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Archive for the ‘Youth’ Category

Ilza Roggeband resenseer Moord per suurlemoen deur Jelleke Wierenga

Moord per suurlemoenUitspraak: wortel

Die boek lees soos blits en die humor is vlymskerp en pittig. Moord per suurlemoen het in 2013 ’n silwertoekenning in die Sanlam-prys vir jeuglektuur gewen, maar dit is nie net ’n boek vir tieners nie, volwassenes sal dit net soveel geniet.

Die karakters is pret, die dialoog so vinnig soos ’n boulaanval deur Dale Steyn. Dis ’n boek wat herinner aan ’n fliek deur die rolprentregisseur Wes Anderson, met ander woorde visueel verbeeldingryk, vol aweregse karakters en genoeg tong-in-die-kies-humor wat soms aan die absurde grens.

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Zimkhitha Mlanzeli to Launch Blood Ties at The Book Lounge: The Latest in the Harmony High Series

 
Blood tiesCover2Cover Books invites you to the launch of Blood ties by Zimkhitha Mlanzeli.

Blood ties is set in a fictional township school named Harmony High and follows the life of a group of teenagers as they grapple with socio-economic issues and the ills of growing up.

Professor Njabulo Ndebele will be in conversation with Mlanzeli on Wednesday, 11 February, at The Book Lounge about his series of books that have been created in partnership with The FunDza Literary Trust to encourage young people to read more.

The event will start at 5:30 for 6 PM. See you there!

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About the book

Pholisa is coming to make a fresh start in Cape Town with her older brother Masi. Her old friend Lelethu is there to welcome her to Harmony High, where she meets the lovely Lazola, and romance is in the air… But at home Masi is becoming aggressive and moody, and Pholisa is worried about what he is doing late at night. When Masi spirals out of control, all of their lives are shattered, and Pholisa is forced to make one of the most difficult choices of her life, and face just how strong blood ties really are…

This is what readers have said about other books in the Harmony High series:

“This is one of the best stories I have ever read. Thumbs up to the writer!”

“Wow! What a lovely story… I guess I have learned a lot from it.”

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Naomi Morgan Knighted by French Government for Her Contribution to Art and Literature

Monsieur Ibrahim en die blomme van die KoranOskar en die pienk tannieProfessor Naòmi Morgan was recently knighted by the French government for her contribution to art and literature.

Morgan has translated two books by the Belgian author Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt into Afrikaans: Monsieur Ibrahim en die blomme van die Koran and Oskar en die pienk tannie.

Morgan is the head of French at the Department of Afrikaans, Dutch, German and French at the University of the Free State and is currently one of six people worldwide who can translate texts from French to Afrikaans and vice versa. She said that this award is the “biggest gift someone has ever given me”.

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Translator Knighted by French Government

The translator and academic professor Naòmi Morgan was decorated as a Knight of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Ministry of Arts and Culture.

She was honoured for her contribution to arts and literature through her translations of French to Afrikaans. Morgan is known for her translation of Oskar en die pienk tannie (Oscar et la dame rose) by the Belgian author Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt published by Human & Rousseau in 2012. The theatre production – also translated by Morgan with Sandra Prinsloo in the leading role – won several awards. One of these was the prize of Best Free State Artist bestowed on Morgan.

Her most recent translation, Monsieur Ibrahim en die blomme van die Koran (Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Koran), also by Schmitt; published by Human & Rousseau in 2014, was originally published in 2001 and made into a film.

With this award Morgan follows in the footsteps of South Africans like Johnny Clegg, William Kentridge and Ramadan Suleman. Only 200 knighthoods are bestowed annually. The two higher orders ­– Ordre des Arts et des Lettres: Officier (officer) and Commandeur (commander) are given to 60 and 20 people respectively.

Morgan is based at the University of the Free State where she is the head of French at the Department of Afrikaans, Dutch, German and French. She describes this award as the “biggest gift someone has ever given me”. She says that the art and craft of translation is very close to her heart and the award serves as inspiration for language students who are sceptical about careers in translation.

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Mandi Human resenseer Wian Verwey het ’n crush op my deur Tania Brink

Wian Verwey het ’n crush op myUitspraak: wortel

Hierdie boek raak alle elemente van ‘n jongmens se lewe. Ek het selfs gewens dat Chris se band regtig bestaan. Die leser kan hulself inleef en sal defnitief al die emosies waardeer die karakters gaan beleef. Emma se interessante stokperdjie sal ook die leser intrek en dalk nuwe belangstellings in die leser se eie lewe prikkel. Emma, Cheryl,Kyla,Wian en Chris word lewending in die geestesoog van die jong leser.

Defnitief ‘n “moet hê” tienerboek, met ‘n effense “twist”!

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Make Literacy for Africa Happen with the Dancing Pencils Writing Marathon Workshop in Durban

Teenagers Living LifeThe Dancing Pencils project under the leadership of founder Felicity Keats-Morrison invites people of all ages to participate in a free walking and writing marathon workshop in Durban.

The project recognises the enormous need for literacy in Africa and encourages creative writing through training workshops. The literacy project and umSinsi Press are the brainchild of Keats-Morrison, who was giving private writing lessons from her house in Durban and established umSinsi to give voice to the children in her class. Teenagers Living Life by Nathi Ngubane was published by umSinsi Press in 2012.

The writing marathon workshop is free and takes place on Saturday, 7 February, from 1:30 until 3 PM. The walk and marathon class session is an initiative of the Bat Centre to encourage people to write more.

See you there!

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  • Date: Saturday, 7 February 2015
  • Time: 1:30 to 3:00 PM
  • Venue: Bat Centre
    45 Maritime Place
    Victoria Embankment
    Durban | Map
  • RSVP: 031 332 0451

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Don’t Miss IBBY South Africa’s Summer BookBash, Featuring a Panel Discussion on Teen Literature, in Cape Town

IBBY SA Summer Bookbash Invite

 
In Search of HappinessThe International Board on Books for Young People South Africa is holding their Summer BookBash on Thursday, 5 February at SASNEV in Pinelands between 5:30 and 7:30 PM. You are invited!

The event will take the form of a panel discussion with the topic “Writing for South African Teens. What’s Going On?”

The discussion will be chaired by Righardt le Roux of PRAESA. The panel is comprised of a diverse crowd of book people: Sonja Kruze, FunDza ambassador; Zonke Silwanyana, EDULIS selector; Charles Siboto of NB Publishers; Sonwabiso Ngcowa, author of In Search of Happiness; Lindokuhle Mlhanga of ReaderWorld.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Thursday, 5 February 2015
  • Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Venue: SASNEV
    4 Central Square
    Pinelands | Map
  • Panelists: Righardt le Roux (chair), Sonja Kruze, Zonke Silwanyana, Charles Siboto, Sonwabiso Ngcowa and Lindokuhle Mlhanga
  • RSVP: Kathy Madlener, kathym@iafrica.com or Genevieve Hart, sacbf@worldonline.org

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DJ Cloete resenseer Spring deur Fanie Viljoen

SpringUitspraak: wortel

Viljoen het met hierdie boek ’n vars idee tot die tafel gebring: eerstens deur gebruik te maak van ’n hedendaagse tema, sosiale media, en hoe ons dit benut.Tweedens, deur ’n derde persoon die antagonis te maak, en nie die tipiese storielyn van ’n liefdesdriehoek tussen twee vriende en ’n meisie in die middel te volg nie. Die video’s wat Rudi en Steven maak is ‘mal’, en is die tipiese goed wat jong tieners vandag sal doen om roem te verwerf, maar hoe ver sal hy gaan vir sy ‘fans’? Die roem wat Steven op die sosiale netwerk, Youtube, verwerf het, dryf hom om al die goed te doen omdat meisies meer na hom begin kyk. Marco spoor Steven aan om beter en waaghalsiger toertjies te doen nadat hy hulle eerste video gesien het, en eindelik verwag Marco dat hy iets moet doen wat sy eie lewe in gevaar sal stel, iets waarvan Rudi nie bewus is nie.

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Ruan Fourie resenseer Monday Evening, Thursday Afternoon deur Jenny Robson

Monday Evening, Thursday AfternoonUitspraak: wortel

Wanneer ’n mens Jenny Robson se Monday Evening, Thursday Afternoon optel en lees word daar ’n interessante bal aan die rol gesit. Maar hoe interessant kan ’n bal nou eintlik wees? Gemiddeld na heelwat. Jy sal verbaas wees. By die boek se aanvang is dit asof ’n mens ’n gesprek tussen twee nuwe vriendinne afluister en die onsekerheid van graad een is die brandstoftoevoer tot hierdie vriendskap. ’n Mens kan nie vir seker weet hoe die vriendskap begin het nie, dit word dof ingekleur (en boonop deur potlode uit twee pennesakkies!) maar dit self word vinnig as iets van mindere belang aangesien.

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Book Bites: 11 January 2015

The Alphabet of BirdsThe Alphabet of Birds
SJ Naudé (Umuzi)
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Book buff
The author has an uncanny ability to write stories that are at once airy and claustrophobic, loose yet obsessive. In this English translation of his acclaimed debut Afrikaans collection, Naudé’s restless human subjects are destined to long for things that they may never be able to fully conceive of, never mind attain. But while stories like the opener, “Van”, verge on the spectacular, others stray from lucidity into over-elaboration. Alphabet is one of last year’s more chewy releases of short fiction; undoubtedly its most cerebral.
- Nick Mulgrew @NichMulgrew

Time and Time AgainTime and Time Again
Ben Elton (Bantam Press)
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Book buff
The idea of sending someone back into the past to change history is not new, but in this novel, Elton pushes the possibilities to mind-bending lengths, producing an intricate and ever-shifting tale that is part sci-fi thriller, part historical novel. Hugh Stanton, adventurer and bereaved family-man, is sent back from 2025 to June 1914 to prevent World War I and thus set the 20th century on a “better” course. His apparent success is accompanied by horrific and unpredictable collateral damage. One hell of a story.
- David Pike @pikedavey

Journal of a South African Zombie ApocalypseA Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse
Lee Herrmann (Tall Tales)
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Book monster
Lee Herrmann has ticked all the right boxes in this local treatment of the zombie phenomenon. Road story? Check. Roving groups of savage humans? Check. Noble sacrifices so others can survive? Check. First love? Check. Kon, his dad and his younger brother leave their Pretoria house (where they holed up until they ran out of water) and race through zombie-infested South Africa to Robben Island which is, they are told, a safe haven. Formulaic though it might be, the SA setting makes all the difference.
- Aubrey Paton

Hope in a Ballet ShoeHope in a Ballet Shoe
Michaela dePrince and Elaine DePrince (Faber & Faber)
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Book buff
An inspirational story of a young girl who triumphs over the bad hand dealt to her at birth. Surviving the politics of civil war in Sierra Leone in the early 1990s, she finds solace in an orphan friend and a photo of a ballerina from an old magazine cover. Her hopes of being that ballerina are fulfilled when she is adopted by an American family who support her throughout her passion and talent for ballet. Michaela’s story shows that hope doesn’t only spring eternal, but it grand jetes in the human breast.
- Vuyo Mzini @vuyomzini

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Ilza Roggeband resenseer Monsieur Ibrahim en die blomme van die Koran vertaal deur Naòmi Morgan

Monsieur Ibrahim en die blomme van die KoranUitspraak: wortel

Soos met Oskar en die pienk tannie, is Monsieur Ibrahim se Afrikaanse vertaling deur Naòmi Morgan gedoen. Die oorspronklike Franse weergawe, wat aanvanklik ’n toneelstuk was, is in 2001 geskryf, maar die storie is tydloos.

Hierdie is ’n boek vir lees en weer lees. Daar is wyshede waarheen jy sal wil teruggaan en woorde wat jy sal wil memoriseer. “O nee, nie die snelweg nie, Momo, net nie die snelweg nie,” sê monsieur Ibrahim op ’n keer. “Snelweë sê vir ’n mens: ‘Ry verby, hier’s niks te sien nie.’ Dis vir die idiote wat so vinnig moontlik van een punt na ’n volgende wil reis. Ons twee is nie besig met meetkunde nie, ons is op reis.”

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