Feb 24, 2013 — Philida, a slave, is promised her freedom by her owner, who is also the father of her children. But the promise is broken and she takes the matter into her own hands, in this novel by acclaimed South African novelist Andre Brink that was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Feb 5, 2013 — In fiction, a novel from Nobel Prize-winner Nadine Gordimer, a posthumous thriller from Michael Crichton and a sensual werewolf tale from Anne Rice arrive in paperback. In softcover nonfiction, Paul Krugman confronts our economic depression, and Charles Murray looks at the U.S. class divide.
Sep 4, 2012 — Kopano Matlwa's provocative novel focuses on the "Born Free" generation — those who came of age in the post-apartheid era. The author speaks to Tell Me More as part of its look at literature from nations on the rise: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
May 25, 2012 — Not sure what to read this summer? NPR's Susan Stamberg asked three booksellers to share their top five picks for the books you shouldn't miss. They recommend tales of con artists, grade-school spies, refugees and ranchers — plus an exploration of why stories make us human.
Apr 11, 2012 — Nadine Gordimer has always incorporated political themes into her novels, but her latest work turns its sights toward the domestic sphere. In No Time Like the Present, a South African activist couple struggles to find happiness in a world of their own making.
Sep 29, 2011 — Jonathan Franzen's much-discussed Freedom arrives in paperback, along with selected stories from William Trevor and a new Rick Bass novel set in 1950s Nashville. In nonfiction, Nelson Mandela opens the archives to his past, and Ian Frazier explores Siberia.
Sep 6, 2011 — Marsha Coleman-Adebayo served as a high-ranking black woman at the Environmental Protection Agency. She faced racism and sexism, then dealt with retaliation when calling out the EPA's failure to fulfill commitments made overseas. She speaks with guest host Jacki Lyden about her new book No Fear. This conversation contains sensitive content that may not be suitable for younger audiences.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Whale Caller by Zakes Mda. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Nov 30, 2010 — Literary Santa delivers his list of favorite fiction, nonfiction and poetry — a box of the best books from 2010 that he'd like to bring to your house on a snowy morning.
Dec 30, 2009 — During his lifetime, South African poet Dennis Brutus made incredible contributions to the fight against apartheid. Brutus died on December 26, 2009, after successfully battling segregation in athletics with global recognition. Fresh Air remembers the life and achievements of Brutus in this interview from 1986.