Book Review: Agaat by Marlene Van Niekerk (South Africa)

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson At the beginning of this epic novel, seventy-year-old Milla de Wet is confined to her bed. Once the strong and competent owner of a successful farm inherited from her mother, Milla suffers from A.L.S. and now is left with only the ability to blink her eyes and, after a while, not even that. Milla is entirely dependent on …

Myth and Memory in South Africa: David Schmahmann’s Ivory from Paradise

In Author Interview by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The year 2011 marks the end of a busy decade for Boston-based novelist David Schmahmann. It was a period that he spent thinking, exploring and writing a great deal about his birthplace…South Africa. The decade was bookended by the publication of two seminal books about the country: 2001’s John Gardner Book Award-winning Empire Settings, a drama about the relationship …

2011 Cape Town Book Fair Canceled

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Organizers of the Cape Town Book Fair (CTBF) announced today that the fair will not take place in 2011. However, the fair is scheduled to relaunch in 2012 to coincide with the scheduled IPA Congress in Cape Town. Claudia Kaiser, the director of the CTBF and VP of Business Development for the Frankfurt Book Fair released the …

Book Review: In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

Review by Gwendolyn Dawson In South African writer Damon Galgut’s latest novel, which is shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Man Booker Prize, the narrator (also named Damon) describes three different journeys he took as a younger man, one where he filled the role of the follower, one the lover, and one the guardian. Although each trip is distinct, involving different …

Can One Book Fair Serve All of Africa?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead article looks at the upcoming Cape Town Book Fair. Over the years, the CTBF has been viewed by many as a possible replacement for the Zimbabwe Book Fair which was long held to be the main conduit for international publishing to interact with the pan-African book market. Cape Town has done an admirable job in …

Africa United: Steve Bloomfield on Politics and the World Cup

In Book Review by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats Steve Bloomfield is a British journalist who has lived in Nairobi, Kenya since 2006. He was a former African correspondent for The Independent and now writes for different publications including Monocle, Newsweek and The Observer. His first book, Africa United, published in June by Harper Collins, gives a picture of modern Africa by telling the story of …

Changing the World One Magazine at a Time

In Digital by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury LONDON: One of the highlights of the final day of the London Book Fair, which closed yesterday, was the giving of the UK Young Publishing Entrepreneur Award. This year, Gavin Weale, 32, of LIVE Futures picked up the £5,000 prize for his work with young people, and his idea to begin publishing a magazine with Langa township in …

LBF Message to South Africans Marooned at Home

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Here is a quick hello to everyone who could not make it to the London Book Fair this year from Alistair Burtenshaw (Director of the London Book Fair), Susie Nicklin (Director of Literature at the British Council) and Amy Webster (International Key Accounts Manager at the London Book Fair). httpv://