Trevor Noah pens a ‘R50m’ memoir “A collection of personal essays” by comedy star Trevor Noah has been acquired by publisher Spiegel & Grau for release later this year. A local version will be published by Pan Macmillan.
Publishing circles have been speculating that the deal could be worth R50 million.
The first book by Noah’s The Daily Show predecessor, Jon Stewart, titled Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race, spent 10 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers’ list. Chimurenga pops up A programme of music, interviews and performances with Chimurenga Magazine collaborators in Cape Town, including People’s Education, Future Nostalgia, Lohla Amira and others, went down this week at the local mag’s two-day PASS exhibition.
The opening night launched Call it a Difficult Night, the first novel by young Rhodes graduate Mishka Hoosen, which tells the story of a woman who discovers that her disturbing childhood recollections are only a prelude to her dementia at the age of 30. Oxford Dictionary’s ‘rabid’ backlash Twitter exploded this week as a Canadian anthropologist tweeted his shock when he noticed that the word ‘rabid’, defined as “having or proceeding from fanatical support of or belief in something”, was explained in an example phrase as “a rabid feminist” in Oxford’s English dictionary.
It set off a chain of tweets that uncovered other “explicitly sexist” definitions, including “shrill” – defined as “the rising shrill of women’s voices”– and “psyche” – exemplified with “I will never really fathom the female psyche”. “Grating”, defined as “sounding harsh and unpleasant”, was illustrated with the phrase “her high, grating voice”, while the adjective “nagging” used the example phrase “a nagging wife”.
Oxford announced this week that the sentences were now under review.
– Garreth van Niekerk