The Reading List


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.

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.

Calls increase for the release of jailed Bangladeshi writer and photographer Shahidul Alam

Organisations and individuals around the world have condemned the arrest of internationally renowned writer, photographer and activist Shahidul Alam. Writer Antjie Krog, …

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.

The programme for the 2018 Open Book Festival has been revealed!

The full programme has been announced for the eighth Open Book Festival!

SA Book Fair programme revealed – featuring 120 authors

The programme for the 2018 South African Book Fair has been revealed!

Bom Boy, Yewande Omotoso’s first novel, to be published in the US in January 2019

Yewande Omotoso’s debut novel Bom Boy will be published in the United States by Catalyst Press in January 2019. Catalyst Press is an …

OK, Mr Field – the striking debut novel from South African poet Katharine Kilalea

South African poet Katharine Kilalea’s debut novel OK, Mr Field will be published by Faber and Faber in June 2018.

Read an excerpt from Walking to Australia, David Robbins’s remarkable memoir

Read an excerpt from Walking to Australia: 21st Century Excursions into Humanity’s Greatest Migration by David Robbins.

Call for entries: City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award

The closing date has been moved from 30 June 2018 to 31 July 2018.

Jacques Pauw, Eben Venter, Ken Barris and Marlene van Niekerk among the winners at 2018 Media24 Books Prizes

The winners of the 2018 Media24 Books Prizes were announced in Cape Town on Thursday, 14 June 2018. Novelist Eben Venter won …

Homebru 2018: More than 50 books celebrating the best of South African fiction and non-fiction

Exclusive Books has announced this year’s Homebru selection, celebrating the best of South African books. There are more than 50 books in this …

Shortlists for 2018 Media24 Books Literary Awards announced

Redi Tlhabi, Jacques Pauw, Qarnita Loxton, Marlene van Niekerk and Michiel Heyns are among the authors shortlisted for this year’s Media24 Books Literary Awards.

Open Book Festival announces first group of authors confirmed for Cape Town

The first group of authors has been announced for the eighth Open Book Festival! This year’s Open Book will take place from …

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.