Books

African Libraries That Adapt Can Take The Continent’s Knowledge To The World

South African librarians were shocked in 2013 when one of the top researchers at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology claimed that he no longer needed the library to do his research.Professor Johannes Cronje’s paper echoed an incr...

Joburg Post·over 3 years ago

Elena Ferrante: A Vanishing Author And The Question Of Posthuman Identity

Does it matter who we really are? It definitely does in the eye of the law or if we are in a line of work in which our identity is crucial to perform our job correctly. For example, if we say that we can fly an aeroplane and we are subse...

Joburg Post·over 3 years ago

A Canonical Township Tale

Mbe Mbhele is a Law graduate from Wits University, an all-around artist and author of an anthology of short stories branded Crazy Father and Other Very Short Lies. The latter was published in 2016 amid great interest in the heat of count...

Katlego Mereko·over 3 years ago

Books Are Delightful As They Are – Don’t Fall In The Trap Of Competitive Reading

My happiest times in childhood were spent reading the books of E. Nesbit, C.S. Lewis and Joan Aiken. Preferring to read in hidden corners where nobody could find me, I immersed myself completely in these stories and believed utterly in t...

Joburg Post·over 3 years ago

I Looked At 100 Best-Selling Picture Books: Female Protagonists Were Largely Invisible

In recent years, there has been a surge in “female empowerment” stories in the Australian picture book market. This long-overdue movement was largely inspired by the success of the crowdfunded book Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, spaw...

Joburg Post·over 3 years ago

The Most influential American Author of Her Generation, Toni Morrison’s Writing Was Radically Ambiguous

Toni Morrison, who has died aged 88, was the most influential and studied American author of her generation. Born as Chloe Wofford in Ohio in 1931, she graduated in 1953 with a B.A. in English from Howard University, a historically black...

Paul Giles·over 3 years ago

Things Fall Apart: A Chronicle of Cultural Collision

Chinua Achebe’s debut novel is the most widely read among modern African literature. It has been translated in over 50 languages and has been accessed on a global scale. It is a fictional precolonial account of Igbo life and reads as a b...

Katlego Mereko·over 3 years ago

Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s The River Between: A Review

The River Between is a novel by Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o and was published in 1965 as part of the African Writers Series which included other influential African authors. It is of a story set in Kenya at the dawn of colonisation a...

Katlego Mereko·over 3 years ago

The White People Who Spied During Apartheid

In his new book, “Betrayal: The Secret Lives of Apartheid Spies”, award-winning journalist Jonathan Ancer explores why it is that spies spy. This interest, and this book, follow on the publication in 2017 of his acclaimed book, Spy. Unco...

Peter Vale·over 3 years ago

Miss SA 2016 Ntandoyenkosi Kunene and Academia Thokozane Doysini,launch new Childrens book

The Former Miss South Africa Ntandoyenkosi Kunene has teamed up with PhD candidate and Lecturer Thokozane Dyosini. Together they co-authored a children’s novel titled; Cory in the Universe. The book was launched virtually in September ...

Phumzile Mavimbela·over 2 years ago