The Bed Book of Short Stories
edited by Lauri Kubuitsile, Joanne Hichens
Lauri Kubuitsile's short story ‘In the spirit of McPhineas Lata’ in the collection has been shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing 2011.
The bed, dressed in hand sewn quilt or threadbare blanket, may in and of itself be memorable, but it is what happens in the bed - the sex and lovemaking, the dreams, the reading, the nightmares, the rest, giving birth and dying - which give "bed" special meaning. Whether a bed is shared with a book, a child, a pet or a partner, whether lovers lie in ecstasy or indifference, whether "bed" relates to intimacy or betrayal, it is memories and recollections of "bed", in whatever form, which have triggered the writing of these thirty stories by women from southern Africa. Well known writers Joanne Fedler, Sarah Lotz, Arja Salafranca, Rosemund Handler and Liesl Jobson will delight, but you will discover here new writers from Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia and Zambia, each with a unique voice as they cast light on the intimate lives of women living in this part of the world and the possibilities that are both available to and denied them. The Bed Book of short stories - some quirky and tender, others traumatic or macabre - is the perfect companion to take to bed with you, to keep you reading long into the night.
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About the Editors
Lauri Kubuitsile is an award-winning, full time writer in Botswana. She has published numerous books: for children, young adults and adults, while her short stories been published on four continents. She’s also written two television series for Botswana Television. Her awards include the Golden Baobab Literary Prize – junior category in 2009 and senior category in 2010, the BTA/ Anglo Platinum Short Story Contest (RSA- 2007) and the Orange Botswerere Prize for Creative Writing (2007). In 2011 her story "In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata" was shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize.
Joanne Hichens holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. She co-authored a crime novel, Out To Score (2006), has authored the teen novel, Stained, short-listed for the Sanlam Youth Literature award and published in 2009 as part of the Ransom Press Cutting Edge series. She has written for a number of magazines, newspapers and anthologies, and has edited various works including the first SA crime fiction short story collection Bad Company (2009).