The Reading List


Kopano Matlwa, Zinzi Clemmons and Fiona Melrose reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Johannesburg was the focus in the Times Literary Supplement this month, with a review of Kopano Matlwa’s Period Pain, Zinzi Clemmons’s What We Lose and Fiona Melrose’s Johannesburg.

Niq Mhlongo reveals cover for his next book, Soweto, Under the Apricot Tree

Niq Mhlongo has revealed the prospective cover for his next book, a collection of short stories to be titled Soweto, Under the Apricot Tree.

Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ considers key questions around the misreading of African literature in The Rise of the African Novel

The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity, and Ownership, a new book by Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ, will be out in March 2018 from University of Michigan Press’s African Perspectives series.

Keorapetse Kgositsile’s Homesoil in My Blood – a selection from his life’s work – out soon from Xarra Books

A new book of poetry by Keorapetse Kgositsile will be out soon from Xarra Books. The book, titled Homesoil in My Blood: …

Full Abantu Book Festival programme revealed – get your tickets now!

The full programme for the Abantu Book Festival has been revealed!

Win 1 of 10 R1000 vouchers or a book hamper with the Exclusive Books Christmas catalogue, edited by Nik Rabinowitz

The Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue 2017 is out and it’s edited by the hilarious Nik Rabinowitz. The catalogue contains over 130 books to …

Entries open for Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction and Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

Submissions are open for the 2018 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.

African artists: Apply for the Africa Centre’s Artist In Residency programmes

Africa Centre is accepting applications for its 2017 Artist In Residency (AIR) Programmes in Australia, Brazil, Spain, Italy and the United States.

Poetry publishers and self-published poets invited to enter the 2018 Ingrid Jonker Prize

THE 2018 INGRID JONKER PRIZE FOR ENGLISH POETRY This is a call for submissions for the Ingrid Jonker Prize 2018. Publishers or …

Zinzi Clemmons: Women of colour must divest from Lena Dunham

Zinzi Clemmons, author of What We Lose, has condemned Lena Dunham’s ‘hipster racism’, saying: ‘She cannot have our words if she cannot respect us.’

Reading to Write: Don’t miss this Abantu Book Festival warm-up event with Athambile Masola and Sihle Khumalo

Kaya FM and the Abantu Book Festival bring you their first book club meeting of the summer!

Gabeba Baderoon and PEN SA call for immediate release of Equatorial Guinean cartoonist and activist Ramón Esono Ebalé

Gabeba Baderoon has written to the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, calling for the release of …

Chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing, Delia Jarrett-Macauley, included on Powerlist 2018

Delia Jarrett-Macauley, the first African Chair of the Caine Prize, has been included on the 2018 Powerlist, which honours the most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage in the United Kingdom.

Career opportunities at the South African Book Fair and South African Book Development Council

The South African Book Development Council (SABDC) has advertised four career opportunities. The SABDC is responsible for the South African Book Fair and …

Two books that tell the unsettling tale of South Africa’s descent

South Africa has produced two must-read thrillers in the past week. They are non-fiction, yet are as gripping and readable as any page-turner.

NB Publishers and The President’s Keepers author Jacques Pauw respond to the State Security Agency

NB Publishers and The President’s Keepers author Jacques Pauw have responded to the State Security Agency’s cease-and-desist letter.

State Security Agency threatens criminal charges over Jacques Pauw’s Zuma exposé The President’s Keepers

NB Publishers has received a cease-and-desist letter for ‘Unlawful Publication of Classified Information’ from the State Security Agency regarding Jacques Pauw’s explosive new book The President’s Keepers.

Sign up for the Abantu Book Festival Creative Writing Masterclass with Nthikeng Mohlele and Zukiswa Wanner

Nthikeng Mohlele and Zukiswa Wanner will be leading a Creative Writing Masterclass at this year’s Abantu Book Festival!

Wole Soyinka’s Inaugural Lecture at the University of Johannesburg

Professor Wole Soyinka joined ​the University of Johannesburg as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the University’s Faculty of Humanities this year.

New African literature is disrupting what Western presses prize

African literature is the object of immense international interest across both academic and popular registers. Far from the field’s earlier, post-colonial association with marginality, a handful of star “Afropolitan” names are at the forefront of global trade publishing.