New Arrivals 17th to 23rd of October 2013

Bila (V.) & Waller (M.) eds. TIMBILA 7,
227 pp., illus., paperback, Polokwane, 2013. R230
Timbila is a poetry journal which seeks to encourage writing in South Africa in all the official languages. Includes mostly poetry, and the following essays:
"Writing In and Out of Prison" by Tshifhiwa Given Miukwevho
"Interview with Norio Mabasa" by Vonani Bila
"The Withering Reading Tradition: what's to blame - apartheid or trash culture?" by Goodenough Mashego
"Second Best Won't Do - time to reassert African literature on African languages" by Mark Waller
"Recovering African Oral History Through Work Songs" by Alpheus Manghezi.
Brown (R.) A NATIVE OF NOWHERE, the life of Nat Nakasa
216 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R225
A biography of South African journalist and short story writer Nat Nakasa.

Nat Nakasa was born in Durban in 1937. He moved to Johannesburg to work as a journalist on Drum magazine. He was also the first black journalist to work on the Rand Daily Mail. In 1964 he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to study journalism at Harvard College but the apartheid government rejected his passport application. He was forced to leave the country on an exit permit and so could never return. He committed suicide in New York in 1965.

"Ryan Brown has done a wonderful job in presenting us with a sensitive and authentic picture of that time in which Nat Nakasa lived and wrote and of the wrenching choice he faced in having to leave his beloved country and people in order to realise his full potential - a choice that ultimately proved too painful for him to bear. Thank you Ryan for bringing him back to life." Allister Sparks

Ryan Brown is an American journalist and editor.
Hilton-Barber (D.) FOOTPRINTS, on the trail of those who shaped the history of Tzaneen
269 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Durban, 2013. R250
Journalist David Hilton-Barber's history of Tzaneen, a town situated in the foothills of the northern Drakensberg, Limpopo Province. The book covers the historical events that shaped the town, the region's flora and fauna, and the lives of some of the people who spent time living there, including Mamphela Ramphele, Tito Mboweni, Rider Haggard, John Murray and T.V.Bulpin.
255 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R220
A debut novel about a man who returns to the farm of his childhood.

In Afrikaans.
Tshuma (N.R.) SHADOWS,
189 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R245
A novella and a selection of short stories set in contemporary Zimbabwe and Johannesburg by Zimbabwean-born writer Novuyo Rosa Tshuma. Novuyo Tshuma has been awarded a Maytag Fellowship to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Iowa.
van Dis (A.) BETRAYAL,
223 pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, London, 2013. R250
First published in Dutch as "Tikkop" in 2010. Translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke.

A novel about a Dutchman who returns to South Africa after forty years to face his past.

Xaba (M.) RUNNING, & other stories
156 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R160
A collection of short stories by Makhosazana Xaba, author of the two poetry volumes, "These Hands" and "Tongues of Their Mothers".

Makhosazana Xaba is a Writing Fellow at the Wits School of Public Health. In 2005 she won the Deon Hofmeyr Award for Creative Writing for her the unpublished short story, "Running".

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