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British-born Nigerian writer Tade Thompson has won the 2019 Arthur C Clarke Award for his novel Rosewater

Tade Thompson’s novel Rosewater has won the Arthur C Clarke Award, the UK’s most prestigious prize for science fiction.

The bestselling books in South Africa – June

This list represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous four weeks to 6 June 2019, and combines fiction and non-fiction bestsellers.

First-ever book festival on the Cape Flats announced: The Read to Rise Book Festival (31 Aug-1 Sep)

A new book festival to be held in Mitchells Plain has been announced by Read to Rise.

2019 South African Book Fair – find out more about the authors and events!

The 2019 South African Book Fair will take place from 6–8 September at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.

Footnotes, July 2019: Book links from around the web

At The Reading List, we’re trainspotters when it comes to interesting book links, and here are a number that caught our eye over the last month. Browse and enjoy!

New book alert! The Death of Jesus by JM Coetzee – the final book in the trilogy that includes The Childhood of Jesus and The Schooldays of Jesus

The Death of Jesus, the new novel by JM Coetzee, will be published by Text Publishing in October 2019.

Dip into an excerpt from T.C. Farren’s new novel The Book of Malachi, a gripping thriller with a speculative twist

Malachi Dakwaa is mute and utterly disconnected from human beings when he gets an extraordinary job offer. In exchange for six months as warder on a top-secret organ farming project, Frasier Pharmaceuticals will graft a new tongue for him. Malachi takes the deal.

2019 Media24 Books Prizes winners announced – Niq Mhlongo awarded Herman Charles Bosman Prize

Financial Mail editor Rob Rose, novelist and short story writer Niq Mhlongo, poet Gabeba Baderoon and octagenarian debut author Andries Buys are among the recipients of the 2019 Media24 Books Literary Prizes awarded in Cape Town last night (Thursday, 13 June 2019).

The bestselling books in South Africa – May

This list represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous four weeks to 2 May 2019, and combines fiction and non-fiction bestsellers.

Footnotes, June 2019: Book links from around the web

At The Reading List, we’re trainspotters when it comes to interesting book links, and here are a number that caught our eye …

Find out which authors will be at the 2019 Open Book Festival in Cape Town

The Open Book Festival has announced the first group of authors that will be at the event this year!

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. …