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Links agter: Helene Smuts, Mathilda Slabbert, Marie Jorritsma, Mike de Jongh
Links voor: Susan Smith, Sydda Essop, Doreen Atkinson, Etienne van Heerden, Chris Marais

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Etienne van Heerden

Titel: Haai Karoo
Uitgewer: Tafelberg

Verhale uit die hartland. Al die Karoostories wat Etienne van Heerden tot op hede geskryf het, word vir die eerste keer in een bundel versamel. Dit sluit in "Die gas in Rondawel Wilhelmina", een van sy heel sterkste tekste. Heerlike verhale wat Van Heerden se suiwer aanvoeling vir die woord en sy vermoë tot knap karakterisering en situasietekening demonstreer, almal geplaas binne 'n landskap wat hom besonder na aan die hart lê.

 

Helene Smuts

Title: Africa meets Africa: Pathways through the Interior
Publisher: The Africa meets Africa Project

The illustrated resource book and documentary DVD Africa meets Africa: Pathways through the Interior trace the road trip of two first-year fine art students through their landscape of origin. Together Sandy Little and Lerato Mokhitli seek out signs and markings on the land of shared heritage and intersecting histories. A wide-ranging team of academic specialists contributed to this resource. Tracing the fluidity of southern African cultural expression, it fuses the disciples of archaeology, history, mathematics and art history and looks to both traditional arts and contemporary visual art styles in exploring further the established hands-on Africa meets Africa methodology of integrated learning.

 

Doreen Atkinson

Title: A Most Awful Excitement: The Boer War Diary of Gerrit Sem of Philippolis
Publisher: Sun Media, Bloemfontein

A Most Awful Excitement analyses experiences in Philippolis during the Anglo-Boer War, based on the diary of Gerrit Sem.

 

Doreen Atkinson (on behalf of the Beth Hatefutsoth)

Title: Jewish Life in the South African Communities
Publisher: Friends of the Beth Hatefutsoth (The Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora)

The Beth Hatefutsoth book records the Jewish families of Karoo towns. Volumes 2 and 3 include the both Great Karoo and the Little Karoo. Volume 5 covers the Free State.

 

Nick Norman

Title: Geological Journeys: A Traveller’s Guide to South Africa’s Rocks and Landforms
Publisher: Struik (now Random House Struik)

Geological Journeys aimed to fill the gap that had existed in the magnificent spread of natural history guide books in South Africa. The book, published in 2006 and written by geologists Gavin Whitfield and Nick Norman, helps interested lay people to understand the formations in a road cutting, or the peculiar land surface or ridge of rock they see as they travel. It covers the metropolitan areas of Johannesburg-Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban, the main national highways and the tourist destinations of the great escarpment in Mpumalanga, the KZN Drakensberg and the Little Karoo. A companion volume covering the lesser travelled routes is in preparation.

 

Susan Smith

Titel: in die afwesigheid van sin
Uitgewer: Protea Boekhuis

Susan Smith se bundel in die afwesigheid van sin verskyn oor ses weke op die rakke.
Een van die sentrale temas van die bundel is die oordrag van kultuurgoedere en die verbintenisse wat dit smee van generasie tot generasie, veral van vrou tot vrou. Dit ondersoek die mens as skepper van woorde en tekens, agtergelaat op papier, grotwande of teen elektroniese mure as inskryf teen die vergetelheid in.

Smith debuteer in Nuwe Stemme 1, waarna enkele gedigte in saamgestelde bundels, onder andere ook in Groot verseboek, verskyn. Sy is senior dosent in Afrikaans aan die Universiteit van Fort Hare in Oos-Londen.

 

Marie Jorritsma

Title: Sonic Spaces of the Karoo: The Sacred Music of a South African Coloured Community
Publisher: Wits University Press and Temple University Press

Marie Jorritsma is a senior lecturer in music at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her book Sonic Spaces of the Karoo is the first full-length study of coloured people’s Christian religious music in the Karoo.

 

Mike de Jongh

Title: Roots and Routes. Karretjie People of the Great Karoo. The marginalisation of a South African First People.
Publisher: Unisa Press

The lives of a previously “invisible” and forgotten “first people” of South Africa come to the fore in this carefully researched study. The “Karretjie People” (Donkey Cart People) of the Great Karoo are direct descendants of the /Xam (San/Bushmen), who were the earliest inhabitants of much of the Karoo interior. Today, as itinerant sheep-shearers, the Karretjie People roam the arid expanses of the Karoo in their donkey carts in search of possible shearing opportunities, sleeping over on the roadside in their make-shift overnight shelters. This unique study is the result of several decades of original research into the lives and community of these gypsy-like wanderers, and highlights the plight of this marginalised South African community, “poorest of the poor”.

 

Mathilda Slabbert

Titel: David Kramer: ’n biografie
Uitgewer: Tafelberg
Skrywers: David de Villiers en Mathilda Slabbert

David Kramer se bekendheid strek wyer as die Karoovlaktes. Sy weghol-treffers en oorrompelende glimlag in die Volkswagen-advertensies het in die 1980's 'n huishoudelike naam van hom gemaak. Net meer as 'n dekade later het sy musiekblyspele saam met Taliep Petersen internasionale roem gebring met vertonings op die West End en Broadway. Maar wie is die man agter die kitaar en die rooi velskoene? Dié biografie onthul 'n woordkunstenaar wat kan toor met Afrikaans, 'n slim sakeman en iemand met sterk beginsels wat opstaan teen ongeregtigheid. Kramer se lewenslange droom om 'n stem te gee aan die randfigure binne die Afrikaanse leefwêreld het die afgelope dekade 'n werklikheid geword namate hy die werk van bruin folk-musikante van die Karoo begin opteken het. As musikale antropoloog het hy 'n groot bydrae gelewer om ons verstaan van Suid-Afrikaanse musiek verder uit te brei. Hierdie onthullende boek bied 'n rare blik op wat agter die skerms gebeur het in die loopbaan en die lewe van een van ons gewildste musikante.

 

Sydda Essop

Title: Karoo Kitchen | Karoo Kombuis
Publisher: Quivertree

Karoo Kitchen | Karoo Kombuis pays homage to a rich, cultural interdependency without turning a blind eye to the isolation, political turmoil, abject poverty, socio-economic conditions and harsh climate of the region. More than 78 (mostly self-taught) cooks and healers aged from 23 to 95 were interviewed, all from different cultural corners of the region. They share their heartfelt stories of personal challenges and triumph and most precious family recipes. This is a very successful collaborative creation of publishers Quivertree, Libby Doyle and Craig Fraser. Editors: Johan van Zyl and Lin Murray; translator: Elsa Silke.

 

Chris Marais and Julie du Toit

Title: Karoo Keepsakes
Publisher: Mainline Media

Karoo Keepsakes, first published in 2009 and reprinted twice, showcases the beauty, quirky characters, rich historical heritage and intriguing landscapes of the Karoo. This colourful book, independently published by its Cradock-based authors, is notable for its beautiful pictures and short, punchy copy.

It is also popular because of its neat portability, fitting easily into a handbag or cubby hole.
Karoo Keepsakes was designed to be a traveller’s companion, an insider’s guide to the wonders of this fascinating semi-desert.

It is sold at independent bookshops in the larger centres, as well as at farm stalls, guesthouses and platteland shops throughout the Karoo. For more, visit www.karoospace.co.za.

 

Most books are available at karooboks.com