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Prince Albert Leesfees: 3 - 5 November

Book lovers it’s almost time to head for Prince Albert in the Karoo.

The town’s sixth Leesfees takes place over the first weekend of November, with a list of writers, books and performers in a programme that offers something for everyone.

The theme this year is ‘The Soul of the Karoo ~ In die Gees van die Karoo’, with writers, poets, artists, musicians, a comedian and films in the lineup. The talks, presentations and stage experiences include discussions with crime and suspense writers, Rudie van Rensburg (Kamikaze) and Mike Nicol (Agents of the State), debut writers Mohale Mashigo (The Yearning) and Sara-Jayne King (Killing Karoline), as well as academic and novelist, Cas Wepener (Johanna).

Matters legal and political are the subject of Glynnis Breytenbach’s memoir, Rule of Law; she will be in conversation with Tim Cohen.

Our visiting author from Europe this year is Bart de Graaff whose book on the KhoiKhoin: Ik Yzerbek/Ware Mense (translated by Daniel Hugo) traces the experience of the earliest peoples of our land.

Artist Elza Miles has made a major contribution to the art scene of SA, with her historical works on various visual artists, she will be in conversation with writer and journalist Johan Myburg who will also speak about his new poetry anthology Uittogboek.

Rapper, Hemelbesem, Simon Witbooi will discuss his autobiography, God praat Afrikaans with Anzil Kulsen.

Joyce Kotzè and her translator, Daniel Hugo speak about her Anglo-Boer War novel: The Runaway Horses/Wintersrust, fiction based upon fact. Joyce relates how her forebears fought on different sides during the War. They will be in conversation with Carel van der Merwe, author of Donker stroom.

Local ornithologist Dr Richard Dean will launch his book, Warriors, dilettantes and businessmen – Bird Collectors during the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries in South Africa.

Karel Schoeman’s contributions to South African literature will be the focus of a panel discussion with Nicol Stassen and Cas Wepener (author of van Die reis gaan inwaarts- die kuns van sterwe in die werke van Karel Schoeman) co-ordinated by Prof Bernard Odendaal.

New food celebrity Nick Charlie Key will reveal banting tips and how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle whilst indulging in decadent desserts, from his book Jump on the Bant Wagon with food-lover Russell Wasserfall.

Poets Gaireyah Fredericks, Daniel Hugo, Johan Myburg and local raconteur Hugh Forsyth will read some of their favourite poems in English and Afrikaans literature.

Two music and word highlights will be Tribal Echo with Huldeblyk aan Adam Small/Tribute to Adam Small and Afrika my verlange/Afrique mon désir: Laurinda Hofmeyr, Schalk Joubert, with six West African singers, in collaboration with the Cape Town Music Academy.

Our programme includes two films. Director and producer, Roberta Durrant, will attend the Karoo premiere of her award-winning film Krotoa. Eerstewater is a documentary film set in and around Prince Albert based on Hélène Smit’s book, Beneath.

We’ll look at the state of children’s book publishing in South Africa, enjoy an evening in the company of comedian Nik Rabinowitz, enjoy delicious meals at the on-site restaurant and generally savour the Soul of the Karoo.

The 2017 Leesfees is a festival you cannot miss. The full programme can be found on the festival website - www.princealbertleesfees.org – and the Facebook page www.facebook.com/princealbertleesfees – offers daily updates on the people, books, poetry and experiences which make up this great cultural event.

Tickets can be bought online at www.princealbertleesfees.org and at the Prince Albert Library, Church Street, Prince Albert. Tel: 023 5411 014. For information and enquiries: princealbertleesfees@mweb.co.za and WhatsApp: 073 213 3797.

Agents of the State

Book details

 
 

The Yearning

 
 
 
 

Killing Karoline

 
 
 
 

Rule of Law

 
 
 
 

Ware Mense

 
 
 
 

Uittogboek

 
 
 
 

God praat Afrikaans

 
 
 

Wintersrust

 

Die reis gaan inwaarts

 
 

Jump on the Bant Wagon

My ensiklopedie van baie belangrike dinge: die perfekte naslaanboek vir jong feitevrate

My ensiklopedie van baie belangrike dingeHier het ons ’n fantastiese eerste ensiklopedie, propvol feite, perfek vir jong slimkoppe wat nie kan wag om alles oor die wêreld te ontdek nie. My ensiklopedie van baie belangrike dinge verken temas soos diere, mense, planete, en baie belangrik, jouself!

Kinders kan uitvind wat ’n woestyn is, hoeveel kontinente daar is, leer om “hallo” en “totsiens” in verskillende tale te sê, en nog hope meer. Maak kennis met vegetariese dinosourusse, oulike troeteldiere, en reusagtige blouwalvisse; verken die verlede saam met grotbewoners, Vikings en Farao’s; kyk hoe ’n plant uit ’n saadjie groei; en ontdek waaruit ’n wolk bestaan.

My ensiklopedie van baie belangrike dinge is ’n asemrowende kombinasie van eenvoudige, treffende illustrasies, indrukwekkende foto’s en lewendige teks – ’n baie belangrike boek vir baie belangrike mense, en die perfekte eerste naslaanboek vir jong feitevrate.
 
 
 
Boekbesonderhede

Oktober is Geestesgesondheidsmaand - Lapa bied twee boeke wat kyk na die seer, maar met skrywers wat dit met liefde en empatie doen

Oktober is Geestesgesondheidsmaand. Ons bied dus twee boeke wat kyk na die seer, maar ons skrywers doen dit met liefde en empatie.

Romantiese fiksie het groot geword en LAPA is trots op ons skrywers wat die rou seer van menswees kan aanspreek sonder om te wroeg. LAPA is ewe trots daarop dat die Romanza-logo op die voorblad enige leser sal gerusstel dat hierdie boek se einde hoop sal bied aan die karakters én die leser. Ons handelsmerk waarborg dit.

Lees gerus self. LAPA is baie trots op ons Romanza-handelsmerk. Ons is baie trots op die hoop wat hierdie lekkerleesboeke aan ons mark beloof. Verder is ons ewe trots daarop dat Romanza moeilike onderwerpe op ’n sensitiewe manier aanspreek – iets wat te vore net in sogenaamde hogere letterkunde gebeur het!

Skakerings van liefdeSkakerings van liefde
Madelie Human

Hoe lank straf die samelewing ’n meisie wat oor die tou trap? Baie lank, is Nadia se antwoord. Elke dag dink jy aan daardie seun wat jy weggeteken het. Om oorsee te vlug en ’n loopbaan na te jaag, help ook net ten dele.

Dan, eendag, sien sy haar kind op rolskaatse ry. Hierdie seun van haar het reeds ’n pa, al is dit sy aanneempa. Dat hy onlangs ’n wewenaar geword het, is nie regtig hoopvol nie. Wie kan hom kwalik kan neem dat hy agterdogtig, selfs vyandig, is toe hy uitvind hoe Nadia by hierdie oulike seuntjie van hom betrokke is?

Met stampe en stote leer sy die man beter ken.

Die aanneempa besef dat Nadia dalk ’n goeie ma sal maak, en die aanbod van ’n huwelik hang skielik bo haar kop. Wil die man vir háár hê, of dink hy net aan sy kind? Soek hy dalk net ’n lekker lyf, een wat reeds een maal té gou té gewillig was?

Skakerings van liefde is Madelie Human se tweede SuperRomanza in die Skakerings-reeks. Dit volg op Skakerings van hoop wat in April 2017 verskyn het en uiters gewild is.

Moed vir die liefdeMoed vir die liefde
Marilé Cloete

LAPA kondig trots aan dat ons Romanza-reeks weer eens grense breek. Romantiese helde moet mos perfek en foutloos wees, nie waar nie?

Wel, nie in Marilé Cloete se Moed vir die liefde nie.

Dawid het ’n donker kant en dis nie bloot sy mooi hare nie. Dawid ly aan depressie.

Ja, Dawid, die man met die mooiste blou oë, wat die eerste kliënt in Renate se tatoe-studio gaan wees, sit met ’n wesenlike probleem.

Oktober is Geestesgesondheidsmaand. Die doel is bewusmaking en die skep van hoop. Dawid is ’n held, maar hy is ook ’n mens, soos so baie ander in die samelewing. Hy is nie perfek nie.

Hoe hanteer Renate hierdie inligting?

Beter nog, hoe hanteer die skrywer so ’n swaar onderwerp sonder om te verval in ’n gekners van tande? Want, as daar ’n Romanza-logo op die voorblad is, beteken dit die leser wéét daar is hoop.

Onthou: Depressielyers kan ook romantiese helde wees.

Boekbesonderhede

Van kant gemaak vertel ’n broeierige verhaal vol dorpsgefluister wat tydens die Eerste Wêreldoorlog afspeel

Van kant gemaakIn België loop die negentiende eeu ook ten einde. Elisabeth, die dogter van die smid, trou met die jong dokter, Guillaume Duponselle. Dit sal nie ’n gelukkige huwelik word nie. As Elisabeth agt maande later aan ’n tweeling geboorte skenk, is die eersgeborene ’n pragtige seun, Valentyn. Die tweede kind is so mismaak dat Guillaume weier om hom ’n naam te gee.

Tog bly Naamloos lewe. Omdat sy voorkoms sy vader en die dorpenaars ontstel, gaan Naamloos gesluierd deur die lewe. Dan tree die Eerste Wêreldoorlog op die toneel.

Van kant gemaak vertel ’n broeierige verhaal vol dorpsgefluister. Vir almal verloop die toekoms anders as wat hulle verwag.

OOR DIE OUTEUR
Kris van Steenberge (1963) is (toneel)skrywer, regisseur en dosent. Stories van sy oupa, wat by hulle ingewoon het, oor die “Groot Oorlog” vorm die kiem vir sy debuutroman Woesten. Sy tweede roman, Blindelings, het in 2016 verskyn.

OOR DIE VERTALER
Fanie Olivier is ’n bekende Afrikaanse digter en akademikus, maar ook joernalis en regsgeleerde. Hy het ses digbundels gepubliseer en was die samesteller van drie ander, waarvan Die heel mooiste Afrikaanse liefdesgedigte reeds vyf uitgawes gehad het. Die Nederlandse Reina Prinsen-Geerligsprys is aan hom toegeken vir die manuskrip van sy eerste, gom uit die sipres. Naas sy studiejare in Utrecht, het hy ook vir die grootste deel van sy akademiese loopbaan kontak met Nederlands behou as dosent in Nederlandse letterkunde. Hy het in hierdie proses heelwat Nederlandse poësie vertaal, maar dit nooit gepubliseer nie. As deel van sy werk as besoekende professor by die Adam Mickiewicz-universiteit in Pole tussen 2004 en 2016, het hy ook begin met ’n projek om Poolse gedigte saam met studente in Afrikaans te vertaal. Naas enkele vroeëre gepubliseerde vertalings uit Engels, was hy ook verantwoordelik vir die vertaling van J.M. Coetzee se Disgrace.

Boekbesonderhede

Die debuutroman van 'Nederland se Jonathan Franzen' is pas in Afrikaans vertaal

Die lewenslustige Siem Sigerius is ’n briljante wiskundige, kranige judoka, rektor magnificus van die Universiteit van Enschede, en daar wink ook vir hom ’n belowende toekoms in die politiek. Sy vrou, sy pragtige, intelligente stiefdogters en ’n gemaklike, pastorale huis op die platteland voltooi die beeld van idille en sukses.

Wanneer Sigerius egter agter die kap van die byl van sy stiefdogter Joni se duistere bedryf kom en sy misdadige seun boonop ook nog sy opwagting maak, dreig alles in sy idilliese bestaan om op katastrofiese wyse te ontplof.

Die kaleidoskopiese sederoman Bonita Avenue verhaal die ondergang van die Sigerius-gesin teen die agtergrond van Enschede se vuurwerkramp in 2000. Peter Buwalda se debuutroman is ’n portret van ’n era wat die gaping tussen generasies op meesleurende wyse aanpak.

Peter Buwalda is ’n Nederlandse skrywer en redakteur by verskeie uitgewershuise. Hy is een van die stigters van die literêre tydskrif Wah-Wah. Bonita Avenue is sy debuutroman en is deur die Nederlandse uitgewershuis De Bezige Bij gepubliseer.
 

Zandra Bezuidenhout behaal in 2005’n doktorsgraad in eietydse poësie van Afrikaans- en Nederlandstalige vroue. Sy werk onder meer as vertaler, onderwyser en deeltydse dosent, en tans as vryskuttaalpraktisyn. Haar debuutbundel Dansmusieke (2000) is met die Ingrid Jonkerprys bekroon en die tweede bundel Aardling verskyn in 2006 by Protea Boekhuis.

Boekbesonderhede

Shortlist for 2017 South African Literary Awards announced

2017 marks the highest milestone of South African Literary Awards (SALA), as the shortlist includes, for the first time, the !Xam and !Kun languages.

Listed under the Posthumous Literary Awards, five legendary contributors are drawn from Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd collection of !Xam and !Kun narratives, verses, songs, chants, drawings and other materials consisting of over 150 notebooks running in some 13 000 pages which is considered a unique cultural and literary collection which has been recognised by United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Council (UNESCO) and entered into the memory of the World Register.

The materials deal with the land, the rain, the history of the first people, the origin of the moon and stars, animals, cosmology, beliefs, ceremonies, art and information of the
individual lives of the informants who had come to Cape Town as prisoners of the British Crown and were released into Bleek’s custody at his residence in Mowbray for linguistic and cultural research.

Also interesting is the shortlist list under the Translators Literary award consisting of William Wellington Gqoba: Isizwe Esinembali, Xhosa Histories And Poetry (1873 – 1888), DLP.Yali-Manisi: Iimbali Zamanyange, Historical Poems and The Thirstland Trek: 1874 – 1881. While the Creative Non- Fiction Award has The Keeper Of The Kumm: Ancestral Longing And Belonging Of A Boesmankind, by Sylvia Vollenhoven, My Own Liberator by Judge Dikgang Moseneke and Emily Hobhouse – Geliefde Verraaier by Elsabé Brits.

The shortlist goes on to list under the Lifetime Achievement Literary Award, South Africa’s legendary Credo Vusamazulu Mutwa, who is largely respected for his predictions of world events, including the destruction of New York’s World Trade Centre in 2001, the 1976 June 16 Uprising, HIV, Chris Hani’s assassination, load shedding and the ousting of President Thabo Mbeki. Mutwa shares the category with other literary stalwarts, Aletta Matshedisð Motimele, who is revered for her Sepedi works and Etienne van Heerden, an academic and prolific Afrikaans author.

“Indeed, as its main aim, SALA continues to strive to become the most prestigious and respected literary accolades in South African literature,” says Ms Sindiswa Seakhoa, director at wRite associates, founders of SALA, in partnership with the department of Arts and Culture in 2005.

Since its inception in 2005, to date, SALA has honoured 160 authors in 11 categories in all official South African languages. SALA also boasts legacy programmes including:
- The National Poet Laureate Programme and the Keorapetse Kgositsile Lecture, in honour of the Poet Laureate, Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile.
- The Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club, in honour of the late Miriam Tlali.
- Band of Troubadours, a publication comprising the work of the SALA recipients
- Africa Century International African Writers Conference and International African
Writers Day Lecture, established in 2012.

The conference is set to become a Mecca of who is who of the African literati, the Diaspora and the entire globe where the celebration of African letters occupies centre stage.

This historical gathering of literary intellectuals and authors from across the world, is, as the then-OAU’s Conference of African Ministers of Education and Culture (meeting in Coutonou, Benin, in 1991) resolved, “… to afford the African people a moment of pause within which to reflect on the contribution of African Writers to the development of the Continent”.

Both the 2017 South African Literary Awards ceremony and Conference will take place on the 7th November at Kgorong Building, UNISA. This is partnership by the wRite associates, the department of Arts and Culture and the Department of Afrikaans and Theory of Literature, UNISA.

The theme for the conference is “The Writer as a Drum Major of Conscience, Restoration & Transformation”, with the sub-theme being “The Establishment of the South African Writers Organization”.

Prof Zodwa Motsa, a Fulbright Scholar, a Researcher, Writer and Social Engineer, who has served as Head of the Department: English Studies (UNISA) from 2006 -2011 and currently serving as the Country Director at UNISA’s Ethiopia Centre for Graduate Studies in Addis Ababa, since 2012, will deliver the sixth International African Writers Day Lecture and Prof Nhlanhla Maake, an academician, novelist, dramatist, literary critic, and language activist will deliver the response. Prof Andries Oliphant, author, poet, literary scholar and cultural policy advisor, will lead the seminar on the establishment of South Africa’s writers’ organization.

Category: First-time Published Author Award

Amy Jephta, Kristalvlakte
Moses Shimo Seletisha, Tšhutšhumakgala
Mohale Mashigo, The Yearning

Category: k.Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award

Kopano Matlwa, Period Pain
Nthikeng Mohlele, Pleasure

Category: Poetry Award

Helen Moffett, Prunings
Ronelda S Kamfer, Hammie
Simphiwe Ali Nolutshungu, Iingcango Zentliziyo

Category: Creative Non- Fiction Award

Dikgang Moseneke, My Own Liberator
Elsabé Brits, Emily Hobhouse – Geliefde Verraaier
Sylvia Vollenhoven, The Keeper Of The Kumm

Category: Literary Journalism Award

Don Makatile: His oeuvre
Phakama Mbonambi: His oeuvre

Category: Literary Translators Award

Bridget Theron-Bushell The Thirstland Trek: 1874 – 1881 (Afrikaans to English)
Jeff Opland, Wandile Kuse and Pamela Maseko William Wellington Gqoba: Isizwe Esinembali Xhosa Histories And Poetry (1873 – 1888) (isiXhosa to English)
Jeff Opland and Pamela Maseko DLP.Yali-Manisi: Iimbali Zamanyange, Historical Poems (isiXhosa to English)

Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award

Nick Mulgrew, Stations
Roela Hattingh, Kamee

Category: Posthumous Literary Award

|A!kunta: Body of work (!Xam and !Kun)
!Kabbo: Body of work (!Xam and !Kun)
≠Kasin: Body of work (!Xam and !Kun)
Dia!kwain: Body of work (!Xam and !Kun)
|Han≠kass’o: Body of work (!Xam and !Kun)

Category: Lifetime Achievement Literary Award

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa: Body of work
Aletta Matshedisð Motimele: Body of work
Etienne Van Heerden: Body of work

Category: Chairperson’s Award

The recipient will be announced at the award ceremony

Book details

Kristalvlakte

 
 
 
 

The Yearning

 
 
 
 

Period Pain

 
 
 
 

Pleasure

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Hammie

 
 
 
 

My Own Liberator

 
 
 
 

Emily Hobhouse

 
 
 
 

Keeper of the Kumm

 
 
 
 

The Thirstland Trek

 
 
 
 

William Wellington Gqoba: Isizwe esinembali

 
 
 
 

DLP Yali-Manisi: Iimbali Zamanyange

 
 

Stations

 
 
 
 

Kamee