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Bekendstelling: Die tragiese saak van Pamina Vermaak deur Annie Klopper (25 September)

Toe Pamina Vermaak by die werk uitfreak, sit sy skielik sonder inkomste. Boonop verloor sy haar kêrel, haar woonstel in Tamboerskloof, asook die laaste flenters toekomsideale wat sy naarstig aan ’t vasklou was – alles in een dag. Sy is gedwing om druipstert terug te keer na haar ouerhuis op die klein Weskusdorp Witwaterbaai. ’n Plek wat sy gesweer het haar nooit weer sal sien nie.

Intussen basuin die voorblaaie van poniekoerante dit uit dat rockster Wolf de Jager se verlowing met aktrise Daniella du Toit verbreek is en krioel dit op sosiale media van steelfoto’s waar sy hom verneuk. Hy moet weg uit die Kaap en ’n lukrake seleksie op Google Maps bring hom tot op Witwaterbaai, waar sy swart leerbaadjie harder as sy Fender Stratocaster skreeu teen die gehekelde doilies in Ant Leentjie se gastehuis.

Sal Pamina en Wolf op hierdie slakkepas-dorp van bokkoms droog en stoepsit hul probleme kan ontduik? Of lê daar net nog meer komplikasies voor?


Launch: The History of Intimacy by Gabeba Baderoon (11 September)

The History of Intimacy is the fourth collection by award-winning poet Gabeba Baderoon. These poems render various intimacies and private hurts with eloquence and tenderness: the lost innocence of a child, a loved one in an ambulance, young passion across a man-made divide, a mother visiting her son in jail, elegies to an admired musician, mentor and poet, and the reverberations of past injustices in District Six, the Cape Flats and Hangklip.

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 11 September 2018
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Love Books, The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Rd, Melville, Johannesburg | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Phillippa Yaa de Villiers
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Launch: The History of Intimacy by Gabeba Baderoon (11 September)

The History of Intimacy is the fourth collection by award-winning poet Gabeba Baderoon. Breathtaking intimacies and private hurts are crafted into lyrical form – in poems on desiring what is furthest from you, memories of a midnight swim, how children work out the laws of existence, the stakes of speaking a forbid­den word, elegies to a jazz prodigy and a beloved poet, and how not to be alone.

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Restitution Foundation conversation between Lukhanyo Calato and Wilhelm Verwoerd (2 September)

My Father Died for This

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My Father Died for This by Lukhanyo Calata, Abigail Calata
EAN: 9780624081647
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Bloedbande by Wilhelm Verwoerd
EAN: 9780624085171
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Launch: Vusi – Business & Life Lessons From a Black Dragon by Vusi Thembekwayo (22 August)

Maverick. Leadership genius. Self-made millionaire. Dragon. The rock star of public speaking. Vusi Thembekwayo has been called many things.

Join him in his inspiring journey from the township to the top echelons of South African business, to becoming one of the youngest directors of a listed company and CEO of a boutique investment firm. As a Dragons’ Den judge and a sought- after public speaker across the globe, Vusi doesn’t just talk business – he lives it.

Now you can learn the secret of his success and how to shape your own destiny.

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“The pitiful cries of the lost boys of Bird Island have haunted me for the past 31 years. At last their story is out. Chrissy, don’t give up now.” Read Mark Minnie’s ‘last piece of writing’ to Chris Steyn

The Lost Boys of Bird Island

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The Lost Boys of Bird Island: A shocking exposé from within the heart of the NP government by Mark Minnie, Chris Steyn
EAN: 9780624081432
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Bekendstelling: Asof geen berge ooit hier gewoon het nie deur Pieter Odendaal (22 Augustus)

Asof geen berge ooit hier gewoon het nie is ’n opwindende en verweefde debuut uit ’n jong digter se pen.

Met ’n eietydse en aktuele aanslag skryf Odendaal oor die politiek van verskil in ’n multikulturele samelewing, die natuur en ons ekologiese voetspoor, verganklikheid, menswees, die liefde, asook die onlangse studentepolitiek.

Ten einde vra hy: Re mang? Wie is ons? En wie is hulle?


As speculation around Mark Minnie’s death continues and the contents of the book remains a talking point, there are several unanswered questions, writes Jessica Levitt

Via TimesLIVE

By Jessica Levitt

The apparent suicide of co-author of controversial book The Lost Boys of Bird Island, Mark Minnie, has resulted in suspicion around the circumstances around his death. The book, which was released on 5 August, details an alleged paedophilia ring that operated during apartheid.

Authors Mark Minnie and Chris Steyn named high-profile National Party ministers in that period including John Wiley, Magnus Malan, an unnamed minister and controversial Port Elizabeth businessman Dave Allen as being involved in the operation which allegedly raped and molested young coloured boys.

Minnie was found dead at a friend’s farm on August 13 and despite police saying a suicide note and gun was found next to his body, several unnamed friends have expressed their shock at his suicide, with one person telling HeraldLIVE “I do not believe he would have taken his own life.”

As speculation around Minnie’s death continues and the contents of the book remains a talking point, there are several unanswered questions.

What happened to the boys of Bird Island?

On the final page of The Lost Boys of Bird Island, Mark Minnie appeals to victims of the alleged paedophilia ring to come forward. “Any victims who suffered at the hands of Dave Allen and company, let your voices be heard. Do not remain silent any longer.”

Minnie was a former police officer during apartheid when he was asked by his brigadier to contact a woman who was part of his (the brigadiers) church. The woman claimed her son had “some info.”

Minnie followed up and the woman and her son led him to her older son who was in hospital. The boy had allegedly been raped and a “foreign object forced up him.” Records of the boy’s stay at hospital were destroyed.

Minnie meets a second boy, who he refers to as William Hart in the book. William Hart is a pseudonym used by the author to protect the identity of the boy. Hart was an informant for the police and was also allegedly a victim of the paedophilia ring and was the person who identified Dave Allen, John Allen, an unnamed minister and “Ore” the name the boys used to refer to Magnus Malan.

After months of investigation, the docket with all of the information about the case that Minnie had gathered went missing from his office.

“Looking around, I quickly discover that the Allen case docket is gone. The entire file has disappeared without my knowledge or approval.”

Nobody knows what came of the two boys and the others who were alleged victims of rape and molestation at the hands of ministers.

The mystery matron & 10k

Minnie was sent by his brigadier to speak to a woman her son about “information.” He later discovered and interviewed a young boy who had been raped. He had a nurse who was a contact at the hospital and she detailed an incident that happened when she was on night shift.

She said a helicopter had landed, a patient was wheeled into the private ward by three men dressed in grey suits and only the matron was allowed to tend to him. The nurse told Minnie she had peeked into the room and there was a young coloured boy being treated. There was, however, no record of the boy nor of him being in hospital. The matron who had helped the boy mysteriously disappeared, but Minnie tracked her down and she said she had been given R10,000.

“I haven’t spent a cent, not a penny, Sergeant Max. All of the money is still here. I always knew it was trouble. It’s dirty money. And now God has seen fit to punish me for my sins. Oh God, please forgive me.”

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    EAN: 9780624081432
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RIP Mark Minnie, co-author of The Lost Boys of Bird Island


The Lost Boys of Bird Island

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The Lost Boys of Bird Island: A shocking exposé from within the heart of the NP government by Mark Minnie, Chris Steyn
EAN: 9780624081432
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Die kykNET-Rapport Boekpryse 2018 kortlyste is hier!

Die 2018-benoemdes vir die kykNET-Rapportpryse, wat die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys vir nuwe werk insluit, is pas bekend gemaak. Dit is die grootste en rykste jaarlikse boekpryse in Afrikaans.

Met sy tweede roman, Die derde spoel, bevind die skrywer SJ Naudé hom op die kortlys vir twee pryse – die kykNET-Rapportprys vir romans sowel as die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys vir ’n debuut- of tweede fiksiewerk (romans, novelles en kortverhale).

Die prysgeld is vanjaar verhoog en beloop nou R250 000 elk vir die kykNET-Rapportprys vir romans en niefiksie, R125 000 vir die kykNET-Rapport-filmprys, en R125 000 vir die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys.

“Die verhoogde prysgeld gee welverdiende erkenning aan skrywers in Afrikaans wat die pols van die tydvak meet, dit registreer, en die leser die woorde gee om eie ervarings daaraan te meet en te verstaan,” sê die sameroeper van die kykNET-Rapportpryse, Hettie Scholtz.

Die kortlyste vir 2018 is, in alfabetiese volgorde:

Die derde spoel, SJ Naudé (Umuzi)
Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng, Etienne van Heerden (Tafelberg)
Groen soos die hemel daarbo, Eben Venter (Tafelberg)

Spertyd, Elsa Joubert (Tafelberg)
Geloof alleen, André Pretorius (Naledi)
Op pad: ’n Reisjoernaal, Dana Snyman (Tafelberg)

Blou is nie ’n kleur nie, Carin Krahtz (Tafelberg)
Die laksman se dogter, Gerda Taljaard (Penguin)
Kamikaze, Rudie van Rensburg (Queillerie)

As in die mond, Nicole Jaekel Strauss (Queillerie)
Die derde spoel, SJ Naudé (Umuzi)
Rooi haring, Schalk Schoombie (Human & Rousseau)

Die kortlyste vir die kykNET-Rapportpryse vir die beste Afrikaanse resensie oor Afrikaanse fiksie en niefiksie word binnekort uitgereik.

Die pryswenners word op Saterdagaand 22 September 2018 in Kaapstad bekend gemaak.

Inskrywings vir die kykNET-Rapportprys vir romans het getuig van waagmoed, beleë vakmanskap en besondere kreatiwiteit, sê Hettie Scholtz.

“Die genre van misdaadfiksie groei eksponensieel en is in menige geval geskryf met groot flair, soos Chris Karsten se Koms van die motman, Die laksman se dogter en Rooi haring, en ’n aansienlike mate van tekstuur.

Twee eksperimente met genre het opgeval – Carina Stander se fantasiewêreld in Die bergengel, wat raakpunte met die kontemporêre realiteit vertoon, en Francois Loots se roman Die diepblou see waarin die realistiese verhaal van die geniale Jan Hofmeyr vermeng word met mitologiese elemente. Kleinboer verras op sy beurt met ’n byna hipnotiese vertelling van sy lotto-speletjie met die lewe in Hierdie huis, terwyl Dolf van Niekerk met Kroniek van turf en Cas Wepener met Johanna nader beweeg aan meer aktuele temas soos grondeise en seksuele geweld teen vroue.”

Die niefiksie-inskrywings bevat oorwegend die name van gevestigde skrywers met die uitsondering van Hemelbesem (Simon Witbooi), wat verras met die toevoeging van “’n heerlike proesel Afrikaaps” in sy debuut, God praat Afrikaans, sê Scholtz.

“Wat tendense betref, is dit opvallend dat reis sentraal staan met die fisieke reis wat dikwels die aanloop vorm tot ’n reis na binne. ’n Beduidende aantal skrywers loop die stroewe onderwerp van ouderdom en dood trompop.

“Elsa Joubert doen dit delikaat in Spertyd, Karel Schoeman ontstellend in Die slot van die dag, Kobus Anthonissen christelik in Dansend met die lewe, Anton van Niekerk filosofies in Die dood en die sin van die lewe, en Cas Wepener doen dit na aanleiding van Karel Schoeman se kreatiewe werk in Die reis gaan inwaarts.

Daar is steeds twee skote uit die Boereoorlog – Jan Smuts: Van boerseun tot wêreldverhoog met Kobus du Pisani as hoofredakteur en die Oorlogsmuseum van die Boererepublieke se Die Anglo-Boereoorlog in 100 objekte – wat vermelding verdien, asook samesteller Heilna du Plooy se waardevolle brieweboek Gespreksgenoot, en Oorkant jou, die onderhoudende “verhale uit die binnekamer” deur die gewilde skrywer en psigoterapeut Juliana Coetzer.

Die besonder uiteenlopende aard van dié inskrywings het die keurders te staan gebring voor die uitdaging om ’n balans te vind tussen leesbaarheid én indringendheid, aktualiteit én durendheid, vakmanskap én kreatiewe vindingrykheid, sê Scholtz. “Dit was geen maklike taak nie!”

Soos gewoonlik het die keurders van die filmprys ’n ryk keuse gehad met besonder sterk temas en sprankelende dialoog wat die inskrywings nogeens opgelewer het.

Die inskrywings vir die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys vir debuut- en tweede fiksiewerke was ewe wydlopend en uitdagend, sê keurder Kerneels Breytenbach.

“Benewens die titels op die kortlys het die inskrywings ’n werk ingesluit wat Frans Marx al in 1993 tydens Wits se Winterforum belowe het: Spieëlbeeld. Aan die uitdagende kant was daar Naomi Meyer se indrukwekkende spanningsroman Web oor ’n egpaar met huweliksprobleme, wat dan gekonfronteer word met die probleem van ’n kind wat wegraak.

“Ewe indrukwekkend was Pelgrimshoop, die roman waarmee Ronel Nel ’n opwindende nuwe skrywerskap aangekondig het. Sommige van die skrywers is meer bekend, soos Cas Wepener (Johanna) en Carina Stander (Die bergengel), maar die beoordelaars het ook kennis gemaak met nuwe name en hul werke, waardeur die groeikrag van die Afrikaanse letterkunde beklemtoon word: Rika Cloete, Lloyd Zandberg, Juanita Aggenbag en Coreen Erasmus-Bezuidenhout.”

Die keurders vir die kykNET-Rapportprys vir fiksie was prof. Louise Viljoen van die US, die rolprentvervaardiger Gerrit Schoonhoven, die joernalis en koördineerder van die US Woordfees se boekeprogram Elmari Rautenbach en prof. Steward van Wyk (UWK). By niefiksie het prof. Andries Bezuidenhout (Universiteit van Fort Hare), die skrywer Valda Jansen, prof. Herman Wasserman (UK) en die rolprentvervaardiger Hermann Binge die stiplees gedoen en Tina Kruger van kykNET het die geledere van filmkeurders Gerrit Schoonhoven en Herman Binge versterk. Die keurders vir die Jan Rabie-Rapportprys was die ouduitgewer en skrywer Kerneels Breytenbach, dr. Marni Bonthuys van UWK en Marius Swart van die US.

Die derde spoel

Die derde spoel deur SJ Naudé
EAN: 9781415207475
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Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng

Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng deur Etienne van Heerden
EAN: 9780624080527
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Groen soos die hemel daarbo

Groen soos die hemel daarbo deur Eben Venter
EAN: 9780624082613
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Spertyd deur Elsa Joubert
EAN: 9780624084327
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Geloof alleen

Geloof alleen deur André Pretorius
EAN: 9780928316902
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Op pad

Op pad deur Dana Snyman
EAN: 9780624077176
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Blou is nie 'n kleur nie

Blou is nie ‘n kleur nie deur Carin Krahtz
EAN: 9780624081937
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Die laksman se dogter

Die laksman se dogter deur Gerda Taljaard
EAN: 9781485903666
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Kamikaze deur Rudie van Rensburg
EAN: 9780795801303
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As in die Mond

As in die Mond deur Nicole Jaekel Strauss
EAN: 9780795801358
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Rooi Haring

Rooi Haring deur Schalk Schoombie
EAN: 9780798175654
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