Menigte skrywers het op Vrydag, 24 Julie gestroom na die Lanzerac Hotel op Stellenbosch waar Madri Victor aangekondig het dat die US Woordfees in 2016 ‘n kortverhaalbundel sal uitgee.
Izak de Vries het verslag gelewer oor die geleentheid en die artikel en foto’s op sy LitNet-blog geplaas.
Hy skryf: “Hierdie bundel gaan slegs op die fees te koop aangebied word en sal ook net vir die duur van die fees te koop wees.”
Lees die artikel:
“Ons wil ’n bundel publiseer wat die hoë gehalte skryfwerk, waarvoor die Woordfees-geleenthede bekend is, weergee,” sê Botha. “Woorde is die boustene van ons fees, en ons dink dit is gepas om op so ’n tasbare manier by te dra tot die argivering van die Woordfees.”
Slegs skrywers wat reeds in papiervorm gepubliseer is, sal in aanmerking geneem word. Die betrokke verhaal self mag egter nie voorheen gepubliseer wees nie. Die idee is om nuwe, vars werk te bevorder.
Naomi Bruwer het foto’s van die geleentheid geneem en op LitNet geplaas. Sy skryf dat die bundel saamgestel sal word deur Victor, Suzette Kotzé-Myburgh en Anastasia de Vries.
Loer na die foto’s en lees die artikel:
Die samestellers vir die eerste bundel, wat tydens Woordfees 2016 bekend gestel sal word, is Victor, die vryskut-uitgewersredakteur Suzette Kotzé-Myburgh en Anastasia de Vries, joernalis en lektor in joernalistiek by die Universiteit van die Wes-Kaapland. Kotzé-Myburgh is ook verantwoordelik vir die projekbestuur en taalversorging. Die verhale sal anoniem gekeur word en skrywers ontvang R4 000 vir dié verhale wat opgeneem word.
Die bundel sal slegs tydens die Woordfees te koop wees. Victor sê slegs ’n beperkte oplaag sal jaarliks gedruk word. Indien daar bundels oorbly, sal dit tydens die volgende jaar se fees te koop aangebied word. Herdrukke sal nie gemaak word nie.
Skrywers wat die geleentheid bygewoon het sluit in Deon Meyer, Martin Steyn, Simon Bruinders, Karin Brynard, Alta Cloete en nog vele meer.
Twitter has erupted after the announcement this morning that Penguin Random House will be publishing Helen Zille’s memoir, with the hashtag #NameZillesMemoir trending as the top of the charts – and the former DA leader has responded in good humour.
The title suggestions range from tongue-in-cheek to downright harsh, but Zille has promised that if she ends up choosing one of them, the person who tweeted it will get the chance to write a short foreword to the book:
Zille has also retweeted some of her favourites, and added her own suggestion to the mix:
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She does, however, point out that she still has a lot of work to do on the book:
See some of the suggestions from the Twitter literati:
Why not add your suggestion to the list? Who knows, it could be your ticket to authorial fame.
Alert! The Open Book Festival, in partnership with Lauren Beukes and the Fugard Theatre, is offering you a chance to win a selection of amazing prizes in the Open Book raffle!
From making a cameo appearance in Beukes’ next book, to having the opportunity to watch every production on show at the Fugard for the next two years, the Open Book raffle has prizes that will tickle any literary buff’s fancy.
To enter, simply buy a raffle ticket for R1 000 through Webtickets from 28 July to 2 September. The winner will be announced on Friday, 4 September.
Read the press release for more information:
Enter and stand a chance to win the following:
- Cameo appearance in Lauren Beukes’s next novel. The internationally acclaimed author will name a character after the winner*
- A pair of tickets to every production and screening that is presented at and by the Fugard Theatre for the next two years* (from September 2015)
- A pair of VIP tickets to the opening night of David Kramer’s brand new musical, Orpheus in Africa, where the winners will be invited to meet the cast for drinks and snacks after the performance (22 September 2015)
- A pair of Open Book Festival passes valid for the next five years that give the ticket holder access to the festival events*
- Dates: 28 July to 2 September 2015
- Tickets available through Webtickets
- Winner Announced on Friday, 4 September 2015
And don’t forget the Open Book Leopards Leap Wine Label Competition and Win a Trip to Open Book!
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- Date: 9-13 September, 2015
- Tickets: Will be available from Webtickets from August 2015
- Venues: Fugard Theatre, Book Lounge, and Homecoming Theatre
The memoir of Helen Zille is the most anticipated political biography in South Africa, and Penguin Random House South Africa (PRHSA) is immensely honoured to be this iconic politician’s publisher of choice.
Zille signed the book deal with PRHSA late last week. Of this publishing highlight, Steve Connolly, managing director of PRHSA, said: “Helen Zille has undoubtedly transformed the political landscape in South Africa today and Penguin Random House is delighted and proud to publish what we believe will be one of the most important political autobiographies to be published in many years.”
As can be expected, the memoir will be a candid and to-the-point account of her life, both political and personal.
Zille said the following about her planned biography: “It is a lot of fun, and a great challenge to write a book that weaves together my personal life story with the political transformation of the country.
“I am honoured that Penguin Random House was interested in publishing it and I look forward to working together.”
The publication date will be announced at a later stage.
Image: Democratic Alliance
By Diane Awerbuck for the Sunday Times
SL Grey (Pan Macmillan)
Under Ground will available from the first week of August
A friend used to say that he wasn’t against nuclear families, per se: it was just that they went on for too long. He thought that kids by age 14 should have to leave their parents and make their own way. If my friend reads Under Ground – and he should, as should you – he’s going to find his theory confirmed.
Fourth in the loosely connected series by SL Grey, Under Ground is the latest addition to bunkerlit. Think of some people you dislike, and then imagine yourself trapped with them in a small space for an indefinite period. Just like home.
Or just like The Decameron, Boccaccio’s fourteenth-century collection of the stories told by a group of people sheltering in a secluded villa just outside Florence from the Black Death.
In Under Ground, the characters are running from an Ebola-type megavirus and the global chaos it sows. The Sanctum is a deep-level, self-sustaining, luxury bolthole for wealthy apocalypse-preppers. Things go horribly wrong almost immediately. Social niceties, never much observed to begin with, degenerate fast as the water supply gives out and desperation sets in. Though the action takes place over a couple of days, people get sick quickly, and others die in very suspicious ways as SL Grey examines the inherent lie about the End of Days: that the self-elected chosen are worth saving.
SL Grey is the pseudonym that authors Louis Greenberg and Sarah Lotz when they write together. Greenberg concedes that their latest book, as a locked-room mystery, was difficult to write. “The very constricted location had to be rendered without becoming repetitive or numbing. Often you can use location and environmental detail to freshen the reader’s mind, but we didn’t have that luxury in The Sanctum. But we hope that restriction works in our favour by adding to the sense of claustrophobia.” The whodunnit aspect meant that the writers had to know the plot and ending in advance, and seed clues along the way.
The setting transplant to the United States – previous SL Grey novels are planted firmly in South African soil – is a canny move. Greenberg says the location and scenario were chosen for maximum appeal. “The US is almost generic in the context, but it’s the most feasible place where a set of wealthy survivalists might buy into a scheme like The Sanctum.” If Under Ground gets international readers to follow the breadcrumb trail to the truly terrifying Grey backlist, so much the better.
While the writers are conscious of their characters as stereotypes – the feisty redhead, the gun-toting religious nut, the frothing rapist, the geek – it is not clear whether it’s the stress that makes them so believably predictable, and I could have done with more of the sly humour of the previous novels.
In the guise of pulp, Under Ground continues the themes already expressed by both Lotz and Greenberg in their other works: entrenched gender disparity; the overweening weirdness of religion; the powerlessness of childhood; tribalism and isolation. They pull all this off along with a couple of fantastic plot twists, saving the reversals for the final chapters. These upsets are horrible, and worth the price of the book alone. Under Ground is vintage Grey – another clever, poisonous thriller that sticks with you after the characters have been gruesomely dispatched.
Just remember where it came from. The bunker is a place not unfamiliar to the paler South African family still dining – yea, unto the third and fourth generation – on the chakalaka Pa stockpiled in 1994.
Don’t say that spec/fic didn’t warn you. There are other kinds of bunkers, and we cower in them still, while prejudiced shadows dance on the walls.
Home: There’s no place like it.
1. Haruki Murakami: the moment I knew I would be a novelist
From The Telegraph: As Haruki Murakami’s early ‘kitchen-table novels’ are published in English for the first time, he reveals how a baseball game – and a wounded pigeon – changed the course of his life.
2. 17 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read in a Sitting
From Electric Literature: It’s immensely satisfying to finish a book in a single day, so in the spirit of celebrating quick reads here are some of my favorite short novels. I’ve tried to avoid the most obvious titles that are regularly assigned in school (The Stranger, Heart of Darkness, Mrs Dalloway, Of Mice and Men, Frankenstein, The Crying of Lot 49, etc.). Hopefully you’ll find some titles here you haven’t read before.
3. Weekend magazine short story special 2015
From The Guardian: Seven new stories from writers including Will Self, Dave Eggers and Sheila Heti.
5. The Art of Fiction No. 94, EL Doctorow interviewed by George Plimpton
From The Paris Review: At first meeting, Doctorow gives the impression of being somewhat retiring in manner. Yet, though his voice is soft, it is distinctive and demands attention.
6. Monkeys by Clarice Lispector
Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, who died in 1977, has been described as the most important Jewish writer since Franz Kafka. Read a newly translated story from the Guernica/PEN Flash series.
7. Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Should Not Have Been Published by William Giraldi
From The New Republic: Ponderous and lurching, haltingly confected, the novel plods along in search of a plot, tranquilizes you with vast fallow patches, with deadening dead zones, with onslaughts of cliché and dialogue made of pamphleteering monologue or else eye-rolling chitchat.