New Arrivals 24th to 30th of January 2020

20 SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS, a pictorial history
232pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R440
Schools discussed: SACS, Wynberg Boys' High, Bishops, Grey College, St Andrew's College, Paarl Boys' High, Grey High, Paarl Gymnasium, Queen's College, Rhenish, Dale College, Maritzburg College, Muir College, Durban High, Paul Roos Gymnasium, St Cyprian's, Springfield, Hilton College, Selborne College and St Mary's.
Bruce (A.) THE WEIGHT OF SKIN,
243pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R270
A novel about Jacob Kitara, an exile from Africa who nurses injured compatriots in a boarded-up building in London at a time of great social unrest, when movement in and out of the UK has been suspended.

Alastair Bruce is the author of the novels Boy on a Wire and Wall of Days. Born in South Africa, he lives in Buckinghamshire.
Coetzee (J.M.) THE DEATH OF JESUS,
290pp., paperback, First UK Edition, London, 2020. R290
First published in Australia in 2019.

The third and final novel of the trilogy that began with The Childhood of Jesus, followed by The Schooldays of Jesus. David, now ten years old, is spotted by Julio, the director of a local orphanage, who notices that he shows unusual talent for football. David informs his stunned guardians Simón and Inés that he wishes to live with Julio and the children in his care.

J.M.Coetzee's work includes Waiting for the Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Disgrace and Diary of a Bad Year. He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.
Coetzee (J.M.) photo. & text PHOTOGRAPHS FROM BOYHOOD, edited and introduced by Hermann Wittenberg
190pp., illus., paperback, First SA Edition, Pretoria, 2020. R350
First published in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 2020.

The photographs in this book were taken by J.M. Coetzee during his first two years of high school in Cape Town. They were discovered in 2014 in the attic of his old home in Cape Town by the new owners.

Includes an interview with J.M. Coetzee about his boyhood and photo experiments.
Currier (A.) OUT IN AFRICA, LGBT organising in Namibia and South Africa
255pp., paperback, Minneapolis, 2012. R495
Ashley Currier focuses on the period between 1995 and 2006, when different sociopolitical conditions in Namibia and South Africa affected how activists in each country campaigned for LGBT rights.

"Out in Africa is an extremely important book. Ashley Currier broadly addresses factors influencing mobilization of LGBT movements within sub-Saharan Africa at the local, national, and international level. She further extends existing literature on social movements, identity, and development by examining the prospects of mobilization among disadvantaged groups within newly democratized developing countries." Kathleen Fallon, author of Democracy and the Rise of Women’s Movements in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ashley Currier is Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati.
Ecca Poets STAYING HUNGRY, Brian Walter, Olwethu Mxoli, Ed Burle, Silke Heiss, Lara Kirsten, Jacques Coetzee, John van Wyngaard, Cathal Lagan
88pp., paperback, Hogsback, 2019. R195
An anthology of poems by members of the Ecca Poets group.

The original group of writers and poets that became known as the Ecca Poets came together over 30 years ago at the University of Fort Hare, Alice. Founder members included Basil Somhlahlo, Norman Morrissey, Cathal Lagan and Brian Walter.
Ecca Poets THROW IN YOUR SONG, Brian Walter, Olwethu Mxoli, Ed Burle, Silke Heiss, Lara Kirsten, Jacques Coetzee & Cathal Lagan
74pp., paperback, Hogsback, 2018. R195
An anthology of poems by members of the Ecca Poets group.

The original group of writers and poets that became known as the Ecca Poets came together over 30 years ago at the University of Fort Hare, Alice. Founder members included Basil Somhlahlo, Norman Morrissey, Cathal Lagan and Brian Walter.
Hunter (Q.) BALANCE OF POWER, Ramaphosa and the future of South Africa
207pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R280
Qaanitah Hunter discusses Jacob Zuma's removal as ANC president, Cyril Ramaphosa's ascendancy, and the political balancing act he has had to maintain as president of the country.

"The perfect primer for the Ramaphosa years, written by one of the best political reporters in the country." Peter Bruce, Editor-in-Chief Business Day, Financial Mail and BusinessDayTV

"Incisive, well-researched and definitely a must-read for anyone who has more than a cursory interest in South African politics." S'thembiso Msomi, Deputy Editor of the Sunday Times and author of Mmusi Maimane: puppet or prophet?

Qaanitah Hunter is a political journalist currently with the Sunday Times. She won Vodacom Journalist of the Year in 2016 and 2017 and in 2019 won the Nat Nakasa Journalism Award.
Jennings (K.) UPTURNED EARTH,
202pp., paperback, London, 2019. R180
A novel set in 1886 in Namaqualand about a magistrate who discovers that the town in run by the Cape Copper Mining Company and a Xhosa miner searching for his brother who was sent to jail.

"Karen Jennings writes with a glinting vividness that erases the years between us and the 1880s. Her modern sensibility reminds us that the plight of miners has hardly changed in the last 130 years. Meticulously researched and grippingly told, this is an intensely human story that sheds light on a neglected corner of South African history. It is literary historical fiction at its best, contributing to a growing genre of post-Marikana writing." Fiona Snyckers, author of the Trinity series

Karen Jennings was born in Cape Town in 1982. She is the author of the novel Finding Soutbek; Away from the Dead, a collection of short stories; Travels with my Father, an autobiographical novel, and the poetry collection Space Inhabited by Echoes. Currently she lives in Brazil.
Joubert (J-J.) WILL SOUTH AFRICA BE OKAY?, 17 key questions
220pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R290
Political journalist Jan-Jan Joubert examines the major challenges facing South Africa, such as rising unemployment, a stagnant economy, loadshedding, populism and corruption.

Jan-Jan Joubert has worked as political editor for Beeld, Die Burger and Rapport, and as parliamentary bureau chief of the Sunday Times. He is the author of Who Will Rule in 2019?
Kalley (J.) MLAMULANKUNZI, the life and times of Dick King
160pp., illus., maps, paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2019. R420
Richard Philip 'Dick' King (1811-1871) was an English trader and colonist at Port Natal, (now KwaZulu-Natal). In 1842 he completed a journey of 960 km in 10 days, on horseback, to request help for the besieged British garrison.

Jacqueline Kalley was Librarian at the South African Institute of International Affairs on the Wits campus for many years. She is currently CEO of Otterley Press.
Karsten (C.) ANDERMAN SE VROU, 'n Wim Kellerman-roman
345pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R300
In this thriller serial killer Jack Nobody has been dead for two years, but Wim Kellerman still has many unanswered questions. He knows that his arch enemy, Simon Pope, is still alive. Eventually he flies to Canada to look for the mastermind behind the disappearance of five children from the Cape Flats.

Chris Karsten's novels include Die Dood van 'n Goeie Vrou, Koms van die Motman and Die Verdwyning van Billy Katz.
Kekana (R.) RAINBOW POETRY,
101pp., paperback, Lebowakgomo, 2019. R150
A collection of poems by Kota Robert Kekana.

Kekana was a secondary school teacher and a college of education lecturer and manager. He has served as Chairperson of SiNdebele Language Sub-committee under the Limpopo Provincial Language Committee and as a member of Ikhwezi, the isiNdebele National Language body. He is the author of The Place of Religion in African Literary Criticism.

Self-published.
Kyker (J.) OLIVER MTUKUDZI, living Tuku music in Zimbabwe
290pp., illus., paperback, Bloomington, 2016. R560
A biography of Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi (1952-2019), a Zimbabwean guitarist, vocalist and composer who performed worldwide and released some 50 albums. Mtukudzi blended Zimbabwean traditional sounds with South African township music and American gospel and soul to compose what is known as Tuku Music. Kyker examines his distinctive performance style using the Shona concept of hunhu, or human identity through moral relationships, as a framework.

“This is an excellent expanded professional biography of Oliver Mtukudzi, the famous Zimbabwean popular band leader, composer, and troubadour. Jennifer W. Kyker has dedicated many months of tireless on-site research in Zimbabwe and internationally to provide this kind of loving detail. The results of such a wealth of interviews and interactions with a range of participants in Mtukuzdi's career as well as Mtukudzi himself are richly evident not only in the main text but in the 'dialogue boxes' of selections from interviews and other materials thoughtfully provided at the end, along with several appendices and a photo gallery.” David Coplan, author of In Township Tonight!

“Informed by two decades of intimate engagement with Zimbabwean music and religion, Kyker’s study offers the first sustained examination of Oliver Mtukudzi’s oeuvre, and reveals the rich political literacies at work in local and diasporic practices of listening. Kyker illumines how audiences and performers collaborate to make meaning. Along with exemplary analyses of his musical idiom, this work shows how, like deep Shona proverbs, Tuku’s lyrics are frequently transplanted into varying contemporary commentaries. Innovative, meticulous, and exquisitely attentive to historical context, this study will be a must-read for the fields of ethnomusicology, African languages, and new African diaspora studies.” Tsitsi Jaji, author of Africa in Stereo: modernism, music and Pan-African solidarity

Jennifer Kyker holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music and the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester.
Loots (S.) & van Wyk (S.) comps. DIE NUWE AFRIKAANSE PROSABOEK,
687pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R350
This anthology of 149 Afrikaans short stories by 58 writers includes classics by well-known authors as well as hitherto unpublished work by new voices. Authors include Jan Rabie, Petra Müller, Breyten Breytenbach, Nataniël, Rachelle Greef, Nathan Trantaal, Etienne van Heerden, Marlene van Nierkerk, and Herman Lategan.
Loxton (Q.) BEING SHELLEY,
279pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R290
A novel about a woman in her forties who feels trapped in her marriage and attracted to the young man she hires as a barista in her coffee and décor shop.

Qarnita Loxton was born in Cape Town in 1974. She studied law at UCT and worked as an attorney. More recently she has trained and worked as an executive coach. She is the author of "Being Kari" and "Being Lily".
Raphaely (T.) curator A HANDFUL OF SAND, Jewish Cape Town 5779
304pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R360
A collection of 301 colour photographs of members of Cape Town's Jewish community, including Aviva Pelham, Denis Davis, Albie Sachs, Milton Shain, Richard Freedman, Lisa Firer, Joanne Jowell, Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro), Nik Rabinowitz, Raymond and Wendy Ackerman, Myra Osrin and Balu Nivison.
Trudgeon (R.) RODNEY TRUDGEON'S CONCERT NOTES, a selection of favourite orchestral masterpieces
251pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2020. R250
A collection of short essays on composers and their most performed works, covering the Baroque period to the 20th century.

"A must-have for any concert-goer...informative and impeccably researched." Pieter Schoeman, Concertmaster, London Philamonic Orchestra

Radio presenter and producer Rodney Trudgeon has worked in classical-music broadcasting in South Africa for over 40 years. He is the Classic Breakfast host and Programme Manager for Fine Music Radio in Cape Town.
van Heerden (E.) DIE BIBLIOTEEK AAN DIE EINDE VAN DIE WÊRELD,
634pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R360
"Die wêreld van kunsmagtige intelligensie, die afwesigheid van privaatheid en die vermoë om alles en almal dop te hou, is nie meer 'n toekomsskim nie...Data en alles wat met data gedoen kan word die spil en die roman verken die plek wat data het in die samelewing (van kuns as vorm van dtat tot sosiale media), die ontwikkeling van kennis en die invloed van algoritmes...Van Heerden se jongste roman is 'n heerlike dog onthutsende verkenning van lwew in die woke era. Terloops, 'woke' word pikant gedefineer as politiek korrektheid op steroïde." Johan Myburg, author of Kontrafak and Uittogboek

Etienne van Heerden is Professor Emeritus at the University of Cape Town and the founding editor of LitNet. His other novels include Toorberg (WA Hofmeyr Award, ATKV Prize, CNA Literary Award, Hertzog Prize), Die Swye van Mario Salviati (M-Net Literary Award), Casspirs en Campari’s (Rapport Prize), In Stede van die Liefde (WA Hofmeyr Prize, ATKV Prize), 30 Nagte in Amsterdam (M-Net Literary Award, WA Hofmeyr Award, UJ Prize, Hertzog Prize) and Die Wêreld van Charlie Oeng (ATKV Prose Prize.
Walter (B.) & Williams (L.) eds. KINDERHARTE, poems by Helenvale Poets and the New Generation Poets: Shanice du Preez, Margaret Armoed and Leonie Williams, with Carlo van Rooyen, Caslynn Rudolph, Charmilla Bosman, Cher-Leigh Rhodes, Lee-Ann Fluks, Darrielle Rhodes, Shenesia Booysen, Anastacia Williams, Alethea Rhodes and Shirlaine Gabron
108pp., paperback, Port Elizabeth, 2016. R195
The Helenvale Poets were established in 2011 by the Bay Creative Writing Development Project in Port Elizabeth. In turn, members of the Helenvale Poets ran workshops and writing sessions for younger poets and the New Generation Poets emerged.

The suburb of Helenvale was created in the 1950s when the Group Areas Act was implemented, resulting in the forced removal of families living in the established communities of South End, Fairview and Willowdene. The community faces many socio-economic challenges, including poverty, drug use, gangsterism and violence.
Williams (L.) BROKEN LIVING, poems from Helenvale
63pp., paperback, Port Elizabeth, 2017. R195
Leonie Williams is a member of the Helenvale poets. She was a mentor of the New Generation poets and co-edited the collection Kinderharte.

The Helenvale Poets group was established in 2011 by the Bay Creative Writing Development Project in Port Elizabeth. The suburb of Helenvale was created in the 1950s when the Group Areas Act was implemented, resulting in the forced removal of families living in the established communities of South End, Fairview and Willowdene. The community faces many socio-economic challenges, including poverty, drug use, gangsterism and violence.

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