Writing Crime with Rofhiwa Maneta
In this, the final episode of the season, we take a trip through some crime writing via Rofhiwa Maneta's, 'A Man, a Fire, a Corpse', a book about his father, the top cop of Soweto - Captain Amos Maneta. Mervyn recommends 'Young Blood' by Sifiso Mzobe, 'Hammerman' by Mike Nicol, 'The Heist Men' by Andrew Brown, 'Unforgiven' by Liz Macgregor, and 'How to be a Revolutionary' by CA Davids. Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Vasti Calitz and Andri Burnett. This season is made possible by a grant by the National Arts Council.
May 31, 2022
BONUS: Queer Spec Fic with Keely Shinners
We explore queerness in speculative fiction, featuring Keely Shinners talking about their debut novel, How to Build a Home for the End of the World, and with recommendations from Colin Pegon. Colin and Vasti talk about ‘The Left Hand of Darkness’ by Urusula K Le Guin, ‘Ancillary Justice’ by Ann Leckie, ‘It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way’ by Alistair Mackay, and ‘Kindred’ by Octavia Butler. Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Vasti Calitz and Andri Burnett. This season is made possible by a grant by the National Arts Council.
May 27, 2022
Cities with Tshidiso Moletsane
We go on some literary journeys through South African cities, featuring Tshidiso Moletsane talking about his debut novel, Junx, and with recommendations from Dela Gwala. Dela recommends ‘Our Move Next’, curated by Kelly-Eve Koopman, Sarah Summers and Vasti Hannie; ‘The Eternal Audience of One’ by Rémy Ngamije, ‘Zoo City’ by Lauren Beukes, and ‘The Woman Next Door’ by Yewande Omotoso. ‘Our Move Next’ is available for download here. Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Vasti Calitz and Andri Burnett. This season is made possible by a grant by the National Arts Council.
May 24, 2022
Sex and Death with Yewande Omotoso
We explore the connection between sex and death in literature, with a conversation with Yewande Omotoso about her book, ‘An Unusual Grief’, and with recommendations from Efemia Chela. Efemia recommends ‘Blackass’ by A Igoni Barrett, ‘Luster’ by Raven Leilani, ‘Detransition, Baby’ by Torrey Peters, and ‘In the Heart of the Country’ by JM Coetzee. Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Vasti Calitz and Andri Burnett. This season is made possible by a grant by the National Arts Council.
May 17, 2022
Stories of the Everyday with Terry-Ann Adams
Vasti talks to Terry-Ann Adams about their book, 'White Chalk', and gets recommendations from Omphile Raleie of Bookamoso about narratives of the everyday in fiction. Omphile recommends ‘The GoldDiggers’ by Sue Nyathi, ‘The Ones with Purpose’ by Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, ‘Bows and Butterflies’ by Xoli M, and ‘Searching for Simphiwe’ by Sifiso Mzobe. Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Vasti Calitz and Andri Burnett. This season is made possible by a grant by the National Arts Council.
May 10, 2022
Trailer: Season 3
Season 3 of A Readers' Community is coming your way. First episode out on 11 May 2022. Subscribe so you don't miss it. To get in touch, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 05, 2022
Trailer: Open Book Podcast Series 2021
The Open Book Podcast Series is back, and it's moved to its own platform. Click here to find it on Apple Podcasts, or here to find it on Spotify, or search 'Open Book Podcast' on your preferred app. The series presents a taste of the kind of conversations you would experience at the Open Book Festival, which occurred annually in Cape Town in pre-pandemic times, with a selection of discussions that gives some highlights from a brilliant year in South African literature. We can't wait to share this series with you.
November 09, 2021
Why We Read with Mphuthumi Ntabeni
In this final episode of the season, we look at stand out reads from 2021 so far, featuring a conversation with Mphuthumi Ntabeni, author of The Wanderers. Jess’s favourite picture book of the year so far is The Rock From the Sky by Jon Klassen, while the book that has meant most to Colin this year is The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr, and Luami’s stand out read is a spec fic novel, Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon. Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Andri Burnett.
July 07, 2021
Down Memoir Lane with Robert Hamblin
In this episode about memoirs, we bring you a conversation with Robert Hamblin about his just-published book, ‘Robert: A Queer and Crooked Memoir for the Not So Straight or Narrow', and staff recommend their favourite memoirs. Megan’s favourite is ‘The Glass Castle’ by Jeanette Walls, Luami loved ‘Priestdaddy’ by Patricia Lockwood, and Carmen’s recommendation is ‘Memorial Drive’ by Natasha Tretheway. Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Andri Burnett.
June 22, 2021
A Feast for the Eyes with Team Kwezi
An episode about comic books, graphic novels, and graphic biographies. We speak to the dream team behind Kwezi, South Africa’s first superhero comic, Loyiso Mkize, Clyde Beech and Mohale Mashigo (aka Carol Mashigo). Jess talks about the graphic biography ‘Kusama’ by Elisa Macellari, the adaptations of ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘1984’ by George Orwell, as well as the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Noah recommends Nimona by Noelle Stevenson as well their memoir, ‘The Fire Never Goes Out’, and Luami loved ‘Glass Town’ by Isabel Greenberg and ‘Fangs’ by Sarah Andersen. Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Andri Burnett.
June 09, 2021
Reading Slump Remedies with A'Eysha Kassiem and Naledi Mashishi
This episode is all about books to read when you’re struggling to read. We speak to A’Eysha Kassiem, author of Suitcase of Memory, as well as Naledi Mashishi, whose debut novel is Invisible Strings The book that rescued Mervyn from a reading slump recently is Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong, while Megan was saved by Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe, and Carmen’s solution is essay collections, and she recommends A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib. Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Andri Burnett.
May 26, 2021
Surfacing with Desiree Lewis and Gabeba Baderoon
In this episode, we talk to Desiree Lewis and Gabeba Baderoon, the editors of a new collection, 'Surfacing: On Being Black and Feminist in South Africa', and the Book Lounge staff recommend local fiction they’ve loved recently. Jess recommends ‘Hibiscus Coast’ by Nick Mulgrew, Belinda loved ‘Young Blood’ by Sifiso Mzobe, and Thandi suggests ‘When the Village Sleeps’ by Sindiwe Magona. Get in touch by emailing email@example.com. This podcast is hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett.
May 12, 2021
The Promise with Damon Galgut (Booker Prize winner 2021)
In this episode, Mervyn talks to Damon Galgut about his new novel, The Promise, a few months before it won the Booker Prize in November 2021. We chat about the difficulty of categorising science fiction and fantasy in a bookstore, and hear some sci fi recommendations from staff. Carmen recommends ‘The Parable of the Sower’ by Octavia Butler and Luami recommends NK Jemisin’s ‘The Broken Earth Trilogy’ as well as ‘Exhalation’ by Ted Chiang. This podcast is produced by Andri Burnett and Vasti Calitz.
April 28, 2021
A Festive Reading Guide with Patric Tariq Mellet and Angela Makholwa
This special festive episode brings you conversations with Patric Tariq Mellet and Angela Makholwa, as well as recommendations from Book Lounge staff from the 2020 Festive Reading Guide. Jess recommends ‘Kantiga Finds the Perfect Name’ by Mabel Mnensa, ‘A Journey Through the Greek Myths’ written by Marchella Ward and illustrated by Sander Berg, and ‘The Black Kids’ by Christina Hammonds Reed. Megan enjoyed ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ by Richard Osman. Luami talks about ‘Charlotte’ by Helen Moffett, ‘Exciting Times’ by Naoise Dolan and ‘Luster’ by Raven Lailani. Vasti mentions ‘Living While Feminist’, edited by Jen Thorpe, ‘Femicide in South Africa’ by Dr Nechama Brodie, ‘The Pink Line’ by Mark Gevisser, and 'Jobur Noir' by Niq Mhlongo, and Mervyn talks about ‘How to Spot a Fascist’ by Umberto Eco, ‘How to Stay Sane’ by Elif Shafak, ‘Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction’ by Arundhati Roy, ‘Transcendent Kingdom’ by Yaa Gyasi, ‘The Death of Vivek Oji’ by Akwaeke Emezi, and ‘So For the Record’ by Anton Harber. Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Andri Burnett.
December 10, 2020
A Conversation with Mohale
We discuss what’s been happening behind the scenes in the book world and Mervyn has a conversation with Mohale Mashigo about her life as a writer, and get recommendations from Book Lounge staff. Mohale mentioned ‘What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky’ by Lesley Nneka Arimah, ‘Paradise’ by Toni Morrison, ‘Maru’ by Bessie Head, ‘The Vanishing Half’ by Brit Bennett, ‘In The Dreamhouse’ by Carmen Maria Machado, and ‘The Longest March’ by Fred Khumalo. Jess recommends ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernardine Evaristo, Colin recommends ‘Pew’ by Catherine Lacey, and Luami recommends ‘The Discomfort of Evening’ by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld. Get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a voice message on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154. Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Andri Burnett.
September 10, 2020
A Quirky Guide to Mermaid Fillet with Tiffany Kagure Mugo and Mia Arderne
We speak to Tiffany Kagure Mugo about her book, ‘Quirky Quick Guide to Having Great Sex’, and to Mia Arderne about her new novel, ‘Mermaid Fillet’, and get recommendations from Book Lounge staff. Mia recommends ‘Kinnes’ by Chase Rhys, Thandi recommends ‘The Vanishing Half’ by Brit Bennett, Belinda enjoyed ‘Adults’ by Emma Jane Unsworth, and Megan loved ‘Ride or Die’ by Khurrum Rahman. Get in touch by emailing email@example.com or send us a voice message on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154 Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Andri Burnett.
August 26, 2020
Literary Prizes with Irenosen Okojie
This episode is all about literary prizes. Our guest is the 2020 winner of the Caine Prize, Irenosen Okojie, and Book Lounge staff talk about some Booker-longlisted novels. Luami recommends ‘How Much of These Hills is Gold’ by C Pam Zhang, Unathi recommends ‘The Shadow King’ by Maaza Mengiste, Jess enjoyed ‘Such a Fun Age’ by Kiley Reid and Mervyn recommends both ‘Shuggie Bain' by Douglas Stuart and ‘Real Life’ by Brandon Taylor. Get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a voice message on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154 Hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett
August 12, 2020
Queer Stories with Mark Gevisser
This episode is a celebration of queer stories. We speak to Mark Gevisser about his new book, ‘The Pink Line’, which tracks shifts in queer frontiers globally in the 21st century, and Book Lounge staff members recommend books with queer themes. Jess recommends ‘Juliet Takes a Breath’ by Gabby Rivera for teenagers and ‘The Whispers’ by Greg Howard for 9-12 year olds. Luami, Colin and Vasti discuss ‘Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl’ by Andrea Lawlor, ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’ by Ocean Vuong, ‘Because I Couldn’t Kill You’ by Kelly-Eve Koopman, and ‘They Called Me Queer’, curated by Kim Windvogel and Kelly-Eve Koopman. Get in touch by emailing email@example.com or send us a voice message on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154 Hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett.
July 29, 2020
Unseen Women with Dr Nechama Brodie and Sifiso Mzobe
We speak to Dr Nechama Brodie about her new book, ‘Femicide in South Africa’, and to Sifiso Mzobe about his new short story collection, ‘Searching for Simphiwe’, and get recommendations from Book Lounge staff. Noma recommends ‘Hood Feminism’, Werner enjoyed ‘The Man in the High Castle’ by Phillip K Dick and Megan loved ‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O’Farrell. Get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a voice message on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154. Hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett.
July 16, 2020
Eternal Space for Discovery with Rémy Ngamije
In this week’s episode, we speak to Rémy Ngamije, the Rwandan-born Namibian author of 'The Eternal Audience of One', about his meteoric rise from being an unpublished writer to a star on the African literary scene in less than a year, and we hear book recommendations from Book Lounge staff. Unathi recommends ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas and Luami enjoyed ‘Toe Ons Oneindig Was’ by Zelda Bezuidenhout. Mervyn talks about ‘Brutal School Ties’ by Sam Cowen. Rémy’s list of authors is: Kalaf Epalanga, Ondjaki, Maaza Mengiste, Zukiswa Wanner, Mohale Mashigo, Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, Masande Ntshanga, Bisi Adjapon, Leye Adenle and Mubanga Kalimamukwento. Get in touch by emailing email@example.com or send us a voice message on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154. Hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett.
July 02, 2020
A Global Pandemic with Lauren Beukes
We sit down with Lauren Beukes to chat about her new book, ‘Afterland’, and some Book Lounge staff members recommend books they loved recently. Colin recommends ‘The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela’ by Sisonke Msimang. Megan recommends ‘The Recovery of Rose Gold’ by Stephanie Wrobel. Jess suggests ‘Here in the Real World’ by Sara Pennypacker for 8-12 year olds and ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ by Eva Eland for little ones. Mervyn loved ‘Searching for Simphiwe’ by Sifiso Mzobe and ‘Silver Sparrow’ by Tayari Jones. Get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a voice note on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154. Hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett.
June 18, 2020
Introducing ' A Readers' Community', a brand-new podcast by the Book Lounge. We'd love to hear your requests for a recommendation for your next read. Send us a voice message telling us what you're in the mood to read and two books you loved to email@example.com. Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Andri Burnett.
June 09, 2020