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Ken Barris’s new short story collection combines everyday events with the surreal

As I walked into my house, I knew something was wrong. There was a smell in the air that I couldn’t identify – and then sound of breaking crockery from the kitchen confirmed it. I walked slowly to the kitchen door. A large male baboon looked up from a slice of bread laid flat on a cutting board, and turned to me. My shock at first prevented me from recognising the object in his left hand. It was a butter knife.

The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions is a collection of new and critically acclaimed short stories by award-winning author Ken Barris. They combine everyday events with the surreal: the title is centered on a dog called Worm; in another, a husband and wife quarrel over a plugless lamp; and in another, a man encounters a speaking baboon in his kitchen.

Lyrical and humorous, these stories concretise the human condition via the author’s characteristically unfettered style.

Ken Barris has won various literary awards, including the UJ Prize, the M-Net Book Prize and the Ingrid Jonker Prize. He has been short-listed for the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book in Africa, and twice for the Caine Prize. His previous novels What Kind of Child (2006) and Life Underwater (2012) were published by Kwela. He lives in Cape Town.

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Discover a taste of Central and South American food with A Bite of Latin America

Join Susie Chatz-Anderson on a culinary journey through Central and South America, discovering real Latin American food and recipes.

Her passion for the region and its food infuses each of these delicious recipes. Packed with anecdotes and magnificent pictures, this book offers practical guidance to help you recreate the magic of these meals at home.

The subtle layering of flavour and use of authentic techniques make for scrumptious food, adapted for South Africa.

Susie believes in good food and living a good life. She took a year off to travel through Mexico and South America in a quest for the best taste experiences. Discover these for yourself with A Bite of Latin America.

Susie Chatz-Anderson’s passions are good food and living a good life. She constantly goes on trips around the world, discovering new taste experiences. She and her husband took one year off from the corporate world, travelling through Mexico and South-America, searching for the best dishes and eating experiences.

“The origin of this book really lies in two things: my complete love of good food, and a decision taken by my husband and I – after many years of ‘normal’ life – to resign from our serious offices jobs, put all our earthly possessions into storage and buy two tickets to travel the world for one year… starting in Mexico.” – Susie ChatzAnderson


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Bite of Latin America

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AWS vier 100ste bestaansjaar met googleloer, hommeltuig en poenankies

Die elfde uitgawe van die Afrikaanse woordelys en spelreëls (AWS) word op 3 Augustus 2017 bekendgestel – 100 jaar nadat Afrikaans vir die eerste keer amptelik met dié standaardnaslaanbron vir spelling en skryfwyse bereël is.

Die 2017-uitgawe, saamgestel deur die Taalkommissie van die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns en uitgegee deur NB-Uitgewers onder die Pharos-druknaam, is omvattend herbewerk en sluit talle nuwe woorde in wat die tydsgees en breër Afrikaanse taalgemeenskap weerspieël. Reëls is ook verander en vereenvoudig om Afrikaanse spelling en skryfwyse meer sistematies en dus makliker vir gebruikers te maak.

“Afrikaans is ’n dinamiese taal wat deurlopend ontwikkel en die jongste AWS is ’n opwindende, lewende bewys hiervan,” sê prof. Gerhard van Huyssteen, voorsitter van die Taalkommissie.

Onder die nuwe toevoegings tot die 2017-AWS tel woorde wat te make het met tegnologiese ontwikkelinge, soos googleloer, hommeltuig, meem, warsender, antispioenware, selfie en skermgreep; woorde wat ontwikkelinge in die samelewing sedert die verskyning van die vorige AWS agt jaar gelede weerspieël, soos bewarea, BRICS-land of Bricsland, bystanddood en hidrobreking; en leenwoorde of nuutskeppings waarvoor daar nie Afrikaanse woorde is nie, soos brownie, Chanoeka, muffin, nurk (die geluid wat seekoeie maak), venue en flop. Heelwat nuwe woorde uit Afrikaans se gebruiksvariëteite soos Kaapse Afrikaans en Oranjerivierafrikaans is ook opgeneem, byvoorbeeld antie, dhaltjie, gangster en poenankies (oulik).

Wat spelling en skryfwyse betref, is reëls wat verander onder meer dat afstandsamestellings voortaan slegs mét ’n koppelteken geskryf word (hoof- uitvoerende beampte, reuse- politieke vergadering), en dat die integriteit van multiwoordeiename in samestellings en afleidings behou word (Derde Wêreldse in plaas van Derdewêreldse; Konstitusionele Hof-regter of Konstitusionele Hofregter in plaas van Konstitusionelehofregter).

Nuwighede sluit in ’n hoofstuk oor leestekengebruik in Afrikaans, die bereëling van trappe van vergelyking, ’n lys Oosterse plekname, landname met geldeenhede en ISO-kodes, en die Afrikaanse name van elemente in die periodieke tabel. Skryfhulp word ook nou vir die SI-stelsel verskaf.

Volledig digitaal
Die nuwe AWS is volledig omgeskakel in digitale formaat, met behulp van Pharos Woordeboeke, Tswane DJe en die Sentrum vir Tekstegnologie (CTexT) van die Noordwes-Universiteit.

“Die eerste AWS se loopwêreld was ene van pen en papier – ’n dun boekie wat wou wys dat Afrikaans nie net gepraat word nie, maar ook geskryf kan word. Honderd jaar later is die AWS ’n kenteken van Afrikaans se lewenskragtigheid in ’n digitale wêreld – ’n dikke boek wat ook aanlyn beskikbaar is vir ’n ieder en elk wat Afrikaans wil skryf,” sê prof. Van Huyssteen.

Van 1917 tot 2017

Dit is eintlik verstommend hoe stabiel die Afrikaanse spelling- en skryfsisteem oor honderd jaar gebly het, sê prof. Van Huyssteen. Die belangrikste twee verskille tussen die 1917- en 2017-AWS is dat die y in 1917 nog dikwels as ij geskryf is (byvoorbeeld afwijs in plaas van afwys; agterrijer in plaas van agterryer), en dat die slot-w intussen weggeval het (byvoorbeeld afskuw in plaas van afsku; blouw in plaas van blou).
Natuurlik het die AWS ook aansienlik uitgebrei. Die 1917-AWS, wat deur onder meer Jan FE Celliers, Totius en CJ Langenhoven saamgestel is, het 196 bladsy beslaan, teenoor die 800 bladsye van die 2017-AWS.

Dubbele viering
Met die uitgee van die elfde AWS sit NB-Uitgewers ’n tradisie voort wat terugstrek na die druk van die eerste AWS in Bloemfontein deur Naspers in 1917.

“Dit is vir NB-Uitgewers ’n enorme plesier en eer om die nuwe uitgawe van die Afrikaanse woordelys en spelreëls onder die Pharos-druknaam uit te gee in die jaar wat dié gesaghebbende taalbron sy eeufees vier. Dit val ook per gelukkige toeval saam met die eeufeesviering van boekuitgewery binne die groter Naspers-stal,” sê Eloise Wessels, uitvoerende hoof van NB-Uitgewers en Media24 Boeke.

Liefdestaak
Die nege lede van die huidige Taalkommissie, akademici sowel as taalpraktisyns, het sedert 2009 meer as 700 uur slegs aan gesamentlike vergaderings bestee om die AWS op te dateer – sonder enige vergoeding.

“Hierdie uitgawe van die AWS is ’n eerbetoon aan die tientalle taalkenners wat oor ’n tydperk van ’n eeu as lede van opvolgende Taalkommissies ’n vaste plek aan Afrikaans gegee het,” sê dr. Dioné Prinsloo, uitvoerende hoof van die SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns. “Die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns is dank verskuldig aan almal wat hul tyd en kennis tot voordeel van Afrikaans aangewend het.”
 
 

Afrikaanse Woordelys en Spelreëls (2017)

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“Meer se verhaal van moed, ontbering en vasberadenheid is inspirerend,” skryf Theunis Engelbrecht

Theunis Engelbrecht het onlangs Fatima Meer se lewensverhaal, Memories of Love and Struggle, vir verskeie plaaslike boekeblaaie geresenseer.

Dié boek is aanvanklik as ‘n outobiografie geskryf, maar Meer het gesterf voor dit gepubliseer is; haar dogter, Shamim, het dit voltooi.

Engelbrecht beskryf Memories of Love and Struggle as ‘n “pragtige” boek, wat boonop mens ‘n groter insig gee in die rol wat Indiërs in Suid-Afrika gespeel het.

Hy voeg ook by dat Meer se verhaal van moed, ontbering en vasberadenheid inspirerend is, en ‘n “eg menslike verhaal van ‘n persoonlike lewe vol hoogte- en laagtepunte” is.

Lees Engelbrecht se volledige resensie hier: Fatima Meer – Rapport Weekliks – 30 April 2017 (1)
 
 

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Forthcoming book on the De Zalze murders contains all the elements of an uncanny murder mystery


Tafelberg is soon to publish an explosive new book about the Van Breda axe murders.

The De Zalze Murders: The Story Behind the Brutal Axe Attack by award-winning investigative journalist Julian Jansen includes insider accounts of the Van Breda family and others. Jansen was one of the first journalists on the scene, where Martin, Teresa and Rudi van Breda were brutally murdered in their De Zalze home in Stellenbosch in January 2015. Since then, Jansen has followed the case closely, reporting on it for City Press and Rapport.

Jansen, who has been worked as a journalist for the two newspapers for more than a decade, says that when he reached the scene he immediately realised this was not a straight-forward murder case.

‘It contains all the elements of an uncanny murder story. It is highly unusual for three out of five family members to be killed in a single night within the safety of a well-known security complex – especially with an axe. The story really grabbed me at the heart. It just wouldn’t let me go. I realised it would take a lot of investigative work to get to the truth but I had no choice, especially as I know many of the role players as I grew up in the area.’

The trial is currently under way in the Cape Town High Court. Henri has pleaded not guilty on all charges against him. In his plea explanation he claimed the family was attacked by a burglar wearing a balaclava and dark clothing. Henri says the ‘laughing’ murderer attacked the family with an axe but he managed to wrestle it from his hands.

Henri’s younger sister, Marli, also survived the attack but because of a brain injury she cannot remember anything about that fatal night. It is now up to Henri – the only survivor who knows what truly happened – to prove his innocence in court.

In his search for answers, Jansen has interviewed family members, friends of the Van Breda family and others with insider knowledge of the case. The De Zalze Murders contains many revelations while exploring the human side of the tragedy. Could the Van Bredas’ own child have wielded the axe?

The book by Tafelberg, which is an imprint of NB Publishers, will be available in English and Afrikaans.

Bibi Slippers en John Miles met 2017 UJ-pryse bekroon

Die Departement Afrikaans aan die Universiteit van Johannesburg het onlangs die wenners van die 2017 UJ-pryse bekend maak.

Die UJ-pryse word jaarliks in twee kategorieë in afsonderlike genres toegeken: die UJ-debuutprys vir die beste kreatiewe debuut in Afrikaans, en die UJ-prys vir die beste kreatiewe teks in Afrikaans.

Van die 68 titels wat vanjaar ingeskryf het, was 16 debute.

Gevestigde, bekroonde skrywers, digters, kortverhaalskrywers en romansiers het ook hulle tekste vir dié gesogte prys ingestuur.

Die wenner van die 2017 UJ-debuutprys is Bibi Slippers, vir haar digbundel Fotostaatmasjien.

Die wenner van die 2017 UJ-prys, is John Miles vir sy agtste roman, Op ’n dag, ’n hond.

Geluk, Bibi en John!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fotostaatmasjien

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Op 'n dag, 'n hond

New picture book by the author of Ben and the Whales a one-of-a-kind look at a child’s awareness of language and reading

Ingrid Mennen’s Ink is a picture book exploring a child’s growing awareness of language, books and reading.

The little girl Tinka becomes aware of words, language and writing. She names her family members one by one: her mum, her dad, her little brother Slip, sister Rosie and baby Jas. She draws a paper doll resembling a girl like herself on a sheet of newsprint. The paper doll is named “Ink”. With her body filled with words, Ink is the perfect companion for Tinka.

Tinka introduces her new friend to all her favourite story books, because, “A book is like a friend, with the best stories to tell”.

Thought-provoking and captivating, this picture book will appeal to young readers 4+, while adult readers will find pleasure in the simple, yet sensitive illustrations.

About the author:

Ingrid Mennen is an author of picture books including One Round Moon and a Star For Me (illustrated by Niki Daly) and Ben and the Whales. Ingrid lives in Newlands, Cape Town, with her husband. They have three grown-up children. Ink is her second book in collaboration with Irene, her eldest daughter, as illustrator.

Irene Berg is the eldest daughter of author Ingrid Mennen. She studied music in Stellenbosch and Frankfurt am Main and now she works in Germany as a musician and teacher and lives close to the Rhine with her husband, a violinist. Mother and daughter worked together on Ben and the Whales in 2012. Ink is their second book together.

Ink

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Erns Grundling bekroon met ’n WOORDtroFEE

Die bekroonde Weg-joernalis Erns Grundling het onlangs’n US Woordfees WOORDtroFEE ontvang.

Grundlingh het dié trofee ontvang vir sy boek, Elders, wat vanjaar die topverkoper in die WOORDtroFEE’s se Leefstylkategorie was.

Elders handel oor Grundling se Campino staptog waartydens hy 1 025 km gestap het.

Geluk, Erns!

Elders

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Tony Jackman’s foodSTUFF: cookbook as memoir, or memoir as cookbook?


The cookbook as memoir, or memoir as cookbook? With foodSTUFF, maverick food writer Tony Jackman presents us with a refreshingly original take on life and food.

foodSTUFF is Tony Jackman’s refreshingly view of life and the food that goes with it. He relates every heartache, every joy, and does not shy away from imparting the pain of loss of a family member or his troubled relationship with his father. The stories of his journey towards adulthood are counterbalanced by rich tales from his life. foodSTUFF has many meaty recipes, spicy poultry dishes, some of Jackman’s eccentric signature dishes, and desserts he likes to spoil his friends with.

Jackman, known in particular for his article Sliced & Diced in the Weekend Argus, invites you into his world, from humble beginnings in an English working-class family to an illustrious career as an unapologetically eccentric South African foodie, playwright and author.

foodSTUFF tosses together tales from a rich, nomadic life with masses of meaty recipes (Obies oxtail potjie, beef fillet with melted French Brie, parsley-crusted rack of lamb); spicy poultry dishes (tamarind duck curry, chicken coconut curry); a handful of signature dishes (spanspek soup, bacon-and-beer braai bread); and the desserts with which Jackman likes to spoil his friends (the chocolatiest chocolate tart ever, lemon syrup cake, pears in Chardonnay Pinot Noir with a Parmesan wafer).

Buon appetito…

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Book launch: Bending the Rules by Rafique Gangat

Kwela Books and Love Books invite you to the launch of Bending the Rules by Rafique Gangat. Tim Cohen, editor of Business Day, will be in conversation with the author.

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  • Date: Tuesday, 16 May 2017
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Love Books, The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Tim Cohen
  • RSVP: kate@lovebooks.co.za, 011 726 7408

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