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Listen: Karabo Kgoleng discusses NR Brodie's debut novel, Knucklebone

Just because you can see it, doesn’t mean it’s true.

 
Sangomas and cops don’t mix. Usually. But this is Joburg, a metropolis that is equal parts flash and shadow, and where not everything can be easily explained.

Ian Jack, a disillusioned former police officer, teams up with Reshma Patel, a colleague from his old life, to investigate a routine housebreaking gone bad. But when they uncover links to a possible animal poaching and trafficking syndicate, things go from complicated to dangerous to downright evil.

Set against the richly textured backdrop of a livewire African city, this fast-paced thriller offers a disturbing contemporary take on justice and morality. To be read with the lights on.

‘A cracking novel. Brilliant original writing, free of clichés. The pace is insane – in a good way.’ – Sarah Lotz, author of The White Road, Day Four and The Three .

NR BRODIE is a veteran journalist and best-selling author of five books.

Listen to 702′s book critic Karabo Kgoleng discuss Brodie’s novel with Phemelo Motene:

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LAPA Uitgewers vereer met ’n Tinteltong Toekenning!

Op 21 Februarie, Internasionale Moedertaaldag, is LAPA Uitgewers vereer met ’n Tinteltong Toekenning as die uitgewer wat Afrikaans bevorder.

Die prys is toegeken deur AfriVriendelik, ’n filiaal van AfriForum.

AfriVriendelik het die kortlyste bekendgemaak waarna die publiek ’n geleentheid gehad het om vir hulle gunsteling te stem.

LAPA is besonder trots op die toekenning en is dankbaar dat AfriVriendelik ons werk raakgesien het, ook dat die publiek vir ons gestem het.

Ons luister na ons lesers!

Van links na regs: Ian Dennewill, Izak de Vries, Sylvia de Wet en Sumarie Erasmus van LAPA, met Gerhard van Huyssteen, ’n lid van die ATKV se direksie. Van Huyssteen was ook die gasspreker by die toekenningsgeleentheid.

Aandag, krimivrate! Die volledige Thys Krige-reeks is nou weer in druk!

Thys Krige is so cool soos James Bond en so rats soos Chuck Norris. Hy was op ’n bitter jong ouderdom reeds ’n kaptein in die polisie, maar besluit toe om privaat te werk.

Onder die hardwasbuitekant het Thys ’n besonder sagte hart.

Die volledige reeks is nou weer in druk.

Dieper as die bloed

Thys Krige se dryfveer is die onopgeloste moord op sy pa.

Die enigste leidraad wat hy het is iemand wat hy daardie aand vlugtig naby die toneel gesien het, en die woorde wat die man vir hom gese het: “Kyk dieper as die bloed.”

Sy ondersoek na die moord op twee sakemanne lei Krige na die onopgeloste moord op ‘n model.

Hy krap ‘n misdaadsindikaat van korrupte sakemanne en senior polisie-offisiere oop; mense wat hulself as bo die wet beskou; mense wat nie skroom om wie in hul pad kom uit die weg te ruim nie.

In die proses kry Krige oproepe van ‘n geheimsinnige persoon wat nie alleen sy vordering met die ondersoek dophou nie, maar ook duidelik baie van hom weet.

In hul gesprekke se die man by herhaling vir hom: “Kyk dieper as die bloed.”
 

Ou bloed

Thys Krige soek al vyftien jaar na sy pa se moordenaar. Wat hy nie geweet het nie, is dat hy ’n vennoot in hierdie soektog het. Ou bloed volg Venter se vorige roman, Dieper as die bloed, op.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Waar boosheid broei

Thys Krige is uit die speurdiens en rigtingloos.

Hy is bekommerd oor die reeks artikels wat Robyn Arendse oor kindersmokkelary skryf, en waarsku haar dat haar veiligheid in gedrang mag wees. Dit plaas ‘n stremming op hul verhouding.

Sy word ook gedreig om op te hou skryf aan die artikels.
 
 
 

Plasenta

Teen die einde van die derde boek, Waar boosheid broei, is Thys Krige se loopbaan by ’n laagtepunt. In Plasenta tel hy die stukkies op en besluit om die laaste hoofstukke van sy troebel verlede af te sluit.

Thys kyk sy demone in die oë en begin die ontvoering van sy halfsuster, Karen Borijn, én die dood van sy minnares, Robyn Arendse ondersoek. Karen is meer as vyftien jaar gelede, op twaalfjarige ouderdom ontvoer. Die vraag is of sy nog leef, en indien wel, in watter toestand sal sy wees as hy haar opspoor? Jong meisies word vir die sekshandel ontvoer en Thys weet dit.

Sy speurvernuf bring hom op die spoor van ’n Turkse sluipmoordenaar wat hom na Maputo toe lei vanwaar ontvoerde meisies verskeep word na Pakistan.

Danksy ’n intense binnegeveg in die sindikaat, verkry Thys die nodige inligting wat hom moontlik van aangesig tot aangesig kan bring met die man wat destyds sy kloue in Karin, Thys se halfsussie, geslaan het.

Dié leidrade neem hom na Ciprus.

Die probleem is, die huis daar op Ciprus waarin al die geheime bewaar is, word deur gewapende wagte bewaak. Krige is versigtig, maar word wel deur die wagte gevange geneem … Nou moet die leser maar self verder lees, want aan die binnekant van dié vesting weet Thys skielik wat hom te doen staan.

In hierdie boek word talle van die vrae waarmee die leser in die vorige boek gestrand was, beantwoord, en Thys se lewe én speurwerk bereik nuwe hoogtes. Sal hy egter oorleef om hierdie suksesse te smaak?

Brand

Hoë politici sweer saam om Suid-Afrika in ’n diktatorskap te dompel. Die armes het genoeg gehad en kom in opstand. Die land brand. Mense vir wie Thys Krige omgee, kry seer. Iemand moet daarvoor boet.

Hierdie keer word hy betrek by korrupsie en komplotte op regeringsvlak. ’n Korrupte president speel in die hand van buitelandse moondhede met imperialistiese ambisies wat ’n voet in die deur soek. Sagte kolonisasie, noem mens dit. Staatskaping noem die media dit. Die tentakels daarvan al so diep in die struktuur van mense in sleutelposte dat niemand meer seker is wie betrokke is en wie vertrou kan word nie. In sulke gevalle protesteer mense gewoonlik. Hulle kan byvoorbeeld so aggressief gemaak word dat hulle mekaar begin uitroei. Traangas word gedokter met dwelms wat ten doel het dat mense mekaar te lyf gaan. Grootskaalse chaos maak ’n land onregeerbaar. Dryf die mense se frustrasie tot breekpunt. Sweep hulle teen mekaar op. Maar daar is maniere om hulle stemme stil te kry.

In Krige se stryd het drie vroue deel van sy wêreld geword: sy halfsuster, ’n gestremde IT-spesialis en ’n genie wat die donkerweb met die donkerbewuste in die mens se psige in verband bring. Al drie gaan gebuk onder pyn en trauma, soos Krige, en vir al drie ervaar hy iets wat aan liefde gelykgestel kan word.

“Hy voel die wonderlike pyn wegsak, diep in, dieper, dieper, tot dit sag word en tot rus kom op die koue en harde ding in hom.”

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Shortlist for the 2018 Gerald Kraak Award announced

Announcing the Gerald Kraak Award shortlist The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) and the Other Foundation are thrilled to announce the judges’ selection that will make up the resultant anthology that will be published by Jacana Media in 2018.

“We are really proud of this selection. It represents some excellent writing and thinking, and reflects the diversity of experiences across the continent. It also mirrors many of the themes that continue to dominate the lives of queer people and of African women: depression, harassment, violence, love and joy. There is a fierceness in many of the pieces we selected – a fight-back but also a quirky and authentic take on the world that manages somehow not to be defined by the larger often horribly oppressive contexts in which they were written.” – Sisonke Msimang

In alphabetical order by surname, here are the shortlisted authors and entries:

‘Facing the Mediterranean’ by Isaac Otidi Amuke (journalism, Kenya)
‘Full Moon’ by Jayne Bauling (fiction, South Africa)
‘Sailing with the Argonauts’ by Efemia Chela (non-fiction, South Africa)
‘Princess’ by Carl Collison (photography, South Africa)
‘Africa’s Future Has no Space for Stupid Black Men’ by Pwaangulongii Dauod (non-fiction, Nigeria)
‘Scene of the Crime’ by Pierre de Vos and Jaco Barnard-Naude (non-fiction, South Africa)
‘The Shea Prince’ by Chike Frankie Edozien (non-fiction, Nigeria)
‘The Man at the Bridge’ by Kiprop Kimutai (fiction, Kenya)
‘Site Visits’ by Welcome Lishivha (non-fiction, South Africa)
‘Portrait of a Girl at the Border Wall’, ‘6 Errant Thoughts on Being a Refugee’ and ‘Notes on Black Death and Elegy’ by Sarah Lubala (poetry, South Africa)
‘Human Settlements’ by Tshepiso Mabula (photography, South Africa)
‘Borrowed by the Wind’ by David Medalie (fiction, South Africa)
‘Your Kink’ by Tifanny Mugo and Siphumemeze Khundayi (photography, Kenya and South Africa)
‘Drowning’, ‘In Jail’ and ‘Things That Will Get You Beaten in a Black Home’ by Thandokuhle Mngqibisa (photography and poetry, South Africa)
‘XXYX Africa: More Invisible’ by Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko (fiction, Tanzania)
‘We Are Queer, We Are Here’ by Chibuihe Obi (non-fiction, Nigeria)
‘Reclamation’ by Hapuya Ononime (poetry, Nigeria)

The winner, who receives a cash prize of R25 000, will be announced at an award ceremony in May 2018, hosted by the Other Foundation and attended by the winning author. A special mention will be made and an invitation extended to authors who have been identified by the judges as the most commended and will also be revealed during the award ceremony. In addition, the judging panel and project partners will be attending the event.

JUDGES FOR THE GERALD KRAAK AWARD

Sisonke Msimang, author of Always Another Country, a memoir of exile and home, and a writer and storyteller whose work appears regularly in the New York Times, The Guardian, Newsweek and a range of other international publications, stays with us for the second round of the award as head judge and series editor.

She works at the Centre for Stories as head of training where she works on projects for museums, arts organisations and other public interest cultural institutions. Before turning to writing on a fulltime basis, Msimang worked for the United Nations, focusing on gender and human rights. She also served as the executive director of the offices of the Open Society Foundation in Southern Africa until 2013. She has held a range of fellowships including at Yale University, the Aspen Institute and at the University of the Witwatersrand where she was a Ruth First Fellow.

Professor Sylvia Tamale, a leading African feminist who teaches law at Makerere University in Uganda, joins us again for the second round.

Her research interests include Gender, Law & Sexuality, Women in Politics and Feminist Jurisprudence. Prof. Tamale has published extensively in these and other areas, and has served as a visiting professor in several academic institutions globally and on several international human rights boards.

She was the first female dean at the School of Law at Makerere. Prof. Tamale holds a Bachelor of Law from Makerere University, a Masters in Law from Harvard Law School and a PhD in Sociology and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota.

This year we are joined by Mark Gevisser, one of South Africa’s leading authors and journalists. His new book, The Pink Line: The World’s Queer Frontiers, will be published by Farrar Straus & Giroux (US) and Jonathan Ball (SA) in 2018. His other books include Lost and Found in Johannesburg, shortlisted for the Jan Michalski Prize for World Literature (2014), and Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred, which won the Alan Paton Prize in 2008. In 1994, he co-edited the path-breaking Defiant Desire: Gay and Lesbian Lives in South Africa with Edwin Cameron. His journalism has appeared in Granta, the New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, Public Culture, Foreign Policy and Art in America, as well as all of South Africa’s major publications. As a curator, he has worked on Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, and is responsible for ‘Jo’burg Tracks: Sexuality in the City’ (Constitution Hill and MuseumAfrica); his documentary film, The Man Who Drove With Mandela won the Teddy Documentary Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1999. He lives in Cape Town.

For more information visit www.jacana.co.za or email awards@jacana.co.za.

This project is made possible in partnership with the Other Foundation: www.theotherfoundation.org.

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Jan Vermeulen nou ook internasionaal bekroon

Die bekroonde skrywer Jan Vermeulen se jeugroman Asem is pas deur IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) as ereboek in die kategorie vir Afrikaanse jeugliteratuur aangewys, wat beteken Asem sal deel vorm van die internasionale erelyskatalogus wat tweejaarliks deur dié gesaghebbende kinderboekliggaam saamgestel word.

Vermeulen is tans besig om op alle fronte naam te maak.

Asem is as wenner van LAPA Uitgewers se jeugromankompetisie vir 2015 aangewys.
• Teen die einde van 2017 het hy silwer gewen in NB se jeugromankompetisie met Soen.
• Verlede week het ons aangekondig dat Vermeulen ook LAPA Uitgewers se jeugromankompetisie vir 2017 gewen het met Oopmond.
• Oor ongeveer drie weke verskyn Vermeulen se krimi vir volwasse lesers, Die vyfde Aspoester, ook by LAPA Uitgewers.

Van die belangrikste oorwegings wanneer die IBBY-erelys saamgestel word, is dat die boeke op die lys die beste van elke land se kinderliteratuur moet verteenwoordig, en dat dit geskik moet wees vir publikasie regoor die wêreld.

Die boeke op die lys vorm deel van rondreisende uitstallings wat by verskeie internasionale konferensies en literêre feeste te sien sal wees, en sal ook deel vorm van die permanente uitstallings van byvoorbeeld die Internasionale Jeugbiblioteek in München, Duitsland.

Asem vertel die verhaal van Barries Barnard wat by sy vervreemde pa in die Oos-Kaap moet gaan bly ná ’n ongeluk waarin hy en sy vriende onder die invloed van drank en dwelms ’n verkeerskonstabel omry.

Vermeulen sê hy kry gereeld positiewe terugvoering van lesers oor Asem, en die insluiting op die erelys is vir hom ’n groot aansporing.

“Ek is veral baie opgewonde oor die moontlikheid dat Asem tieners en jong mense in ander wêrelddele ook kan bereik en vir hulle dieselfde kan beteken as vir ons eie tieners hier in Suid Afrika.”

Toe Asem as wenner van LAPA Uitgewers se jeugromankompetisie vir 2015 aangewys is, het die beoordelaars dit beskryf as ’n aangrypende, eerlike grootwordverhaal oor verslawing en tweede kanse.

Miemie du Plessis, uitgewer: kinder- en jeugboeke van LAPA Uitgewers, sê Asem is werklik ’n unieke storie wat dié uitsonderlike eer dubbel en dwars verdien. “Daar was nog nooit so iets in Afrikaans nie – ’n boek wat die impak van ’n afwesige pa so brutaal eerlik aanspreek. En omdat dit so ’n wydverspreide probleem in Suid-Afrika is, is die boek honderd persent in die kol wat die tema en die uitvoering daarvan betref. Boonop is die storie en karakters behoorlik ontwikkel, en die leser kan nie anders as om ingetrek te word by Barries en sy wêreld nie.”

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