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Monday Interview: Khulile Nxumalo (South Africa)

Monday Interview: Khulile Nxumalo (South Africa)

Khulile Nxumalo was born in Diepkloof, Soweto, in 1971. He finished school at Waterford Kamhlaba, Swaziland, and went to University of Cape Town, University of Natal and Wits University. His first poetry collection, ten flapping elbows, mama, was published by Deep South in 2004. His second collection, fhedzi, was published by Dye Hard Press in 2013. His...
Wie Amazon unsere Lesegewohnheiten ausspäht

Wie Amazon unsere Lesegewohnheiten ausspäht

Das E-Book kommt – langsam aber stetig: Schon heute greift ein Viertel aller Bundesbürger regelmäßig zum digitalen Buch. Mehr als 22 Millionen E-Books wurden hierzulande 2013 verkauft; im Vergleich zum Vorjahr ein Umsatzplus von rund 60 Prozent. Dieses dynamische Wachstum hat einen heftigen Wettstreit um die Marktanteile auf dem digitalen Buchmarkt ausgelöst. An dessen Spitze steht der...
Monday Interview: Robert Merkel (Deutschland)

Monday Interview: Robert Merkel (Deutschland)

Robert Merkel ist Vorstand der Life Media AG und Verleger des Startups frankly, das zur kommenden Leipziger Buchmesse startet. Als langjähriger Manager in der Entertainment-Industrie setzt Merkel auf Konzeptionen, die für die Buchbranche ungewohnt klingen – so ist frankly kein typischer Verlag, sondern verbindet die verlegerischen Arbeiten auch mit E-Book-Store und Netzwerkbildung. Das Interview wurde...
Monday Interview: Catfish McDaris (USA)

Monday Interview: Catfish McDaris (USA)

Steven „Catfish“ McDaris was born in 1953 and worked in a plethora of jobs, from a stint in the army to the US postal service. His most infamous chapbook is Prying, with Jack Micheline and Charles Bukowski. His best readings were in Paris at the Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore and with Jimmy ‘the ghost of Hendrix’ Spencer...
Monday Interview: Kelwyn Sole (South Africa)

Monday Interview: Kelwyn Sole (South Africa)

Kelwyn Sole was born in Johannesburg in 1951 and has lived in Windhoek, London and Kanye. He is a professor in the English department of the University of Cape Town. He has published six collections of poetry, the most recent of which, Absent Tongues, was published by Hands-On Books, Cape Town. His work has appeared in...
Books That Matter: How David Philip Publishers Managed to Reissue Banned Books During Apartheid

Books That Matter: How David Philip Publishers Managed to Reissue Banned Books During Apartheid

David Philip Publishers has shared an excerpt from Books That Matter: David Philip Publishers During the Apartheid Years, a memoir by Marie Philip. David Philip Publishers was established in 1971, with the aim of publishing “books that matter for Southern Africa” and challenging mainstream apartheid thinking. In 1992, Nadine Gordimer of the founders: “David and Marie...
Wrapping up the Paperight Journey

Wrapping up the Paperight Journey

There is a vast array of ideas to improve literacy and access to books in Africa. Paperight has been one of the most interesting that I have come across in the three decades I have been involved in literature and publishing on the continent. Sadly, Paperight founder Arthur Attwell had to pull the plug at...
Monday Interview: Adonis (Lebanon/Syria)

Monday Interview: Adonis (Lebanon/Syria)

  Adonis (أدونيس‎, eigtl. Ali Ahmad Said Esber) gilt als bedeutendster arabischer Lyriker der Gegenwart. Er wurde 1930 in Qassabin in Nordsyrien geboren. Durch Rückgriff auf klassische arabische Dichter, die oftmals keine Tabus kannten und kritisch gegenüber der Religion waren, versucht er, diese Offenheit neu zu beleben. Neben seinen Gedichten erregte er durch seine kritischen Essays immer...