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Programme for the 2015 ParkWords Parkview Literary Festival Announced

Alert! The programme for the ParkWords 2015, Parkview Literary Festival, has been released.

The festival, which is hosted by the Parkview Residents’ Association, is a celebration of the literary talent in the area. It features informal talks and debates, events for children and teenagers, food and entertainment, and the opportunity to buy many wonderful books!

This is is the second year of the festival, and the line-up of authors is even more exciting than last year’s programme. The authors and literati who will be taking part are: Mondli Makhanya, David Smith, William Gumede, Justice Malala, Greg Mills, Peter Bruce, Tim Cohen, Rob Rose, Chris Yelland, James Styan, Ray Hartley, Carlos Amato, Kevin McCallum, Harriet Gavshon, Sarah Emily Duff, Andrea Burgener, Richard Steyn, Tim Couzens, Jenny Crwys-Williams, Craig Higgingson, Mandla Langa, Pamela Power, Judith Ancer, Arthur Goldstuck, Maureen Isaacson, Karen Lazar, Lisa Seftel, Wayne Duvenage, Ben Williams, Achmat Dangor, Dov Fedler, David Williams, David Lewis, Didi Moyle, Bridget Hilton-Barber, Denise Slabbert, Jabulile Ngwenya and Michele Magwood.

South Africa in BRICSLet Them Eat CakeHow South Africa WorksReconciliation\'s Vengeful EchoThe Grand ScamRagged Glory
Lampedusa PieTramp RoyalThe Dream HouseThe Texture of ShadowsMs Conception
Tech-Savvy ParentingHemispheresThe E-Tolls SagaStrange PilgrimagesOut of Line
Jacques Kallis and 12 Other Great South African All-roundersThieves at the Dinner TableSpeaking Truth to PowerTravel Guide to Maputo and Southern MozambiqueOffbeat South Africa


Take a look at the main programme:

ParkWords 2015: Adult Programme



Here is the programme for the young and young at heart:

ParkWords 2015: Children's Programme



More information about ParkWords:

2015 ParkWords Programme


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Rebecca Davis Reviews Selling Apartheid: South Africa’s Global Propaganda War by Ron Nixon

Selling Apartheid: South Africa's Global Propaganda WarVerdict: carrot

At its height, the Apartheid government was running one of the most expensive international propaganda campaigns the world has ever known. Pivotal to this were a number of black Americans, paid by the South African government to lobby in the US to try to win support for Apartheid. Journalist Ron Nixon’s new book Selling Apartheid: South Africa’s Global Propaganda War tells the fascinating story of a regime desperate to get the international community on side.

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2015 Jozi Book Fair Programme Revealed (11 – 13 September)

Jozi Book Fair

Alert! The programme for the seventh annual Jozi Book Fair has been revealed.

The Jozi Book Fair takes place between 11 to 13 September at Wits University – and entrance to all events is free.

Featured authors at the festival include National Poet Laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile, Futhi Ntshingila, Zukiswa Wanner, Ekow Duker, Gcina Mhlophe, Zakes Mda, James Matthews, Edyth Bulbring, Harry Kalmer, Qaanitah Hunter, Kurt Ellis, Mzilikazi wa Afrika, Stevel Marc, Shafinaaz Hassim, Adam Habib and Xolela Mangcu – and many, many more.

Letters from AlainHi Zoleka!Azanian Love SongThe Party Is OverIf I Could SingThe Lahnee's Pleasure
A Frog in the BogRachel’s BlueRefilweArabella, the Moon and the Magic Mongongo NutDo Not Go GentleDying in New York
Nothing Left to StealBy Any MeansDiamond BoyDogtective William and the Diamond SmugglersThe Mark’n Duisend stories oor JohannesburgBoomkasteleDiary of a Guji Girl
nullThe Rise of the SecurocratsRecovering Democracy in South AfricaThe African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political PowerThe Arrogance of PowerSouth Africa's Suspended RevolutionSoPhia

Check out the programme, as shared by the Jozi Book Fair:

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Programme: 7th Jozi Book Fair

11-13 September, 2015

Wits University, Science Stadium, West Campus

Welcome to Jozi Book Fair!

This is a fair with many differences:

  • Jozi Book Fair creates readers and writers in all South Africa’s languages to read the word and the world!
  • Jozi Book Fair is a progressive movement from “below” linking up with different art forms to create a national culture!
  • To ensure democratic access for everyone, for people of all ages and all social classes, this fair is free!

Entrance is FREE on all days, for all events!

Partnership with Wits

This year we revived our partnership with Wits University from the 1980s to deepen the culture of reading and writing as part of deepening democracy and transformation and bring together all social classes to engage in debates, build tolerance and citizenship.

A Fair with a difference!

This year we have over 120 events and activities, with 50 percent of events hosted by the public: especially readers, writers, moderators created by the JBF and/or from the public. We have also been blessed with many writers: township children performing their poetry, students presenting their work (literature, film and theatre), book club members interviewing authors and some famous authors.

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Highlights of JBF 2015

Guests of the Fair

This year the JBF has two special guests:

International Guest: Cuban Enrique Perez Diaz

JBF’s International Guest is Cuban writer, critic, journalist and researcher of children’s literature Enrique Perez Diaz. Currently the Director of Gente Nueva Publishing House in Havana, Enrique was the founder of the first Cuban bookshop for children, with a socio cultural approach to community, children and teenagers. His books are known in many countries including Japan, Switzerland and the USA and he has worked with IBBY Cuba since 2007. For more information click here


  • Lessons for SA: Literacy and education in Cuba
  • Panel Discussion: Cuba: The impact of 50 years of US sanctions on culture, literacy and the arts
  • Making books accessible and affordable: libraries & publishing in Cuba
  • Panel Discussion: The role of children’s literature and building a progressive national culture

South African Guest: Gcina Mhlophe

Our Guest is Gcina Mhlophe, internationally acclaimed storyteller and author. Besides being an author of children’s books, Gcina is a great performer, wooing people of all ages.


  • Storytelling festival on Saturday and Sunday
  • Live Performances: Saturday and Sunday
  • Book Launch
  • State of Theatre in SA
  • Panel Discussion: The role of children’s literature and building a progressive national culture
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OCTO-GENUISES and a progressive national culture

No introduction necessary!


  • Live Poetry Performance: Activist Poets Don Mattera, James Matthews & Keorapetse Kgositsile
  • In Conversation on Art, Liberation and Struggle: Don Mattera, Ronnie Govender, James Matthews & Keorapetse Kgositsile
  • James Matthews: Poet in Conversation
  • Ronnie Govender Theatre veteran: The role of memoir in building a progressive culture
  • Joan Rankin: children’s author & illustrator: In conversation with Jenny Hatton; facilitating creativity workshops for children and adults
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Introducing Jozi Book Fair Mascots Penny and Puffy, and their dads, special guests Zakes Mda and Mpapa Mokhoane


  • Launch of Penny & Puffy in English and Sesotho
  • Storytelling Festival
  • Writing in indigenous languages
  • Writing for children: the making of Penny & Puffy
  • Children’s Literature & building a national culture
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Second book of poems for JBF Poetry Buddies

Jozi Book Fair Poetry Buddies perform their poems in English and mother tongue. The Buddies are children’s groups set up in Johannesburg and surrounding townships. This year they publish their second book of poems.

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Students at JBF

This year a number of students from different universities will present their work at the JBF.

  • Literature seminars: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and A Man of the People with Danai Muputsa (Wits)
  • Conversation: Zakes Mda’s Rachels Blue with Polo Moji (Wits)
  • Conversation: Reading Fanon with Kgomotso Ramushi (UP)
  • Theatre: A play – Dead Roses by Searatoa van Driel (Wits)
  • Roundtable: Rhodes must fall – transformation and democracy in education (various students)
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  • Penny and Puffy – original paintings by Zakes Mda
  • JBF School poster competition on reading (105 posters)
  • Remember Marikana! Photographic Exhibition (by Pulitzer prize winner, Greg Marinovich and City Press)
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Katrine Harries Award for Illustrators

This year the Katrine Harries Award will be made at this year’s Jozi Book Fair. This award is the only and most prestigious award in South Africa that evaluates children’s book illustrations as an artform. The award in 2015 comes 100 years after the birth of Katrine Harries.

The Katrine Harries Award has previously been awarded to Niki Daly, Joan Rankin, Alida Bothma, Cora Coetzee, Jeremy Grimsdell, Jude Daly and Piet Grobler. The last award was made in 2008 and the current award will be presented for the illustrations in a South African children’s book published between 2009-2010, 2011-2012 and 2013-2014. This is an attempt to open the award to broad sections of the population and encourage both illustrations and books for children.

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Programme Overview

Friday, 11 September, 2015

1. Schools Programme

    Workshops, exhibitions, meeting authors and the guests

    7:30 AM – 2 PM – FULLY BOOKED!

    School youth can still attend events on Saturday and Sunday

2. Theatre Festival Opens

  • Qhawe (Cape Town) at 2:30 PM
  • Thula Thula (Johannesburg) at 3:30 PM

3. Film Festival Opens

  • Please Vote for me by Wejun Chen (China) at 2 PM
  • Shake the Dust by Adam Sjoberg (global music and dance) at 3.30pm

4. Roundtable discussion

    Crisis in our Schools – 3.00pm

    Panelists: Salim Vally (UJ), Bulelwa Ndodana (Dept of Education, Eastern Cape), Mugwena Maluleke (GS, SADTU) & Moderator: Siphelo Ngcwangu (Wits)

5. Book Launch & Reception: 4 – 5 PM

    Privatisation of Schools: Selling out the right to quality public education for all

    Panelists: Salim Vally, Carol Ann Spreen and Lauren Star

6. JBF Reception – By invitation only

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Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September, 2015


  • Storytelling Festival on Saturday and Sunday, featuring Gcina Mhlophe, Faith Busika, Beverly Benton, Joan Rankin, Zukiswa Wanner, Hamilton Wende, Reviva Schumacher
  • Ancient storytellers, Poem Mooney from Oudtshoorn
  • Introducing JBF mascots Penny & Puffy: based on book of same name by Zakes Mda and Mpapa Mokhoane
  • JBF Poetry Buddies perform their poetry
  • Kerry Jones’ Jul’hoan dictionary activities
  • National Children’s Theatre’s NACTIES Sing their songs

Jozi Book Fair theme: Children’s literature and childhood

A number of seminars and roundtables will take place related to the theme:

  • Conditions of Children in SA: with Save the Children, Children’s Law Project (UP) and Children’s Resource Centre (CT)
  • Children: Reading and the state of libraries in SA with Busi Dlamini Gauteng Education Department and Sally Currin
  • Children learn languages: case study, (Bulelwa Ndodana, Depart of Education, Eastern Cape)
  • Children’s literature and building a national reading culture
  • Cuba: literacy and children’s literature, lessons for SA (Enrique Perez Diaz)

Black Art Black Politics

  • Don Mattera: Commemorating the life of Steven Bantu Biko
  • Keorapetse Kgositsile (Poet Laureate): Reflections on the Black Art Movement in the US and its influence
  • Ronnie Govender, James Matthews, Warona Seane (Soweto), Gita Pather (Wits) and Itumeleng wa Lehulere (director): The State of theatre in South Africa Today
  • Kgomotso Ramushi: Reading Fanon
  • Zakes Mda, Keorapetse Kgositsile, James Matthews: Growing an indigenous South African culture

South African Fiction

Jozi Book Fair Book Club members converse with authors:

Authors in Conversation

South African Politics

This section includes a wide variety of issues and debates, in seminars and Roundtable discussion.

  • Media in SA: who owns and controls it? – Jane Duncan (UJ), Lumke Mtimde and Tawana Kupe (Wits)
  • What ANC after Zuma? – Aubrey Matshiqi, Mcebisi Ndletyana, Raymond Suttner and Susan Booysen
  • State of worker and union education – Crystal Dicks (Numsa), Mojalefa Musi (Independent analyst) and Luke Sinwell (UJ)
  • Corruption in SA – David Lewis, Karabo Ranjuli and Mzilikazi wa Afrika
  • The colour of our future: do colour or ‘race’ matter? – Xolela Mangcu, Joel Netshitenze and Adam Habib
  • Transformation & democracy in Education? – Adam Habib and student panel
  • Seminar: Everything you wanted to know about nuclear power! (Earthlife)
  • Climate Change: Briefings from Southern Africa – Mary Scholes (Wits)
  • Marikana Report: Do Black Lives Matter? – Rehad Desai, Bishop Seoka (TBC) and Nomsa Zondi (SERI)
  • Is intolerance in our DNA? Violence against women/girls, LGBTI and foreigners – Lisa Vetten and Virginia Tshedi and Paul Verryn
  • 20 years of the Labour Relations Act: a balance sheet – Oupa Lehulere


  • Politics of sexuality in everyday life – Shafinaaz Hassim
  • Diary of a Guji Girl – Qaanitah Hunter
  • Young women writers and their challenges – Futhi Ntshingila and Zukiswa Wanner
  • Feminism Today – Jackie Cock and panel

Workshops and Seminars

For different age groups: children, youth & adults on

  • Playback Theatre (Wits Drama for Life)
  • Importance of Reading for Children (Jenny Hatton)
  • Reading and Writing and Common Grammar Errors (L Pavlou, Wits Language School)
  • Philosophy for Teens (Theresa Giorgza, Education Dept, Wits)
  • History and Origins of Poetry (Brian Mabaso)
  • The Art of Radio (Voice of Wits)
  • Making Illustrations (Wesley Pepper, artist)
  • Unleash your Creativity (Joan Rankin)
  • Survivors of Stroke (Stroke society)

Book Launches

  • Refined Player: Sex, Lies and Dates by Stevel Marc [Jacana]
  • Freedom Charter: no cause to celebrate [Workers World Media Project]
  • Workplace Forums: 20 YEARS of the Labour Relations Act: A balance sheet, republished, by Oupa Lehulere
  • Seven Tried & Tested Triangles by Pearl Segel
  • Back to Africa by Beatrice Acheleke
  • Privatisation of Schools by Salim Vally, Carol Anne Spreen, Lauren Star

Theatre Stage

A selection of plays, some of which were at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown earlier this year, will be show-cased. This includes:

  • Qhawe (CT)
  • Thula Thula (Jhb)
  • Dead Roses (Wits)
  • Kafka’s Ape (Wits)
  • Merethetho ‘the rhythm, dance and poetry’ (Freedom Park)
  • Games we teach our children (Khanya College & HBC)
  • Metropolitan High School Play (JHB)
  • Music and Dance (Michael Williams) Itliziyo ‘the heart’ (CT)

These will include a brief Q&As afterwards

Live Jazz

Special Live Jazz will take place on Saturday, 12 September, from 4-8pm;and on Sunday, 13 September from 1-5pm.

This includes:

  • Soni Jazz Band
  • Dimpie Tshabalala
  • Feya Faku, Jazz poets
  • Baba Ndamase Band

Film Festival

Mini Film Festival ‘Youth in Adversity’ will be held in collaboration with our fraternal Steps (Cape Town) and select Q&As with Laurence Dworkin.

This will include:

Shake the Dust by Adam Sjoberg (Global) 83 min
From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and journalist- turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.

Coming of Age by Teboho Edkins (Lesotho) 63 min
Coming Of Age is a film that follows four teenagers over the course of two years as they grow up deep in the southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Very little happens in the village of Ha Sekake, but from their perspective, a lot is at stake.

Please Vote for Me by Weijun Chen (China) 52 min
Wuhan is a city in middle China about the size of London, and it is here that director Weijun Chen has conducted an experiment in democracy. A grade-3 class at Evergreen Primary School has their first encounter with this idea, by holding an election to select a Class Monitor. Eight-year olds compete against each other for the coveted position, abetted and egged on by teachers and doting parents.


Pumla, Dumisani Phakathi (South Africa) 18:18
Pumla is a bright, young girl, who was branded a rebel before anybody gave her a chance. She drinks, she smokes and likes to hang out with the guys in alleyways and on street corners. She also had a child at a very young age. Her behavior often gets her into trouble with the authorities and causes much pain and stress to her mother. Unable to deal with her demons and the perceptions of others. Pumla’s lifestyle leads her down a dark and dangerous road.

Love and Rubbish by Hanna Polak (Russia) 7:54
Set in a rubbish dump outside Moscow, this is the story of a young girl, Yula and her friends, told over years.

Girlhood, Participatory Film (South Africa) 3:48
We meet 5 teenagers sitting in a café in Cape Town, chatting, laughing, enjoying themselves as teenagers do. But these seemingly carefree young women have been through a lot. As each girl tells us her individual story we find out about broken families, teenage pregnancy, loss and abuse.

Miseducation by Nadine Cloete (South Africa) 4:15
An 11 year old girl is getting ready for school. Her walk takes her through gangland, across territories that have seen much blood, drugs and pain.

Coal Boy by Chandrasekhar Reddy Thumati (India) 4:40
In North East India ,near Jaintia, a young boy tunnels into the hills to find coal. The work is hard and dangerous. But this boy has a dream and this is only the first of many steps that he says will lead to London.

Marafiki, Participatory Film (Zanzibar) 12:41
Shot in Zanzibar, Marafiki (meaning friends) is a story about two girls dealing with their HIV+ status and the discrimination they face. With the help of friends, family and a support group, these two strong characters learn not to lose hope as they tell us their plans for the future.

Sea Gypsies by Elena Zervopoulou (Malaysia) 5:37
Struggling to survive with increasing fishing restrictions on a paradisiacal coral island of Eastern Malaysia, Indanina, a determined Sea Gypsy girl, sees her colorful, innocent world endangered. The cruel reality she discovers when she is forced to move to town with her family, marks her brutal transition to an uncaring modern world.

In addition:

  • Bheki Peterson’s Rights of Passage
  • Special Screening and Reception of Life in Progress by Irene Loebel during the Fair

There will be Q&As after selected film screenings

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Militant Coconuts and the Complexity of Interracial Friendship: Panashe Chigumadzi and Sisonke Msimang Deliver the 2015 Ruth First Lectures

Voices of Liberation: Ruth FirstnullAskariDiepslootThe ANC Women's LeagueCould I Vote DA?South Africa's Suspended Revolution


Panashe Chigumadzi and Sisonke Msimang delivered the 14th annual Ruth First Memorial Lectures at Wits University last night, and by the end of the evening were trending on Twitter – and in many South Africans’ hearts.

Ruth First was a journalist and activist who was killed in exile by the apartheid government. The Ruth First Fellowship commemorates her contribution to critical, socially-engaged writing and research. The Memorial Lecture is hosted by Wits Journalism in partnership with the Wits Ruth First Committee and the African Studies Journal, and is held annually around the anniversary of her death on August 17, 1982.

The theme the year was “Race: Lived Experiences and Contemporary Conversations”, and this year’s Ruth First Committee was: Jacob Dlamini, Indra de Lanerolle, Anton Harber, Shireen Hassim, Eusebius McKaiser and Liza Key.

Listen to the entire evening here (press “play”):

Speaking Truth to Power

In his introduction, Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib said he could not think of a “more appropriate moment in history to host the Ruth First Lecture”, for two reasons.

“The first,” Habib said, “is that if there was any figure in the South African liberation movement that had the capacity to raise difficult questions and speak truth to power, then it was Ruth First.”

Habib said First “forsook the benefits of her privileged background” when she became politically active, and “took the side of the oppressed people”. She spoke truth to the apartheid state, and subsequently, in the liberation movement, to institutional power within the ANC and Communist Party.

“I can’t think of a more important moment in South African history where such truth to state power is required,” Habib said, adding that South Africans need the courage to do so at state, party and institutional levels: “Including to the Vice Chancellor at Wits!”

Second, Habib spoke about First’s dedication to conversations around race and lived experiences of race. 21 years after democratic transition, and in the context of movements such as Rhodes Must Fall at UCT and Wits Transform, Habib said students are “raising the question that we have not changed sufficiently, that we need to start asking hard questions about what we’ve done, what sacrifices we’ve made, what concessions we’ve made, and what trade-offs we’ve made, and whether those trade-offs are legitimate or not.

“I think there cannot be a more appropriate moment for a hard discussion on universities, on how well we’ve transformed, on the issue of race in our society,” he said.

“Coconuts Behaving Badly and Militantly”

Chigumadzi is currently completing a postgraduate degree in Development Studies at Wits, and is the founder and editor of Vanguard Magazine. Her debut novel, Sweet Medicine, will be published under Jacana Media’s new imprint BlackBird Books in September. Chigumadzi spoke about her research into why “coconuts” – privileged, young, black South Africans, “black on the outside but white on the inside” – have “become conscious and are joining their working class comrades in black anti-racist struggles”.

“[I]t is this very generation,” Chigumadzi said, “supposedly robed in the privileges of democracy, that is now ‘behaving badly’ and ‘militantly’. Instead of becoming the trusted go-betweens between black and white, we are turning to conceptions of blackness and mobilising anger at the very concept of the Rainbow Nation. The fantasy of a ‘colour-blind’, ‘post-race’ South Africa has been projected onto us Coconuts, but our lived experiences are far from free of racism.”

Can Black and White South Africans be Friends? Yes. And No.

Sisonke Msimang, The Daily Maverick columnist and former executive director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, based her research into the possibility of authentic interracial friendship. She performed her text along with poet Lebo Mashile.

“Can we be friends across these ‘racial’ boundaries?” Msimang asked. “Yes we can. And no we cannot. It’s that simple and that complex.’

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Watch a video of Chigumadzi discussing the Ruth First Fellowship and her research:

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Watch a video of Msimang and Mashile performing some of Msimang’s research:

Sisonke Msimang and Lebo Mashile perform some of Msimang's research for the 2015 #RuthFirst fellowship.

Posted by Journalism South Africa on Monday, 17 August 2015

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Don’t Miss the Midlands Literary Festival 2015 at Ike’s Books in Durban and Yellowwood in Howick

Perfect Parties Indian DelightsIn Search of the African LionThe Search for the Rarest Bird in the World
What About MeeraMemory Against Forgetting’n Huis vir EsterEsther's HouseChatsworthThe Black Sash: Women for Justice and Peace

The sixth annual Midlands Literary Festival is taking place next weekend.

There will be an opening event at Ike’s Books in Durban on Friday, 21 August, and the rest of the festival is at Yellowwood in Howick on Saturday, 22, and Sunday, 23 August.

Highlights include talks by Ranjith Kally, ZP Dala and Ashwin Desai.

The complete programme is available on LitNet:

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, 21 August, to Sunday, 23 August 2015
  • Venues: Ikes Bookshop
    Florida Road
    Durban | Map
    1 Shafton Road
    Howick | Map

Darryl David, organiser, posted this note on the festival’s Facebook page:

A NOTE FROM DARRYL DAVID, AND THE FULL PROGRAMMEDarryl writes:The sixth chapter of the annual Midlands Literary…

Posted by Midlands Literary Festival 2015, Yellowwood, Howick, 21 to 23 August on Tuesday, 11 August 2015



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2015 Open Book Festival Programme (9 – 13 September)

Confirmed authors for the 2015 Open Book Festival

Alert! The programme for this year’s Open Book Festival has been revealed and we couldn’t be more excited!

Activities start on Wednesday, 9 September, and will run until Sunday, 13 September. Venues include The Fugard Theatre (festival hub), the Homecoming centre, The Book Lounge, the Central Library and the President Hotel in Bantry Bay. Poetica and Comics Fest will once again form part of the programme, as well as the youth fest aimed at younger readers.

A wide range of topics will be covered over the span of the festival, from everyday tragedy, poetry, food and fiction to what it means to be a South African abroad, comedy in writing and power relations in general. To single out names on the extensive list of local and international authors would be a crime. Cape Town, you are in for a treat!

View the programme:

2015 Open Book Festival Programme (9 – 13 September) by Books LIVE

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Have a look at the jam-packed programme (and find links to the booking site):

See also:

These are but some of the books you will be able to find during the 2015 Open Book Festival:

Home RemediesBroken MonstersShouting in the DarkKopskootDevil's HarvestLion HeartPapwaNaweekThe Last Road TripWhat About MeeraBest White and Other Anxious DelusionsThe Chameleon HouseTo Quote MyselfThe FetchShades of DarknessThe Impossible FiveThe Ghost-Eater and Other StoriesDance with SuitcaseLost and Found in JohannesburgA Renegade called SimphiweThe Search for the Rarest Bird in the WorldBeastkeeperThe Dream HouseJoziTakelwerkThe Space Between the Space BetweenAlphabet of DemocracySynapseGood Morning, Mr MandelaThe Texture of ShadowsDub StepsBlood tiesRusty BellThe Violent Gestures of LifeThe Alphabet of BirdsOne Hand Washes the Other Power PlaySharp EdgesChants of FreedomHere I AmThe Spiral House Green LionWhat Will People SayWhat Hidden LiesA Slim, Green SilenceTokoloshe SongBanquet at BrabazanIn die blou kampA Man of Good HopeSkuldigThe RaftChokers en survivorsThe Swan WhispererJudaskusThis One TimeThings I Thought I KnewWastedIt Might Get LoudNever Tickle a TigerSex and the CitadelWe Are All Completely Beside OurselvesA Place Called WinterThe Book of MemoryWords Will Break CementThe Hormone FactoryUkraine DiariesThe Lights of Pointe-NoireH is for HawkThe House That Jack BuiltLives of OthersForeign Gods, Inc.Into a Raging BlazeDustThe Sleeper and the SpindleOne of UsFind MeReliquariaInvisible OthersIcarusDriftwordPruimtwak en skaduboksersThe Paper HouseThe Seed ThiefParadiseSeven Modes of UncertaintyPens Behaving BadlyBuys – ’n GrensromanThe Arrogance of Power

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The Sunday Times Bestseller List for July 2015

The Sunday Times has once again released their monthly bestseller list, revealing the top five fiction and top five non-fiction books in the country. The information is gleaned from SAPnet/Nielsen bookseller data and publisher data.

The fiction list looks grim from a local point of view. All five books are international titles, including the controversial Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian Grey by EL James in the first spot and Go Set a Watchman, the much-anticipated and hotly-debated “new” book by Harper Lee.

The non-fiction list looks better from a South African perspective, featuring two local titles – Eugene de Kock: Assassin for the State by Anemari Jansen in fifth place and How Long Will South Africa Survive by RW Johnson in first place – and the biography of one of the country’s greatest international success stories, Elon Musk.

Have a look at the February bestsellers list to see what these respective lists looked like six months ago:

View the South African bestsellers for July:

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Grey: 50 Shades of Grey as Told by Christian


Go Set a Watchman


The Girl on the Train


Without a Trace


The Liar


How Long Will South Africa Survive?


Elon Musk


Switch on Your Brain


Rich Dad Poor Dad - What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not

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Leon de Kock Reviews Recovering Democracy in South Africa by Raymond Suttner

Recovering Democracy in South AfricaVerdict: carrot

There are some exceptions to this rule, though, and Raymond Suttner is one of them. Suttner has struggle credentials that are second to none — he was imprisoned for his activities as a member of the ANC, and he served in Nelson Mandela’s parliament as an ANC MP.

Since then, he has fallen out with the party, but he has continued, in his meticulously studied, scholarly analyses, and with great tact and sensitivity, to probe the logic of current events. As a historian and emeritus professor attached to Unisa and Rhodes University, he has an acute, detailed and pragmatic understanding of the post-apartheid political economy.

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“Bloody Brilliant” – Helen Zille Responds to Twitter Suggestions to Name Her Memoir

Twitter has erupted after the announcement this morning that Penguin Random House will be publishing Helen Zille’s memoir, with the hashtag #NameZillesMemoir trending as the top of the charts – and the former DA leader has responded in good humour.

The title suggestions range from tongue-in-cheek to downright harsh, but Zille has promised that if she ends up choosing one of them, the person who tweeted it will get the chance to write a short foreword to the book:

Zille has also retweeted some of her favourites, and added her own suggestion to the mix:

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She does, however, point out that she still has a lot of work to do on the book:

See some of the suggestions from the Twitter literati:

The UnsaidUnimportanceCould I Vote DA?MobinomicsVer in die wêreld, sushi

Why not add your suggestion to the list? Who knows, it could be your ticket to authorial fame.

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The 2015 Mail and Guardian Literary Festival Programme

The 2015 Mail & Guardian Literary Festival 1-2 August, 2015

The annual Mail & Guardian Literary Festival will run from 1-2 August at the Turbine Hall in Newtown Johannesburg, as part of the 2015 South African Book Fair.

Have a look at this year’s programme:

The Arrogance of PowerOn the PostcolonyEducation, Economy and Society

Saturday August 1, 9.30am
Goodbye to all that: Decolonising culture and institutions

Panel: Xolela Mangcu, Achille Mbembe, Leigh-Ann Naidoo and Thaddeus Metz
Chair: Salim Vally

Capitalist CrusaderHow South Africa WorksBRICS: An Anti-Capitalist CritiqueRaising the Bar

Saturday August 1, 11.30am
It’s the economy, stupid!

Panel: Herman Mashaba, Greg Mills and Patrick Bond
Chair: Songezo Zibi

Race, Class and PowerThe Limits of Democratic Governance in South AfricaWhat Will People SayA Flawed FreedomSouth Africa's Suspended Revolution

Saturday August 1, 1.30pm
South Africa at a fork in the road

Panel: Steven Friedman, Louis Picard, Rehana Rossouw and John Saul
Chair: Adam Habib

The Joburg BookThe Origins of Non-racialism

Saturday August 1, 3.30pm
Future perfect: Transforming Jo’burg from apartheid city to a city for all

Panel: Nechama Brodie, David Everatt, Zayd Ebrahim and Rashid Seedat.
Chair: Zeblon Vilakazi

The Seed ThiefAskarinullAntjie Krog and the Post-Apartheid Public SphereDiary of a Guji GirlPlatinum

Sunday August 2, 9.30am
South African fiction publishing at 21: Gatekeeping or rainmaking?

Panel: Fourie Botha (Umuzi), Bridget Impey (Jacana), Thabiso Mahlape (The Black Bird), Debra Primo (UKZN Press) and David Robbins (Porcupine Press)
Chair: Bronwyn Law-Viljoen

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Post-Apartheid Public SphereMagema Fuze21 at 21The ANC Women's League

Sunday August 2, 11.30am
Black and white in colour: Why race (still) matters

Panel: Anthea Garman, Lewis Gordon, Xolela Mangcu, Hlonipha Mokoena and Melanie Verwoerd
Chair: Shireen Hassim

Arctic SummerThe Texture of ShadowsWay Back HomeGreen Lion101 DetectivesBad Sex

Sunday August 2, 1.30pm
The South African novel at 21
Panel: Damon Galgut, Mandla Langa, Niq Mhlongo, Henrietta Rose-Innes and Ivan Vladislavic
Chair: Leon de Kock

Empire, War & Cricket in South AfricaArctic SummerDF Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner NationalismThe Texture of ShadowsStrange Pilgrimages

Sunday August 2, 3.30pm
The Monuments Men: Rewriting reputation – Rhodes, Malan, Mandela & EM Forster

Panel: Dean Allen, Damon Galgut, Lindie Koorts and Mandla Langa
Chair: Achmat Dangor

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Tickets are available at and at the door on the day.

Programmes for the M&G Literary Festival and the South African Book Fair are online:

*Note Raks Seakhoa will no longer chair the South African fiction publishing at 21: Gatekeeping or rainmaking? panel. It will now be chaired by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen.

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