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2016 Media24 Books Literary Awards shortlists announced

2016 Media24 Books Literary Awards shortlists announced

Alert! The shortlists for the 2016 Media24 Books Literary Awards have been announced.

The awards recognise the best work published by Media24 Books – including NB Publishers and Jonathan Ball – during the previous year. An exception occurred in 2014, when Dominque Botha’s Valsrivier, published by Umuzi, was deemed too strong not to be included and the won Jan Rabie Rapport Prize.

The winner in each of the six categories receives R35,000, with the MER Prize for Illustrated Children’s Books being shared by the author and illustrator. Independent panels of judges compiled the shortlists.

The prizes will be awarded in Cape Town on 22 June, 2016.

Last year’s six winners were Willem Anker, Michiel Heyns, Antjie Krog, Mark Gevisser, Andre Eva Bosch and Fiona Moodie.

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2016 Media24 Books Literary Awards shortlists

WA Hofmeyr Prize for Afrikaans Fiction (novel, short stories or drama)


Wonderboom by Lien Botha (Queillerie)
Brandwaterkom by Alexander Strachan (Tafelberg)
Vlakwater by Ingrid Winterbach (Human & Rousseau)

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Recht Malan Prize for Afrikaans or English Non-Fiction

Black Brain, White BrainA Perfect StormShowdown at the Red Lion

Black Brain, White Brain by Gavin Evans (Jonathan Ball)
Perfect Storm by Milton Shain (Jonathan Ball)
Showdown at the Red Lion by Charles van Onselen (Jonathan Ball)

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Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English Fiction (novel, short stories or drama)

The FetchThe Shadow of the Hummingbird

The Fetch by Finuala Dowling (Kwela)
The Shadow of the Hummingbird by Athol Fugard and Paula Fourie (Human & Rousseau)

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Elisabeth Eybers Prize for Afrikaans and English Poetry


Vry- by Gilbert Gibson (Human & Rousseau)
Takelwerk by Daniel Hugo (Human & Rousseau)
Bladspieël by Marlise Joubert (Human & Rousseau)

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MER Prize for Afrikaans and English Youth Novels

Elton Amper-Famous April en Juffrou BromBambaduzeSwemlesse vir 'n meermin

Elton amper-famous April en juffrou Brom by Carin Krahtz (Tafelberg)
Bambaduze by Derick van der Walt (Tafelberg)
Swemlesse vir ’n meermin by Marita van der Vyver (Tafelberg)

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MER Prize for Illustrated Children’s Books in Afrikaans and English

Hendrik LeerdamDie Dingesfabriek: Jannus en Kriek en die tydmasjienProfessor Sabatina se wetenskapboek

Hendrik Leerdam: Kaap van storms by James Home en Peter Mascher (ill.) (Tafelberg)
Die Dingesfabriek 4: Jannus en Kriek en die tydmasjien by Elizabeth Wasserman and Astrid Castle (ill.) (Tafelberg)
Professor Sabatina se wetenskapboek by Elizabeth Wasserman, Astrid Castle (ill.) and Rob Foote (ill.) (Tafelberg)

The prizes will be awarded in Cape Town on 22 June 2016.

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A leading account of the Soweto Uprising: Year of Fire, Year of Ash by Baruch Hirson

Year of Fire, Year of AshNew from BestRed, a division of HSRC Press, Year of Fire, Year of Ash: The Soweto Revolt – Roots of a Revolution? by Baruch Hirson:

Some 35 years after its original publication, but never previously available in South Africa, Year of Fire, Year of Ash still stands as one of the leading accounts of the 1976-77 Soweto Revolt, one of the most significant acts of resistance in the history of the anti-apartheid movement.

Authored by a South African activist and scholar who was intimately involved in the movement, Year of Fire, Year of Ash provides an unparalleled insight into the origins and events of the uprising, from its antecedents in the early 1970s to its role in galvanising the global struggle against apartheid.

Crucially, the book overturned much of the conventional logic around the uprising, by showing that it was not simply a student protest, but a revolt by the wider black working class. As South Africa experiences a new wave of popular revolt, and as new forms of Black Consciousness come to the fore in movements around the world, Hirson’s book provides a timely reminder of the continued significance of the Soweto revolt to struggles against oppression today.

This South African edition includes an abridged transcription of an interview with Billy Masetlha.

About the author

Baruch Hirson, born 1921 in Johannesburg, was a South African historian and anti-apartheid activist. A committed socialist from a young age, he became involved in the ANC-affiliated “African Resistance Movement” which carried out acts of sabotage against the apartheid regime. Hirson was jailed for nine years for his involvement with the group, and after his release he moved to England, where he lectured at a number of universities as well as writing Year of Fire, Year of Ash and numerous other works. Following the end of apartheid, he returned to South Africa, where he died in 1999.

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The 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award longlist

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The 2016 Sunday Times Literary Awards longlists

Alert! The longlist for the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction has been announced, in association with Porcupine Ridge.

This is the 27th year the Alan Paton Award will be bestowed on a book that presents “the illumination of truthfulness, especially those forms of it that are new, delicate, unfashionable and fly in the face of power”, and that demonstrates “compassion, elegance of writing, and intellectual and moral integrity”.

This year’s Alan Paton Award judging panel is Achmat Dangor (chair), Tinyiko Maluleke and Pippa Green.


Chairperson Achmat Dangor’s remarks on the Alan Paton Award longlist:

The 2016 Alan Paton Awards longlisted books examine topics that cover almost the whole spectrum of macro subjects – culture, race, politics, economics – that impact on South Africa today.

There are personal stories about very high-profile figures as well as ordinary people such as street kids and women sangomas in patriarchal rural environments, all of whom deal with the challenging realities of their lives in different ways. Questions are asked: what is race and racism; how is inequality defined; is a true democracy solely embedded in its political order; and how can the constitution be made to work for the true liberation of all citizens.

The books selected for consideration are those that are honest, do not hesitate to challenge power and convention, and are engaging enough to reach a broad general readership.

Finally, whatever the writer has to say, his or her book will achieve enduring impact because of how well he or she can write.

Last year’s Alan Paton Award winner was Jacob Dlamini for his book Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle (Jacana Media). Damon Galgut was awarded the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for his novel, Arctic Summer (Umuzi).

The shortlists will be announced on Saturday, May 14 at the Franschhoek Literary Festival. The winners of the 2016 Alan Paton Award and Barry Ronge Fiction Prize will each receive R100 000.

2016 Alan Paton Award longlist

Empire, War & Cricket in South AfricaEmpire, War & Cricket in South Africa by Dean Allen
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DemocracyDemocracy: More Than Just Elections by Brigalia Bam
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The Secret SocietyThe Secret Society: Cecil John Rhodes’s Plan for a New World Order by Robin Brown
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The Black SashThe Black Sash: Women for Justice and Peace by Mary Ingouville Burton
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The Pavement BookwormThe Pavement Bookworm by Philani Dladla
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To Quote MyselfTo Quote Myself by Khaya Dlanga
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RapeRape: A South African Nightmare by Pumla Dineo Gqola
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What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?What If There Were No Whites In South Africa? by Ferial Haffajee
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Operation Lock and the War on Rhino PoachingOperation Lock and the War on Rhino Poaching by John Hanks
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In Enemy HandsIn Enemy Hands: South Africa’s POWs in World War II by Karen Horn
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Eugene de KockEugene de Kock: Assassin for the State by Anemari Jansen
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Leading for ChangeLeading for Change by Jonathan Jansen
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How Long Will South Africa Survive?How Long Will South Africa Survive?: The Looming Crisis by RW Johnson
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We Have Now Begun Our DescentWe Have Now Begun Our Descent: How To Stop South Africa Losing Its Way by Justice Malala
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Capitalist CrusaderCapitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth by Herman Mashaba
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God, Spies and LiesGod, Spies and Lies: Finding South Africa’s Future Through its Past by John Matisonn
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Run Racist RunRun Racist Run: Journeys Into The Heart Of Racism by Eusebius McKaiser
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The Rainy SeasonThe Rainy Season: Three Lives in the New South Africa by Maggie Messitt
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Deliberate ConcealmentDeliberate Concealment: An Insider’s Account of Cricket South Africa and the IPL Bonus Saga by Mtutuzeli Nyoka
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A Perfect StormA Perfect Storm: Antisemitism in South Africa 1930 – 1948 by Milton Shain
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Jan SmutsJan Smuts: Unafraid of Greatness by Richard Steyn
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Showdown at the Red LionShowdown at the Red Lion: The Life and Times of Jack McLoughlin, 1859–1910 by Charles van Onselen
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Ahmed Kathrada calls for President Jacob Zuma to resign

Ahmed Kathrada, former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist, author and living political legend, has written an open letter to President Jacob Zuma.

In the letter, Kathrada describes himself as a “loyal and disciplined member of the ANC and broader Congress movement since the 1940s”, loathe to speak out publicly “about any differences I may harbour against my leaders and my organisation, the ANC”.

However, Kathrada adds: “Today I have decided to break with that tradition.”

The final words of the letter are: “Today I appeal to our President to submit to the will of the people and resign.”

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Dear Comrade President Zuma

I have agonised for a while before writing this letter to you.

I am just a rank-and-file member of my ANC Branch. However, even before the ANC opened its membership to non-Africans in the 1969. I was involved in the activities of the ANC, the South African Indian Congress, the SACP and Umkhonto we Sizwe.

-In the Defiance Campaign Trial of 1952, I was among the 20 accused who were sentenced to 9 months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years.

-In the Treason Trial- 1956-1961. Of the original 156 accused, I was among the last 30 who were finally acquitted in 1961.

-In the 1963-1964 Rivonia Trial I was among the 8 accused sentenced to Life Imprisonment. Together with Comrade Walter Sisulu and others I was released in 1989. Comrade Madiba was released about 4 months later.

I am immensely grateful to the ANC for the privilege of serving on the first NEC after its unbanning. In 1997, I stepped down. I also benefited from the experience of serving for one term as Parliamentary Counsellor to President Mandela, after which I stepped down.

I am of course aware that this does not automatically bestow on me the right to address this letter to the President.

However, in all these years it never occurred to me that the time would come when I would feel obliged to express my concerns to the Honourable President. It is, therefore, painful for me to write this letter to you. I have been a loyal and disciplined member of the ANC and broader Congress movement since the 1940s.

I have always maintained a position of not speaking out publicly about any differences I may harbour against my leaders and my organisation, the ANC. I would only have done so when I thought that some important organisational matters compel me to raise my concerns.

Today I have decided to break with that tradition.

The position of President is one that must at all times unite this country behind a vision and programme that seeks to make tomorrow a better day than today for all South Africans. It is a position that requires the respect of all South Africans, which of course must be earned at all times.

I did not speak out against Nkandla although I thought it wrong to have spent public money for any President’s private comfort. I did not speak out though I felt it grossly insulting when my President is called a “thief” or a “rapist”; or when he is accused of being “under the influence of the Guptas”. I believed that the NEC would have dealt with this as the collective leadership of the ANC.

When I learnt of the dismissal of Minister Nene and the speculated reasons for this I became very worried. I’m fully aware, it is accepted practice that the appointment and dismissal of Ministers is the prerogative of the President. This might be technically correct but in my view it is against the best traditions of our movement. My concern was amplified when it emerged that the Deputy Finance Minister reported that he was offered the Finance Minister post by members of the Gupta family. The people’s interest must at all times remain supreme.In this instance it was clearly not the case. The resultant crisis that the country was plunged into was clearly an indication that the removal of the Minister was not about the interests of the people.

The unanimous ruling of the Constitutional Court on the Nkandla matter has placed me in an introspective mode and I had to ask myself some very serious and difficult questions. Now that the court has found that the President failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law, how should I relate to my President?

If we are to continue to be guided by growing public opinion and the need to do the right thing, would he not seriously consider stepping down?

I am not a political analyst, but I am now driven to ask: “Dear Comrade President, don’t you think your continued stay as President will only serve to deepen the crisis of confidence in the government of the country?”

And bluntly, if not arrogantly; in the face of such persistently widespread criticism, condemnation and demand, is it asking too much to express the hope that you will choose the correct way that is gaining momentum, to consider stepping down?

If not, Comrade President, are you aware that your outstanding contribution to the liberation struggle stands to be severely tarnished if the remainder of your term as President continues to be dogged by crises and a growing public loss of confidence in the ANC and government as a whole.

I know that if I were in the President’s shoes, I would step down with immediate effect. I believe that is what would help the country to find its way out of a path that it never imagined it would be on, but one that it must move out of soon.

To paraphrase the famous MK slogan of the time, “There comes a time in the life of every nation when it must chose to submit or fight”. Today I appeal to our President to submit to the will of the people and resign.

Yours comradely

Ahmed M Kathrada – 31st March, 2016

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Selected books by Ahmed Kathrada:

MandelaA Simple FreedomNo Bread for MandelaMemoirsA Free Mind

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Jacket Notes: Thula Simpson on his book Umkhonto we Sizwe: The ANC’s Armed Struggle

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Umkhonto we Sizwe•Umkhonto we Sizwe: The ANC’s Armed Struggle
Thula Simpson (Penguin Random House)

In the manifesto issued on December 16, 1961 in which Umkhonto we Sizwe announced its existence, there was a passage that read: “We hope that we will bring the government and its supporters to their senses before it is too late, so that both the government and its policies can be changed before matters reach the desperate state of civil war.”

I was struck by those words when I first read them. This counterintuitive notion (to me at least) of an armed insurgency that aimed in part to avoid civil war was what first kindled my interest in studying MK’s history.

My research has involved events extending over almost half a century, in which MK operations encompassed practically the whole spectrum of modern warfare: counter-insurgency campaigns in Angola that aimed to hold territory against Unita’s guerrilla incursions; mobile warfare in Zimbabwe in what Ron Reid-Daly, the commander of Rhodesia’s Selous Scouts, once called “the most significant operations” of that war; acts of sabotage that made headlines across the world; and other operations designed to strike fear into the hearts of the supporters of the apartheid regime.

My main sources were the recollections of those who participated in the events. The more I read of their accounts, the more I developed an interest in them for their own sake. It is usually easy to offer judgment in hindsight, but I found it remarkable how seldom this was the case in my reading. On many occasions it was difficult to say, even knowing the outcomes, how one would have acted differently, so acute were the dilemmas faced by the actors involved.

Perhaps the principal novelty of the book is the way I have tried to preserve a sense of these dilemmas. The book is written in the immediate tense, conveying some of the real-time choices faced by the protagonists. The narrative weaves the perspectives of all sides – insurgents, counter-insurgents and civilians – into a unified account of South Africa’s progression from the height of apartheid in the 1950s to the negotiated settlement of the 1990s.

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Jacob Dlamini and Imraan Coovadia among the winners at the inaugural NIHSS Book, Creative and Digital Awards

Jacob Dlamini and Imraan Coovadia among the winners at the inaugural NIHSS Book, Creative and Digital Awards


Alert! The inaugural National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) Book, Creative and Digital Awards ceremony took place last night in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Winners included Jacob Dlamini for Askari (Jacana Media); Imraan Coovadia for Tales of the Metric System (Umuzi); the 2014 Short Sharp Stories Award anthology Adults Only, edited by Joanne Hichens; and recent UKZN Press publication Class in Soweto.

AskariTales of the Metric SystemAdults OnlyClass in Soweto


Awards were also handed out in the categories Digital Humanities and Creative Collections. Each award is valued at R60,000.

Submissions for the awards were open to academics from the humanities and social sciences, as well as creative curators and artists based at South African universities, in any of South Africa’s official languages.

The NIHSS is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

From the NIHSS:

The awards will honour and celebrate outstanding, innovative and socially responsive scholarship, creative and digital contributions that advance in the humanities and social sciences fields. The awards are consequently a platforms to laud outstanding contributions to the humanities and social sciences through scholarly and creative work.

Through its core functions of enhancing and coordinating scholarship, research and ethical practice in humanities and social sciences, the NIHSS seeks to redress existing deficits and also coordinates programmes, projects, collaboration and activities in the humanities and social sciences disciplines through existing public universities.

Ashraf Garda was the master of ceremonies, and the keynote address was given by Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande.

Jacob Dlamini and Imraan Coovadia among the winners at the inaugural NIHSS Book, Creative and Digital AwardsNzimande expressed his delight at the overwhelming response and high standard of entries that the awards received from academics and other practitioners in the field.

“A renewed focus on the importance of the humanities and social sciences is absolutely critical in a world that increasingly values the Sciences, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) as the only measure of development and progress,” Nzimande said.

“The role of the humanities and social sciences must not only assist us in analysing and interpreting the world we live in, but it must enable us to change the material conditions and lived experiences of those most marginalised and alienated in society.”

The judges summations were given by Joyce Myeza (Digital Humanities), Thembinkosi Goniwe (Creative Collections), Shireen Hassim (Books: Non-fiction), and Pumla Dineo Gqola (Books: Fiction)

Winners: Books

Winner Best Non-fiction Monograph:

Jacob Dlamini for Askari

(Shortlisted: Isabel Hofmeyr for Gandhi’s Printing Press: Experiments in Slow Reading, Stephanus Muller for Nagmusiek, Corrine Sandwith for A World of Letters: Reading Communities and Cultural Debates in Early Apartheid South Africa)

Winner Best Non-fiction Edited Volume:

Class in Soweto, edited by Peter Alexander, Claire Ceruti, Keke Motseke, Mosa Phadi and Kim Wale

(Shortlisted: Peter Delius, Laura Phillips and Fiona Rankin-Smith for A Long Way Home: Migrant Worker Worlds 1800-2014, Salim Vally and Enver Motala for Education, Economy and Society)

Winner Best Single Authored Fiction (novel, short stories, poetry, drama):

Imraan Coovadia for Tales of the Metric System

(Shortlisted: Antjie Krog for Mede-wete, Bishop Makobe for Tsa Ngweding wa Letopanta)

Winner Edited Fiction Volume:

Adults Only, edited by Joanne Hichens

(Shortlisted: Amitabh Mitra and Naomi Nkealah for Splinters of a Mirage Dawn: An Anthology of Migrant Poetry from South Africa)

Winners: Digital Humanities

Best Digital Humanities Tool or Suite of Tools:

Nirma Madhoo-Chipps for Future Body: Technological Embodiment in Digital Fashion Media

Best Digital Humanities Project for Community Engagement:

Shirley Walters and Astrid von Kotze for Popular Education

Creative Collections

Best Public Performance:

Jay Pather for Live Art Festival

Best Musical Composition/Arrangement:

Sazi Dlamini, Neo Muyanga, Sumangala Damodaran, Ari Sitas (produced by Jürgen Bräuninger) for Insurrections

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Inaugural Jewish Literary Festival to take place in Cape Town in May

Jewish Literary Festival


There’s a new book event on South Africa’s calendar: The Jewish Literary Festival.

The new festival will take place in Cape Town on Sunday, 22 May at the Gardens Community Centre, and many well-known authors have signed up.

Letters of StoneHome RemediesSister-SisterBanquet at BrabazanThe Disruptors
Continental ShiftThe Crazy Life of Larry JoeTribeUs and ThemThe Rag RaceParadise
Opposite MandelaGod, Spies and LiesWorld Atlas of FoodThe Supper Club

Book fans can expect to see Steven Robins, Diane Awerbuck, Rachel Zadok, Patricia Schonstein, Gus Silber, Kevin Bloom, Joanne Jowell, Rahla Xenopoulos, Rosemund Handler, Adam Mendelsohn, Raymond Joseph, Greg Lazarus, Tony Leon, John Matisonn, Jenny Morris and Phillippa Cheifitz at the inaugural festival.

Nancy Richards and Marianne Thamm will moderate the events.

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Jewish Literary Festival makes its debut

The Western Cape is fast becoming the Book Festival province. Hard on the heels of the Franschhoek Literary Festival comes the first Jewish Literary Festival (JLF) on Sunday 22 May, offering a jam-packed day of fascinating events to anyone who loves books, Jewish literature, culture and conversation.

The JLF will showcase authors, poets, illustrators, journalists, writers and educators who have a Jewish connection or are engaged with subjects of Jewish interest. The venue is the Gardens Community Centre in Cape Town, home to the acclaimed Jacob Gitlin Library which is partnering the festival and in association with the Cape Jewish Chronicle.

From 09h00 to 17h00 the various sites comprising the centre will hum with panel discussions, launches, readings, debates, presentations and book-style activities. More than 24 events will cover a variety of genres such as fiction, food, memoir, politics, academia, scriptwriting, journalism, and the arts.

Award-winning and well known authors have already committed to being part of the JLF – so look forward to meeting writers such as Steven Robins, Diane Awerbuck, Rachel Zadok, Patricia Schonstein, Gus Silber, Kevin Bloom, Joanne Jowell, Rahla Xenopoulos, Rosemund Handler, Adam Mendelsohn, Raymond Joseph, Greg Lazarus, Tony Leon, John Matisonn, Jenny Morris and Phillippa Cheifitz. The festival promises to be a cornucopia of writers and their works and more writers will be announced as they come on board. Moderators such as Nancy Richards and Marianne Thamm will bring their expertise and connections into the mix.

A full children’s programme is on offer for all ages. Authors, teachers, entertainers and carers will keep the young ones occupied all day with storytelling, workshopping and creative activities. Of course, with food being an important part of Jewish culture, delicious lunches will be served at Café Riteve and coffee bars will be open throughout the day for that brief pause between sessions.

The programme has been designed to appeal to all ages and cover a range of genres. It aims to promote constructive dialogue and discussion in the true spirit of Jewish life without promoting any single political or religious agenda. All of this book talk offers the opportunity to meet an assortment of wordsmiths, make new friends, engage with ideas and pick up some great reads.

The Jewish Literary Festival – for lovers of literature and Jewish Life.

Date: Sunday 22 May

Venue: Gardens Community Centre, Hatfield Street.

Time: 09h00 to 17h00

Enquiries: or or visit

Booking through Quicket.

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12 writers from 6 African countries converge in Zambia for the Caine Prize Workshop

Caine Prize Workshop
The Ghost RunnerLusaka Punk and Other StoriesWe Need New NamesRemember the African Skies
A Memory This Size and Other StoriesBorn on a TuesdayThe True Story of David Munyakei, Goldenberg WhistleblowerThe ReactiveThe Gonjon Pin and Other Stories


12 writers from six African countries have converged at the Chaminuka Lodge near Lusaka, Zambia, where they will spend 13 days (18 March-29 March) to writ­­e, read and discuss work in progress and to learn from award-winning author Jamal Mahjoub, the writer also known as Parker Bilal, and Ellah Wakatama Allfrey OBE, Caine Prize Deputy Chairperson, literary critic, editor and broadcaster.

This year’s participants include 2015 Caine Prize winner Namwali Serpell (Zambia), as well as 2011 winner NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe); Chilufya Chilangwa (Zambia); 2013 winner Tope Folarin (Nigeria); 2013 and 2015 shortlistee Elnathan John (Nigeria); 2012 and 2014 shortlistee Billy Kahora (Kenya); Bwanga Kapumpa (Zambia); 2015 shortlistee FT Kola (South Africa); Kafula Mwila (Zambia); 2015 shortlistee Masande Ntshanga (South Africa); Timwa Lipenga (Malawi); and 2014 winner Okwiri Oduor (Kenya).

Mahjoub, who along with Ellah Allfrey will facilitate the workshop this year, said: “The annual workshop allows writers a unique chance to develop their work and to see themselves as part of a literary community. It is always exciting to meet new writers and to help them realise their potential. The workshop is, in my view, one of the most important aspects of the Caine Prize.”

During the workshop, the writers will be expected to write a short story for the 2016 Caine Prize anthology, which will be published in the UK by New Internationalist in the summer, and subsequently by a network of co-publishers. Alongside Interlink in the USA, eight African publishers receive a print-ready PDF to print in their country, they include: Jacana Media (South Africa), Lantern Books (Nigeria), Kwani? (Kenya), Sub-Saharan Publishers (Ghana), FEMRITE (Uganda), Gadsden Publishers (Zambia), amaBooks (Zimbabwe) and Langaa (Cameroon).

The workshop will incorporate a visit to local schools and a public event.

Kapumpa, Ntshanga and John have been tweeting from the workshop:

Caine Prize director Lizzy Attree said: “As Namwali Serpell won the 2015 Caine Prize we are pleased to bring the workshop, for the first time, to her home in Zambia. We are also very pleased to be supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York.”

Jonathan Taylor, Chair of the Caine Prize Council, added: “We are hugely grateful for the support of Carnegie Corporation of New York for this important workshop in Zambia, which is likely again to be the launch pad for many successful literary careers.”

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Book Bites: 6 March 2016

A Igoni Barrett (Chatto & Windus)
Book Buff
This is Barrett’s debut novel, following a short story collection that earned high praise from Teju Cole and Nadine Gordimer. Its premise is intriguing and unashamedly Kafkaesque: a young Lagos man wakes up to discover he is a red-haired white person. Unlike Gregor Samsa, and perhaps in one of the book’s failings, Furo Wariboko does not stick around to find out his family’s reaction. He flees, and the narrative traces the benefits and pitfalls of his transformation. But what begins as an absurdist plot device turns into a rather messy collision of politics and character. – Jennifer Malec @projectjennifer

Carrying Albert HomeCarrying Albert Home
Homer Hickam (HarperCollins)
Book Fling
Fans of Forrest Gump will be delighted by Hickam’s latest work, based on tall tales his parents told him. Albert-the-alligator is getting too big for the home of 1930s coal miner Homer and his wife, Elsie. She agrees to release Albert into the wild, but only if they drive thousands of miles to Orlando, Florida, home of Elsie’s happiest memories. The three of them set off on a roadtrip of a lifetime. Along the way they have numerous adventures, which include bank robbers, revolutionaries, bootleggers and meeting noted writers Steinbeck and Hemingway. This is a charming love story about finding the good in what you already have. – Tiah Beautement @ms_tiahmarie

A Taste of Bitter AlmondsA Taste of Bitter Almonds: Perdition and Promise in South Africa
Michael Schmidt (Best Red)
Book Buff
Journalism is supposed to speak truth to power, which Schmidt does fearlessly (and sometimes personally) in this collection of stories gathered over the course of his long career. A compendium of forgotten histories across all cultures and creeds, as well as a look at some of the stories that threatened to tear South Africa apart, this is a fascinating, if difficult, look at our shared and complex history. – Zoe Hinis @ZoeHinis

The Missing and the DeadThe Missing and the Dead
Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins)
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To find Detective Inspector Logan McRae in uniform doing divisional policing in the wilds of rural Aberdeenshire rather than in his native Aberdeen is quite a change. On the upside, he has escaped from DCI Roberta Steel, his potty-mouthed impossible boss. When the body of a young girl is found, Logan has to investigate a murder – this time hindered more than helped by the investigating team from Aberdeen, headed by the brilliant but invariably infuriating Inspector Steel. Exciting, often hilarious and occasionally romantic, this is another first-class thriller from the talented MacBride. – Aubrey Paton

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Julius Malema’s controversial SONA Debate speech referred to parliamentary rules committee (Plus: Watch the video)

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Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema’s speech in the State of the Nation debate will be referred to Parliament’s rules committee to consider‚ speaker Baleka Mbete has said.

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On Tuesday‚ Mbete ruled that the speech be expunged saying that its content should have been brought as a substantive motion.

The move to expunge it from the Hansard – the Parliamentary transcript – was questioned by Cope’s Deidre Carter who wanted to know which rule Mbete was referencing when she made the order.

Before proceedings in the second day of debates started today‚ Mbete said that while the Constitution guaranteed members of parliament freedom of speech‚ these rights should not infringe on other people’s rights.

“The presiding officers are the guardians of the rights and privileges of members‚” Mbete said.

She referenced a ruling in the fourth parliament that said that said that members should avoid the use of “offensive and unbecoming language”.

She said Malema’s speech had cast aspersions on characters‚ and had referenced “private and personal” matters relating to the president.

Mbete said it was up to the presiding officers to ensure that “no scandalous or improper matter” appeared on printed paper.

But she said‚ the matter required “serious consideration” and as such‚ she would refer it to the rules committee to engage with.

She said the EFF‚ who are not present in the house‚ had written to her today asking that she withdraw her statement that Malema’s remarks be expunged.

She said her ruling covered this request also.

TMG Digital/TMG Parliamentary Bureau

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