New Arrivals 19th to 25th of December 2017

Chikane (F.) EIGHT DAYS IN SEPTEMBER, the removal of Thabo Mbeki
271 pp., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2012) 2017. R175
In 2008, as Secretary of the Cabinet and Director-General of the Presidency, Frank Chikane was directly responsible for managing the transition from Thabo Mbeki to Kgalema Motlanthe to Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa. This is his behind-the-scenes account of the eight-day period in September that led to the removal of Mbeki from office. The book builds on the "Chikane Files", a series of controversial articles Chikane published with Independent Newspapers in July 2010, in which he provided an insider's perspective on this period and explored Mbeki's legacy.

Frank Chikane's former appointments include Deputy President of the United Democratic Front, member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress, commissioner of the Independent Electoral Commission, and General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. He is currently pastor of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa (AFM) in Soweto, the president of AFM International, and the visiting adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Public & Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand. He also consults with companies that do business on the African continent.
Fredericks (J.) SKOLLIE, one man's struggle to survive by telling stories
251pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R250
John Fredericks grew up in a township on the Cape Flats, formed a gang with his friends, and at the age of seventeen was sentenced to two years in Pollsmoor prison for robbery. There he learnt to survive by telling stories. Later, he learnt scriptwriting and has written a number of film scripts, including the award-winning "Noem My Skollie".
Gerhart (G.) et al FROM PROTEST TO CHALLENGE, a documentary history of African politics in South Africa, 1882-1990, volume 4, political profiles, 1882-1990
649pp., illus., paperback, Second Edition, Johannesburg, 2017. R475
The second edition of fourth volume of the multivolume documentary history of the struggle to end racial discrimination and achieve democracy in South Africa is revised and updated by Gail Gerhart, with Teresa Barnes, Antony Bugg-Levine, Thomas Karis and Nimrod Mkele. The series begins in 1882 and combines narrative with a wealth of primary source materials.

"Readers familiar with the first edition of Volume 4, published in 1977, may notice that some of the early figures included there have been dropped to make space here for people whose political activities in the 1970s and 1980s made them historically significant" from the preface

"[A] feat of such distinction that it is hard to call to mind a single parallel or precendent." Julius Lewin, TLS

Gail Gerhart has taught political science at the University of Nairobi, the University of Botswana, the American University of Cairo, Columbia University, and the University of the Witwatersrand, where she was a Fulbright Visiting Professor in 1994. She is the author of "Black Power in South Africa: the evolution of an ideology" and co-author, with Thomas Karis, of volumes 3-5 of "From Protest to Challenge". She is the editor of the second edition of the series.
Judge (M.) BLACKWASHING HOMOPHOBIA, violence and the politics of sexuality, gender and race
158pp., paperback, London & New York, 2018. R340
"In this remarkable book, Melanie Judge traces the contours of violence directed at queer people in post-apartheid South Africa, and its implications for the formation of subjectivities. She shows how homophobic violence constitutes race, class and sexual identities simultaneously and multiply. Violence has devastating consequences, particularly for black lesbian women, but it also produces resistances. Judge explores these through fine-grained interviews and superb analysis. This is an assured and well-researched text by an academic who is also a leading activist for queer rights." Shireen Hassim, Professor of Politics, University of the Witwatersrand

"Melanie Judge's 'Blackwashing Homophobia' is a brilliant intervention into the multivalent contradictions surrounding South Africa's Constitution as a model for LGBTQI equality and the continued societal and private violence against sexual minorities, especially Black Lesbians. Animated by interviews, as well as trenchant analysis of law, media, theory, psychology, and culture, Melanie Judge refutes simplistic explanations about race, Black culture, and African sexuality, in favour of a nuanced exploration of the many complexities of how violence operates. Judge offers a must-read sophisticated leap forward for understandings of anti-LGBTQI violence in South Africa and throughout the world, providing hope for truly radical racial, sexual, and gendered liberation." Ruthann Robson, Professor of Law and University Distinguished Professor, City University of New York

Melanie Judge is a queer and feminist activist, Adjunct Associate Professor and research associate at the Centre for Law and Society, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town.
Kreamer (C.) AFRICAN COSMOS, stellar arts
368pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, New York, 2012. R900
Published to accompany the exhibition, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 2012.

Presents African works of art from ancient times to the present, accompanied by a collection of essays, to consider creativity and artistic practice in Africa as it is linked to celestial bodies and atmospheric phenomena.

Contributions include:
"Chasing Light", Marcus Neustetter interviewed by Erin L. Haney
"Cosmic Threads: children of the stars and other projects" by Willem Boshoff
"The Cosmos and Africa: balancing data and the poetics of knowledge" by Karel Nel
"'Cosmic Africa': African cultural astronomy and the research behind the film" by Anne Rogers
"Earth, Sky. Ancestors: building the world in nineteenth-century Madagascar" by Randall Bird
"Bridging Science and Culture: astronomy in Africa" by Thebe Rodney Medupe.

Christine Mullen Kreamer is Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Malan (J.) DIE STRANDING VAN DIE VOC-SKIP "SCHOONENBERG", waarheid en verdigsel, Struisbaai 1722
161pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R275
The "Schonenberg" was a Dutch East Indiaman built in 1717 at the Amsterdam yard for the Amsterdam Chamber of the Dutch East India Company. She was on a homeward-bound voyage from Batavia when she wrecked at Cape Agulhas on 21st November 1722.

Jan Malan was head of the Institute for Maritime Technology in Simonstown. Now retired, he lives in Bredasdorp.
Mqwebu (N.) THROUGH THE EYES OF AN AFRICAN CHEF, with a foreword by Darina Allen, Ballymaloe Cookery School
160pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2017. R490
Nompumelelo Mqwebu is the founder of the Mzansi International Culinary Festival and owner of Africa Meets Europe Cuisine. Her recipes are inspired by traditional South African food.
Styan (J-B.) HEARTBREAKER, Christiaan Barnard and the first heart transplant
292pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R240
A biography of Christiaan Barnard, the South African heart surgeon who, together with his medical team, performed the first successful human heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town in 1967.

James-Brent Styan is also the author of "Blackout: the Eskom crisis".
278pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (1994) 2016. R160
An autobiography by AnnMarie Wolpe.

AnnMarie Wolpe married lawyer Harold Wolpe in 1955. When he was arrested, together with other ANC leaders, in Rivonia in July 1963, she smuggled a saw and files to him in prison and helped him and three others escape. Later she and their three children joined him in London. She taught at Middlesex Polytechnic from 1974-1991. They returned to South Africa in 1991 and lived in Cape Town, where she worked as a senior researcher at the University Western Cape. Harold Wolpe died in 1996. She died in 2018.

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