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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

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