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Die verhale van die post-apartheidgenerasie in Suid-Afrika behoort verpligte leesstof vir elkeen te wees om hulle voor te berei op wat dalk in die volgende dekade op ons wag.
After Freedom is ’n boeiende, meesleurende en diep menslike verhaal wat vertel word aan die hand van sewe jong mense en hul families in Kaapstad ná 1994.
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Die Vriende van Afrikaans (VVA) is ‘n groep mense wat werk vir Afrikaans. Hulle is nie polities, seksisties, rassisties of godsdiensvoorskriftelik nie en verwelkom almal wat wil saamwerk. Sedert 2005 reël dié organisasie ‘n Koop-’n-Afrikaanse-boekdag waar hulle Afrikaanssprekendes aanmoedig om skrywers, boekwinkels en uitgewers te ondersteun deur ‘n boek in Afrikaans aan te skaf.
Hierdie dag val vanjaar weer oudergewoonte op 14 Augustus, vandag, en daarom word boekliefhebbers en woordmense genooi om in die kar te spring en na hul naaste boekwinkel te haas.
In ‘n onderhoud met Maroela Media verduidelik Amanda de Stadler, uitvoerende beampte, dat hierdie idee ontstaan het omdat een van hul spitsraadlede moeg geraak het om te luister na mense wat sê hulle wil graag Afrikaans lees, maar daar is nie Afrikaanse boeke beskikbaar nie. “Dit is gewoon nie waar nie,” sê De Stadler en verduidelik hoe die projek geloods is, wat hul daarmee wil bereik en waarom dit ‘n inklusiewe inisiatief is.
“Verlede jaar het ons begin agterkom dit word eintlik nasionale besit, dis nie meer net die dag wat óns reël nie, mense doen dit sommer vanself ook,” sê De Stadler en moedig Afrikaanssprekendes aan om Afrikaanse boeke te gaan koop “vir jou eie beswil”.
Luister na die potgooi:
Die Vriende van Afrikaans het ‘n lys van boekhandelaars wat deelneem aan hierdie dag op hul Facebook-bladsy gedeel en moedig mense aan om ‘n foto van hul kopie met die VVA te deel:
Watter boekwinkels neem deel aan die Koop-’n-Afrikaanse-boekdag op 14 Augustus 2014?
Goeie nuus aan alle boekliefhebbers en woordmense! Die volgende boekwinkels het tot dusver laat weet dat hulle aan die jaarlikse Koop-’n-Afrikaanse-boekdag gaan deelneem:
• Chantall Sayers van Kalahari laat weet dat hulle 30% afslag gee op 14 Augustus op ‘n seleksie van hulle Afrikaanse boeke, fisiese of digitale formaat.
• Lourens Potgieter van CNA sê hulle promosie duur van 14 tot 28 Augustus en hulle het heelwat hase in hulle hoed! “Ons gaan ‘n hengse klomp ekstra Thank U punte toestaan aan almal wat Afrikaanse boeke koop, en aan die ATKV-lede stuur ons ‘n e-pos met ‘n kortingkoepon vir 15% af op alle Afrikaanse boeke-aankope van R200 en meer. Daar gaan plakkate in ons winkels wees, en ons gaan adverteer. Buiten die Thank U punte en ATKV-korting is daar groot besparings op ‘n hele paar vooraanstaande titels, soos Leon van Nierop se Ballade vir ‘n enkeling, Kokkedoor 2 en Ladybird- en Phambili-kinderboekies.”
• CUM-boeke se bemarkingspan laat weet dat hulle 15% afslag aanbied op Afrikaanse boeke op 14 Augustus en sê: “Boeke kan jou inpireer, bemagtig en aanmoedig. Jy kan deur die wêreld reis sonder om ‘n tree te stap. Koop ‘n boek vir jouself of bederf iemand wat nog nooit ‘n boek van hulle eie besit het nie.”
• Riëtte van der Merwe van PNA in die Strand/PNA Colours/PNA Somerset-Wes/PNA Eikestad Mall gee op 14 Augustus 25% afslag op Afrikaanse boeke.
• Exclusive Books: Alma Struwig laat weet Mimosa Mall in Bloemfontein neem deel; Tertia Koegelenberg sê hulle tak in Centurion en die Kolonnade gee ook afslag. Karin Shaul se tak, Woodlands Boulevard gee 10% afslag. Anzel van die Loch Logan-tak in Bloemfontein laat weet hulle gee ook 10% af.
• Myafrikaans.com, ‘n eBoekwinkel gebaseer in Rotterdam gaan 20% afslag gee op 14 Augustus, laat weet André Beukes.
• Protea Boekwinkel landwyd bied 10% afslag op Afrikaanse boeke op 14 Augustus.
Baie dankie aan al hierdie vrygewige boekmense. Ons hoop hulle verkope styg flink op 14 Augustus!
Weet jy nie wat om te koop nie? Hier is ‘n paar voorstelle uit die Books LIVE-kamp:
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By SA Partridge for The Sunday Times
Devilskein and Dearlove
Alex Smith (Umuzi)
The mind is a tricky beast. Bad memories can be swallowed whole or twisted into lies. This is the underlying message of, the new novel by Cape Town-based author Alex Smith, Devilskein and Dearlove.
13-year-old Erin Dearlove enjoys telling people that her parents were eaten by a crocodile. The truth is even more horrifying.
After the ‘incident’, Erin goes to stay with her Aunt Kate in her Long Street apartment. It is a small rundown flat, but in Erin’s world it is a portal to a wonderful hall of doors leading to ancient walled gardens, an ocean cabinet full of undersea creatures and a room filled with elaborate keys.
Erin’s aunt encourages these wild imaginations, believing them to be part of the healing process. So when Erin recounts having tea with the mysterious Mr Devilskein in apartment 6616, she doesn’t bat an eyelid, nor does she question the long hours her niece spends with her new best friend, a talking cricket named Zhou.
Smith believes fantasy allows people to mask their most painful memories. “But fantasy can also be a platform for our most brilliant potentials. We dream it before we can do it. I think the human mind is an extraordinary universe of possibilities along the continuum, the one extreme end being creativity, light, and the other absolute destruction, dark.”
Keys are an important symbol in her novel, which is written in lyrical, Dahl-esque prose. Some keys are there to unlock secrets and mysteries, others to seal them in. It is through one of the doors unlocked by a key that Erin discovers a beautiful walled garden from an ancient Chinese dynasty.
“As a child,” says Smith, “I was utterly enchanted by Jules Verne’s work, loved CS Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – and who could forget Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Michael Ende’s adventure The Never Ending Story?”
Like these classic works, Devilskein and Dearlove is sure to become a much-loved book for young adults. It’s a magical tale not soon forgotten.
Follow SA Partridge on Twitter @Sapartridge
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The Sunday Times has started a monthly bestseller list, identifying the most popular books in South Africa.
There are a gratifying number of South African books on the non-fiction list, which is topped by Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange, followed, some would say inevitably, by The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, David Grier and Jonno Proudfoot.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg head up the fiction list, with the only local link being the lead character in The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, Nombeko, who was born in Soweto.
The information for the list comes from SAPnet/Nielsen, bookseller data and publisher data.
View the list:
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The vision of Book Dash is so revolutionary, so boldly audacious, that it is hard to comprehend fully the scope of it upon a first hearing. One can be forgiven for raising an eyebrow at the notion of giving (yes, giving!) each South African child a hundred books by the age of five. On Mandela Day last week, this grand dream stepped closer to becoming reality when some 250 children at Jireh early education centre in Mitchell’s Plain each received three books, made by a team of volunteers. For some of the children, these books were the first they have ever owned.
Books by the big-hearted authors involved in Book Dash include:
Behind this project is a formidable trio of radical thinkers: Arthur Attwell, a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and award-winning publishing entrepreneur has an impressive track record as the founder of Paperight, Electric Book Works and Bettercare. He is also a poet and the author of the collection, Killing Time.
Senior manager at Paperight, Tarryn-Anne Anderson, is a talented short story writer who contributed to the Feast, Famine and Potluck anthology and an anthropologist by training. She is the community manager for Book Dash. Michelle Matthews, a publisher and award-winning writer, specialises in sustainability and corporate social investment. She is the managing editor of The CSI Handbook and the author of The Whole Food Almanac. With their feet planted firmly on the ground they envision an outcome with astronomical potential.
They want to see the publishing industry being shaken from its roots and predict that this can happen if the needs of the youngest reader are met as a priority. “This is how the future of publishing in South Africa is not only going to survive, but grow and flourish,” Attwell said.
It is widely believed that a range of interwoven social ills and contemporary crises can be avoided and solved by enhancing the cognitive skills and developing the child’s imagination by ensuring that a vigorous love of reading is instilled before children even get to school. But how can that happen in a society where the all too real constraints of poverty seem so overwhelming?
Book Dash’s solution is to make books freely available as downloads so that schools – or anybody who needs a free children’s book – can print them out on a standard photocopier. The cost of the books is reduced substantially to the expense of printing. All the expertise has been donated. No royalties are paid as books are created under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
Attwell also believes it is crucial to support fathers in the task of reading to their children. The logo on the back of each book depicts a father in an armchair holding a small child on his lap, reading from an open book.
The big push for this project took place just three weeks before the Mandela Day handout when a team of 40 industry professionals got together bright and early on a cold Saturday morning. Writers and artists brought their previously planned story ideas and sketches, channeling them through the various tools of the trade: tablets and paintbrushes, laptops and scanners.
The mood in the room was electric, as designers and editors tweaked and touched up the texts, authors consulted other authors, and images took shape, matching the narratives. By the end of the day ten new books existed that would soon be touched and held and loved by the children who hunger for stories. This staggering book-making marathon occurred on 28 June this year at the City of Cape Town’s Central Library, in a collaborative gesture of generosity, care and creativity.
“In essence,” says Attwell, “South African children need more books. However, books are prohibitively expensive for most families in this country, who struggle to put food on the table.” His way around this? Make them available for free! To that end, he wishes to see each child in the country owning 100 books before their sixth birthday. Yes, reader, your eyes do not deceive you. And laugh aloud if you must. But, Book Dash has started making this remarkable dream a reality.
“The cheapest books have no publisher – then the only cost is printing. So our participants do the work of publishers in a single day. After that, anyone can get print runs sponsored and put finished books into the hands of children,” says Attwell. Do the sums on that and some 600 million books are required to meet this ambitious goal. India’s Pratham Books and the African Storybook Project offered Attwell a way to refine his thinking and models on which to base Book Dash.
We believe every child should own a hundred books by the age of five. In South Africa, that means giving 600 million free books to children who could never afford to buy them. Every day we lose, more children grow up unable to read and write well, and to enjoy the worlds that books open up.
An integral part of this concept is the concept of ownership. According to Attwell, this means putting books into children’s hands. “Ownership should be sealed by writing the child’s name on the book-plate page. They must be able to collect many of their own books throughout their childhood,” he said.
Facilitated by Tarryn-Anne Anderson with Michelle Matthews hosting the event, ten teams each comprising a writer, illustrator and book designer, were plied first with coffee and muffins, then quiches and fruit, and later, wine and pasta. Each trio had a designated work space where the creative collaboration took place on the upper floor of the old drill hall. The intense focus required to produce a book in a day, the sharing of tasks between team member, and the convivial goodwill that spilled regularly into laughter was a profound experience.
The team of workers included Rachel Zadok, Candace di Talamo, Nick Mulgrew, Michele Fry, Amy Uzzell, Jennifer Jacobs, Tracy Lynn Chemaly, Robert McEwan, Sarah-Jane Williams, Paul Kennedy, James Woolley, Louise Gale, Liesl Jobson, Jesse Breytenbach, Andy Thesen, Sam Wilson, Michael Tymbios, Thomas Pepler, Maya Fowler, Katrin Coetzer, Damian Gibbs, Nicola Rijsdijk, Karen Lilje, Sam Scarborough, Kerry Saadien-Raad, Elsabé Milandri, Mathilde de Blois, Vianne Venter, Genevieve Terblanche and Lauren Rycroft.
The capable squad of editors who ensured that the texts were suitably age-appropriate comprised Marion Smallbones, Glynis Lloyd and Martha Evans. Videographer, Shaun Swingler, ensured that a visual record of the event took place. Archivist and storyteller, Kelsey Weins, explained the Creative Commons Attribution licence model and took care of the twitter feed on the day. Art director, Pete Bosman, worked with the illustrators and book designers, to advise, facilitate and ensure that the images worked within the specific parameters of the project.
Watch the video made by Shaun Swingler on the day of Book Dash, held at the City of Cape Town Central Library:
Three titles of the original ten books submitted on Book Dash day were selected for printing and distribution. A Fish and a Gift by Liesl Jobson, Jesse Breytenbach and Andy Thesen; Come Back, Cat! by Karen Lilje, Nicola Rijsdijk and Sam Scarborough was translated into Afrikaans by Maya Fowler as Kom Terug, Kat!; and Sleepy Mr Sloth was created by Paul Kennedy, Nick Mulgrew and Graham Paterson. Anybody may download the source and PDF files for children needing books.
Authors Liesl Jobson and Paul Kennedy assisted the Book Dash trio with the handout at the Educare Centre. On arriving the team was greeted by strains of The Wheels on the Bus and You Are My Sunshine. The children watched with quite some bemusement as box-carrying grownups passed their music ring and then set up stacks of books on tables in the hall. Soon enough the excitement grew as they queued for their books, then received them with their names inscribed. After tea and buns and a farewell song, the day’s programme resumed. Story time will never be the same again.
Despite their phenomenal intellectual capacity, multiple degrees and highly literary pedigree, the team of Attwell, Matthews and Anderson are softly spoken and unassuming face to face. In a focused, pragmatic and determined fashion they are quietly getting on with making a significant difference to the future of the children of South Africa. They are also seeking sponsorship. What better way of honouring the legacy of Nelson Mandela?
Liesl Jobson (@LieslJobson) tweeted live from both events using the hashtag #BookDash
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Moet jou nie deur die omslag-illustrasie laat mislei nie, dié boek is allermins die donker periodestuk wat die detail van ’n Caravaggio-skildery jou laat veronderstel. Die subtitel is effens weggesteek, maar slaan dáárop ag: A Comedy of Revenge.
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It has taken me quite a while to get a concise review penned that comes close to conveying my feelings and thoughts on Sharp Edges by local author SA Partridge. Despite this taking months, I am not sure if I am yet able to write a review that is worthy of the message that the book carries across.
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Nigerian American Science Fiction author Nnedi Okorafor has expressed “anger” at being left off a recent New York Times list of what it called the “New Wave” of African authors.
The article, entitled “New Wave of African Writers With an Internationalist Bent”, mentions Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dinaw Mengestu, Helen Oyeyemi, NoViolet Bulawayo, Teju Cole, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and Taiye Selasi, among others, and outlines what are perceived to be the main trends in African and African American writing.
The newspaper quotes Adichie on the subject of different categories of black. “In the US, to be a black person who is not African-American in certain circles is to be seen as quote-unquote, the good black,” Adichie said, adding that people may comment: “You’re African so you don’t have all those issues.”
The article also highlights the new international inclination in African writing, with books beginning to feature more characters who are “citizens of the world”. Manthia Diawara, professor of comparative literature and film at New York University, comments: “Now we are talking about how the West relates to Africa and it frees writers to create their own worlds. They have several identities and they speak several languages.”
According to the article, apart from certain exceptions such as Wole Soyinka and Ben Okri, who broke through in a “fallow period” for African literature, publishing tends to follows trends: “Women, Asian-American, Indian and Latino writers have all been ‘discovered’ and had their moment in the sun”, with African-Americans currently in vogue, and more ‘authentic’ African voices even more preferable.
But for all the different themes and kinds of writing, the novelist Dinaw Mengestu said that he saw a thread. “There’s this investigation of what happens to the dislocated soul,” said Mr Mengestu, 36, the author of All Our Names and a MacArthur “genius” award winner, who was born in Ethiopia but left at age two and grew up in Illinois.
The novelist Okey Ndibe, 54, said for his part, “My reflexes are shaped mostly by life in Nigeria, but so many aspects of me are in the American mode.”
However, it seems the “different themes and kinds of writing” do not stretch to the corner containing the science fiction and fantasy genres.
Writer and publisher Sheree Thomas, who edited Dark Matter, an anthology of African-American science fiction and fantasy that won the World Fantasy Award, was incredulous, and took to Twitter to protest: “I’m trying to figure out how an article on the new wave of African writers does not include Nnedi Okorafor…smh @ the separation of genres”.
Okorafor replied, thanking Thomas, and admitting that she felt “angry” at her omission, but declining to expand too much on the subject:
Do you agree with the New York Times’ summation of current African writing? Do you think genre fiction should be included in a discussion about African fiction? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below.
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Dominque Botha, Marlene van Niekerk, Etienne van Heerden, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, SA Partridge, Linda Rode, and Irina Filatova and Apollon Davidson are the winning authors in this year’s Media24 Books Literary Awards. They were chosen from a shortlist which included three books per category.
The winners of prizes to the value of R35 000 per category were announced tonight during a glamorous event at the Brundyn Gallery in Cape Town.
Recht Malan Prize for the best Afrikaans or English nonfiction:
The Hidden Thread: Russia and South Africa in the Soviet Era by Irina Filatova en Apollon Davidson, published by Jonathan Ball
Herman Charles Bosman Prize for the best literary work in English:
Shadows by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, published by Kwela
W.A. Hofmeyr Prize for the best literary work in Afrikaans:
Klimtol by Etienne van Heerden, published by Tafelberg
M.E.R. Prize for the best youth novel:
Sharp Edges by S.A. Partridge, published by Human & Rousseau
M.E.R. Prize for the best illustrated children’s book:
In die land van pamperlang by Linda Rode and illustrated by Johann Strauss, published by Human & Rousseau
Jan Rabie Rapport Prize for the best debut or early (second) work in Afrikaans:
Valsrivier by Dominique Botha, published by Umuzi
Elisabeth Eybers Prize for poetry in Afrikaans or English:
Kaar by Marlene van Niekerk, published by Human & Rousseau
Books that were published by Media24 Books in 2013 were considered for these awards. However, the Jan Rabie Rapport Prize is awared to a debut or early (second) work released by any publisher in South Africa. A total of 98 entries were received and three works were shor listed in each category.
It is the first year that the Elisabeth Eybers Prize for poetry has been awarded. In the past, poetry had to compete with short story collections and dramas for Media24 Books’ W.A. Hofmeyr Prize for fiction.
We brought you the winners live on Twitter using #Media24LitAwards:
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Jare gelede het ’n kortverhaal in Sarie my opgeval. “Erik se T-hemp” was een van daardie skryfsels wat ’n mens net bybly. Oor die eerlikheid van die storie; omdat dit net so anders was; oor die gemaklike skryfstyl en die mooiheid in die eenvoud van die storie. Dis eers ná die lees van die jeugboek iewers vlieg daar fairy dust dat ek besef het dié besondere kortverhaal destyds was ook uit die pen van Marisa Haasbroek. En dit verbaas my nie, want dié vrou kán maar skryf.
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