Archive for the ‘Short Stories’ Category
The latest episode of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities’ Cambridge PhDcasts features Graham Riach discussing “The Post-apartheid Short Story” with John Gallagher. Riach, who started his PhD on the contemporary South African short story at Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2011, begins by discussing the origins of the written short story in South Africa, which he says started appearing around the mid 1800s and tended to be fireside tales of adventures, written in an oral style.
The reading list Riach used for the discussion includes Missing Persons, Propaganda by Monuments & Other Stories and The Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories by Ivan Vladislavić, You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town and The One That Got Away by Zoë Wicomb and Shark’s Egg and Homing by Henrietta Rose-Innes.
Watch the discussion:
» read article
Monique Mortlock attended the launch of the e-book The Ghost-Eater and Other Stories, where some of the 31 contributors spoke about their short stories in the anthology. “Although each story is uniquely different, the themes of death and memory run through the book, tying them together,” Mortlock notes in an article for LitNet.
She quotes Jolyn Phillips (“Fraans”), Sandra Hill (“By Any Other Name”), Tembi Charles (“Long Life”) and Bronwyn Douman (“The Embrace”) about their contributions.
One thing about bookworms: they do not let anything deter them from some time with fellow literature lovers. This was proven at the launch of The Ghost-Eater and other stories on Sunday, 8 September at Warren Editions Project Space (just around the corner from The Book Lounge). Although it was a cold and wet afternoon in the Mother City, over thirty people crowded into the small art studio.
The event formed part of the annual Open Book Festival which has been underway since the 7th of September and ended on the 11th of September.
» read article
The Ghost-Eater and Other Stories, a collection of 31 short stories by up-and-coming authors, edited by Diane Awerbuck and Louis Greenberg, was released last month by Umuzi as an ebook. Dip into the collection with the following two stories: “Long Life” by Tembi Charles and “In Mozambique” by Olivia Walton.
“Long Life”, shared by O, the Oprah Magazine, is set in Zimbabwe, as the protagonist, returning to the country, is confronted by hunger and poverty. In “In Mozambique”, published by Aerodrome, travellers take a boat from Malawi, across the lake, to a town in Mozambique where they befriend a small boy.
I experienced hunger – the lack of food – for the first time in my life when I travelled home to Zimbabwe after a couple of years. This was in the year 2004. I stayed in Harare, the capital city, for about two weeks. I reacted very badly to hunger; to poverty. To me, hunger is poverty and poverty is hunger. The two go together; they are one and the same thing. For those two weeks, I lived on pizza, simply because I refused to pay the ridiculously high prices for food. I did not understand how a burger could cost Z$15 000. My mind refused to accept this. So for the two weeks I was there, I ate pizza day in and day out. This cost me about Z$4 000 a day. Somehow, mentally, I could accept that price. I suppose the pizza was cheaper because there was hardly anything on it, just a bit of cheese and tiny pieces of chicken.
The town where the boy died is indistinct. Once or twice a week a bakkie comes and people who want to go to the bigger towns and the train climb on and go south. And once or twice a week a boat comes from the islands in the lake. The town has a church and two doctors, both American. The government sends nothing. There are no road signs. We stayed there just one night; on the day we left, he died.
We arrived from one of the islands with no map and so I do not know the name of the town. People told me the name, I am sure, but in the heat and in my desire just to be there and in the blur of all the towns and all the people, I have forgotten it. We came across the lake from Malawi where the towns were dense and loud. This town in Mozambique was not like that.
» read article
It was not your regular book launch. Never could be that.
A spectral vessel, the good ship Ghost-Eater had berthed in the Cape Town harbor, bearing staggering stories of loss and love, memory and redemption pitched against the swell. It then ploughed into the choppy waters and soon it was aloft. Its course led through the windows of Warren Editions Project Space, and out again, leaving ghostly cupcakes to fortify the editorial collaborators, Diane Awerbuck and Louis Greenberg, and the 31 contributors to the latest publishing phenomenon in South Africa, The Ghost-Eater and Other Stories.
At the launch of this e-book collection of short stories, a fitting addition to the programme of the 2013 Open Book Festival, the compiler, Diane Awerbuck, who provided vegan chocolate chili brownies to blow your head off, said these stories were amongst the best she’d read anywhere. “They are world class,” she said.
Project editor, Fourie Botha, said the event was the first of its kind in South Africa. “How utterly amazing to have so many real people present to celebrate this virtual accomplishment.” Editor, Louis Greenberg, beamed at all who had gathered and recommended the cupcakes as further evidence of the real generosity of the creative spirit that went into the publication.
Writers whose works appear in the collection include Mia Arderne, Daniel Berti, Leila Ruth Bloch, Lien Botha, Tembi Charles, Faith Chaza, Bronwyn Douman, Genna Gardini, Sandra Hill, Ilze Hugo, Conrad Kemp, Wanjiru Koinange, Nadia Kamies, Michael King, Sophy Kohler, Liam Kruger, Christopher Kudyahakudadirwe, Alexander Matthews, Steven Otter, Brett Petzer, Jolyn Phillips, Donald Powers, Werner Pretorius, Calvin Scholtz, Tom Schwarer, Stephen Symons, Dina Segal, Jen Thorpe, Caitlin Tredoux, Olivia Walton and Makhosazana Xaba.
* * * * * * * *
Liesl Jobson (@LieslJobson) tweeted from the launch using #livebooks:
* * * * * * * *
» read article
Thirty-one new writers will make their debut in The Ghost-Eater and Other Stories, a collection compiled by Diane Awerbuck and edited by Louis Greenberg. In time for the Open Book festival, the short story collection will be published as an e-book and will be available for download from most e-book retailers, such as Amazon, Kalahari, and Kobo.
Awerbuck, who is the author of the novels Gardening at Night and Home Remedies, and who teaches creative writing, says: “The stories that were coming out of the university creative writing class were good: funny and sad and highly original. They had the potential to be, because they were invested with the passion, truth and quirkiness of the newest New South Africa. They needed a wider audience, and the oxygen of the outside world.”
Louis Greenberg, who is one part of the horror duo SL Grey, and whose new novel Dark Windows is due for publication in 2014, edited each story. Awerbuck explains that Greenberg’s editing offered “a rare chance for younger writers, whose meaty but messy first drafts are generally thrown to the public lions”.
The Ghost-Eater and Other Stories offers these writers their first bite at the industry, and gives readers a chance to gauge the newest authors writing at the moment.
Note: The Ghost-Eater and Other Stories will be launched in Cape Town at Warren Editions Project Space, 3rd Floor, 62 Roeland Street (round the corner from The Book Lounge) on Sunday, 8 September at 11.30 am.
About the authors
Diane Awerbuck is a novelist and teacher. She is the author of Gardening at Night, winner of the Commonwealth Best First Book Award for Africa and the Caribbean, Cabin Fever, a collection of short stories, and Home Remedies. Her doctorate, The Spirit and the Letter: Trauma, Warblogs and the Public Sphere was published in 2012.
Louis Greenberg is the author of The Beggars’ Signwriters, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the University of Johannesburg Prize in 2007. In 2010 he compiled and edited Home Away.
As SL Grey, he co-writes urban horror novels with Sarah Lotz. Louis has a doctorate in English literature, specialising in the post-religious apocalyptic fiction of Douglas Coupland. He now edits and proofreads literary, thriller and youth fiction for various publishers.
» read article
Familiestories word selde ordentlik oorvertel en baie deurstaan nie die toets van tyd nie. SJ Naudé, skrywer van Alfabet van die voëls, pen in dié artikel vir Die Burger een van die meer hardnekkige verhale oor sy Skotse oumagrootjie neer:
Van familiestories oor die voorouers bly daar by ’n mens net ’n afsaksel van half-gehoorde, half-onthoude fragmente oor. ’n Paar stukkies inligting uit groottantes of oumas se relase (en dit ís gewoonlik die vroue wat onthou en vertel), ’n paar beelde wat vassteek uit jou kindertyd, al het sulke dinge jou toe verveel. Jy dink jy het jou daarvan afgesluit, maar wanneer die waters beroer word, drywe fragmente boontoe.
» read article
Umuzi authors Hannes Haasbroek and SJ Naudé have each just won a SALA.
The awards ceremony was held on 10 November 2012 in Bloemfontein. Hannes Haasbroek won an award in the Creative Non-Fiction category and SJ Naudé in the First Time Published Author category.
Haasbroek’s remarkable double biography of Bram Fischer and his mother Ella appeared in 2011. Naudé’s groundbreaking collection also appeared in 2011 and has already won this year’s Jan Rabie Rapport prize, as well as the UJ debut prize.
Steve Connolly, Managing Director of Random House Struik, says: “It was with considerable pride that I heard of the Umuzi team’s success at this year’s SALA awards. Particularly satisfying was the award for Creative Non-Fiction won by Hannes Haasbroek’s ‘n Seun soos Bram. This book is unusual in its approach and scope, and we hope that the recognition will encourage more people to read this moving portrait of the political and family story of Afrikaner struggle hero Bram Fischer. It also is incredibly rewarding to see SJ Naudé receiving the First Time Published Author Award, to add to his Jan Rabie Rapport prize and the University of Johannesburg debut prize, for the remarkable Alfabet van die Voëls.
Fourie Botha, Managing Editor of Umuzi, says: “We at Umuzi are proud of our authors who were winners in two of the three categories in which we were nominated. The excellent books of SJ Naudé and Hannes Haasbroek deserve the honour.”
Hannes Haasbroek was born in Bothaville. He obtains a doctorate in history at the University of the Free State. He is head of the Department of History at the National Museum in Bloemfontein and regularly contributes articles to academic journals, magazines and newspapers.
SJ Naudé was born in 1970. Hy studied in Pretoria en obtained master’s degrees at Cambridge and Columbia University. After years as a lawyer in New York and London, he returned to South Africa for a master’s degree in creative writing at the University of Stellenbosch. Currently he works as editor in Cape Town.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Umuzi-skrywers Hannes Haasbroek en SJ Naudé het sopas elkeen ’n Sala ingepalm. Die toekenningsfunksie is op 10 November 2012 in Bloemfontein gehou. Hannes Haasbroek het ’n toekenning gewen in die kreatiewe nie-fiksie kategorie and SJ Naudé in die debuutkategorie.
Haasbroek se merkwaardige dubbele biografie van Bram Fischer en sy moeder Ella het in 2011 verskyn. Naudé se bakenverskuiwende bundel verhale het in 2011 verskyn en het reeds vanjaar se Jan Rabie Rapport-prys gewen, asook die UJ-debuutprys.
Steve Connolly, Besturende Direkteur van Random House Struik, sê: “Dit is met besondere trots dat ek van die Umuzi-span se sukses by vanjaar se South African Literary Awards verneem. Bevredigend was veral die kreatiewe nie-fiksie toekenning aan Hannes Haasbroek se ’n Seun soos Bram. Die boek het ’n ongewone reikwydte en benadering, en ons hoop dat die erkenning meer mense sal aanmoedig om hierdie roerende portret van die politieke- en familiegeskiedenis van die Afrikaanse struggle-held Bram Fischer te lees. Dit is ook ongelooflik verblydend om te sien dat SJ Naudé gewen het in die debuutkategorie – en dít benewens die twee pryse wat hy reeds verower het – vir die merkwaardige Alfabet van die voëls.”
Fourie Botha, Redaksiehoof van Umuzi, sê: “Ons by Umuzi is trots op ons skrywers wat wenners was in twee van die drie kategorieë waarvoor ons benoem is. SJ Naudé en Hannes Haasbroek se uitstekende boeke verdien die eer.”
Hannes Haasbroek is in Bothaville gebore. Hy behaal ’n doktorsgraad in Geskiedenis aan die Universiteit van die Oranje-Vrystaat. Hy is hoof van die Geskiedenisdepartement by die Nasionale Museum in Bloemfontein en lewer gereeld bydraes tot wetenskaplike joernale, tydskrifte en koerante.
SJ Naudé is in 1970 gebore. Hy studeer in Pretoria en voltooi meestersgrade aan Cambridge en Columbia. Na jare as regspraktisyn in New York en Londen keer hy terug na Suid-Afrika vir ’n meestersgraad in kreatiewe skryfkunde aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch. Hy werk tans as redakteur in Kaapstad.
» read article
Ivan Vladislavić was interviewed by Jan Steyn of The White Review and talked about the process of producing art, namely literature and sculpture, and how good ideas don’t necessarily translate easily into works of art. Vladislavić’s ouevre includes The Loss Library, Restless Supermarket, Double Negative and The Exploded View.
Ivan Vladislavić is one of a handful of writers working in South Africa after apartheid whose work will still be read in fifty years. He is perhaps best known for his depictions of Johannesburg, his home city, which include the lauded Portrait with Keys (2006). He is the author of four novels – The Folly (1993), The Restless Supermarket (2001), The Exploded View (2004) and, most recently, Double Negative (2011).
His two collections of short stories are now jointly available in Flashback Hotel (2010). Last year he published two books that include artistic illustrations – A Labour of Moles, as part of the artfully produced Cahier Series from Sylph editions, and The Loss Library, this time from Seagull Books. His essay on Robert Walser and photography, ‘The Last Walk’, appears in The White Review No. 5.
eBook options – Download now!
» read article
SJ Naudé het sopas die Universiteit van Johannesburg se prys vir skeppende debuutskryfwerk vir sy kortverhaalbundel Alfabet van die voëls verower.
Dié bakenverskuiwende bundel het in 2011 by Umuzi verskyn en het ook reeds vanjaar se Jan Rabie Rapport-prys gewen.
Die beoordelaars beskryf die bundel as ’n “indrukwekkende debuut wat ’n daadwerklike bydrae tot die Afrikaanse letterkunde lewer” en prys die versameling se tegniese afronding en taalvermoë: “Elk van die verhale is sterk, maar hulle word nog sterker deur subtiele onderlinge verbande en terugkerende motiewe.”
Steve Connolly, besturende direkteur van Random House Struik, sê: “Dit is duidelik dat Alfabet van die voëls lesers (en beoordelaars!) diep roer. Dit is die tweede groot prys wat SJ Naudé in soveel maande wen en ons is trots om geassosieer te word met so ‘n wonderlike boek en so ‘n talentvolle skrywer.”
Fourie Botha, redaksiehoof van Umuzi, sê: “Op baie lesers se boekrakke staan die uitstekende Alfabet van die voëls gemaklik langs groot boeke in die letterkunde. Dit is ’n eer om by SJ Naudé se skryfwerk betrokke te wees.”
SJ Naudé is in 1970 gebore. Hy studeer in Pretoria en voltooi meestersgrade aan Cambridge en Columbia. Na jare as regspraktisyn in New York en Londen keer hy terug na Suid-Afrika vir ‘n meestersgraad in kreatiewe skryfkunde aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch. Hy werk tans as redakteur in Kaapstad.
» read article
Met sy kortverhale in Alfabet van die voëls protesteer SJ (Fanie) Naudé teen “die idee dat Afrikaans en skryf in Afrikaans ’n al hoe kleiner gehoor kry”.
In ‘n onderhoud met Hanlie Retief vertel Naudé dat ‘n 22-jarige Suid-Afrikaanse animasiekunstenaar wat in China woon hom laat weet het Alfabet van die voëls is die eerste Afrikaanse boek wat hy sedert skooldae gelees en geniet het! “Dis die soort reaksie waarvan ek hou en die soort mense vir wie ek graag wil skryf.”
Naudé, wat vanjaar die Jan Rabie Rapportprys vir Alfabet van die voëls ontvang het, en pas as uitgewer by Umuzi aangestel is, het met Retief gesels oor die redes waarom hy sy werk as internasionale regspraktisyn in Londen verlaat en ‘n meestersgraad in kreatiewe skryfwerk op Stellenbosch kom volg het:
Toe hy agt was, het Fanie Naudé voor ’n boekrak in sy ouerhuis gaan staan en Etienne le Roux se Sewe dae by die Silbersteins uitgetrek.
“Kyk, ek het daarvan min verstaan, maar ek het die drang gevoel om dit te lees. En die boek het beslis op ’n manier sy merk gelaat.”
Een vir een het die skraal seuntjie die Sestigers in daardie boekrak ontdek.
“Daar was iets opwindends aan hulle. Le Roux en Barnard en Aucamp, ja, veral hulle…” onthou hy.
» read article