The Reading List


Short Story Day Africa Prize shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the 2017 Short Story Day Africa Prize for Short Fiction has been revealed. This year’s prize theme is ‘ID’, …

RIP Philip Roth (1933 – 2018)

American literary icon Philip Roth died on Tuesday at the age of 85. The author’s literary agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed his death, …

Achille Mbembe honoured with 2018 Ernst Bloch Prize

Author and academic Achille Mbembe will receive the 2018 Ernst Bloch Prize this year.

Steinheist: New book by Rob Rose focuses on the biggest corporate scandal in South Africa’s history

NB Publishers has signed Financial Mail editor Rob Rose to write an explosive new book on the Steinhoff saga.

Barry Ronge Fiction Prize and the Alan Paton Award shortlists announced!

The shortlists for the Sunday Times Literary Awards have been announced!

Don’t miss the launch of new African short story collection The Gods Who Send Us Gifts at UJ with Wole Soyinka

The South African launch of the book The Gods Who Send Us Gifts: An Anthology of African Short Stories will take place at the University of Johannesburg.

2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

The six books on the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist have been revealed!

Details of Masande Ntshanga’s new novel Triangulum revealed!

Triangulum, the much-anticipated second novel from Masande Ntshanga, will be published by Two Dollar Radio in January 2019. The book is described by …

2018 Humanities and Social Sciences Awards winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Humanities and Social Sciences Awards have been announced. 

Support independent bookshops and publishers on Indiebookday! (24 March 2018)

On Saturday 24 March, independent publishers and booksellers propose readers to celebrate Indie Book Day.

Line-up of local and international authors announced for 2018 Franschhoek Literary Festival

The programme for the 2018 Franschhoek Literary Festival has been revealed!

Children’s book celebrates the science behind skin colour: Skin We are In by Sindiwe Magona and Nina G Jablonski

One of South Africa’s literary stalwarts, Sindiwe Magona, has teamed up with world-renowned American anthropologist, Nina G Jablonski, to create Skin We are In, a much-needed book about race and skin colour for children.

2018 Humanities and Social Sciences Awards longlists announced

The 2018 Humanities and Social Sciences Awards longlists have been revealed! Fiction nominees include Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, Sarah Godsell, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, Kopano Matlwa and Jolyn Phillips, …

Author Ishtiyaq Shukri on being a victim of sexual abuse in South Africa’s Church of England: ‘Why I find Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s statements regarding Oxfam painful and hypocritical’

Ishtiyaq Shukri has written an open letter in which he addresses Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s recent stepping down as an ambassador for Oxfam after the …

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi wins $165,000 Windham-Campbell Prize for her debut novel, Kintu

Ugandan writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has won a prestigious 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction for her debut novel, Kintu.

Cynthia Jele’s next book: Title and cover revealed

Kwela Books has revealed the title and a sneak peek of Cynthia Jele’s next novel!

NB Publishers on Hawks raid of Jacques Pauw’s home: ‘We condemn this jackboot move in the strongest of terms’

NB Publishers has released a statement following a raid by the Hawks on the home of Jacques Pauw, author of the controversial book The President’s Keepers.

Niq Mhlongo: The banning of Inxeba is illegal

Niq Mhlongo, author and City Editor of the Johannesburg Review of Books, has written a response to the recent effective banning of Inxeba: The Wound.

Part of your water crisis survival kit: 101 Water Wise Ways by Helen Moffett

101 Water Wise Ways by Helen Moffett – an essential guide for those dealing with the Cape water crisis and for general water saving in South and southern Africa, a notoriously water-scarce region.

Feminism Is: A collection of fresh, contemporary feminist writing from South Africans

Do you call yourself a feminist? What does this mean in your daily life?