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Jongste toevoeging tot die bruisende nuwe Suid-Afrikaanse bakkultuur: Koekedoor, saamgestel deur Errieda du Toit

KoekedoorDie kookboek met resepte van die gewilde televisiereeks Koekedoor – ook getiteld Koekedoor – verskyn volgende maand op Human & Rousseau se rakke. Errieda du Toit is verantwoordelik vir die samestelling:

Bak raak net gewilder by die dag: Die populariteit van die Koekedoor-program is ’n sprekende bewys.

Met hierdie bakboek as kameraad kan jonk en oud by die Koekedoor bakrevolusie aansluit. Die blaaie vang die hoogtepunte van die kompetisie vas. Die tuisgebak-resepte het die bekendheid van ’n familielid en vir beginnerbakkers is dit ’n goeie afskopplek. Die fyngebak-resepte se vernuwende idees en tegnieke kry jou bakfiks. Met die pronkgebakresepte kan jy ’n spoggerige bakreputasie opbou.

Koekedoor wil gebak terugbring as iets sinvol wat die gesin kan saamdoen om nuwe herinneringe – en ’n bruisende nuwe Suid-Afrikaanse bakkultuur – te skep.

Oor die samesteller

Errieda du Toit is ’n bekende in koskringe en een van die meesterbreine agter Kokkedoor. Errieda was van die begin af deel van die program, en het die verfilming van die reeks in Prins Albert meegemaak. Saam met die drie gewilde beoordelaars en onder leiding van Human & Rousseau, het Errieda die resepte gekies en aangepas vir die tuiskombuis. Sy het die fyn oog en geoefende oordeel van ’n koskenner en weet wat vereis word van ’n groot kokkedoor!

Errieda is ’n gesoute kosmens met ’n passie vir onthoukos. Sy het kooktegnieke – van die basiese tot die gevorderde – bemeester en meng tradisie met hope kreatiwiteit om nostalgiese resepte vir die toekoms te herskep. Haar vorige boeke sluit in die gewilde Huiskok glanskok. Sy het ’n program op RSG en skryf gereeld vir ’n reeks drukmedia sowel as aanlyn.

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Read "Mrs Obama's Garden" and "A Silver Spoon" - Two Short Stories by Karina M Szczurek

Invisible OthersKarina M Szczurek is a writer of short stories, book reviews, tweets, essays, and poetry. Originally from Poland – and after having lived in Austria, USA and Wales – Szczurek settled in Cape Town, South Africa ten years ago.

Her first novel, Invisible Others, is set against the stark beauty of contemporary Paris and tells a story of loss, intimacy, and the inability to communicate despite best intentions. This provocative, sensual and fiercely honest novel was included in the longlist for the 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.

Read two excerpts from Invisible Others for a taste of Szczurek’s long-form fiction writing:

Earlier this year Szczurek shared two short stories on her blog which she had originally written for By. Both stories are set around Christmas, but that does not mean you can’t read them in June!

Snuggle up and enjoy “Mrs Obama’s Garden” and “A Silver Spoon”:

Mrs Obama’s Garden

‘Rubbish!’ Nkosi spat out. Drunk, he stood before Zuki with crumpled Christmas gift paper piling around his naked feet. He tossed the last of the presents, still partly wrapped, across the room. ‘Rich people’s rubbish,’ he hissed and fell back on his bed. A few seconds later he began to snore.

Zuki surveyed the scene before her. Nkosi had just come back from one of his ‘trips to town’, as he and his buddies called their looting excursions to the affluent suburbs of the city.

A Silver Spoon

Sanna never liked polishing the silver. She would have preferred to iron the white damask tablecloth the new Mrs Joubert brought over from home. She told Sanna her mother had given it to her as a parting present. Sanna listens to the huffs and puffs of the iron in the next room. She puts aside the last spoon and continues with the forks. Forks are tricky. You have to work the cloth carefully around the tines; the task is too much for her impatient chubby fingers. She takes a deep breath, trying to keep her cool. A cinnamony smell penetrates her nostrils. She looks at the big pot of stewing dried fruit, bubbling happily on the stove. It could also be the half-moon cookies Missus has put in the oven.

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Review: What will People Say? by Rehana Rossouw

I happened to be reading Rehana Rossouw’s fine novel, What will People Say? while the four-year long trial of gangster boss George “Geweld” Thomas was coming to an end.  Thomas had been at it since the age of nine. Forty years later, he was given seven life sentences for, among other things, seven murders. These included three he carried out himself.  The other four he ordered from his cell while awaiting trial.  Altogether six state witnesses were murdered, apparently at his behest. Nice fellow.

Rossouw’s book, set in Hanover Park in the eighties, deals with the kind of milieu in which gangsters such as Thomas are formed. She grew up close by and had relatives in Hanover Park.  The book feels authentic, aided by her liberal use of local dialect without, nogal, the distancing technique of italics or quote marks. It’s fantastic this – a rich infusion into standard English and Afrikaans. Language is used to articulate a unique culture.

What will People Say? follows the fortunes of the Fourie family.  Neville or “Dedda” is the good father, struggling to raise his three children in what is effectively a war zone.  Partly this is created by the apartheid police and army but more insidious and, as the Thomas trial shows, more resilient, is the destruction wrought by the gangs.

The counterbalance is the church to which Neville’s wife, Magda, belongs. Rigid and bullying, it merely piles on the pressure for Neville, trying to create a normal life for his kids. Despite his – and Magda’s – best efforts, their son, Anthony, is sucked into a gang.

Other families in the book are complicit.  When the time came for sentencing of Thomas and his 16 co-accused, it was extraordinary to hear the glowing character references from the women in their lives.  Rossouw’s book gives an insight into the eco-system of gangsterism. It is not just  about the men who pull the trigger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Suck Up to the ANC - Eusebius McKaiser Gives the SABC a Few Pointers

Could I Vote DA?Eusebius McKaiser, who was recently “uninvited” as a guest on the SABC’s AM Live show, shared a Facebook post today in which he gives the state broadcaster a few tips on how to become better at sucking up to the ANC.

The author of Could I Vote DA?: A Voter’s Dilemma writes: “It has puzzled me for years why it is that public servants are so bad at sucking up. They think that sucking up to power actually means running an institution into the ground. Idiots. If you run state-owned entities, from the SABC to SAA to Eskom, into the ground, you don’t do Luthuli House a favour.”

McKaiser unpacks the “caricature of public broadcasting” and “self-censorship” as practiced by the SABC which has caused viewers to switch to commercial broadcasters when they want to hear the truth.

Read the post on McKaiser’s Facebook page to find out what he thinks a state broadcaster ought to do:

The public broadcaster must put truth and balance at the heart of the news and its current affairs programming. And, in fact, many ANC politicians would welcome this, if only the SABC executives bothered asking them. One thinks, for example, of Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel’s brilliant engagement last year with the DA’s Tim Harris, who was the opposition party’s finance spokesman at the time, in an eNCA election debate on the economy.

Patel doesn’t need SABC executives to shield him from debate. Nor does, say, Blade Nzimande or even, for that matter, President Jacob Zuma himself.

The best way to suck up to these guys is to let them rise to the occasion when they meet excellent journalism. Anything else is a gift for the opposition.

 
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Skrywers, medewerkers en vriende van Protea Boekhuis vier nóg ’n suksesvolle jaar

Naomi Bruwer, Izak de Vries and Karina M Szczurek

 
Die jaarlikse Protea Boekhuis-skrywersfunksie het gisteraand by Delvera Wynlandgoed buite Stellenbosch plaasgevind. Skrywers, medewerkers, personeel en vriende van die uitgewershuis het heerlik saam gekuier om die soet vrugte van die afgelope jaar te vier.

Nicol Stassen, besturende direkteur van Protea Boekhuis en outeur van onder meer Die Dorslandtrek: 1874 – 1881, het verslag gelewer oor die suksesse van die laaste twaalf maande en beaam dat hierdie uitgewery beslis saam met die groot honde kan blaf.

Nicol Stassen

 
Protea Boekhuis is die enigste groterige Afrikaanse uitgewer wat nie aan ‘n mediagroep of groot organisasie behoort nie. Dit beteken egter nie dat ons nie met die grootkoppe meeding nie, het Stassen gemaan. So lyk Protea se posisie op die ranglys vir verskeie genres:

  • Alle genres: 16
  • Volwasse fiksie: 11
  • Volwasse nie-fiksie: 16
  • Kinderboeke – alle genres: 7

 
In die laaste jaar het 80 boeke by Protea Boekhuis verskyn. Die uiteensetting van dié boeke lyk só:

  • 7 Digbundels
  • 2 Dramas
  • 13 Prosa
  • 5 Geskiendenis
  • 48 Kinder en jeug
  • 6 Ander / Nie-fiksie

 
Van hierdie titels is ‘n allemuntige 50 publikasies vertalings uit Engels (24), Nederlands (13), Duits (5), Frans (3) en een ander taal. Daar het ook 4 vertalings uit Afrikaans na Engels verskyn. Hierdie syfers bevestig dat Protea Boekhuis spreek tot die internasionale mark en ‘n vinger op die internasionale boekwêreld hou.

Protea Boekhuis kon in die laaste jaar met verskeie skrywersprestasies spog, waaronder:

Portrait of a Slave SocietyHere en boereSprakeloosHoe om Drakonees te praatDie pad bysterPotent PastimesInvisible Others

 

  • Albert Grundlingh se Stalsprys vir geskiedenis

Loer na foto’s van die spoggeleentheid:

Protea Boekhuis het nóg 'n suksesvolle jaar gevier met 'n feesmaal by Delvera Wynlandgoed. Skrywers, medewerkers en kollegas het saam 'n glasie geklink op Protea.

Posted by Protea Boekhuis on Thursday, 4 June 2015

 

 
Helené Prinsloo (@helenayp) het regstreeks vanaf die geleentheid met #livebooks getwiet:

 
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South African Books that Celebrate Who We Are: Check out the 2015 Homebru Selection

 
Every year, Exclusive Books brings out a list of Homebru titles – their selection of the best of local books.

Have a look at this year’s Homebru selection:

Fiction

The Runaway HorsesDay FourHunger Eats a ManThe FetchGreen Lion

101 DetectivesThe Last Road TripThe Dream HouseWhat About Meera

 

Plus the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award Winner:

Dub Steps

 

Afrikaans fiction

Pruimtwak en skaduboksersIkarus

 

Children’s

Who is King? Wie is Koning?Ngubani Oyinkosi?Ngubani Ikumkani?Thank You, Jackson

 

Biography

To Quote Myself

 

Political History

Eugene de KockEugene de KockSecret Revolution: Memoirs of a Spy BossGeheime revolusie: Memoires van ’n spioenbaasTriumphs and HeartachesHow Long Will South Africa Survive?

 

History

Tannie Pompie se oorlogThe Battle of Savate

 

Self-help

In Love and Intimate

 

Natural Science

The Impossible FiveBox of Rocks

 

Health

Boererate

 

Cookery

Exclusive Books Fanatics members earn triple points on this title

tashas

 

Art

Exclusive Books Fanatics members earn triple points on this title

South African Artists at Home

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