UFS postpones Free State 'Gangster State' launch indefinitely citing 'security concerns'

2019-05-16 06:34

The 'Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule's Web of Capture' author has learnt 'with shock' that his Bloemfontein leg of his book tour would be postponed due to a security threat.

EXTRACT: Two weeks in November – The story of how Mugabe was toppled

2019-05-10 13:52

The astonishing untold story of the operation that toppled Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe.

Why nonfiction books dominate bestseller lists in South Africa

2019-04-25 09:54

Books in South Africa don’t often make headline news. But a controversial subject, protests and disruptions at a book launch, and threats of book burning are sufficient to get South Africans talking about the place of books in society once again.

President's Keepers publisher shortlisted for upholding 'freedom to publish' award

2019-04-16 21:19

South Africa's NB Publishers has been shortlisted for the International Publishers Association Prix Voltaire for 2019, which acknowledges "exemplary courage" in upholding the freedom to publish.

BOOK EXTRACT: The Messiah's Dream Machine

2019-04-14 10:00

We sit together on the top step of the old house on Avondson and watch the sun set. On the horizon, fine lines of fire and gold rise into the flaring sky. Behind the cypress trees, the hills on Boesmansfontein glow across the veld.

Gangster State: V&A Waterfront book launch cancelled amid security fears, venue changed

2019-04-11 11:27

The V&A Waterfront has cancelled the Cape Town leg of Pieter-Louis Myburgh's book launch for Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule's Web of Capture at its Exclusive Books branch.

Boys of Bird Island co-author takes lie detector test after accusations that story was fabricated

2019-04-10 09:26

The co-writer of The Lost Boys of Bird Island, Chris Steyn, has taken a polygraph tests following allegations that the book is factually inaccurate.

EXTRACT: The Blackridge House

2019-03-27 11:06

'They remind us of the day when we love one another. We say that to love one another... We say I love you like something that shoots me.'

6-year-old’s ‘Lego fund’ book selling like hotcakes

2019-02-28 20:03

He thought his daughter might sell about 30 books at R5 each to her classmates. But six-year-old Maya Enslin’s story has spread like wildfire on social media.


EXTRACT: The love song of André P Brink

2019-05-12 09:00

In vivid, well-constructed sentences, Brink's prose displays touches of a true storyteller. In addition, his powers of observation are such that a colossal amount of data comes to the fore.

The 10 best books about technology, according to Bill Gates

2019-05-01 12:46

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates told the MIT Technology Review what he thinks are the best books about technology.

Why nonfiction books dominate SA's bestseller lists

2019-04-24 21:00

Controversial subjects, protests and threats of book burning get us talking about the place of books in society, says Beth le Roux.

Hlumelo Biko: On Black Panther and the continuous struggle for self-determination

2019-04-15 16:00

In 2018 I took my son to watch the film Black Panther, thinking that I would be exposing him to something that would make him more (as the kids say these days) 'woke'. But I was the one whose eyes were opened.

Telling the truth has become a dangerous occupation

2019-04-12 07:00

A repressive atmosphere leads authors to self-censor, avoiding more controversial topics. And that is precisely why it is important to protect authors from being silenced, writes Elizabeth le Roux.

EXTRACT: Gunship over Angola - 'I felt stripped bare of my self-belief'

2019-04-11 08:49

I realised that something was terribly wrong, and at the last possible moment hoofed the right rudder pedal as hard as I could to prevent the Alo's imminent impact with the wall.

'Suffering can be a mysterious kind of gift'- author of The Blackridge House

2019-03-27 14:22

Elizabeth Madeline Martin spends her days in a retirement home in Cape Town. Bedridden, her memory fading, she can recall her early childhood spent in a small wood-and-iron house in Blackridge on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg.

This feminist bookstore aims to address the gender gap in collectors’ books that sees books by women being 45% cheaper

2019-03-11 11:47

A rare bookstore in London, specialising in works by women, aims to redress the gender imbalance in western literature. 'The Second Shelf' started as a Kickstarter campaign in May 2018, raising over £30 000 (R560 468). Six months later, what was supposed to be an online bookstore became a brick-and-mortar location in Soho. The shop's owner, author AN Devers, had the idea after noticing that rare book dealers and collectors are predominantly male, and tended to ignore books written by women.

16 books about the biggest business scams of our time — including Enron, Bernie Madoff, and Theranos

2019-03-02 08:52

From the financial industry to cars to sports, these books paint a picture of how business scams are built, how they subsequently crash, and how all the involved players are affected.

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