Book I've just finished in the pic is The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Nothing to do with this blog except that it is a beautiful pic I thought and I loved the book. One of last few powerful phrases in it : I AM ALIVE
Writing this while sitting alone at a designated table set up in front of the new Exclusive Books store at the V&A Waterfront with a poster advertising that I will be signing books, like a mirror behind me. Sanitiser and a bottle of water to my left, books – both Afrikaans and English - in… Continue reading Normal people. And some reflections on a Sunday book signing by an ordinary writer.
Windhoek 1972: Remmy, Habababa, Sophie, Rocky and me. First day of school at Holy Cross Convent with traditonal Zuckertute in hand.
Leaving George - via Langenhoven Street of course and over the majestic Swartberg Pass to Oudtshoorn. A book talk hosted by the wonderful Cape Karoo Ostrich Emporium: interviewed by the charming Cyril and meeting wonderful new readers. Onwards through the majestic Meiringspoort and a quick stop at Herrie's Klip. The road to Richmond. Watching the… Continue reading a short book tour in pictures
I’ve been bothered by something since last week. Actually, I’ve been a little bothered for some time now. Being a writer who makes sense of the world by grouping words on a page means that I have to do this thing – even if it’s hard and I would rather be swimming in cold water… Continue reading still SEARCHING FOR SARAH’s son
The Good Book Appreciation Society (GBAS), one of the best Facebook community groups has launched a BOOK COVER AWARD in the categories fiction and non- fiction. I was so delighted to see the final cover of SEARCHING FOR SARAH: the woman who loved Langenhoven when the publishers revealed their choice before publication in April this… Continue reading GBAS Book Cover Design Awards 2021
(This was a review I posted on Facebook's Good Books Appreciation Society Page) DISCLAIMER: I received the book as a giveaway on this Facebook group and was intrigued though not really surprised by the few people who expressed an interest in a giveaway copy. One expressed the sentiment that a book by a 'minor pale… Continue reading Book Review: Tony Leon: FUTURE TENSE: Reflections on my troubled land
Six faces appeared on screen on Friday to Zoom into one of our writer’s Masterclass sessions with Mike Nicol. Some more would be zooming in on Sunday to discuss their writing projects, both fiction and non-fiction. ‘So, how are you all doing? he starts. ‘Any issues, questions?’ I took the gap and jumped in fairly… Continue reading WHY WRITERS WRITE
Before I finally met Wanda, I had been aware of her creator (Lynn Joffe) making noises from the side lines. I’d heard the piercing questions at author events, seen her around and about (online) and somehow – unwittingly - got to even read a short sample of what must have been an early Wanda on… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The GOSPEL according to Wanda B. Lazarus- Lynn Joffe
Here’s a funny thing: if someone had told me they’d read a book called Death and the After Parties and recommended that I read it I would have said, not a chance! There’re so many things I want to read about and death is not one of them. Not now. Shall I tell you why?… Continue reading BOOK TALK: Death & the After Parties- JOANNE HICHENS and Upcoming Interview with Author