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Petition: An urgent appeal for the sale of books during Lockdown Stage 4

A petition has been launched to appeal for the sale of books during lockdown stage 4. 

A PDF in your inbox: South African writers talk free books and the value of life-sustaining royalties

To mark World Book and Copyright Day (Thursday 23 April 2020), the South African Book Fair announced an online discussion on free books and the value of copyright in providing writers with life-sustaining royalties.

Footnotes, April 2020: 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. …

Joburgers! Love Books remains open and is ready to deliver books (and wine!) to your door

Your friendly neighbourhood bookshop, Love Books, is waiting for your order! Joburg’s favourite independent bookshop Love Books is offering a free courier …

Capetonians! Don’t want to leave the house? Get The Book Lounge to come to you!

Your friendly neighbourhood bookshop, The Book Lounge, is ready and waiting for your order! Cape Town’s favourite independent bookshop The Book Lounge …

Join the Virtual Book Launch for Irna van Zyl’s new novel Blood Stone on Twitter (18 Mar 2020)

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, The Reading List will host a virtual book launch for Irna van Zyl’s new crime novel Blood Stone this evening! (6 pm, Wednesday 18 March 2020.)

South African publishers cancel all forthcoming book launch events

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, South African publishers have decided to postpone or cancel all upcoming book launch events until further …

2020 Franschhoek Literary Festival cancelled because of COVID-19

The Franschhoek Literary Festival, which was due to take place from 15 to 17 May 2020 in Cape Town, has been cancelled, ‘in light of the growing concerns about the global spread of COVID-19’.

Durban’s Time of the Writer book festival cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic (alternative digital version being planned)

Book events are being cancelled all over the world in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the latest loss is Durban’s Time of the Writer Festival. 

Love Books and The Book Lounge cancel book launches until further notice – but will need your support, so keep buying books! (Home delivery available)

Two of our favourite independent bookshops, Love Books and The Book Lounge, have announced that they have decided to cancel all book launches until further notice.

Footnotes, March 2020: 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 …

Footnotes, February 2020: 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 …

Is a Bigfoot-like being living in the Knysna forest? Find out more about the South African cryptid, the otang

Beyond the Secret Elephants: Of Mystery, Elephants and Discovery, Gareth Patterson’s long-awaited sequel to The Secret Elephants, is out now from Tracey McDonald Publishers.

2020 Time of the Writer Festival – dates and authors announced

The dates and initial line-up for the 2020 Time of the Writer Festival have been announced!

Footnotes, January 2020: 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 …

Friday Night Book Club exclusive: Read the first chapter of The Confession by Jessie Burton, the bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse

The Confession is a luminous, powerful and deeply moving novel about secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves.

Footnotes, December 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 …

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 …