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Watch Part 1 of Evita’s Free Speech for Her Reflection on #FeesMustFall

“It’s Sunday and #FeesHaveFallen (and so did the Springboks!) But you know last week was not history repeating itself.”

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Evita Bezuidenhout, the most famous white woman in South Africa, was inspired by the students who participated in last week’s #FeesMustFall protest and decided to exercise her right to free speech. Every Sunday leading up to the 2016 South African Municipal Elections, she will give a recap of the week’s news in a series of videos entitled Evita’s Free Speech.

“I think the only free thing we really have is free speech and we saw a lot of that in the last few days,” Evita says.

“My three little grandchildren, my born frees (not black, not white, Barack Obama beige), they said to me stop complaining in the kitchen, stop moaning in your letters to the newspapers, nobody listens, nobody reads.” This is why Evita decided to “get onto the internet highway” and share her opinions with the world.

Evita believes that free educations starts at home, and says when her grandchildren protest again, “this time I will march with them”.

Watch part 1 of Evita’s Free Speech video series:

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“’n Ontmoeting met jou eie sterflikheid”: Steve Hofmeyr se Treurgrond draai eersdaags (Video)

Die bekende sanger, akteur en skrywer, Steve Hofmeyr, se jongste rolprent begin op 29 Mei in teaters draai. Treurgrond handel oor die lewe van Lukas van Staden, ‘n boer wat sy plaas en sy familie ten alle koste probeer beskerm, en lewer kommentaar op plaasmoorde in Suid-Afrika.

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Hofmeyr, wat die rol van Van Staden vertolk, het tydens die premiére in Pretoria aan Netwerk24 vertel dat hy ook ‘n snesie by die deur moes neem, want Treurgrond “is ‘n ontmoeting met jou eie sterflikheid”.

Die akteur Richard van der Westhuizen, wat ook in die fliek te sien is, het gesê “plaasmoorde is ‘n brutale en ‘n grusame gemors” en dit blyk nie of iemand bereid is om daaroor te skryf of the praat nie. Shaleen Surtie-Richards het gesê: “Dis tyd dat ons ons bekke toehou en ons ore oopmaak en luister en kyk en sien wat gebeur in ons land.”

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Treurgrond-regisseur Darrell Roodt het aan Charlea Sieberhagen vertel waarom Hofmeyr perfek was vir die rol van Van Staden.

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“Steve het my toegelaat om hom in ’n groter politieke konteks te plaas. En ek dink dit laat jou iets verstaan van die mens agter dit wat nou met Steve aangaan.”

Hy meen mense gaan baie hou van Steve in dié rol.

“Ek dink Steve is ’n ongelooflike mens en Suid-Afrikaner. Hy is ongelooflik in hierdie rol.”

Hofmeyr is die skrywer van onder meer Steve Hofmeyr 50, Laaste dans, Drienie en Kapabel. Treurgrond, geskryf deur Tarryn­-Tanille Prinsloo en vervaardig deur Samuel Frauenstein, ondersoek die impak wat plaasmoorde op die gemeenskap het.

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Dennis Cruywagen by US Woordfees 2015

Brothers in War and PeaceLesers kan solank begin uitsien na die jaarlikse US Woordfees in Stellenbosch wat van 6 tot 15 Maart plaasvind. Dennis Cruywagen verteenwoordig hierdie jaar vir Zebra Press op die program.

In Brothers in War and Peace stel Cruywagen ondersoek in na die lewe en lot van Abraham en Constand Viljoen, twee broers wat onderskeidelik ‘n groot impak op die Suid-Afrikaanse geskiedenis gemaak het.
 

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Brothers in War and Peace
Datum: Woensdag, 11 Maart
Tyd: 12:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
Abraham en Constand Viljoen se lewens het in twee drasties verskillende rigtings gegaan. Een was ‘n diep godsdienstige man wat apartheid teengestaan het; die ander was ‘n man van oorlog wat die hoof van die SAW geword het. Saam het hulle egter ‘n belangrike rol gespeel in die voorkoming van ‘n burgeroorlog in Suid-Afrika. Hermann Gilliomee gesels met Dennis Cruywagen, outeur van hierdie boek oor die Viljoen-tweeling.

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Excerpt from Never Too Naked: Bambi Kellermann: Evita Bezuidenhout’s Younger Sister Bares All

Never Too NakedNever Too Naked: Bambi Kellermann is the fictional autobiography of Evita Bezuidenhout’s younger sister, Bambi Kellermann.

Bambi has lived a life very different to her sister’s. Her marriage to a Nazi took her on a journey through Europe where she rubbed shoulders with The Beatles, Hemingway, Marlene Dietrich and Ava Gardner, among others.

Namibiana Buchdepot has shared an extract from Never Too Naked in which Bambi visits her mother, Ouma Ossewania Kakebenia Poggenpoel, in an old-age home on the West Coast. In the excerpt Ouma Ossewania is paging through an old photo album with the new mayor of a now democratic South Africa and Bambi has to translate her mother’s tales (and profanities) into English for the mayor.

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Ouma Ossewania gave no sign that she recognised me. She indicated that I sit on the other side of the mayor, then pointed at the pages of the photo album and explained in Afrikaans. I translated for the poor man, trapped in this web by the old spider. ‘Those are photos of the leaders of the National Party,’ I said, pointing to the men who had taken us down to hell. The mayor, whom Ma still called Johannes, whistled through his new teeth. ‘Eish!’ he said. ‘Is this what they looked like? So friendly. Like any good baas.’ Was he making fun of me? I glanced at his face for clues, but simply saw a fascination with the men responsible for his suffering. ‘Eish!’ ‘Nee,’ said my mother. ‘Nie Uys nie; Malan. Dr D.F. Malan.’ She then descended into a monologue of contempt, using Afrikaans gems for ‘arsehole’ and ‘old twat’ to describe this icon of apartheid. I found it hard to translate. ‘You don’t understand Afrikaans?’ I whispered to the mayor. ‘Of course I do, but she won’t believe me. Please just translate.’ The next in line was J.G. Strijdom, second prime minister, also known as the Lion of the North. Ma called him a fart and a piece of shit. ‘She says she never liked him either. She says…’ – and I had to think – ‘she says he had no backside.’ I wanted to laugh. The mayor avoided my eyes and bit his lip.

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Uittreksel: ’n Geheim word vir sewentig jaar bewaar in Laaste dans, Drienie deur Steve Hofmeyr

Laaste dans, DrienieNamibiana Buchdepot het ’n uittreksel gedeel uit Laaste dans, Drienie deur Steve Hofmeyr.

Laaste dans, Drienie vertel die verhaal van Drienie en haar verhouding met die Bremer-broers, Jurgen en Dawid. Die roman speel af tussen die hede en die verlede. In die hede ondersoek luitenant Muller Joubert ’n moordsaak en sy hoofverdagte is ’n ou tannie (Drienie) wat al vir sewentig jaar lank ’n groot geheim bewaar.

In hierdie uittreksel ontmoet die leser vir Jurgen, die saggeaarde soldaat en Drienie se ware liefde. Hy is op een van sy Stormjaer-missies, maar hierdie een is anders as om brûe op te blaas. Jurgen leer hoe om ’n geweer te skiet, en sy teiken is generaal Jan Smuts.

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Die gramstorige oom se verskoning was dat die fynstellings van korrelvat verongeluk word deur ‘n moeg diafragma. Jurgen was nie seker wat ‘n diafragma was nie, maar het geraai dat dit iets met die berugte Long-Krag-roer te make het, een wat Skandinawiese vrywilligers destyds aan my oupa geskenk het, waarmee hy daai maanhaar geklits het. Dit was oom Joop se storie en hy het daarby gesweer op sy ma se graf. Toe Jurgen met stampe en stote die laaste trappies uitklim, het Joop hom maak platval en oor die warm sink laat opkruip tot langs hom. “Hemelhert, Jurie. Wil jy hê almal moet jou sien?” – “Nee, oom. Jammer, oom.” Dit was ook die eerste keer dat Jurgen Bremer vir Jan Smuts of enige minister van naby sou sien. Hy was die een oomblik nog opgewonde, toe hy skielik begin wonder of hy dit ook sou kon doen. So aanlê, mik en dan net skiet.

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Zebra Authors at Open Book Festival 2014 (17-21 September)

The 2014 Open Book Festival is being held in Cape Town from Wednesday 17 to Sunday 21 September. Zebra authors to look out for at the festival include Andrew Brown, David Klatzow and Richard Calland.

Devil's HarvestJustice DeniedThe Zuma Years

Wednesday 17 September

Writing to be Read
Venue: Fugard Annexe 2
Price: R40
Time: 6 PM to 7 PM
Andrew Brown, Justin Fox and Fiona Leonard discuss their entertaining, issue driven novels with Diane Awerbuck.

Thursday 18 September

Justice Denied
Venue: Fugard Theatre
Price: R40
Time: 4 PM to 5 PM
Forensic expert David Klatzow tells Richard Calland about the limitations of forensic science.

Friday 19 September

Off the Page
Venue: Fugard Studio
Price: R40
Time: 4 PM to 5 PM
Karina Szczurek asks Andrew Brown, Ekow Duker and Jonny Steinberg about the impact that the content of their books has on them.

Another Great Day at Sea
Venue: Fugard Theatre
Price: R40
Time: 8 PM to 9 PM
Andrew Brown gets the inside story from Geoff Dyer about his latest project.

Sunday 21 September

Raising the Bar with Songezo Zibi
Venue: Fugard Studio
Price: R40
Time: 2 PM to 3 PM
Songezo launches Raising the Bar: Hope and Renewal in South Africa. Richard Calland poses the questions.

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Podcast: Andrew Brown Chats to Nancy Richards About His Political Thriller, Devil’s Harvest

Devil's HarvestAndrew Brown spoke to SAfm‘s Nancy Richards about his political thriller, Devil’s Harvest.

Brown’s latest novel spans the globe, from the halls of Bristol University and London’s secretive MI6 building to the dusty streets of Juba and the refugee camps in war-torn South Sudan, and it exposes the dark truths of the international arms trade and the plight of the world’s newest country.

Listen to the podcast of the discussion in which Brown shares why he felt the need to set the book in South Sudan and what led him to capturing this particular story:

I was fascinated by that – the idea that civil war in Africa can be solved by redefining your colonial boundaries seemed to me to be a very good idea and I went a few months after the new country was born with an idea of a story around that and what I found was the same kind of euphoria that we had here in 1994: nation building, unity, a real sense of a country coming to its feet.

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Podcast: Andrew Brown Explains Why He Decided to Write About South Sudan

Devil's HarvestSue Grant-Marshall spoke to Andrew Brown about his new book, Devil’s Harvest, on her Radio Today show, Reading Matters.

Brown’s Devil’s Harvest is a political thriller set in Bristol and London, as well as the refugee camps in war-torn South Sudan.

Grant-Marshall asked Brown: “Why South Sudan?”

“I get asked, ‘Why not write a book in the Seycelles, or Mauritius or somewhere like that, sit on the beach?’” Brown says. “But the truth is that hard places make good stories.”

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Win Justice Denied by David Klatzow and Finders Weepers by Penny Lorimer


Justice DeniedFinders WeepersRandom House Struik is giving one lucky person the opportunity to win a crime combo of two new books: Justice Denied by David Klatzow and Finders Weepers by Penny Lorimer.

Enter before 31 July to stand a chance of winning, just answer this easy question and fill in your details on the Random House Struik website:


Question: Who wrote Justice Denied?

A. Ed Klatzow
B. David Klatzow
C. David Klein

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Random House Struik Wins 2014 Sunday Times Literary Awards

 
A Rumour of SpringThe Spiral House Random House Struik authors Max du Preez and Claire Robertson were announced as the winners of the 2014 Sunday Times Literary Awards at a gala event held at Summer Place in Johannesburg on Saturday evening.

Robertson won the Fiction Prize for her novel The Spiral House, published by Umuzi, and Du Preez won the Alan Paton Award for his book A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 Years of Democracy, published by Zebra Press.

The Sunday Times Literary Awards, in association with Exclusive Books, mark their 25th anniversary this year. The Alan Paton Award is given for a work of non-fiction that promotes “the illumination of truthfulness, especially those forms of it which are new, delicate, unfashionable and fly in the face of power; compassion; elegance of writing; and intellectual and moral integrity”. The Fiction Prize is given for a “work of rare imagination and style, evocative, textured and a tale so compelling as to become an enduring landmark in contemporary fiction.” Both prizes are worth R75 000.

The Fiction Prize judges called The Spiral House an “astonishingly adept and richly imagined novel, a layered, subtle story that resonates with important ideas about history. We applaud the sensuous quality of the writing and were amazed by its remarkable language.”

Max du Preez’s book was hailed as a “bracing, opinionated read, ‘vintage Max du Preez’. A nuanced and well-crafted work, casting a rigorous critical eye not only on the powers that be, but on ordinary citizens and the writer himself. This is the best of all the reflections on 20 years of democracy published last year.” by the Alan Paton judging panel.

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