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Karl Ove Knausgaard wins 2017 Jerusalem Prize for literature

Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard has been awarded the Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society.

Roger Moore completed book manuscript two weeks before he died

James Bond star Roger Moore completed the manuscript for an as-yet-untitled book just two weeks before his death, The Bookseller reports.

2017 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize shortlist announced

After months of evaluation and deliberation it is finally time to reveal the shortlist for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, in association with Porcupine Ridge. The winner, who will receive R100 000, will be announced on Saturday June 24.

2017 Alan Paton Award for non-fiction shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction has been announced!

H Melt and Victor Yates win Lambda Literary’s Judith A Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers

Lambda Literary, a nonprofit organisation promoting LGBTQ literature in the United States, has announced the recipients of the 2017 Judith A Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers.

William Kentridge wins the Princess of Asturias Award, Spain’s most prestigious art prize

William Kentridge has been awarded Spain’s most prestigious art prize, the Princess of Asturias award.

Zakes Mda’s message for Africa Month

The theme for Africa Month this year is ‘The Year of OR Tambo: Building a Better Africa and a Better World’.

Internationally renowned South African author Karel Schoeman dies

Internationally renowned South African author Karel Schoeman (77) died on Monday night in the Noorderbloem old age home in Bloemfontein, where he lived for the past ten years, reports News24.

Mongane Wally Serote calls on government to prescribe more South African literature

Now, Serote urges the ministers of higher education and of basic education to prescribe more South African literature – literature representative of the voices of the South African people – in South African schools.

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The Johannesburg Review of Books launched in South Africa

The Johannesburg Review of Books, a new publication giving a view of world literature through African eyes, debuts on May 1, 2017.

The new book by Chigozie Obioma​ – author of The Fishermen – has been announced

The Bookseller reports that Little, Brown has acquired the new novel from Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma.

Rutanang Book Fair moves online – participants revealed

The Rutanang Book Fair has announced a move online, and has also announced this year’s line up!

Mongane Wally Serote to receive honorary doctorate from University of Johannesburg

Struggle poet and novelist Professor Mongane Wally Serote will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Johannesburg.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance author Robert Pirsig dies at 88

“Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values” sold 50,000 copies in three months and more than 5 million in the decades since. The dense tome has been translated into at least 27 languages. A reviewer for the New Yorker likened

NPR reread Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale ahead of new TV series

As you’ve probably heard, dystopian literature is having something of a resurgence with old favorites by George Orwell and Aldous Huxley flying off shelves and into op-ed pages. Margaret Atwood’s book “The Handmaid’s Tale” is among them. And with a m

2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist announced

The 2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist of six books has been revealed.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Achille Mbembe elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected 228 new National and International Scholars, Artists, Philanthropists, and Business Leaders.

Shortlists announced for 2017 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans

The shortlists for the Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans have been announced, with Nick Wood, Tade Thompson, A Igoni Barrett, …

2017 Hugo Award finalists announced

The finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards have been announced.

Imbolo Mbue wins 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for debut novel Behold the Dreamers

Imbolo Mbue has won the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her debut novel Behold the Dreamers.