Presenting Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture

International author and award-winning journalist Gaiutra Bahadur is in South Africa this week to promote her book, Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture.

She’ll be at launches at the Origins Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand on Tuesday 12 August and then at Ike’s Bookstore in Durban on Thursday 14 August.

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  • The Class of 79
  • The Side of the Sun at Noon
  • Mandela’s Kinsmen: Nationalist Elites and Apartheid's First Bantustan
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  • My Mzansi Heart
  • DemoCRAZY: SA's Twenty-year Trip
  • Memoirs of a Born Free: Reflections on the Rainbow Nation
  • The Unsaid
  • The New Radicals: A Generational Memoir of the 1970s
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  • Another Country: South Africa’s New Portraits
  • A Different Kind of AIDS: Alternative Explanations of HIV/AIDS in South African Townships
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  • Catastrophe: Oy Vey, my Child is Gay (and an Addict)
  • Blood Money: The Cyril Karabus Story
  • Liberation Diaries: Reflections on 20 Years of Democracy
  • With my Head above the Parapet: An insider account of the ANC in power
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  • South Africa: The Present as History
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The European Union Literary Award to continue as the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award from 2015

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The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) is pleased to announce that the European Union Literary Award will from now on be known as the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award. The EU Literary Award has been administered by Jacana for the past ten years with generous support from various European Union member-states and partners.  The Dinaane Debut Fiction Award will now be administered by the JLF.  

With the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award the JLF hopes to build on the excellent reputation of the EU Literary Award and will continue to foster vibrant new South African writing talent. Kopano Matlwa, winner of the EU Award in 2007 with Coconut, has been translated into Swedish and Dutch, with a French translation currently underway, and Coconut is a set work at schools across South Africa. Fred Khumalo’s follow-up to his award-winning novel Bitches’ Brew, Seven Steps to Heaven, has been prescribed as a set work at UNISA.

As a result of the EU Literary Award, previously unpublished writers now have careers as novelists. The most recent winner of the EU Literary Award was Penny Busetto for her novel The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself, published in April 2014.

The newly launched Dinaane Award is, like its predecessor, open to unpublished English-language manuscripts by debut writers. In renaming the award and moving into a new era, we wanted to find a word which connotes the many strands of conversation which weave into the common language of fiction. The word ‘dinaane’ in Setswana means ‘telling our stories to one another’, a name which we hope is evocative, accurate and simple.

The deadline for the first Dinaane Award is 1 September 2014. The winning manuscript will be published by Jacana Media in 2015 and the winner awarded a R35 000 prize. The Dinaane Award continues to be supported by Exclusive Books and their Homebru campaign.

Writers who have already submitted their manuscripts under the EU Literary Award-name are advised that they will be automatically entered under the Award’s new name and need not re-submit. Entry forms are available at For further queries please contact Ester Levinrad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Glenn Moss discusses The New Radicals with Polity SA

From the political ashes of the late 1960s, new and radical initiatives grew with surprising speed in the first half of the 1970s. The New Radicals: A Generational Memoir of the 1970s tells the story of a generation of activists who embraced and developed forms of opposition politics that would have profound consequences. The rise of Black Consciousness, the Durban strikes of 1972, the wages commissions and new trade unions, the development of radical ideologies separated from the liberalism and rigid communism of the past, the release all political prisoners campaign – and then June 1976. Within six short years, the politics of opposition and resistance had developed from an historical low point to the beginnings of a radicalism which would lead to February 1990 and the first democratic election in 1994.

Author of the Week


  Richard de Nooy

Richard de Nooy (1965) grew up in Johannesburg, but has lived in Amsterdam for the past 25 years. His first novel Six Fang Marks & a Tetanus Shot (Jacana, 2007) won the University of Johannesburg Prize for Best First Book, received honourable mention at the M-Net Literary Award, and was long-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Award. De Nooy was awarded a grant by the Dutch Foundation for Literature to write his second novel in Dutch.

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Click here to view the author's blog on Books Live
Follow Richard on Twitter (@RicharddeNooy)

Find out more about our authors. To locate author profiles and read more about their books and their lives, browse the list below. Authors are sorted alphabetically by their first names.


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