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Sunday Read: The Books to Look Out for in 2015

2015 will be a big year for literature, with new books from Neil Gaiman, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jonathan Franzen, Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood.

Which books are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter

Here are some of the most anticipated international titles to look forward to:

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Trigger WarningTrigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman
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Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things – which includes a never-before published American Gods story, “Black Dog,” written exclusively for this volume.

AmnesiaAmnesia by Peter Carey
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Amnesia, Peter Carey’s first Australian novel since True History of the Kelly Gang, moves between the critical dates of 2010, 1943 and 1975 to ask the most vital question of the past 70 years: Has America taken us over?

The Buried GiantThe Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
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An extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day.

“You’ve long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it’s time now to think on it anew. There’s a journey we must go on, and no more delay…”

The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years.

Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

The Harder They ComeThe Harder They Come by TC Boyle
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Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author TC Boyle makes his Ecco debut with a powerful, gripping novel that explores the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent in the American character.

Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people—an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son’s paranoid, much older lover—as they careen towards an explosive confrontation.

Dancing in the DarkDancing in the Dark: My Struggle: 4 by Karl Ove Knausgaard
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The fourth part of a sensational literary cycle that has been hailed as ‘perhaps the most important literary enterprise of our times’ (Rachel Cusk, Guardian).

18 years old and fresh out of high school, Karl Ove Knausgaard moves to a tiny fisherman’s village far north of the polar circle to work as a school teacher. He has no interest in the job itself – or in any other job for that matter. His intention is to save up enough money to travel while finding the space and time to start his writing career. Initially everything looks fine: He writes his first few short stories, finds himself accepted by the hospitable locals and receives flattering attention from several beautiful local girls.

But then, as the darkness of the long polar nights start to cover the beautiful landscape, Karl Ove’s life also takes a darker turn.

VisitantsVisitants by Dave Eggers
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Visitants traces the extraordinary travels made by Pulitzer-nominated author Dave Eggers.

For almost 20 years, Dave Eggers has been travelling widely and chronicling his interactions with the countries and people he has encountered during his journey across continents. Visitants is his first collection of travel writing, one that spans his entire career and includes pieces on Sudan, China and a dozen other destinations.

The book begins at 140kph, with Eggers being driven across the deserts of Saudi Arabia by a hired driver who declares, ‘American, boom boom!’ This opening sets the stage for the collection’s vast cultural scope and ever-present sense of adventure, inquisitiveness and daring.

From Saudi Arabia, Eggers takes us further on caterwauling sojourns in the likes of Cuba and Thailand, followed by brief stopovers in Croatia and Syria, and thought-provoking, meditative expositions on South Sudan, expanding on issues explored in his previous books. Globetrotters and Eggers fans alike will find a faithful companion in his unique combination of humour, humanism and empathy.

God Help the ChildGod Help the Child by Toni Morrison
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Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child — the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment—weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult.

At the centre: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally Sweetness, Bride’s mother herself, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that ‘what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.’

A fierce and provocative novel that adds a new dimension to the matchless oeuvre of Toni Morrison.

SevenevesSeveneves by Neal Stephenson
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When the moon blows up, the earth’s atmosphere is predicted to go through changes that will eventually lead to a Hard Rain, a meteorite storm that could last for thousands of years, rendering the earth’s surface uninhabitable. In preparation, the nations of the earth send an ark of humans to an International Space Station. But the Station isn’t immune to the galactic catastrophe and many of its people are lost, mostly men. When stability is reached, only seven humans remain, all of them women. Jump forward thirty thousand years. Two peoples exist: those who survived on Earth, living rustic, primitive lives; and those who derived from the Seven Eves of the space station, affluent, sophisticated, organized sects looking to colonize the surface of earth. Stephenson’s next novel is an epic potboiler, with political and military intrigue, and plenty to say about evolution, genetic engineering, and civilisation as we know it.

The Discreet HeroThe Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa
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The latest masterpiece—perceptive, funny, insightful, affecting—from the Nobel Prize–winning author.

Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa’s newest novel, The Discreet Hero, follows two fascinating characters whose lives are destined to intersect: neat, endearing Felícito Yanaqué, a small businessman in Piura, Peru, who finds himself the victim of blackmail; and Ismael Carrera, a successful owner of an insurance company in Lima, who cooks up a plan to avenge himself against the two lazy sons who want him dead.

Felícito and Ismael are, each in his own way, quiet, discreet rebels: honorable men trying to seize control of their destinies in a social and political climate where all can seem set in stone, predetermined. They are hardly vigilantes, but each is determined to live according to his own personal ideals and desires—which means forcibly rising above the pettiness of their surroundings. The Discreet Hero is also a chance to revisit some of our favorite players from previous Vargas Llosa novels: Sergeant Lituma, Don Rigoberto, Doña Lucrecia, and Fonchito are all here in a prosperous Peru. Vargas Llosa sketches Piura and Lima vividly—and the cities become not merely physical spaces but realms of the imagination populated by his vivid characters.

A novel whose humor and pathos shine through in Edith Grossman’s masterly translation, The Discreet Hero is another remarkable achievement from the finest Latin American novelist at work today.

The Green RoadThe Green Road by Anne Enright
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A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, The Green Road is a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion – a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we learn to fill them.

The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she’s decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold.

Anne Enright is addicted to the truth of things. Sentence by sentence, there are few writers alive who can invest the language with such torque and gleam, such wit and longing – who can write dialogue that speaks itself aloud, who can show us the million splinters of her characters’ lives then pull them back up together again, into a perfect glass.

Three Moments of an ExplosionThree Moments of an Explosion: Stories by China Mieville
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China Mieville is best known for his compelling cross-genre novels such as The City & The City and Perdido Street Station. He’s also a renowned for his short stories which have appeared in The Guardian and Granta. In this new collection, China pulls together incredibly powerful stories about social issues with his usual dazzling imagination, intelligence and energy.

In the Unlikely EventIn the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
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The new adult novel from the beloved and best-selling author Judy Blume.

When a series of passenger airplanes crashed in Elizabeth, New Jersey within a three-month period in 1951–1952, Judy Blume was a teenager. “These events have lingered in my mind ever since,” says Blume. “It was a crazy time. We were witnessing things that were incomprehensible to us as teenagers. Was it sabotage? An alien invasion? No one knew, and people were understandably terrified.” Against this background, Blume uses her imagination to bring us the lives of three generations of families, friends, and strangers, who will be profoundly affected by these events, either directly or indirectly. But life goes on and Blume digs deep into her characters—we see them coping not only with grief but with first love, estranged parents, difficult friendships, familial obligations, divorce, career ambitions, a grandparent’s love, a widower’s hope, and everything in between … Most important, In the Unlikely Event is filled with the same warmth and authenticity that have won Blume the hearts and minds of readers of all generations.

Love   HateLove + Hate by Hanif Kureishi
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Hate skews reality even more than love. In the story of a Pakistani woman who has begun a new life in Paris, an essay about the writing of Kureishi’s acclaimed film Le Week-End, and an account of Kafka’s relationship with his father, readers will find Kureishi also exploring the topics that he continues to make new, and make his own: growing up and growing old; betrayal and loyalty; imagination and repression; marriage and fatherhood. The collection ends with a bravura piece of very personal reportage about the conman who stole Kureishi’s life savings – a man who provoked both admiration and disgust, obsession and revulsion, love and hate.

Also to come later in 2015:

Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie

The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Deep South by Paul Theroux

New translations of Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball 1973 by Haruki Murakami

A Strangeness in my Mind by Orhan Pamuk

Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks

Death by Water by Kenzaburō Ōe

NB-Uitgewers se skrywers by Woordfees 2015

Die jaarlikse Woordfees is om die draai en vanjaar se tema is “Sestien Onse”. Die opwindende program sluit ’n groot verskeidenheid NB-skrywers in en vind plaas vanaf 6 tot 15 Maart 2015.

Van ou bekendes tot nuwe skrywers, NB-Uitgewers word vanjaar goed verteenwoordig. Antjie Krog, Willem Anker, Leon van Nierop, Kerneels Breytenbach, Francois Smith en Henry Jack Cloete is net ’n paar van die opwindende skrywers wat by die Woordfees gaan optree.

Die program sluit ook vele aktiwiteite vir kosliefhebbers in. Die span van die immergewilde Kokkedoor-televisieprogram gaan by verskeie geleenthede hul kosgeheime verklap en Marlene van der Westhuizen sal op Donderdag, 12 Maart, oor haar resepteboek, Geheime van ’n Franse kookklas, gesels.

Meer besonderhede oor NB se skrywers wat by die Woordfees gaan optree:

TrekVermis op AllesverlorenBuys – ’n GrensromanDie oorlog kom huis toeDiepsee - kortverhaleVaselinetjieSêgoed met slaankrag
WenkbrouBallade vir ’n enkelingKamphoerDie laaste AfrikanerleiersOntsnap! Boerekrygsgevangenes se strewe na vryheidWorld War One and the People of South AfricaDF Malan en die opkoms van Afrikaner-nasionalisme
Draalnoot vir ’n janfiskaalMede-weteSolank verlange die sweep swaaiMeditasies
Die vierde stemEsterDie aa tot oe van seksByna liefde
Geheime van ’n Franse kookklasOnder die radarWie is reg?Maak VyfKobraMonumentOepse daisy
KokkedoorKokkedoor 2 - VersamelresepteJusticeTannie Poppie kookMakietieSondebokKopskoot

 
Winnie Rust: Vrouespore deur my dorp
Datum: Vrydag, 6 Maart
Tyd: 12:00
Plek: JS Gericke Biblioteek: Ouditorium
Koste: R50
Suzette Kotze-Myburgh gesels met Winnie oor haar lewe en werk. Daarna kan items uit die Winnie Rust-dokumentversameling in die Dokumentesentrum besigtig word.

Siener in die suburb​​s
Datum: Vrydag, 6 Maart tot Sondag, 8 Maart
Tyd: 20:30
Plek: Spier Amfiteater
Koste: R120/R100/R60
“Ek wil van geweet wees, Ma, ek wil nie vrek soos ‘n hond nie, ek wil van geweet wees.” So klink die wanhopige kreet van Tiemie, die pragtige jong vrou in PG du Plessis se Hertzogprys-bekroonde (1971) drama. Dit speel af teen ‘n agtergrond van maatskaplike verval, maar die fokus bly op die onderlinge, komplekse menseverhoudings. “Dis nie ingewikkeld nie, nie hoogdrawend, betogend nie, dis sonder etikette, so inheems soos die skrywer self, dis komies en ontroerend.” (Chris Barnard)

Anchien Troskie: Vermis op Allesverloren
Datum: Maandag, 9 Maart
Tyd: 12:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
Toe haar eksentrieke tante Erta verdwyn, kry Melinda ‘n privaatspeurder om te help soek, bekommerd dat Erta dalk in gevaar is. Oor haar kruiedoepas en omdat sy teeblare gelees het, was Erta op die dorp bekend as ‘n heks. Melinda vermoed vuilspel, want die dorps-leiers, veral Oudominee, het Erta verdoem en haar selfs vir die droogte geblameer. Elna van der Merwe gesels met Anchien Troskie oor haar nuwe roman.

Willem Anker: Buys – ’n Grensroman
Datum: Maandag, 9 Maart
Tyd: 12:00
Plek: Erfurthuis
Koste: R40
Willem Anker gesels met Desmond Painter oor sy nuwe roman, Buys. Coenraad de Buys was die gevaarlikste man in die Kolonie. Op agtjarige ouderdom het hy sy eerste grens oorge-steek en sy ouerhuis agtergelaat. Huis-uit, Kaap-uit, beskawing-uit. Uiteindelik wêreld-uit. Buys is ‘n roman oor grense en oor grond. Dit vertel waar ons vandaan kom.

PG du​​ Plessis
Datum: Maandag, 9 Maart
Tyd: 13:00
Plek: Erfurthuis
Koste: Gratis
‘n Ou bekende by die Woordfees, gesels PG oor Siener in die suburbs, die toneelstuk wat hom in die 70′s as een van ons voorste dramaturge gevestig het, en nou weer opgevoer gaan word, hierdie slag op die Kaapse vlakte.

Anderste helde: Andries Stöc​​​​​​​​kenstrom
Datum: Maandag, 9 Maart
Tyd: 15:00
Plek: Die Khaya
Koste: R40
Hermann Giliomee in gesprek met Albert Grundlingh

Andries Stöckenstrom het die uittog wat as die Groot Trek bekend geword het, verdoem. Hy het die opvatting verwerp dat die burgers nie die reg het om hulself te verdedig nie. Vir hom was die werklike opsie “om te verdedig wat ons het en om die beginsels neer te lê waarop daardie verdediging moes rus”. In sy loopbaan as ‘n grensadministrateur het Stöckenstrom altyd waarheid en geregtigheid beklemtoon. Vir hom moes hierdie twee kernwaardes die grondslag van die stelsel vorm wat hy wou vestig.

E Kotze: Diepsee
Datum: Maandag, 9 Maart
Tyd: 16:00
Plek: Erfurthuis
Koste: R40
Suzette Kotze-Myburg gesels met die geliefde skrywer Sussie Kotze oor Diepsee, ‘n keur uit al haar kortverhaalbundels wat sedert 1982 verskyn het. Dié uitsonderlike vertellings handel oor die harde lewe aan die dorre Weskus, ‘n landskap so intiem bekend aan die verteller en mensekenner dat die leser moeiteloos saamreis.

Orgie
Datum: Maandag, 9 Maart en Woensdag, 14 Maart
Tyd: 11:00
Datum: Dinsdag, 13 Maart
Tyd: 14:30
Plek: Klein Libertas Teater
Koste: R110
André P Brink is een van die mees prominente figure van Sestig en daarna. Met sy open-hartige benadering van dinge wat deur ouer skrywers vermy is, het hy weggedoen met baie van die taboes wat die Afrikaanse prosa lank oorheers het. Hy bevestig sy reputasie as die voorste eksperimenteerder van Sestig met Orgie (1965) – ‘n eksperiment met tipografie en ‘n poging om die visuele beeld van die gedrukte blad in sigself betekenisdraend te maak. Orgie, ‘n liefdesverhaal van “hy” en “sy”, deur misverstand vervreem, word hier vertel, of liewer “gewys” (met die lees van die roman moet die boek dwars gedraai word) en dikwels word ons gedwing om gelyktydig te probeer waarneem wat “hy” en “sy” binne ‘n ondeelbare, maar gedeelde moment dink en ervaar.

Vaselinetjie
Datum: Maandag, 9 Maart tot Woensdag, 11 Maart
Tyd: 18:30
Datum: Dinsdag, 10 Maart tot Woensdag, 11 Maart
Tyd: 15:00
Plek: kykNET Hoërskool Stellenbosch
Koste: R100/R60
‘n Jong wit meisie, met die bynaam Vaselinetjie, word deur ‘n liefdevolle bejaarde paartjie grootgemaak, wie sy as haar grootouers ken. Maar die teenstrydighede in hoe Vaselinetjie lyk en en hoe sy praat, maak van haar ‘n uitgeworpene tussen ander kinders en in haar vormingsjare land sy in ‘n kinderhuis. Verwerk uit die bekroonde boek van Anoeschka von Meck – ‘n voorgeskrewe roman vir Graad 11-leerders – pak hierdie stuk sensitiewe onder-werpe soos rassisme, dwelmmisbruik, mishandeling, bende-aktiwiteite, prostitusie, diefstal en seksuele wangedrag.

Persvry​​heid
Datum: Dinsdag, 10 Maart
Tyd: 9:00
Plek: Erfurthuis
Koste: R30
George Claassen bespreek persvryheid: mag koerante enigiets publiseer?

Deborah Steinmair: Moestas
Datum: Dinsdag, 10 Maart
Tyd: 12:00
Plek: Erfurthuis
Koste: R40
Moestas volg op Deborah Steinmair se vorige raaiselromans, Die neus (2012) en Wenkbrou (2013). Aga, Jesse, Claude en Stasi is weer aan die stuur: hierdie keer is die kwessie kindermolestering en ons sien Stasi as beskermengel én speurder in volle vaart. ‘n Spanningsvolle verhaal met deernis en humor geskryf. Jonathan Amid gesels met die skrywer.

Leon van Nierop: Ballade vir ’n enkeling
Datum: Dinsdag, 10 Maart
Tyd: 12:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
In die middel jare tagtig het die treffer TV-reeks Ballade vir ‘n enkeling rekord kykertalle bereik. Nou word die verhaal weer vertel, maar dié slag soos dit werklik gebeur het, sonder versagting, aangepas vir 2014 – en dit is eersdaags in teaters te sien. Leon van Nierop praat oor die verwerking van die boek en die draaiboek.

Fotoverhale: die meriete van dié verbode boekies
Datum: Dinsdag, 10 Maart
Tyd: 14:00
Plek: Erfurthuis
Koste: R40
In baie huise was fotoverhale eenvoudig taboe, maar boekies soos Ruiter in swart en Saal 10 is wyd gelees – of dit nou skelm was of nie. Etienne en François Bloemhof en Pieter Miller, ‘n kranige versamelaar wat byna 3 000 van dié boekies het, gesels oor dié verbode boekies van ‘n vergange tyd.

Francois Smith: Kamphoer
Datum: Dinsdag, 10 Maart
Tyd: 15:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
Kamphoer is die ware verhaal van ‘n vrou wat gedurende die Anglo-Boereoorlog wreed-aardig verkrag en vir die aasvoëls weggegooi is. Sy wy uiteindelik haar lewe aan die genesing van presies die soort trauma waaraan sy onderworpe was. En in die proses kom sy weer haar verkragters teë… Elna van der Merwe gesels met dieskrywer, Francois Smith.

Anderste helde: Ja​​​​n Smuts
Datum: Dinsdag, 10 Maart
Tyd: 15:00
Plek: Die Khaya
Koste: R40
Hermann Giliomee in gesprek met Christof Heyns

Jan Smuts se grootsheid word nie genoeg erken nie. In Christ College, Cambridge, hang sy portret aan die muur saam met dié van ander superhelde soos Milton en Darwin. Een van die maniere waarop Smuts konflik in Suid-Afrika wou besleg is deur menseregte. Nuwe na-vorsing van Christof Heyns van die Universiteit van Pretoria dui daarop dat Smuts dalk die eerste persoon was wat die term menseregte gebruik en ontwikkel het.

Bill Nasson: World War One and the People of South Africa
Datum: Woensdag, 11 Maart
Tyd: 10:00
Plek: Erfurthuis
Koste: R40
Johann Myburgh in conversation with Bill Nasson on the influence of the First World War on the development of South African politics, the community, and day-to-day life. Instead of a conventional military history, World War One and the People of South Africa is a gripping story of everyday life, enriched with anecdotes that accurately portray the period.

Anderste helde: Freder​ik Van Zyl​​​​ Slabbert
Datum: Woensdag, 11 Maart
Tyd: 15:00
Plek: Die Khaya
Koste: R40
Hermann Giliomee in gesprek met Albert Grundlingh

Van Zyl Slabbert kan gesien word as die parlementslid wie se kritiek op apartheid die groot-ste uitwerking op voorstanders van apartheid in die parlement gehad het. Hy was ook die persoon wat die idee van ‘n onderhandelde skikking wyd inslag laat vind het, veral nadat hy die parlement in 1986 verwerp het. Baie van ons huidige onopgeloste probleme kan waar-skynlik net deur ‘n nuwe onderhandelde skikking opgelos word.

Antjie Krog: Mede-Wete
Datum: Woensdag, 11 Maart
Tyd: 16:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
Antjie Krog lees voor uit Mede-wete, haar aangrypende nuwe digbundel, en gesels oor haar werk. Die digbundel – haar eerste in agt jaar – hanteer temas soos taal, geheue en gewete met ‘n nuwe intensiteit en beleënheid. Dit laat blyk ook duidelik haar diep verknogtheid aan haar geboortegrond en die volgehoue betrokkenheid by en passie vir die land se komplekse geskiedenis en samelewing.

Spooksaam: Wisse​​lstroom
Datum: Woensdag, 11 Maart
Tyd: 16:00
Plek: Die Khaya-kafee
Koste: Gratis
Gespreksleier: Pieter Duvenage
Met Lindie Koorts en Albert Grundlingh
Afrikaners in die post-1994 geskiedskrywing.

Henry Cloete: Draalnoot vir ’n janfiskaal
Datum: Woensdag, 11 Maart
Tyd: 18:30
Plek: De Vette Mossel
Koste: R50
Vir die gebruikers van die webwerf Fermata.com is selfmoordvideo’s iets om te deel en te vier – die mees intense, egte ervaring wat hulle kan beleef en kan skep. Maar toe Daniël Roberts, eienaar en bestuurder van dié besonder gewilde webwerf, die eerste maal in die openbaar daaroor praat, gee dit aanleiding tot ʼn reeks verstommende gebeure wat​ nie net sy lewe nie, maar en ook dié van ander naby aan hom, onherroeplik verander. Pieter Redelinghuys (Chutney de Ridder)​ gesels met Henry Cloete oor sy debuutroman. Met ‘n optrede van die Skynmaagde.

François Bloemhof: Die vierde stem
Datum: Donderdag, 12 Maart
Tyd: 10:00
Plek: Erfurthuis
Koste: R40
François Bloemhof is bekend daarvoor dat hy aanhangers van spanningsverhale telkens gee wat hulle soek – én wat hulle nie kon verwag nie. Die vierde stem stel nie teleur nie. ‘n Kantoorwerker, ‘n kopdokter en ‘n skrywer beïnvloed mekaar op maniere waarvan hulle onbewus is. Maar aan wie behoort die vierde stem? Rudie van Rensburg praat met die skrywer oor sy nuutste sielkundige riller.

Helene de Kock: Debora en seuns
Datum: Donderdag, 12 Maart
Tyd: 14:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
Deborah Schlagerfeldt en haar seuns se intrek op ‘n Oos-Vrystaatse dorpie is jare later steeds in geheimenis gehul. Hul buurvrou en haar dogter Margot se lewens word egter met dié van die Schlagerfeldts vervleg. Tydens die Tweede Wêreldoorlog moet Margot besluit of sy haar hart Londen toe moet volg, reguit die oorlog in. Madri Victor gesels met Helene de Kock oor haar nuwe roman, Debora en seuns.

Albert Blake: Ontsnap! Boerekrygsgevangenes se strewe na vryheid
Datum: Donderdag, 12 Maart
Tyd: 15:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
Pieter Kapp gesels met Albert Blake oor die mees gewaagde ontsnappingspogings uit krygsgevangenekampe tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog – soos bymekaargebring in die skrywer se nuutste boek. Leer meer oor die Boere se vindingryke planne om weg te kom uit Britse kampe in Groenpunt en Simonstad, en die eilande Bermuda, St. Helena en Ceylon.

Anderste helde: Neville Ale​xander
Datum: Donderdag, 12 Maart
Tyd: 15:00
Plek: Die Khaya
Koste: R40
Hermann Giliomee in gesprek met Bill Nasson

In gesprekke op Robbeneiland met Nelson Mandela het Neville Alexander mobilisering en begunstiging op rassegronde verwerp. Hy het die ANC gesien as basies ‘n swart orga-nisasie, gelei deur ‘n swart middelklas en Staliniste, wat die oorheersing van swart middel-klasbelange onder die vaandel van nie-rassigheid bepleit het. In sy later jare het hy sterk stelling ingeneem teen regstellende aksie op rassegronde (eerder as op klas), en teen die gebruik van Engels as voertaal vir kinders of studente wie se moedertaal nie Engels is nie.

Letterkunde en die liefde, teks en seks
Datum: Donderdag, 12 Maart
Tyd: 16:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
Bekende skrywers bieg oor maniere waarop hulle taal gee aan die dinge van die lyf. Wat vind skrywers verleentheidwekkend om te skryf, en hoe gemaak met lesers wat aanstoot neem? Madri Victor gesels met Kerneels Breytenbach, Riëtte Rust en Izak de Vries.

Marlene van der Westhuizen: Geheime van ’n Franse kookklas
Datum: Donderdag, 12 Maart
Tyd: 16:00
Plek: Erfurthuis
Koste: R50
Verbeel jou dis lente in Frankryk, in die dorpie Charroux in die Allier-département uit die Middeleeue… Met Marlene van der Westhuizen wat jou uitnooi om te kom deel in die binnewerke van een van haar kookklasse. Nanette van Rooyen gesels met Marlene oor kookklasse in Frankryk en die onderskatte weelde van die Franse kookkuns, eetkuns en leefstyl.

Die klaagliedere van ds. Tienie Benade
Datum: Donderdag, 12 Maart
Tyd: 18:00
Datum: Vrydag, 13 Maart
Tyd: 20:30
Datum: Saterdag, 14 Maart
Tyd: 17:00
Plek: Attie van Wijk Ouditorium
Koste: R110
Skrywer: Dana Snyman
Regisseur: Gerrit Schoonhoven
Met Frank Opperman

Tienie Benade is ‘n middeljarige predikant van ‘n sukkelende Afrikaanse gemeente. Die lid-maatgetalle kwyn, die skuldlas groei. Die gemeentelede wat nog daar is, is onseker hoe om in ‘n moderne wêreld sinvol te bly glo. ‘n Storie van verdriet, maar ook van die hoop wat nie beskaam nie.

800 jaar van Magna C​arta
Datum: Vrydag, 13 Maart
Tyd: 9:00
Plek: Erfurthuis
Koste: R30
Andreas van Wyk. In ‘n hardop gesprek met homself – en die gehoor – praat Van Wyk oor die geskiedenis van Runnymede tot Kodesa.

Heleen Meyer: Maak Vyf: 1 Bestanddeel = 5 Resepte (kosdemonstrasie)
Datum: Vrydag, 13 Maart
Tyd: 10:00
Plek: Die Khaya
Koste: R50
Heleen Meyer is 18 jaar lank al doenig in die kosbedryf, hetsy as kok, vryskutjoernalis, be-oordelaar van kookkompetisies of stilis vir kosfotosessies. Sy het ‘n oulike kosblog (heleenmeyer.co.za/kospos-blog) en is bekend vir haar praktiese kosdemonstrasies. In hierdie demonstrasie maak sy smullekker kos uit haar nuutste resepteboek, Maak Vyf.

Danie Marais: Pruimtwak en skaduboksers
Datum: Vrydag, 13 Maart
Tyd: 12:00
Plek: Erfurthuis
Koste: R40
Pruimtwak en skaduboksers is ‘n onderhoudende versameling van rubrieke, essays, heil-dronke en nabetragtings wat met speelse erns en entoesiasme die verband verken tussen boeke, die tydsgees, popkultuur, en die verdwaasde gewone ou wat naweke na sy braai-vleisvuur tuur. Danie Marais voer gesprek met Kerneels Breytenbach daaroor.

Kerneels Breytenbach: Ester
Datum: Vrydag, 13 Maart
Tyd: 15:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
Kerneels Breytenbach gesels met Elmari Rautenbach oor Ester, sy meesleurende roman oor ‘n verbode passie en ‘n politieke intrige. Die roman is gebaseer op ‘n werklike historiese insident en die gevolge daarvan: die ontmoeting in 1940 tussen DF Malan en ‘n Duitse spioen, mev Thyra Denk. In 1946, kry Dieter Bergman, ‘n senior polisieman, instruksies om mev. Denk per trein van Windhoek na Kaapstad te vergesel – maar dié lang treinrit is maar net die begin van baie gebeure.

Deon Meyer: Ikarus
Datum: Vrydag, 13 Maart
Tyd: 16:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
Op 17 Desember spoel die lyk van Ernst Richter oop in die duine anderkant Parklands — dié Ernst Richter, berugte internet-entrepreneur, baas van die omstrede webwerf Alibi.co.za, wat ‘n maand tevore so onverklaarbaar en sensasioneel verdwyn het. Selfs onder normale omstandighede sou die Valke, Bennie Griessel en Vaughn Cupido gesukkel het, maar omstandighede is nie normaal nie. Want Griessel het weer aan die suip gegaan. En Cupido is verlief. Op een van die hoofverdagtes. Deon Meyer in gesprek met Elmari Rautenbach.

Profile: Maretha Maartens, 70
Datum: Vrydag, 13 Maart
Tyd: 17:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R40
Maretha Maartens het al meer as 90 boeke geskryf – romans, liefdesverhale, kinderboeke, jeugboeke, tienerboeke, godsdienstige boeke en geestelike dagboeke. Sy is al vier keer met die Sanlamprys vir jeuglektuur bekroon, ontvang in 1989 die Andrew Murray-toekenning, en haar jeugroman, Die inkvoël, is internasionaal vereer as ‘n White Raven Book (gekies as een van 400 boeke uit sowat 30 000 kinder- en jeugboeke wêreldwyd). Haar dogter, Naomi Meyer, en uitgewer Sua du Plessis, gesels met Maretha oor haar omvattende oeuvre en interessante lewe.

Storievuur met Johan Bakkes, Marida Fitzpatrick, Chanette Paul, Kerneels Breytenbach en Valiant Swart
Datum: Vrydag, 13 Maart
Tyd: 17:30
Plek: De Vette Mossel
Koste: R220
Johan Bakkes se Storievuur-kuiers is elke keer baie gewild en stampvol. Kom kuier weer lekker saam met hom om die kospotte en kuiervure. Hy ruil stories uit met Marida Fitzpatrick, Chanette Paul en Kerneels Breytenbach.

Borsspeld, Bangles en ‘n Baard
Datum: Vrydag, 13 Maart
Tyd: 19:00
Plek: Die Khaya
Datum: Saterdag, 14 Maart
Tyd: 18:30
Plek: Bistro 13
Koste: R400
Die drie B’s van Kokkedoor 2014, Johnny, Marius en Alet – of Borsspeld, Bangles en ‘n Baard – kook by Woordfees. Die drie se planne sluit in ‘n kinkel-lam-spitbraai, voorberei op ver-skillende liplekkermaniere. En jy moet net sien wat hulle in gedagte het vir die eenvoudige pannekoek!

Edwin Cameron: Justice – A Personal Account
Datum: Saterdag, 14 Maart
Tyd: 10:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
In Justice argumenteer Edwin Cameron dat ons land se Grondwet Suid-Afrikaners die beste kans bied vir ‘n regverdige gemeenskap. Pierre de Vos gesels met Cameron oor sy persoonlike ervarings van andersheid en stigma en oor die krag en beperkinge van die reg.

Tannie Poppie kook! (kosdemonstrasie)
Datum: Saterdag, 14 Maart
Tyd: 10:00
Plek: Die Khaya
Koste: R50
Vir Tannie Poppie was Kokkedoor slegs die begin. Suid-Afrika het haar terstond aangeneem as “almal se ouma”, ons eie Chuck Norris van SA-kookkuns. En haar Sprite skons het in ons Woordfeeskantoor legendariese status bereik. Sy het haar eie fên club op Facebook en haar kookboek, Tannie Poppie kook vlieg van die rakke. Tannie Poppie doen hierdie demonstrasie spesiaal vir Woordfeesgangers. Bespreek vroegtydig om teleurstelling te voorkom. Wie weet, dalk maak sy haar Sprite skons!

Sondebok en Kopskoot, joernaliste aan die werk
Datum: Saterdag, 14 Maart
Tyd: 11:00
Plek: Erfurthuis
Koste: R40
Irma Venter (Sondebok) en Rudie van Rensburg (Kopskoot) se boeke weerspieël hul joernalistieke agtergrond. Hulle het ‘n neus vir ‘n storie, gee aandag aan detail en laat die verhale dikwels buite Suid-Afrika se grense afspeel. Madri Victor gesels met hulle oor krimi-reekse, navorsing vir die storie, eksotiese ruimtes, en interessante hoofkarakters wat jou die ritteltits gee van lekkerte.

Jou koek kan van jou ‘n ster maak
Datum: Saterdag, 14 Maart
Tyd: 12:00
Plek: Die Khaya
Koste: R50
Mari-Louis Guy (Koekedoor-beoordelaar) is internasionaal bekend as kos-stilis, koek-ontwerper- en skrywer. Sy en haar broer Callie besit die toonaangewende CakeBread in Kaapstad en is die skrywers van oa Markdag en Koeke ter viering van liefde en lewe. Tydens hierdie demonstrasie deel hulle die nuutste tendense in bak en bespreek hoe jou koek van jou ‘n ster kan maak.

Chris Chameleon: Dit was nie ek nie!
Datum: Saterdag, 14 Maart
Tyd: 14:00
Plek: Die Khaya
Koste: R50
Dit was nie ek nie! is sanger, akteur en TV-persoonlikheid Chris Chameleon se eerste prente-boek. “Tjakka tjakka tjakka,” lag die apies in die boom wanneer Gaffie Kameelperd, Ronnie Renoster en Annabella Volstruis verleë sê: “Dit was nie ek nie!” Met illustrasies deur Salemien Grobbelaar. Chris Chameleon lees voor uit sy boek, geskik vir drie- tot ses-jariges.

Kosmakietie met Errieda du Toit en die kokkedore Tiaan Langenegger, Mynhardt Joubert en Tannie Poppie
Datum: Saterdag, 14 Maart
Tyd: 14:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
Wat gebeur agter die skerms by Kokkedoor? Wat vang die kokkedore aan wanneer die TV-reeks verby is? Hetta van Deventer gesels met Errieda du Toit en kokkedore Tiaan en Mynhardt om antwoorde op hierdie vrae te kry. Hulle praat ook oor kookboeke, deel water-tandresepte uit Kokkedoor 2 met ons en verklap geheime oor hoe om die perfekte makietie te beplan. En, o ja, Tannie Poppie – ons eie Chuck Norris van die Suid-Afrikaanse kookkuns – neem ook deel.

Deon Lamprecht: Tannie Pompie se Oorlog​
Datum: Saterdag, 14 Maart
Tyd: 14:00
Plek: Erfurthuis
Koste: R40
Deon Lamprecht skop sy debuut af in die kombuis van tannie Pompie, wat gedurende die Grensoorlog in Tsumeb ‘n radioseiner vir die weermag was. Die aangrypende ware verhaal fokus op die boeregemeenskap van die sogenaamde Driehoek van die Dood en die impak wat die oorlog op hulle gehad het. Francois Smith gesels met die skrywer.

Digtersparadys
Datum: Saterdag, 14 Maart
Tyd: 15:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
Die Woordfees se skrywersprogram sluit af op ‘n hoogtepunt. Kom luister na voorlesings deur geliefde digters uit hulle nuwe bundels: Antjie Krog (Mede-wete), Daniel Hugo (Takelwerk), Joan Hambidge (Matriks) en Danie Marais (Solank verlange die sweep swaai). Moenie hierdie aanbieding misloop nie!

Kokkedoor: verskyn-en-verdwyn-etes
Datum: Saterdag, 14 Maart
Tyd: 15:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
Bespreek sommer nou jou plek by 2015 se Woordfees vir een van Kokkedoor se “verskyn en verdwyn”-etes saam met sjef Nic van Wyk! Kom smul aan ‘n viergangmaal met wyn, saam met die Kokkedoor-beoordelaar en ander gas-Kokkedore. Kom praat saam oor kos, wyn en – natuurlik – Kokkedoor, en gaan versadig huis toe met ‘n Kokkedoor-geskenkpak in jou sak.

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View Pages from South Africa by Sean Fraser

South AfricaSouth Africa by Sean Fraser is a photographic collection of the cities and landscapes that make up our colourful country.

Fraser is the author of a range of travel books such as South Africa, Seven Days in Cape Town and Picturesque South Africa. He recently told fellow writer
Tiah Beautement
in an interview that he believes South Africans have many fascinating stories to tell, and he is happy to be the conduit for their stories.

South Africa takes the reader on a journey through the diverse landscape of our beautiful country, through semi-desert, forests, hills and valleys.

View some of the pages of South Africa on Google Books:

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In Memoriam: A Tribute to the Writers Who Passed Away in 2014

 
In 2014 we had to say goodbye to many great writerly voices, including Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, Chris van Wyk, Hennie Aucamp, Peter Clarke, Mafika Gwala, Verna Vels and Gerald Kraak. The international community also mourned the loss of Maya Angelou, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and PD James.

As a tribute to their lives and invaluable contributions, we present the Books LIVE articles that were published after we heard the news of their passing:

The Children of SowetoAcademic, poet and storyteller Prof Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane passed away in February.

The Director of the Centre for African Literary Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and former Vice-Chancellor of University of Fort Hare was called a “visionary leader, [and] one of South Africa’s greatest intellectuals” by Nelson Mandela.

Victor Dlamini recorded a podcast with Mzamane for Books LIVE in 2008, remarking that the professor “has the ability to plunge straight into the belly of a narrative and bring forth its gentle resonances”.

 
 

Morgan TsvangiraiZimbabwean William Bango, former Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) presidential spokesman and veteran journalist, passed away at the age of 62 following a car accident in February. Bango collaborated with MDC founder Morgan Tsvangirai on Morgan Tsvangirai: At the Deep End.

Bango worked as a journalist before acting as Tsvangirai’s spokesperson from 2002 and then becoming the party’s director for policy implementation in 2008. He had since retired from the party. Thomas Chiripasi and Sithandekile Mhlanga report that Bango once served as the president of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists and that he has been described as “a doyen of the journalism fraternity in Zimbabwe” by one of his former colleagues.

SkulpHennie Aucamp, een van die mees geliefde en gevierde Afrikaanse skrywers, het op Donderdag 20 Maart 2014 stil heengegaan, berig Die Burger. Aucamp is bekend vir sy enorme oeuvre wat kabarettekste, gedigte, kortverhale en noemenswaardige akademiese tekste insluit. Hy het al ’n indrukwekkende hoeveelheid pryse ontvang, onder meer die Fleur du Cap-teaterprys vir lewenswerk en bydrae tot teater, die Hertzogpryz en Gustav Preller-prys vir Literatuurwetenskap.

Aucamp het onlangs sy 80ste verjaardag gevier, terwyl sy kollegas en vriende sy werk en wese gevier het met ’n verskeidenheid huldigingsgeleenthede wat dit duidelik gestel het dat Afrikaanse literatuur, en ook Suid-Afrikaanse literatuur, sonder hom baie arm sou wees.

Listening to Distant ThunderPeter Clarke, one of South Africa’s most versatile and talented artists, passed away in April, aged 84.

Clarke worked as a dockworker before becoming a professional artist in the mid-1950s, and was best known for his printmaking and woodcuts, although he more recently worked with collage. He also wrote essays, short stories and poetry.

In an interview with Artthrob in 2003, Clarke joked: “Had I been triplets, it would have made it much easier because each could have his own job. There are times when I go through a writing phase and there are times for phases of picture-making but there is never a dull moment.”
 

One Hundred Years of SolitudeGabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, died in Mexico in April. He was 87 years old.

Marquez received 1982 the Nobel Prize in Literature, some fifteen years after his iconic – some would call it immortal – novel of magic realism was published. The Nobel committee cited his “richly composed world of imagination.”
 
 
 

I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsAmerican author, poet, historian and civil rights activist Maya Angelou died at her home in North Carolina, USA, in May, aged 86.

Angelou’s failing health had led to her cancelling an appearance at the Major League Baseball Beacon Awards, where she was to be honoured for her civil rights work.

Angelou leaves behind three books of essays, several books of poetry and seven autobiographies, but it was her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, that brought her international fame.

Angelou wrote a touching tribute poem to Nelson Mandela after his death late last year, “His Day is Done”.

Anthony Fleischer, the President of South African Pen for many years, died on 5 June at home in Cape Town. He was 85.

Fleischer, who lived in Cape Town, was the author of eight novels. His first novel, written under the pen name Hans Hofmeyer, was called The Skin is Deep, and published in 1958. It was well reviewed in England, but banned by the apartheid government when it reached South Africa, which was the catalyst for Fleischer to join South African Pen.

 
 

The Electronic ElephantAuthor Dan Jacobson, born and raised in South Africa, died in June, at the age of 85.

Following his childhood in Kimberley, Jacobson had married a teacher from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and moved to London where he “built up a substantial corpus of fiction dealing with his native country”.

John Sutherland writes in The Guardian that “it climaxed with The Beginners (1966). His longest work (Jacobson was never one to squander words), it was his equivalent to Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks, telling the story of a dynasty of Lithuanian Jews ‘beginning’ over again in South Africa”.

In this obituary, Sutherland comments on the pace at which Jacobson’s writing evolved: “He shed authorial skins like a snake … and in his later years he moved, powerfully, into non-fictional literary territories: autobiography, travel writing and even theology.”

DzinoZimbabwean author and political activist Wilfred Mhanda, described as “Mugabe’s longest serving nemesis”, passed away after a long fight with colon cancer, on 28 May at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare.

Mhanda, who was also known as Dzinashe Machingura or Dzino, was instrumental in Zimbabwe’s fight for independence, and later was vocal in his criticism of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, leading to his removal from his military position in 1977. After studying biochemistry in Germany, Mhanda helped found the Zimbabwe Liberators’ Platform.
 
 

No Time Like the PresentOne of South Africa’s most distinguished literary personalities, Nobel literature laureate Nadine Gordimer, passed away at her home in Johannesburg, aged 90.

Among her many literary achievements number the 1974 Booker Prize, the 2002 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991.

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  • A Complex Character: Memories of Nadine Gordimer
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  • Liewe Heksie OmnibusVerna Vels, die skepper van die geliefde Liewe Heksie-karakter, het saggies in haar slaap gesterf na ‘n kort stryd met kanker.

    Huldeblyke stroom van oral in en almal is dit eens: Haar impak is van onskatbare waarde. Een aanhanger skryf, “even if you aren’t Afrikaans like me, we all know the unmistakable voice of Verna Vels”.

    ‘n Versameling van die beste Liewe Heksie-stories is beskikbaar in Liewe Heksie Omnibus, uitgegee deur NB-Uitgewers.
     

    No More LullabiesLegendary South African poet, writer, and activist Mafika Pascal Gwala died in September, at the age of 67.

    Gwala passed away after battling an illness, according to a statement released by Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa.

    Mthethwa said: “It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of legendary poet and short story writer, Pascal Mafika Gwala, after an illness.

    “Gwala was, in his own right, a committed anti-apartheid critic and cultural activist who, from a young age, was part of the Black Consciousness movement that espoused the principle of self-determination for African people.”

    Eggs to Lay, Chickens to HatchChris van Wyk, the beloved poet, editor and author who first came to prominence during the struggle against apartheid, then set a high water mark as a memoirist and writer of children’s books, died in Johannesburg in October.

    Van Wyk was born in Soweto in 1957, and grew up in Riverlea, a “coloured” section of south-western Johannesburg, where his two memoirs, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy and Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch, are set.

    He worked as an editor at the literary magazine Staffrider, as well as at Ravan Press, the storied publisher of dissident voices opposed to apartheid. In 1979, he published one of the most-quoted anti-apartheid poems, “In Detention”, which appeared in the collection It is Time to Go Home under the Ad Donker imprint, and for which van Wyk received the Olive Schreiner Prize.

    Ice in the LungsGerald Kraak, author of Ice in the Lungs and prominent figure in the South African LGBTI movement, lost his battle with cancer in October.

    The great number of tender tributes from various human rights organisations and prominent social activists bear testament to Kraak’s invaluable contribution to the South African society.

    Zackie Achmat writes on GroundUp: “Gerald’s work, love, activism, intellectual contributions and personal generosity lives on in all of us.” The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) writes, “We will always remember Gerald’s rock-solid support, his careful and wise counsel and his wicked sense of humour. He will be sorely missed.”

    Cover Her FacePD James, best-selling British crime fiction author, passed away in November. She was 94, and has more than 20 novels to her name.

    James wrote meticulously researched and critically acclaimed novels. Her debut novel, Cover her Face, was released in 1962. Her last book published was Death Comes to Pemberley, a spin-off of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. A number of her novels were adapted for film and television. Adam Dalgliesh, the detective hero who featured in many of her books, is well-known around the world.

    In an article for BBC News, Nick Higham wrote that James was determined to keep writing even in her old age because, as she said, “the thing about being a writer is that you need to write”.

    Into the River of LifeTributes have been streaming in from all over the world after news broke that Ian Player, author of The White Rhino Saga and renowned conservationist, passed away in November.

    “On Friday, rumours of Player’s death arose after his brother and renowned golfer Gary Player tweeted: ‘My beloved brother Ian has cast his canoe onto the river of life that will shortly take him across to the other side. I will miss you. Love’”, News24 writes in their obituary.

    In 1951 Ian Player initiated the Dusi Canoe Marathon, between Pietermartizburg and Durban. The race now attracts over 2000 competitors each year from around the globe. Ian Player won the first six-day race in 1951 despite being bitten by a night adder during the course. Two more victories followed in 1953 and 1954. He is the founder member of the Natal Canoe Club. Whilst warden of the iMfolozi Game Reserve he spearheaded Operation Rhino, which saved the few remaining Southern race of White rhino.

    Remembering the RebellionProfessor Emeritus Jeff Guy, a colossus on South Africa’s academic scene who reshaped our understanding of KwaZulu-Natal, wrote several distinguished biographies of its colonial inhabitants, and exerted enormous influence on a rising generation of South African historians, died suddenly in England on 15 December, at 74 years old.

    Guy was in London to give an address to a 200 year anniversary conference in honour of John William Colenso – the subject of one of Guy’s books – held at St John’s College, Cambridge. According to a person in attendance, his presentation was among the most insightful he had ever delivered, and drew wide acclaim.

    Since the confirmation of his death, tributes and memories have been appearing in social media, as colleagues and students remember Guy, who was known for his gruff humour, and for the unflagging encouragement he gave to his students. The possibility of a scholarship in his name is being discussed.

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    Meet Nadav Ossendryver, Creator of South Africa's Most Watched YouTube Channel: Kruger Sightings

     
    One of 21 super kids who will save the world from adults. Keynote speaker at the opening of Facebook in Africa. Recipient of the 2014 Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Award. World Wide Worx Social Media Star of 2014. Founder of the most successful YouTube channel in South Africa.

    Touring South Africa's National ParksNational Parks and Nature ReservesAfrica: In the Footsteps of the Great ExplorersAll of the above applies to Nadav Ossendryver – and he is only 18 years old! He started the popular website latestsightings.com where people are encouraged to upload and share videos of their sightings in the Kruger National Park when he was only 15 years old. Since then it has grown to be an extensive and highly revered website for people who are passionate about wildlife.

    Among the interesting people Ossendryver has been invited to spend time with or work with are African travelling legend Kingsley Holgate, US president Barack Obama, various universities and conservation instituations, and a variety of radio and television programmes. Ossendryver accompanied Holgate, author of Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers, on one of his expeditions to the Kruger Park to create awareness in surrounding villages about poaching.

    Watch the trailer for Ossendryver’s YouTube channel, Kruger Sightings:

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    Read Marinette Potgieter’s article for the Lowvelder for more on this bright young man:

    It started out as a website to help visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) spot wildlife easily. This week, latestsightings.com became a YouTube partner, reaching 100 million views and is the most watched YouTube channel in South Africa – and the founder is still studying for his matric exams.
    This is a website which enables visitors to the KNP to post their sightings in real time, allowing others in the vicinity to share theirs by posting videos to YouTube or updates to social media, like the park’s Facebook page. The website became an instant sensation and gained 30 000 members in its first few weeks and today boasts more than 133 000, including President Barack Obama.

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    Ashwin Desai Reflects on the History of the Cemeteries of KwaZulu-Natal

    ChatsworthAshwin Desai, who recently edited Chatsworth: The Making of a South African Township, has written an article for The Mercury about his tour of cemeteries in KwaZulu-Natal.

    In the article, he describes the cemeteries he visits and reflects on the history that burial grounds point to. There is so much of the story of South Africa buried just beneath the surface.

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    High up on the Ridge in Durban’s Berea is a cemetery nestled next to the most beautiful little church. The cemetery has stimulated articles in local newspapers as it opens its gates to people eager to go on tours and get a sense of the history that lies underground.

    I quickly phoned in to book my place. The first day was full, but there was a place on the second. I was excited for I know that cemeteries are archives. As Gaston Bachelard, in the brilliant Poetics of Space, put it “there will always be more things in a closed box than in an open box”.

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