New Arrivals 16th to 22nd of May 2019

THE SOL PLAATJE EUROPEAN UNION POETRY ANTHOLOGY, volume VIII, selected by Rustum Kozain, Goodenough Mashego, Pieter Odendaal, Makhosazana Xaba, Mongane Wally Serote
230pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R195
Poems entered for the annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award competition.

Foreword by Wally Serote.

The three shortlisted poems are Lufuno A Si Tserere by Mushayathoni Nwovhe, Mina Ngiyadideka by Albert Sipho Ntombela and Obab’ Abangebaba by Bukelani Mmelly Shangase. All the poems are accompanied by English translations.
Chigwata (T.), de Visser (J.) & Kaywood (L.) eds. THE JOURNEY TO TRANSFORM LOCAL GOVERNMENT,
249pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R460
Focuses on the challenges and opportunities facing municipalities in South Africa as they seek to deliver developmental local government.
Mgqolozana (T.) A MAN WHO IS NOT A MAN,
216pp., paperback, New Edition, Cape Town, (2009) 2018. R200
Includes a new foreword by Pumla Dineo Gqola.

A novel about a 'survivor of septic circumcision'.

"...in the decade since Thando Mgqolozana's A Man Who is Not a Man first appeared, masculinity and manhood have been integral to how we understand gender. This is a novel about the uncertainties and rewards of questioning manhood. Its author insists that we think about beauty, joy, difficulty and pain as inseparable. It is and is not really a novel about ulwaluko." Pumla Dineo Gqola, from her foreword

"That Mgqolozana can write is evident; but that he can write with pointed humour and a strong sense of place, hint at complex internal contradictions while presenting a weighty mix of Exhibit As - young love and campus sexuality, morality and religion; the clash and co-existence of varied belief systems and social trends - is testimony to a writer who, only in his early 30s, commands a powerful mix of narrative powers and delightful attention to detail." Nthikeng Mohlele, author of Pleasure and Michael K

Thando Mgqolozana was born in Cape Town and raised in the Ciskei. His novels include Hear Me Alone and Unimportance, and he co-wrote the screenplay Inxeba: the wound. He received a Mandela Rhodes Scholarship and was named one of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans.
Moffett (H.), Abdulmelik (N.) & Owino (O.) eds. ID, new short fiction from Africa, Short Story Day Africa, 2018
303pp., paperback, No Place, 2018. R260
Co-published in the UK.

A collection of short stories on the theme of identity selected for publication by Short Story Day Africa 2017. The winning entry was All Our Lives by Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor (Nigeria).
Reynolds (J.) SPOEKIE, vertaal deur André Trantraal
144pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Pretoria, 2019. R195
Originally published in the USA in English in 2017 as Ghost. Translated into Kaaps, a dialect of Afrikaans spoken in the Western Cape.

The story of a boy growing up in a poor neighbourhood surrounded by gang violence and crime. When his natural athletic talent is recognised by a coach he has to decide if he can change his lifestyle in order to realise his potential.
Scott (D.), Davies (H.) & New (M.) eds. MAINSTREAMING CLIMATE CHANGE IN URBAN DEVELOPMENT, lessons from Cape Town
248pp., illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R385
Presents initiatives at local government level and records the progress made and challenges faced in mainstreaming climate change into urban policies, processes, programmes and practices.

"The book represents a new framework for analysing climate change mainstreaming, but also examines the enactment of different forms of governance to manage climate and urban development." Arabella Fraser, The Open University

Dianne Scott is Associate Professor at the African Centre of Cities and Senior Social Science Researcher in the FRACTAL Research Programme in the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town.
Helen Davies is the Chief Director of the Green Economy at the Western Cape Government.
Mark New is Director of the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town and Professor of International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK.
van der Walt (H.) ARE YOU TWO SISTERS?, a memoir
127pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, Cape Town, 2019. R200
Originally published in Afrikaans in 2017. Translated into English by Suenel Bruwer-Holloway.

"It's a story of a terrible time. A testimony to the power of the human spirit, even in a weak, sickly body, and in the love that overcomes all. It's full of fine observation and humour. It's simply a lovely little book; it was as if there had always been a gap in me waiting to be filled with the knowledge of two brave women who, without fuss, unmoved, followed their hearts, kept their principles and did what their hands found to do to relieve others' suffering." Deborah Steinmair, LitNet

A memoir by poet and author Hester van der Walt focusing on her 50 year relationship with her partner, Lies Hoogendoorn. Hester van der Walt lives in McGregor and is the author of "Hester se Brood", published in English as "Hester's Book of Bread".

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