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Right! That's a wrap of our #ManBooker2014 coverage. Congratulations to Richard Flanagan

Malcolm Forbes Reviews Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara

Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the SaharaVerdict: carrot

Africa39 opens with its star turn but in no way does it peak too soon. The Pink Oysters by Shafinaaz Hassim is a thrilling but sordid corpse-and-diamonds caper featuring Afghan émigrés and Somali traders running wild in Johannesburg’s Muslim quarter. Ukamaka Olisakwe’s This Is How I Remember it is a clear-eyed account of a girl’s romantic awakening in Nigeria, which traverses adolescent peer pressure, cruelty and confusion before culminating in deep longing and the deceptive promise of reciprocated love.

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  • Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara by Various Authors
    EAN: 9781408854679
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Martie Retief-Meiring resenseer Binnekring van spookasems: Stories oor die lewe deur Herman Lategan

Binnekring van spookasems: Stories oor die leweUitspraak: wortel

Lees jy Herman Lategan, dan dink jy: katlagter, lieweheersbesie. Dis nie sy woorde nie, dis net die aansteeklikheid van sy woordgebruik dat jy, die leser, skoon op hol raak en jou eie ou gunstelinge oproep. So flankeer Lategan met woorde. Dis nie ’n kroeg nie, dis ’n taphuis; hier is hyserbedieners; ’n lieplapper is lief vir sy lawaaiwater; hier is nagvlinders, nagblomme; hier is mans wat skapies aanja.

Immers is jy een van die honderdes (duisendes?) wat weekliks jou Rapport só lees dat jy Lategan se “Woorde wat wip” (in my geval Ruthie ook) vir laaste hou. Nou kry jy ’n boekvol woorde wat wip wat in konteks, en nie altyd in konteks nie, lei tot ’ n vertelling, of ’n herinnering, of net ’n waarneming.


Don't Miss the 10th Annual HorrorFest at The Book Lounge

Halloween is approaching, and that means it’s almost time for this year’s Horrorfest at The Book Lounge in Cape Town.

Home RemediesCabin FeverBloody Parchment: The Root Cellar

Sharp EdgesThe Guardian's WyrdKhepera RisingBetrayal's ShadowBloody Parchment

From The Book Lounge:

It’s once again time to dust off your witch’s hat, release the tarantulas and carve that spooky pumpkin, because the SA HorrorFest Bloody Parchment event happening at the Book Lounge on October 29 at 6pm. Get into the creepy spirit by dressing up as your favourite ghoul or ghost, and join us for an evening of haunted thrills when the likes of Diane Awerbuck, Ruth Browne, SA Partridge, Nerine Dorman, Carine Engelbrecht, Dave-Brendon de Burgh, Zane Marc Gentis and David Horscroft gather to share their tales of weirdness and terror.

As usual, the opening event will be followed by film screenings over the next few days at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town (29 October – 7 November) and The Bioscope in Johannesburg.

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 29 October 2014
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge
    71 Roeland St
    Cape Town | Map
  • Participating ghouls: Diane Awerbuck, Ruth Browne, SA Partridge, Nerine Dorman, Carine Engelbrecht, Dave-Brendon de Burgh, Zane Marc Gentis, David Horscroft
  • RSVP:, 021 462 2425

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Join Diane Awerbuck and Rachel Zadok in Conversation at David Krut Projects Cape Town

David Krut Projects Cape Town invites you to a special evening with Diane Awerbuck and Rachel Zadok on Thursday, 30 October 2014.

Gem Squash TokolosheSister-SisterHome RemediesCabin FeverGardening At Night

Awerbuck – author of Gardening at Night, Cabin Fever and Home Remedies – will be chatting to Zadok – author of Gem Squash Tokoloshee and Sister-Sister – about the elements of their writing and their approaches to planning and writing novels.

The discussion starts at 6:30 PM.

Don’t miss it!

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Excerpt from Ivan Vladislavic's Twenty in 20 Short Story, "The Loss Library"

The Loss Library Namibiana Buchdepot has shared an excerpt from Ivan Vladislavić’s 2011 collection of short stories, The Loss Library.

The extract is taken from the title story of the collection, “The Loss Library”, which was recently chosen for the Twenty in 20, an anthology of the best South African stories since democracy.

Read the excerpt:

She’s pretty, this librarian, the young man thinks, sun-browned and outdoorsy, with none of the papery pallor he associates with the profession. Perhaps she goes waterskiing or horse-riding on the weekend, or perhaps she has interests even more at odds with book-tending, like fire-eating or swordplay. Her high heels are as sharp as nails. Not very sensible, he thinks. ‘We don’t need to be sensible here,’ she says. ‘This way please.’ He follows her down a corridor, his eyes on her supple calves, and they stop before a locked door. She takes a key from a pocket of her dustcoat, pauses – for effect, he supposes – and unlocks the door.

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Potgooi: Frieda van den Heever lees E Kotze se kortverhaal "Soetloop" uit Diepsee

Diepsee - kortverhaleDiepsee – kortverhale bevat ’n keur uit die kortverhale van E Kotze en is saamgestel deur Suzette Kotzé-Myburgh.

Frieda van den Heever het onlangs een van Kotze se kortverhale uit Diepsee voorgelees op RSG se Kortom-program met Margot Luyt.

Luister na Van den Heever se voorlesing van “Soetloop”: