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Ben Okri to Receive Honorary Doctorate in South Africa

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Alert! Nigerian author Ben Okri will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria next week.

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It will be the first time an African university has honoured Okri, one of the continent’s most prominent voices. The author won the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Famished Road in 1991.

Okri will receive a DLitt (honoris causa) on 25 April, during the university’s autumn graduation ceremonies.

The degree is meant, in the words of Vice Chancellor Prof CM de la Rey, to serve as a token of the fact that Okri is “widely recognised as an international writer and scholar”, and also to acknowledge Okri’s “contribution to the contemporary world of literature”.

Okri’s will be the second honorary doctorate awarded by a South African university to a major writer in recent times. In December, the University of the Witwatersrand conferred an honorary degree on JM Coetzee.

Here’s the press release from the University of Pretoria:

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Stephanie Alexander Reviews Love is War: The Modimolle Monster by Karyn Maughan and Shaun Swingler

Love is War: The Modimolle MonsterVerdict: stick

WHEN Karyn Maughan, an investigative journalist at eNCA, rushed this book into print a few months after the “Modimolle Monster” trial and conviction last July, she may well have had an eye on the sensational Oscar Pistorius trial lying ahead. South Africa would soon become famed for its murder trials. Why not get on the bandwagon early, and why not give the book a serious, quasi-political cast to make it more acceptable to readers elsewhere?

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Amanda de Lange resenseer Speels deur Elle Roux

SpeelsUitspraak: stokkie

Elle Roux bevind haar in dieselfde dilemma as menige geskeide vrou wat op ’n meer “volwasse” leeftyd na liefde en ’n maat op soek is.

Sy vertel haar eie verhaal in Speels en trek die gordyn van haar slaapkamer oop sodat almal wat wil, kan inkyk.

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Dineke Volschenk resenseer October deur Zoë Wicomb

OctoberUitspraak: wortel

Met die lees van October deur Zoë Wicomb is ek weer verbaas dat Wicomb nie meer bekend is in Suid-Afrika nie.

Sy sit met gemak op die boonste rakke van Suid-Afrika se skrywers, hoewel sy reeds lank in ­Engeland woon.

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Sean Darge Reviews Tax, Lies and Red Tape by Dawie Roodt with Linette Retief

Tax, Lies and Red TapeVerdict: carrot

Dawie Roodt believes South Africans are chronically misinformed about their economy. In Tax, Lies and Red Tape: Confessions of an Unreconstructed Neoliberal Fundamentalist, the book he has written with Linette Retief, he is determined to change this, discussing the economy’s macro and micro elements and possibilities with playful thoroughness.

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Michael Stanley’s Deadly Harvest Shortlisted for 2014 International Thriller Writers Award

 
Deadly HarvestAlert! Deadly Harvest, the latest novel by Michael Stanley (writing duo Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip), has been shortlisted for this year’s International Thriller Writers (ITW) Thriller Awards.

The pair’s previous book, Death of the Mantis, won a Barry Award in 2012.

Deadly Harvest, the fourth book in the Detective Kubu series, has been nominated in the “Best Paperback Original Novel” category of the 2014 ITW Thriller Awards along with Allison Brennan’s Cold Snap, Kendra Elliot’s Buried, Susan Elia MacNeal’s His Majesty’s Hope, Jennifer McMahon’s The One I Left Behind and Nele Neuhaus’ Snow White Must Die. The other categories are “Best Hardcover Novel”, “Best First Novel”, “Best Short Story”, “Best Adult Novel”, and “Best eBook Original Novel”.

The winners of the awards will be announced on 12 July at ThrillerFest IX to be held in New York. Best of luck to Sears and Trollip!

We’re thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2014 ITW Thriller Awards:

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Linda Castillo – HER LAST BREATH (Minotaur Books)
Lee Child – NEVER GO BACK (Delacorte Press)
Lisa Gardner – TOUCH AND GO (Dutton Adult)
Stephen King – DOCTOR SLEEP (Scribner)
Owen Laukkanen – CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE (Putnam Adult)
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child – WHITE FIRE (Grand Central Publishing)
Andrew Pyper – THE DEMONOLOGIST (Simon & Schuster)

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Rebecca Kelley Reviews October by Zoë Wicomb

OctoberVerdict: critical carrot

“Mercia Murray is a woman of fifty-two years who has been left.” So opens Zoë Wicomb’s latest novel, October (The New Press). In a different kind of post-breakup tale, Mercia would cry over a carton of ice cream before pulling herself together and embarking on an exciting adventure of self-discovery. She would open a cupcake shop, maybe, or renovate a Tuscan villa. This is not that story.

It is October, a dark and drizzly time in Scotland, where she has been living for the last 25 years. Mercia packs her bags and returns to her homeland of South Africa. On the other side of the world, it’s the heart of spring. But there are no easy metaphors of hope and renewal here. Spring — and home — can be deceiving.

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Riette Rust resenseer Ritmes van ons lyf deur Christina Landman, Nicki Spies en Ralph Barnard

Ritmes van ons lyfUitspraak: wortel met kritiek

In Ritmes van ons lyf (Naledi, 2014) gee drie kenners raad oor hoe jy en jou maat weer op dieselfde seksuele ritme kan dans.

Afrikaanse niefiksie oor seks is beslis nodig, want in baie verhoudings skiet kommunikasie oor intimiteit steeds tekort. In dié boek is daar onder meer nuttige raad aan vroue wat sukkel om ’n orgasme te kry en aan mans wat ’n lae libido het, maar soms is die oplossings ’n bietjie simplisties. Die skrywers kon byvoorbeeld meer as net die druktegniek vir premature ejakulasie voorgestel het.

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Erika de Beer resenseer Raaiselspieël deur Chanette Paul

RaaiselspieelUitspraak: wortel

Wanneer Nils van der Sluijs vermoor word, tref dit sy heldersiende dogter, Frieda Fouché, etlike kilometers daarvandaan dadelik soos ’n weerligstraal.

Dis nie of Nils, wat kunstenaarsroem gesmaak het met sy naakstudies van vet vroue, en sy dogter so na aan mekaar was nie.

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NoViolet Bulawayo Gives Her Etisalat Prize Fellowship to Runner-up Yewande Omotoso


We Need New NamesBom BoyNoViolet Bulawayo, winner of the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature for debut fiction, has announced that she will be giving the fellowship included in the prize to the runner-up, Bom Boy author Yewande Omotoso.

The fellowship consists of four months at the University of East Anglia in Norwich under the mentorship of Professor Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland. It was announced yesterday by the Etisalat Prize that Bulawayo “has, in a genuine demonstration of sportsmanship, gifted her runner-up, Yewande Omotoso the Fellowship attached to her winning”.

“I have gifted it to my runner-up, Yewande Omotoso in the hope that her participation would further promote the values that Etisalat Nigeria sought to achieve with this literary prize,” Bulawayo says, explaining that her Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University means that she would not be able to take advantage of the other fellowship.

Bulawayo has been on a roll this year with her debut novel We Need New Names winning the Etisalat Prize in February, the 2014 PEN / Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction in March and the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction at the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes this month.

Winner of the maiden edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature, NoViolet Bulawayo has, in a genuine demonstration of sportsmanship, gifted her runner-up, Yewande Omotoso the Fellowship attached to her winning.

Expressing her magnanimity, the author of ‘We Need New Names’ Bulawayo said “My prior commitment to a fellowship at Stanford University will not permit me to take advantage of the Etisalat Fellowship aspect of the prize and I have gifted it to my runner-up, Yewande Omotoso in the hope that her participation would further promote the values that Etisalat Nigeria sought to achieve with this literary prize”.

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