Kagiso Lesego Molope is at odds with Percy Fitzpatrick

Kagiso Lesego Molope has won the English Academy of Southern Africa’s Percy Fitzpatrick prize for youth literature for her novel This Book Betrays My Brother (Oxford University Press, 2012). Describe yourself in a sentence. Township post-apartheid author. Describe your ideal reader. Everyone. There’s always something to learn from books no matter what your background, and…

Jonathan Franzen and Jennifer Weiner: Comparing apples with high-heel shoes

Jonathan Franzen is grabbing headlines (again), in literary circles, for his comments about fellow author Jennifer Weiner in an interview given to Butler University’s literary journal Booth. If you’ve not heard of this great literary feud before now, allow me to summarise: Weiner has repeatedly tweeted complaints about the New York Times’ bestseller list not…

Lauren Beukes’s ‘Zoo City’ comes to life in the urban jungle

In her book Zoo City, Lauren Beukes’s characters explore a grimy, dystopian Johannesburg. Through magical-realism and “animalled” people in the book, we experience the primal electricity that statics beneath the inner-city streets. The latest exhibition at Nirox Projects in Maboneng, entitled ZOO, taps into the same gritty energy of the urban jungle, while at the…