New Arrivals 11th to 17th of July 2019

THE HEART OF THE MATTER, the Gerald Kraak anthology, African perspectives on gender, social justice and sexuality
188pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R240
A collection of the short-listed entries to the anthology and award named after anti-apartheid activist Gerald Kraak (1956-2014). The Gerald Kraak Award is a joint initiative between The Other Foundation and the Jacana Literary Foundation.

Introduction by Sisonke Msimang.

Includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry from across Africa by allies of the LGBTQI+ community. The 2019 winner was OluTimehin Adegbeye (Nigeria) for her essay "Mothers and Men".
Bekker (J-A.) ASLEEP, AWAKE, ASLEEP, stories
143pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R200
"An abundance of vivid, intelligent, exciting pieces in which a woman tells herself the story of a life." Claire Robertson, author of Under Glass

"In a dazzling coil of interlinked tales Bekker mines the loaded seam between what we witness of the historical world amassing around us and what we internalise of that history into our remarkably unremarkable lives." Sarah Blackman, author of Hex

Jo-Ann Bekker was born in East London and lives in Knysna. She worked as a newspaper reporter for many years.
Cane (J.) CIVILISING GRASS, the art of the lawn on the South African Highveld
233pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R450
"This lively, witty text explores the history and meaning of the lawn, social and cultural expressions of land ownership, and such value-laden notions as race and respectability." Ivan Vladislavic, author of The Distance and Double Negative

"An audacious account of the 'banal brutality' of colonial and apartheid lawn subjects and subjectivities in South Africa. Writing against the lawn's archival grain of heteropatriarchy, the author reveals multiple visual and textual landscapes of power, labour, and longings for green." Pamila Gupta, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) and author of Portuguese Decolonization in the Indian Ocean World

Jonathan Cane is an art historian at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Chance (K.) LIVING POLITICS IN SOUTH AFRICA'S URBAN SHACKLANDS,
184pp., illus., maps, paperback, Chicago & London, 2018. R680
"Tracking everyday practices and interactions between poor residents and state agents in South Africa’s shack settlements, Chance investigates the rise of nationwide protests since the late 1990s. Based on ethnography in Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg, the book analyzes the criminalization of popular forms of politics that were foundational to South Africa’s celebrated democratic transition." from the back cover

"In this moving and thoughtful ethnography, Chance describes the efforts of South Africa's urban poor to claim their share of the fruits of South Africa's democratic transition, even as inequality deepens. Deftly mobilizing elemental metaphors, she shows readers how material conditions and tactics of insurrection - some of them reborn from the ashes of the anti-apartheid struggle - come together as shack dwellers attempt to reshape political life. Her account of fire, water, air, and earth - as material facts, potent signifiers, objects of desire, and media of conflict - is essential reading for everyone interested in contemporary South Africa. It will be of equal interest to all who are concerned with the forms of oppositional politics in the neoliberal era." Rosalind Morris, Columbia University

Kerry Ryan Chance is Associate Professor at the University of Bergen and non-resident fellow at Harvard University.
Coetzee (S.) & Steenkamp (A.) WIT WOLF, die Worcester-bomplanter se storie van bevryding
266pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R275
Stefaans Coetzee was 17 years old in 1996 when he planted a bomb in a supermarket in Worcester, Western Cape, killing four people and injuring 70 others. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, along with three other men, Jan van der Westhuizen, Abraham Myburgh and Nicolaas Barnard. They were all members of a white supremacist group called the Wit Wolwe. In this memoir he describes how in Pretoria Central Prison he met Eugene de Kock who convinced him to abandon his racist ideology and reconcile with his victims. He was released on parole in 2015 and now works for the charity, Feed a Child.

Freelance journalist Alita Steenkamp has co-written five autobiographies, including Wynie, my bloed is blou and My Pyn, My Glorie.
Dlamini (T.) POLITICS IS A DIRTY GAME, the autobiography of Themba Linus Dlamini
66pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Department of Military Veterans (DMV), No Place, 2018. R305
After MK operative Themba Linus Dlamini took part in an act of sabotage in the early 1960s he went into exile in Tanzania, was sent to the Soviet Union for counter-intelligence training and re-entered South Africa as a stowaway on an ocean liner. In 1969 he was sentenced to 18 years on Robben Island. After his release in 1979 he worked for the South African Civic Organisation and mobilised support for the ANC in Natal. He was eventually integrated into the South African National Defence Force.
Heywood (L.) NJINGA OF ANGOLA, Africa's warrior queen
310pp., illus., maps, paperback, Reprint, Cambridge, (2017) 2019. R295
Queen Njinga was the seventeenth-centruy ruler of Ndongo, a kingdom located in what is now a portion of modern Angola.

Njinga of Angola seamlessly knits together the complete set of sources on the Queen, which include missionary accounts, letters, colonial records, previous histories of Angola and Dutch West India Company records… Heywood has cleared away the noise of [the] mostly fantastical accounts and assembled as straight a biography as is possible. Indeed, Njinga of Angola, which took nine years of research, sets out to replace interpretation and sensationalism with facts… Heywood preserves all of the complexity of Njinga and her politics in a book that provides the most complete and foundational history of Queen Njinga.” Delinda J. Collier, The Times Literary Supplement

“Over her decades-long reign in the 17th century in central Africa, Queen Njinga was by far the most successful of African rulers in resisting Portuguese colonialism, argues Heywood. What’s more, as this detailed and engaging study with walk-on parts for Vatican plotters, Dutch traders and Brazilian slavers shows, she rivaled Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great for political nous and military prowess. Tactically pious and unhesitatingly murderous; a ‘subverter of gender norms,’ in the inevitable formulation; a national heroine in today’s Angola; a commanding figure in velvet slippers and elephant hair ripe for big-screen treatment; and surely, as our social media age puts it, one badass woman.” Karen Shook, Times Higher Education

Linda Heywood is Professor of History and African American Studies at Boston University and co-author of Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles,and the foundation of the Americas, 1585-1660.
Hugo (W.) THEORISING EDUCATION, a primer for the educational imagination
202pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R270
A step-by-step guide to learning how to theorise, suitable for education researchers, academics and postgraduate students who want to analyse curriculum and pedagogy.
Impey (A.) SONG WALKING, women, music, and environmental justice in an African borderland
284pp., illus., maps, paperback, Chicago & London, 2018. R730
The women of western Maputaland used to sing when they walked through the mountains and flood plains of this borderland region situated at the juncture of South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland. Impey reveals the impacts of internationally-driven transboundary environmental conservation on land, livelihoods and local senses of place.

“Readers of this wonderful historical ethnography may never walk the same way again. Impey demonstrates how women’s walking songs, mouth harp playing, and foot trails express and shape their attitudes toward the injustices they have experienced during more than a century of exploitation and dispossession. Weaving together historical documents, the memories and songs of older women, and the policies of a transnational conservation preserve, she argues convincingly for a more activist, inclusive, and transdisciplinary ethnomusicology.” Anthony Seeger, University of California, Los Angeles

“This fine book traverses the landscape of conservation politics, land rights, and apartheid history. Its analyses of harsh struggle and vexed memory are balanced by Impey’s quiet love of the land and by the extraordinary women who walk and sing through her text. Scholars of development and of the aural arts will especially appreciate its achievement.” Louise Meintjes, Duke University

Angela Impey is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and convenes the MA in Music in Development at SOAS, University of London.
Khanyile (M.) ALL THE PLACES, poems
55pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R180
Musawenkosi Khanyile was born in 1991 and raised in Nseleni, KwaZulu-Natal. He now lives in Cape Town and is the author of the chapbook The Internal Saboteur. This is his debut collection.
Kriel (H.) THE YEAR OF FACING FIRE,
245pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R250
A memoir by South African-born playwright and screenwriter Helena Kriel, about her life and her brother death from AIDS.

Helena Kriel lives in Los Angeles and South Africa. She is the author of the screenplay Kama Sutra (co-written with Mira Nair) and the plays Pigs on Passion, Arachnid and I Can't Wait to Tie You to the Sofa. She teaches screenwriting for Spalding University's MFA in Writing Programme and is the founder and president of Baby Rhino Rescue.
Louw (L.) JUMP!, an epic travel and soul adventure
259pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R260
In 2013 advocate Lenerd Louw, CEO and founder of two direct life insurance companies, resigned, moved out of his Clifton home, sold or gave away all his possessions and bought a one-way ticket to Lima, Peru. He travelled for five years, across five continents and 35 countries. Today he works as a coach, runs sexuality workshops and continues to travel.
Mkenke (A.) BLEEDING YET BLOODLESS, a memoir
88pp., paperback, (Cape Town), 2019. R220
Ayabulela Mkenke was 18 years old when he left Elliotdale, a rural area in the Eastern Cape, for Johannesburg, hoping to become a successful gospel singer. Later, in Cape Town, he was raped by a fellow congregant in his church and contracted HIV.

Self-published.
Mujere (J.) LAND, MIGRATION AND BELONGING, a history of the Basotho in Southern Rhodesia c.1890-1960s
181pp., illus., paperback, Woodbridge & Rochester, 2019. R250
A history of the Basotho, "a small mainly Christianised community in Southern Rhodesia (Modern Zimbabwe) who used ownership of freehold land, religion, and a shared history to sustain a particular identity, while at the same time engaging with Dutch Reformed Church missionaries and colonial administrators as well as their non-Sotho neighbours." from the back cover

"A fascinating account of what may appear to be a highly unusual community, but whose history allows a bright light to be cast on a broad and highly topical set of debates over the politics of belonging that should attract a wide readership."Jocelyn Alexander, University of Oxford

Joseph Mujere is Senior Lecturer in History, University of Zimbabwe and Research Associate, Society, Work and Development Institute, University of the Witwatersrand.
Ndoro (T.) AGRINGADA, like a gringa, like a foreigner
74pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R180
“Tariro Ndoro wields many tongues to give a testament of the innumerable ways humans survive. She is not concerned with comforting you with hope: poems end with severed limbs, and you too are dragged through southern African borders. She leaves you panting, too afraid to stop for a sip of self-pity, and she has made you too familiar with her foreignness that all desire to belong disappears, yet, you are acutely aware that you are alive. Agringada is a powerful way of speaking life into things that suffocate when we are too afraid to name them.” Katleho Kano Shoro, author of Serurubele

“A love song to language, and all her betrayals and liberations; a linguist’s dance through political, psychological and psychic borders. My favourite 2019 read so far.” Megan Ross, author of Milk Fever

Tariro Ndoro is a Zimbabwean poet and storyteller. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the 2018 Babishai Niwe Poetry Prize and awarded second place for the 2017 DALRO Prize. Agringada is her debut collection.
Ndubela (S.) & Pearce (T.) MIRACLE GIRL, life stories from a Xhosa girl
84pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R95
Sivosethu Ndubela (Vovo) lives in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth. When she was orphaned at the age of 13, Tony Pearce, a family friend involved in an after-school dramatic arts project, became her guardian. A few years later she was diagnosed with a rare heart condition and underwent two open-heart surgeries.

"Even while you read about the harrowing realities of township life, you will be inspired by Vovo's resilience and optimism." Khaya Langa, author of These Things Really Do Happen to Me
Ngamije (R.) THE ETERNAL AUDIENCE OF ONE,
512pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R250
A novel that follows the intersecting lives of a host of characters from pre- and post-1994 Rwanda.

"The Eternal Audience of One is astoundingly good. From the first lines: Windhoek has three temperatures: hot, mosquito, and fucking cold...a reader becomes completely immersed in Ngamije's expansive world. This is a gorgeous, wildly funny, and above of all, profoundly moving and humane novel. This book is going to make an impact." Peter Orner, author of The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo

Rémy Ngamije is a 29-year-old Rwandan born Namibian writer, photographer, graphic designer and English educator living and working in Windhoek.
Roos (H.) THE LA TRAVIATA AFFAIR, opera in the age of apartheid
271pp., illus., paperback, Oakland, 2018. R680
A history of the Eoan Group, a Coloured cultural organization that performed opera in the Cape from 1933 until 1980. Hilde Roos also explores questions of complicity, compromise, and compliance; assimilation, appropriation, and race.

"This is an exciting and important project that helps uncover the larger picture of the arts in South Africa from a wide swath of the twentieth century. From 1933, with the colonial British occupation, through the rise of the National Party and the creation of apartheid, this study focuses on the history of one of the premier cultural agencies in South Africa, the Eoan Group." Naomi André, Associate Professor of Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Program, University of Michigan

Hilde Roos is the General Manager of Africa Open Institute for Music, Research and Innovation at Stellenbosch University.
Sapeta (M.) SKEPTICAL ERECTIONS,
61pp., paperback, Grahamstown, 2019. R95
Painter, sculptor, poet and art teacher Mxolisi Dolla Sapeta taught art at Port Elizabeth College and now gives free art classes in township schools. He lives in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth. This is his first published collection of poems.
Schutte (A.) FOR THE PEOPLE,
312pp., paperback, London, 2019. R240
Anelia Schutte grew up in Knysna, a small town along the Garden Route, South Africa. Her mother, a social worker, served Knysna's black community living in the squatter camps outside the town. In this memoir, Anelia Schutte recounts her mother's involvement in the struggle against apartheid in the 1980s.

Anelia Schutte lives in New York and is the Chief Executive Officer at The Writer.
Smirin (S.) LIFE INTERRUPTED, a bipolar memoir
219pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R240
Samantha Smirin's account of living with Bipolar Affective Mood Disorder. Today she is a life coach and runs a support group for people living with bipolar.
Steyn (M.) BOS,
78pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R175
An Afrikaans play about a group of teenagers on a survival camp in the bush under the supervision of a paramilitary instructor.

The play was performed at the KKNK in 2012, directed by Marthinus Basson and Stian Bam.

Playwright Malan Steyn (b.1974)is the author of Johnny is nie dood nie. He is a part-time lecturer in the Department of Drama at the University of Stellenbosch.
Strasburg (T.) HOLDING THE FORT, a family torn apart
240pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R290
Toni Strasburg, the daughter of activists Rusty and Hilda Benstein, was 16 in April 1960 when her parents were arrested and held for three months without trial. She was left to look after her three younger siblings, and was the only one allowed to visit them in jail. In this memoir she pieces together the diary her mother kept while in detention, excerpts from her father's writings and her own recollection of this time.

"Toni is an amazingly brave woman to write about this period in her life with such cogent composure. We went through the same experiences as a family and we are scarred with anger. She is truly her mother's child - ever so rational as she makes sense of the brutality of apartheid and its impact on the most vulnerable - the children." Linda Sisulu, Minister of Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation

"A remarkable book providing slices of life, courage, flair and wit, and devices such as Hilda's prison diary, menus, sketches, letters - the family Bernstein at a perilous point in their lives." Ronnie Kasrils, Minister for Intelligence Services 2004-2008

Toni Stasburg worked as a documentary filmmaker while in exile in London. After 1994 she began returning to South Africa. Her memoir, Fractured Lives, was published in 2013. Currently she divides her time between London and Cape Town.
van der Merwe (W.) NUWE VRESE,
66pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R235
Willem S. Van der Merwe moves between South Africa and Hong Kong. He manages a video production business. This is his second published collection of poems. His first collection, Son-dig, was published in 1985.
van Reenen (L.) NET MOOI FINE, die vervolg of C'est la Vie
138pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R230
The sequel to Lanie van Reenen's first book C'est la Vie, about her hotel project in the village of Aubusson in France. Here she describes life after the project failed and her efforts to save or sell the château.

Lanie van Reenen lives in Cape Town and works as an interior decorator.
Voss (T.) THE MUSHROOM SUMMER OF SKIPPER DARLING, poems
76pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R160
Tony Voss was born in Swakopmund in 1935. He taught English at various South African universities until his retirement in 1995. This is his first book.
Winterbach (I.) THE TROUBLED TIMES OF MAGRIETA PRINSLOO, translated by Michiel Heyns
193pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, Cape Town, 2019. R295
Originally published in 2018 in Afrikaans as Die Troebel Tyd.

A novel about a zoologist who, while suffering from depression, insults her head of department. Her academic career at an end, she accepts a job at the Bureau for Continuing Education, which changes her life dramatically.

The Afrikaans edition won the 2018 "Groot Afrikaanse Romanwedstryd".

Ingrid Winterbach was born in Johannesburg in 1948. She worked as a teacher and a journalist, and lectured in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Stellenbosch and in Afrikaans and Dutch at the University of Natal. She has been writing and painting full time since 2002. She is the author of "Karolina Ferreira" (M-Net Prize and Old Mutual Literature Prize), "Buller se Plan" (W.A.Hofmeyr Prize), Niggie (Hertzog Prize), "Die Boek van Toeval en Toeverlaat" (M-Net Prize, W.A.Hofmeyr Prize, University of Johannesburg Prize) and "Die Benederyk" (M-Net Prize).
Zulu (L.) I CHOOSE TO LIVE, life after losing Gugu
183pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R240
In 2016 Letshego Zulu and her husband, South African racing champion Gugulethu Zulu, set out to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with the team of the Trek4Mandela initiative. Gugulethu Zulu died before reaching the summit after experiencing respiratory problems. Letshego Zulu writes about losing her husband, raising their daughter, Lelethu, and her return to Mount Kilimanjaro the following year.

Biokineticist, athlete, columnist and motivational speaker Letshego Zulu is co-founder of the health and fitness business PopUpGym.

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