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New book alert! The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi – a ‘companion’ novel to Kintu

A ‘magnificent’ new novel by award-winning Ugandan writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has been announced!

New anthology to celebrate 20 years of the Caine Prize for African Writing

The Caine Prize for African Writing has released a special edition anthology, celebrating the literary talent of 20 excellent African short stories since its inception in 2000.

Footnotes, November 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 …

Shortlist announced for the 2019 Morland Writing Scholarships for African writers

The Miles Morland Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Morland Writing Scholarships. The scholarships are open to anyone writing in …

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo jointly win the 2019 Booker Prize

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have jointly won the 2019 Booker Prize, for their novels The Testaments and Girl, Woman, Other, respectively. This is the …

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Footnotes, October 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 …

The Cockroach – Ian McEwan’s new Brexit satire pays tribute to Franz Kafka’s most famous work

In Ian McEwan’s new novella The Cockroach the main character, Jim Sams, undergo a metamorphosis from an average nobody to the most powerful man in Britain when he wakes up to find himself the Prime Minister.

International line-up announced for 2019 Poetry Africa Festival in Durban

The 23rd Poetry Africa Festival will take place in Durban from 7 – 12 October 2019.

Africa Century International African Writers Conference unveils 2019 line-up

The 8th annual Africa Century International African Writers Conference takes place in Pretoria in November. Event details Date: 7 November 2019 Venue: …

The bestselling books in South Africa – August 2019

This list represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous four weeks to 31 July 2019, and combines fiction and …

Footnotes, September 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 …

Sefika and SA Book Awards winners announced – Manage Your Money Like a F*cking Grown Up by Sam Beckbessinger wins grand prize

The Sefika and SA Book Award winners have been announced, with Manage Your Money Like a F*cking Grown Up by Sam Beckbessinger …

Don’t miss a book discussion of Our Words, Our Worlds: Writing on Black South African Women Poets at Wits (27 Aug)

WiSER, the Governing Intimacies project and UKZN Press invite you to a book discussion of Our Words, Our Worlds: Writing on Black South African Women Poets, 2000–2018, edited by Makhosazana Xaba.

Veels geluk aan al die finaliste van die ATKV-Woordveertjies 2019! (Plus: Video)

Die Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging (ATKV) het vroeër vandeesmaand die finaliste van die ATKV-Woordveertjies bekendgemaak.

Breaking news: Miché Solomon/Zephany Nurse will be telling her story at the Open Book Festival

Miché Solomon and Joanne Jowell will discuss the astonishing new memoir Zephany: Two Mothers One Daughter at the Open Book Festival in September. …

New book alert! Zadie Smith’s dazzling, first-ever short story collection Grand Union

Grand Union: Stories by Zadie Smith will be published in October 2019 by Penguin Random House.

The bestselling books in South Africa – July 2019

Our list is compiled from print sales data and other sources. It represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous …

The programme for the 2019 Open Book Festival has been revealed!

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

Footnotes, August 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!

2019 Booker Prize longlist announced – including two African authors

The 2019 Booker Prize longlist has been announced—described by the judges as ‘bold’, ‘lyrical’, ‘very diverse’ and ‘quite wild’.