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Dates and venues announced for the second Abantu Book Festival

The Abantu Book Festival organisers have revealed the first poster for the event, as December approaches.

House of Stone, the debut novel from Novuyo Tshuma, eagerly anticipated in the UK

Novuyo Tshuma’s first novel House of Stone will be published by Atlantic Books in the UK in June 2018.

Don’t miss Siphiwo Mahala’s hit play The House of Truth at The Theatre on the Square

Siphiwo Mahala’s play The House of Truth will be showing at The Theatre on the Square at Nelson Mandela Square from 31 October.

Public invited to the unveiling of Can Themba’s tombstone in Soweto this weekend

Can Themba’s tombstone will be unveiled in Soweto this weekend. Themba died in Swaziland 50 years ago. His remains have now been …

Judging the Man Booker Prize: how I read 145 novels in seven months

A daunting prospect. Thomas Hawk, CC BY-NC-SA Back in 2014, Dinah Birch explained what it was like to be a Man Booker …

New isiZulu publishing company Kwasukela Books launches with call for submissions

New isiZulu fiction publishing company Kwasukela Books is launching with a call for submissions for its first anthology of short stories.

Remember Can Themba on the 50th anniversary of his death at the launch of The House Of Truth by Siphiwo Mahala

The House of Truth by Siphiwo Mahala – a play inspired by the life of Can Themba – will be launched this month.

5th annual Neville Alexander Commemorative Conference to focus on decolonisation, education and language

The 5th Annual Neville Alexander Commemorative Conference will take place on Friday, 8 September, 2017, at the University of Johannesburg.

Presenting the new Binyavanga Wainaina Archive – and it needs your help

A group of people have gathered together to honour Binyavanga Wainaina by putting together an archive of his work.

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.