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Friday – 17th August 2018

‘You can’t fight for things with ferocity if you don’t also love with ferocity’ – Watch a video of Arundhati Roy’s Johannesburg event

Arundhati Roy was in Johannesburg yesterday to discuss her work with esteemed journalist Michele Magwood.

Don’t miss the launch of Sol Plaatje: A Life at African Flavour Books

African Flavour Books and Jacana Media invite you to the launch of Sol Plaatje: A Life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje 1876–1932 by Brian Willan.

One of the year’s best thrillers from the new Queen of Crime – Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, but one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods, and each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened.

Friday Night Book Club: Read an excerpt from AJ Pearce’s hilarious and moving debut novel Dear Mrs Bird

The Friday Night Book Club: Exclusive excerpts from Pan Macmillan every weekend! Stay in and relax this evening with a glass of wine …

Redi Tlhabi, Thandeka Gqubule, Steve Biko, Jacques Pauw and Marnus Broodryk up for Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award

The shortlist for the Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award – a prize for South African booksellers’ favourite book – has been announced.

Thursday – 16th August 2018

Meet Liza Smit and Raquel Lewis and get your copy of I am Liza Smit signed

Meet Liza Smit and Raquel Lewis and get your copy of I am Liza Smit signed.

Watch Arundhati Roy’s Johannesburg event live on Facebook tonight

Remember you can watch Arundhati Roy LIVE at her Johannesburg event on Penguin Random House SA’s Facebook page tonight!

The Good Fight by Danielle Steel – an inspiring, uplifting novel with resonance for our own time

The Good Fight by Danielle Steel is an inspiring, uplifting story of a woman changing the world as she herself is changed by it.

Only two weeks until Wilbur Smith’s new Courtney novel releases!

Courtney’s War by Wilbur Smith and David Churchill is the brand new Courtney Series novel, and the much-anticipated sequel to the global bestseller War Cry.

Wednesday – 15th August 2018

Win a Jamie Oliver hamper from Penguin Random House – including his new book Jamie Cooks Italy

Win one of two hampers, each with a copy of Jamie Cooks Italy, 5 Ingredients PLUS a Jamie Oliver Vintage 24 Piece Stainless Steel Cutlery Set worth R990! 

Join Life, in a Garden for a book discussion and lunch with Melusi Tshabalala, author of Melusi’s Everyday Zulu

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Life, in a Garden invite you to the launch of Melusi’s Everyday Zulu by Melusi Tshabalala.

The coolest cover reveal ever? Complete a puzzle online to see Mohale Mashigo’s new book!

Complete a puzzle online to reveal the cover for Mohale Mashigo’s new book!

The Lost Boys of Bird Island author Mark Minnie was following up ‘several leads’ at the time of his death

Before his death, Mark Minnie was ‘determined to reveal further evidence’ about the alleged paedophilia ring involving prominent National Party cabinet ministers revealed in his new book The Lost Boys of Bird Island, according to his publisher Tafelberg.

New from Zapiro! WTF: Capturing Zuma – A Cartoonist’s Tale

WTF is renowned cartoonist Zapiro’s account of the Zuma years in 400 brilliant cartoons and the stories behind them.

Tuesday – 14th August 2018

Find out more about the Firefly in this excerpt from Cat Among the Pigeons, the new book from David Muirhead

Inexplicable things that shine in the night tend to ignite the human imagination and fireflies predictably attract more than their fair share of superstition.

New book alert! You Make Me Possible: The Love Letters of Karina M Szczurek and André Brink

You Make Me Possible: The Love Letters of Karina M Szczurek and André Brink is out now from Protea Books. Novelist André …

Publishing legend Koos Human, the godfather of the ‘Sestigers’, dies aged 87

From NB Publishers: Koos Human, a giant of Afrikaans book publishing, died at his Cape Town home on Friday, 10 August 2018. …

This Mournable Body – the new novel from Tsitsi Dangarembga is here!

With her 1988 novel Nervous Conditions, Dangarembga became the first black Zimbabwean woman to publish a novel in English. The Book of Not, published in 2006, continued with Tambudzai’s story. This Mournable Body completes the trilogy, thirty years later.

New book alert! Business as Usual after Marikana – society looks on as miners are exploited, oppressed and dehumanised

Leave it to the president, government and ‘big business’ and we will die. This is the lesson learned from the Marikana massacre. At least it should have been, but still society looks on as miners are exploited, oppressed and dehumanised in the land of their birth.

New edition of Guy Butler’s Tales From The Old Karoo to celebrate the author’s centenary

First published in 1989, Guy Butler’s Tales From the Old Karoo is considered to be one of the classics of South African literature. In celebration of the author’s birth in 1918, this centenary issue is newly packaged and designed to appeal to a modern audience.