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Trevor Noah’s book Born A Crime wins Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award

Trevor Noah’s book took top honours, while The Book Lounge won best independent bookseller for the fourth year in a row, at the Sefika Awards last night.

Trevor Noah, Deon Meyer and Dikgang Moseneke 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 Open Book Festival programme is now live

The programme for the seventh Open Book Festival has been announced – with a record number of events!

South African Book Fair programme revealed

The programme for the 2017 South African Book Fair has been released!

Paulo Coelho interested in writing Black Coffee’s life story

Bestselling author Paulo Coelho is open to the idea of writing DJ Black Coffee’s life story.

Crime Writers Association Dagger Awards shortlists announced – including Nigerian author Leye Adenle

The shortlists for the prestigious UK Crime Writers Association Dagger Awards have been announced.

‘Science fiction and fantasy made me want to be a writer’: Colson Whitehead wins the Arthur C Clarke Award for The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead has won the 2017 Arthur C Clarke Award for his novel The Underground Railroad.

The first of its kind: Jacana Media to host a live book-pitching session

On 4 August 2017, Jacana Media publishers and a panel of experts will gather for a live book-pitching session!

Win a copy of Unpresidented: A Comedy of Errors by Paige Nick

The Reading List has got three copies of Unpresidented: A Comedy of Errors by Paige Nick to give away!   In the …

Number 1 works on his memoirs – Read an excerpt from Paige Nick’s hilarious new novel Unpresidented

In the irreverent tradition of her bestselling Death by Carbs, Paige Nick rounds up a fresh herd of sacred cows in another …

Mandela’s Last Years withdrawn by Penguin Random House South Africa out of respect for the late Mandela’s family

Penguin Random House South Africa has withdrawn new book Mandela’s Last Years, a memoir written by Vejay Ramlakan, the former head of Nelson Mandela’s medical team.

Nakhane Toure wins another best actor award for Inxeba – The Wound

Nakhane Touré won the Best Actor award at the prestigious Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) over the weekend for his role in the critically acclaimed gay isiXhosa film Inxeba‚ also known as The Wound.

Penguin Random House SA responds to legal action threat by Graça Machel over new book

Penguin Random House South Africa has released a statement after former president Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, threatened to sue over its new publication Mandela’s Last Years.

Exclusive reveal: Siphiwo Mahala’s play The House of Truth out soon, with a foreword by Cyril Ramaphosa

Siphiwo Mahala’s hit play The House of Truth will be published in book form soon, with a foreword by Cyril Ramaphosa.

Jonathan Jansen to launch book writing initiative for budding black writers

Professor Jonathan Jansen has announced plans for a series of book-writing workshops in ‘major townships’ across South Africa.

African perspectives on gender, social justice and sexuality: Africa in Dialogue interviews the Gerald Kraak Award shortlist

Africa in Dialogue has published an online collection of interviews with all the writers and artists shortlisted for the 2016 Gerald Kraak Award.

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Margie Orford steps down from PEN South Africa presidency, welcomes Nadia Davids to the role

Margie Orford is standing down from the presidency of PEN South Africa, with Nadia Davids set to take over.

Etisalat Prize for Literature call for entries and judging panel announced

The new judging panel for the Pan-African Etisalat Prize for Literature has been announced.

The many covers of Harry Potter

It’s 20 years since the publication of the first Harry Potter novel by JK Rowling.