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Fri – 24th May 2019

Friday Night Book Club: Read an excerpt from Lucy Diamond’s compelling and beautifully written novel Something To Tell You

‘Come on, then, she said to herself. This is your moment. The one you’ve been thinking about for the last six months. Are you going to knock or what?’

Thu – 23rd May 2019

WIN 1 of 3 pairs of impeccably written novels by the award-winning authors Masande Ntshanga and Lauri Kubuitsile

Shake up your shelf life! Three lucky winners will each receive a copy of Triangulum AND But Deliver Us From Evil, courtesy of Penguin Random House!

Save the date: Cape Town, Joburg and Pretoria launches of Bradley Steyn’s astonishing true-life thriller Undercover with Mandela’s Spies

Come join us for an evening with Bradley Steyn, the author of the astonishing true life thriller Undercover With Mandela Spies.

Join Adam Habib for the Durban launch of his new book Rebels and Rage: Reflecting on #FeesMustFall

Jonathan Ball Publishers, Adams Booksellers and Ike’s Books and Collectables invite you to the launch of Rebels and Rage: Reflecting on #FeesMustFall by Adam Habib.

The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey provides readers with a beautiful resource for overcoming fear and finding your calling

Everyone has a purpose. And, according to Oprah Winfrey, ‘Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honour your calling in the best way possible.’

Wed – 22nd May 2019

Read an extract from Ian McEwan’s provocative and thrilling new novel Machines Like Me

‘While his batteries began to charge, I made us coffee then scrolled through the 470-page online handbook. Its language was mostly clear and precise. But Adam was created across different agencies and in places the instructions had the charm of a nonsense poem. “Unreveal upside of B347k vest to gain carefree emoticon with motherboard output to attenuate mood-swing penumbra.”‘

Don’t miss the launch of Soft Magic, the debut collection of prose and poetry from Malawian writer Upile Chisala, at The Book Lounge (30 May)

Soft Magic is the debut collection of prose and poetry by Malawian writer, Upile Chisala. This book explores the self, joy, blackness, gender, matters of the heart, the experience of Diaspora, spirituality and most of all, how we survive. Soft Magic is a shared healing journey.

The Real Interior by Nthabi Taukobong

The Real Interior not only allows the reader a behind-the-scenes peek into the glitz and glamour of design and decor, but into a career once never considered an option for a young girl, born in Soweto.

You are invited to the launch of The Real Interior by Nthabi Taukobong

Join Tracey McDonald Publishers at Exclusive Books in Dainfern Square for the launch of Nthabi Taukobong’s book, The Real Interior.

Kenyan author and activist Binyavanga Wainaina dies, aged 48

Kenyan author and activist Binyavanga Wainaina has passed away, at the age of 48.

Listen to an excerpt from Nathaniel Rich’s groundbreaking book Losing Earth: The Decade We Could Have Stopped Climate Change

Pan Macmillan has shared an excerpt from Losing Earth: The Decade We Could Have Stopped Climate Change by Nathaniel Rich.

Publication date at last for The Mirror and the Light, the final novel of Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy

The Mirror and the Light, the final novel of Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy, will be released in March 2020.

Tue – 21st May 2019

Their fate is in our hands. Can we save them? Don’t miss the launch of The Last Elephants at Exclusive Books Rosebank (6 June)

Penguin Random House and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of The Last Elephants, compiled by Don Pinnock and Colin Bell.

Join Lerato Mogoatlhe for the Cape Town launch of Vagabond at The Book Lounge (28 May)

BlackBird Books and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of Vagabond by Lerato Mogoatlhe.

Don’t miss Heather Morris, author of the international bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz, in Joburg (22 May)

Bookdealers and Jonathan Ball Publishers invite you to the launch of The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.

These Are Not Gentle People: Two murders. 40 suspects. The trial that broke a small South African town

From the author of The Mayor of Mogadishu, a mesmerising examination of a small town trying to cope with a trauma that threatens to tear it in two.

Mon – 20th May 2019

Join Pieter-Louis Myburgh and Mondli Makhanya for a book talk on Gangster State at Love Books (30 May)

Penguin Random House and Love Books invite you to a discussion of Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s new book Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture.

Harris Dousemetzis, author of The Man Who Killed Apartheid, will be in conversation with Marianne Thamm at The Book Lounge (21 May)

Jacana Media and The Book Lounge invite you to an evening with Harris Dousemetzis, author of The Man Who Killed Apartheid: The Life of Dimitri Tsafendas.

Return to the world of the multi-million-copy bestselling Chocolat with Joanne Harris’s new novel The Strawberry Thief

The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers!