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Don Pin­nock, for­mer editor of Get­away mag­a­zine, is also a crim­i­nol­o­gist who co-drafted the Youth Jus­tice White Pa­per for the govern­ment.

He is one of South Africa’s ex­perts on gang­ster­ism and wrote the sem­i­nal book The Broth­er­hoods: Street Gangs and State Con­trol, Gangs, Rituals and Rites of Pas­sage, which caused quite a stir when it was pub­lished in 1984.

Pin­nock is a spe­cial­ist in ado­les­cent de­viance and founder of Usiko, a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion for high-risk young­sters.

His new book, Gang Town, is the prod­uct of his win­ning the City Press Non­fic­tion Award in 2013 and we’re pleased to see it will launch on March 21. African fic­tion that ev­ery­one had al­ways thought of but never ex­pressed – the fact that African nov­el­ists are not at their best when they at­tempt to rep­re­sent mo­ments of sex­ual in­ti­macy.” In­ter­view­ing lead­ing African ro­mance nov­el­ists, they be­lieve more writ­ers should seek to em­u­late the ef­forts of Su­danese nov­el­ist Tayeb Salih’s 1966 work, Sea­son of Mi­gra­tion to the North, “which pro­vides some of the most pow­er­ful and evoca­tive erotic mo­ments you’ll find in print”.

They do point out that con­tem­po­rary projects like the Jal­ada sex is­sue have taken to chal­leng­ing the aes­thet­ics of si­lence around sex in African fic­tion. Read about it at brit­tlepa­per.com. Ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­is­ers of Dur­ban’s top lit­er­ary fest, the fol­low­ing writ­ers have so far been con­firmed for the event start­ing on March 14:

Christa Biyela Mishka Hoosen Niq Mh­longo Euse­bius McKaiser Dav­ina Kawuma Mandla Ndlovu Panashe Chigu­madzi Nikhil Singh More will be added to this list as they are con­firmed.

Langa

– Phum­lani Sithebe

A TASTE OF LOVE

GANG TOWN

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