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Wordsetc: Third Edition Out Now

Vol 1 Issue 3Wordsetc: What third edition is about

Apt for Women’s Month, the third edition is a dedicated to women writers. It’s called “Women & Words”. It looks at the gender issues through the prism of literature. It has some exciting and stimulating content. The lead story is about Olive Schreiner, written by Heather Parker Lewis, who describes herself as a Schreiner groupie. Other contributors are Jo-Anne Richards (My Brother’s Book), who writes about how she composes her characters as well as Anne Landsman (The Rowing Lesson). There’s also an exciting story about the plight of Mumbai bar dance girls, while local women publishers tell us what makes them choose manuscripts – gender or quality.

More about Wordsetc
Wordsetc is a classy journal that promotes the consumption of South African literature. It also features great writing from elsewhere in the world. It primarily seeks to provide a platform for emerging writers while paying homage to past literary greats. A quarterly, it launched in December 2007. So far three editions have come out. Most people have responded very positively to its emergence.

What some people have said about Wordsetc

“Wordsetc is an essential new voice, not only for readers already hooked on African writing but for those who’d like to read more but aren’t quite sure what. Well researched and written lead articles like those on Sol Plaatje, Es’kia Mphahlele and Ingrid Jonker, solid book reviews and insightful features like Why I Write and Writing Lives should guarantee Wordsetc an honoured place in readers’ homes and all South African libraries – if only there were more.” – Jenny Hobbs, Franschhoek

“Often as South Africans we tend to look to overseas texts as a means of fulfillment as we struggle to accept South Africa as a literary nation. Wordsetc aims to challenge such a mindset and takes into consideration that South Africa has indeed much to offer on the literary side of things.” – Elizabeth Joss

“As a writer who treasures writing and beauty, I wanted to write to express my gratitude to you for the inspiration of Wordsetc. I am struck by the high quality of everything from the layout, the photography and the writing.” –Barbara Nussbaum, Johannesburg

Wordsetc is R49.95. Subscription is R170 for four copies. The website is

Where can you find Wordsetc

Available at all Exclusive Books and CNA, as well as at these independent bookstores and outlets:

Xarra Books
Parkhurst Bookstore
Books Unlimited (Greenside)
Arternatives Gallery (Mall of Rosebank)
Service Station Cafe (Melville)
Protea Books (Hatfield)
Bookbinders (Fourways Crossing)
Bookdealers of Melville
Bookdealers of Bryanston

Western Cape

The Book Lounge
Clarke’s Bookstore
Kalk Bay Books
The Book Cottage (Hermanus)
Readers’ Paradise (Kloof Street)
Bright House Decor Store (cnr Shortmarket and Bree streets, CT)
Protea Books (Stellenbosch)


Adams (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts
The White Cottage (Nottingham Road, Midlands)
Urban Zulu (Berea Road)
Ike’s Books and Collectables (Florida Road)


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    August 29th, 2008 @11:12 #

    I finally got my hands on my copy of Words Etc from The Book Lounge today and I'm so impressed.

    Crunchy carrots galore for Zukiswa Wanner and Rayda Jacobs and Joanne Jowell (although I strongly disagree with the Chameleon stick), smart insightful (and sometimes inciteful) interviews / features / essays on women writers and publishers from Mamphela Ramphele to regulars like Michelle Matthews and Colleen Higgs, Liesl Jobson, Kathryn White and Henrietta Rose-Innes. And a wonderfully silly picture of me being attacked by Moxy mutants on the rampage.

    Phakama, you're doing a very fine job on a wonderful journal. Thank you.

    Everyone else: go buy it.

    And Louis, I suspect Words Etc might be the perfect avenue for those Believer-style author-on-author* interviews we were talking about way back when, if Phakama would be interested.

    (*nothing like Richard and Sarah's shelf-side promiscuity please)

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sarah Lotz</a>
    Sarah Lotz
    August 29th, 2008 @12:00 #

    Just got a copy - about to be fired as can't stop reading it! Brilliant (loved seeing Shakespeare & Co in there - was naughty there once or twice...) Thank you for fab mag.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    August 29th, 2008 @12:17 #

    When Sarah says "naughty" what she means is that she may or may not have nicked reading material from the famed Parisian bookstore during her misspent youth, as detailed in Pompidou Posse.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sarah Lotz</a>
    Sarah Lotz
    August 29th, 2008 @12:39 #

    Thanks A LOT, Lauren. Now MI6 will defintely reject my application.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    August 29th, 2008 @13:51 #

    Which means you'll have to keep writing kickass cool scripts for television instead of playing super-hot secret agent girl. Mwahahaha, my evil plan of sabotaging your spy career is working...


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