'll Take the Sunny Side

 
 
 
 
Longthroat Memoir

 
 
 
 
A hat, a kayak

 
 
 
 
Shisanyama

 
 
 
 
the sun and her flowers

 
 
 
 
Way of the Wolf

 
 
 
 
The Curse Of Teko Modise

 
 
 
 
Collective Amnesia

 
 
 
 
From Para to Dakar

 
 
 
 
200 Women


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Book Bites (3 December)

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My Absolute DarlingMy Absolute Darling
**
Gabriel Tallent, HarperCollins, R250

It wasn’t the repulsive violence of this novel that defeated me. By now everyone knows that it features incest between a father and his 14-year-old daughter. It was never going to be a comfortable read, but judging by the euphoric reviews one expected something trenchant and thought-provoking. Instead the characters are straight out of central casting — ghastly gun-toting father spouting undigested philosophy before raping his daughter; she the tough tomboy with little interiority; kindly grandfather, caring-but-puzzled teacher. Tallent ladles on description with a palette knife, perhaps in an attempt to lift it to the heights of “literary fiction”, but ultimately it’s a hollow, crassly prurient book. – Michele Magwood @michelemagwood

The Dying Game
***
Asa Avdic, Penguin Books, R295

Set in 2037, a faceless government coldly manipulates its citizens into overworking at the expense of their personal lives. The central character is Anna Francis, emotionally damaged from a mission on the border between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. On her return to Stockholm she is promised freedom if she completes one final mission – a high-pressure exercise to test the character of citizens being vetted for a top-secret intelligence post. Anna must travel to an island with an alcoholic colonel, a shallow TV host, one of Sweden’s richest men, a hyper-sensitive HR specialist and a key figure from her past who she thought she’d never encounter again. On the first night she will fake her death then monitor the reactions of the candidates. This well-paced Scandi Noir will certainly keep most readers captivated until the final chilling scene. – Efemia Chela @efemiachela

The Rules of MagicThe Rules of Magic
****
Alice Hoffman, Simon & Schuster, R285

Hoffman’s prequel to her bestseller Practical Magic is the delightful backstory of the magical Owens sisters’ eccentric aunts, Jet and Frances, and their mysterious brother Vincent. It’s late ’50s New York and the three children are brought up in a strictly no magic house by their parents. But their power cannot be harnessed and when they find out who they are, disaster happens. They realise they can’t love without consequences due to an ancestral curse. A fantastical tale of doomed love. – Jennifer Platt @Jenniferdplatt

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“It only gets harder because I have colonised more and more of my interior to look for live material” – Jonathan Franzen in conversation with Michele Magwood

Famed US novelist and birder Jonathan Franzen was recently in South Africa, where he shared literary insights, and a defence of the LBJ, with Michele Magwood.

Jonathan Franzen is, as is his wont, talking about birds. Specifically, South African birds, and, even more specifically, the Cape grassbird. This is a bird that is usually dismissed at a glance as an LBJ – a little brown job, one of those ubiquitous dun-coloured birds that fade into the landscape and live in the shadow of rarer, more colourful birds. But not by Franzen. “I like the little brown ones,” he exclaims. “The Cape grassbird is the epitome for me of what a great bird is – it’s small and unobtrusive and yet when you look at it carefully with binoculars it just explodes with detail and subtle colours.”

Looking carefully and finding subtlety in seemingly ordinary things that then explode with detail is precisely what Franzen does as a writer. He comes heavily garlanded and routinely described as one of the US’ s greatest living novelists, but in Cape Town last week there wasn’t a trace of ego or the testiness he is famous for.

He was in the country for a National Geographic story on seabirds. South Africa, he says, is doing “very good things” for seabirds. He’d added on a 19-day birding tour of the country, and was now planning on getting out into deep water to see what he called the incredibly diverse seabird life off the coast.

Franzen is tall and rangy, woodsy in a way in scuffed boots and a checked shirt. He has beautiful, expressive hands and a mind like a sheathed blade. He has been interviewed countless times but there is none of the well-oiled shtick that many authors inevitably slip into. There are Pinter-long pauses as he considers a question, sighs and glances out of the window as he carefully composes his thoughts. Every now and again a teasing, self-deprecating humour ripples out.

He says he is less angry than he used to be, and less depressed – although he does refer to himself as a “depressive pessimist” – but concedes that there is still simmering anger at “the stupidity of the world and the meanness of people”. What human beings are doing to the natural world, the “atrocious political times in the US”.

He’s dismayed at the Trumpian effect on reading and writing. “A lot of people who used to read books are no longer remembering why they did, because they are so focused now on the outrage of the day. I blame devices. It seems to be an excuse to be distracted by your phone. People claim they have to remain up to date with what’s going on in Washington, but really they’re dependent on the stimulation from that phone.

“To me it makes the role of the writer all the more urgent. People need a haven from this ultra politicised, ultra angry nonsense that is coming at them every waking minute through their phones.”

Since Trump won the nomination, he says, book sales have collapsed in the US.

Franzen has written five novels. The first two, The Twenty-Seventh City and Strong Motion, were well-received critically but not commercially. It was the third, The Corrections, that broke out, picking off literary prizes and selling more than three million copies. The infamous spat with Oprah helped, of course, but the two made up when she anointed his next novel, Freedom, for her book club and this time he appeared on the show. His latest novel, Purity, was published in 2015. In the lengthy gaps between books he writes astringent essays in such publications as the New Yorker and the Guardian.

Fiction, though, is clearly his first love, and he returns to it again and again during the course of the conversation, whether pointing out the historical correlation between liberalism and the rise of the novel, his belief that reading fiction is an opportunity to be somebody you aren’t – “very important if you’re living in any kind of diversity as a society” – or the value of escapism. “It’s good to be reminded that there’s a world in which meaning is possible – sophisticated, nuanced meaning, that doesn’t have to reduce to political simplicities. There are other more humane ways to make sense of the world.”

He calls writing “purposeful dreaming” and describes the intimacy of the relationship between writer and reader. “It’s the magical quality of the written word, that what you do as a writer, the process of investing imaginatively in a character or a story in order to put the words on the page, that that experience then gets replicated when you read that page, that the same investment springs up on the reader’s part. That is unique to the written word.”

One of the hallmarks of Franzen’s fiction is his intense characterisation. He leans in and drills down into his characters, excavating them with forensic skill. And when he’s done with excavating them he throws in a hand grenade. Life, he shows us, is messy. He is uncommonly perceptive about the human condition. What is the source, the spring of this perspicacity?

“I wish I could say something completely, brilliantly original,” he chuckles. “But I do go back again and again to my position in the family.” Franzen was a laatlammetjie, his two brothers much older than him. “So by the time I was 10 years old there were four adults in the house and me. They all had powerful, different personalities and although there was never any doubt they loved each other, they didn’t get along all that well. I grew up listening and trying to provide comic relief.”

When he discovered literature in college “it was like someone had handed me a key to understanding why people were saying the things they did. I suddenly had a magic decoder for my mother’s utterances. When I learnt to understand what Kafka was doing, I could understand the subtext of what was happening in the room. What was really going on when my mother would talk about the cranberry sauce. She’s not just talking about the cranberry sauce!” he laughs. “And that’s it right there – as a writer you want to present the cranberry sauce in its full specificity and vividness but you also want to understand what it signifies.”

Just as Franzen excavates his characters, so he excavates his own self, and one gets the sense of how hard the work really is, how psychologically gruelling it is for him.

“The process of trying to find a new character who is vivid to me, who I instinctively love, is in part finding some part of my existence that I have not explored. That relentless question of ‘What does the character want?’ is the medium of self-investigation, really. It only gets harder because I have colonised more and more of my interior to look for live material.”

He has what he calls “shadow documents” for each novel, drawers of abandoned pages and jottings. “The shadow documents are much longer than the books – they consist of almost daily note-taking, relentless psychoanalysis done in the symbolic language of fiction. It’s tedious and repetitive.”

He’s started a shadow document for a new novel he’s working on. “I’ve got, like, two and a half characters and a few pages.

“Each time it feels like I can never do this again.”

The Twenty-seventh City

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The Corrections

 
 
 
 

Freedom

 
 
 

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Jacket Notes: Jakkie Cilliers discusses the three scenarios for South Africa’s future, as featured in his Fate of the Nation

Published in the Sunday Times

Fate of the Nation
Fate of the Nation

Jakkie Cilliers
Jonathan Ball Publishers, R240

I’m not the first writer to try and anticipate the future of South Africa. But where Fate of the Nation differs is in its dependence on data and modelling using a comprehensive forecasting tool called International Futures.

I began to work on forecasting while I was a Fulbright scholar at the Frederick S Pardee eCenter for International Futures at the University of Denver. I used their forecasting system to model the scenarios in Fate of the Nation.

The book is based on a number of papers I have written since 2013. It includes forecasts relating to economic performance, governance and violence/crime with a time horizon to 2034. There is nothing we can do about the past. But we can change the future.

For the ANC to go into the 2019 elections with Zuma at the helm would be disastrous.

In my high-road scenario, Mandela Magic, a reformist coalition triumphs at the December elective conference, modernising the party and putting South Africa on a path to a prosperous future. Mandela Magic is the optimistic story of a country pursuing a clear economic and developmental vision, with a reinvigorated ANC retaining its majority at least until 2029. This does, however, imply the end of the tripartite alliance and a party that embraces growth-orientated policies. But I am no longer sure the ANC is capable of reform.

My most likely scenario, Bafana Bafana, is named after South Africa’s mediocre national soccer team, a perennial underachiever. In this scenario, a mix of ANC traditionalists and reformers are elected in December (or the divisions result in a compromise candidate), an outcome that might keep the party together, but South Africa will merely muddle along.

The worst case sees the ANC split following the election of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in December. The result will inevitably be a full foreign investment downgrade, a split in the ANC early next year and the party losing Gauteng to a DA-led coalition in 2019.

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