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Kenyan author and activist Binyavanga Wainaina dies, aged 48

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

Asymptote Journal announces a new essay writing contest judged by JM Coetzee

Asymptote, a journal dedicated to world literature in translation, has announced a new contest, to be judged by JM Coetzee.

2019 Media24 Books Prizes shortlists announced – Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, Niq Mhlongo and Kirsten Miller up for Herman Charles Bosman Prize!

Media24 Books has announced the shortlists for the 2019 Media24 Books Prizes. This year, prizes to the value of R210,000 in total …

The Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club celebrates World Book Day

The Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club will celebrate World Book Day with a panel discussion entitled ‘Parents’ involvement is the number one predictor of early literacy success and future academic achievement’.

ANCYL Free State calls for burning of Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s ‘puke disguised as a book’ Gangster State

The ANC Youth League in the Free State Province has said it will burn copies of Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s new book Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture.

Protesters rip up books, disrupt launch of Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s Gangster State

Protesters disrupted the launch of Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s new book Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture at Exclusive Books Sandton City last night.

Throw Madam from the Train by Nandipha Gantsho wins 2019 City Press/Tafelberg Nonfiction Award

Nandipha Gantsho has been announced as the winner of the prestigious City Press/Tafelberg Nonfiction Award for her manuscript Throw Madam from the Train. …

Join Prof. Ntongela Masilela for a seminar at JIAS titled ‘Ezekiel Mphahlele: An Incomparable Figure for all Horizons’

The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study invites you to a seminar titled ‘Ezekiel Mphahlele: An Incomparable Figure for all Horizons’, presented by Prof. Ntongela Masilela.

Join the Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club in celebrating indigenous languages

As we celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages, The Miriam Tlali Reading and Book Club invites you a panel discussion on the theme ‘Literacy in Indigenous Languages as the Foundation of Community, Economic, Social and Political Advancement’.

2019 Time of the Writer Festival programme announced – Niq Mhlongo on board as curator

The line-up and programme for the 22nd Time of the Writer Festival have been announced!

Career opportunity: NB Publishers is hiring! (Publisher/Editor: South African Nonfiction)

NB Publishers is looking for a Publisher/Editor in their South African Nonfiction division. Job details: Apply here Publisher/Editor: South African Nonfiction Media24 …

Cover reveal! A brand new edition of Nthikeng Mohlele’s debut novel The Scent of Bliss

The Scent of Bliss, the seminal debut novel from award-winning author Nthikeng Mohlele, is being released in a new edition!

Kwela 25: Iconic SA publisher celebrates 25 years of local publishing

Kwela Books is celebrating 25 years of local publishing this year, and will be hosting an event at Exclusive Books to celebrate. 

New book alert! Manchester Happened – a new collection of short stories by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, author of Kintu

Manchester Happened is the masterful new collection of short stories by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi.

10 fabulous recipe books for festive feasting

The festive season is a time of family feasting – have a browse of these recently published cookbooks for inspiration! From South …

Helen Moffett signs two-book UK deal, beginning with Pride and Prejudice-inspired historical novel

Helen Moffett’s novel Charlotte, which will tell the story of Elizabeth Bennet’s friend in Pride and Prejudice, has been acquired by Bonnier Books UK, as part of a two-book deal.

Kyle Allan appointed editor of poetry journal New Coin

Well-known KwaZulu-Natal poet Kyle Allan will edit the poetry journal New Coin from January 2019.

Abantu Book Festival organisers announce new additions to this year’s programme – including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!

Abantu Book Festival organisers have announced some additional international guests of this year’s event, namely Odafe Atogun, Lola Shoneyin and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. …

2018 City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award finalists announced

The five finalists for the prestigious City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award have been revealed! The biennial prize is awarded to a new …