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She tells it like it is, and some don’t want to hear it – USA Today features Koleka Putuma

South Africa’s new generation of slam poets, with Koleka Putuma the ‘leading light’, has been featured by Alexa Cole for USA Today.

2017 Writivism Prize shortlists announced – with stories from South Africa, Cameroon, Malawi and Nigeria

The shortlists for the 2017 Writivism Short Story Prize and the Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Non-fiction have been announced!

South African youngsters beat world’s best at ‘the Olympics of reading’

A team of four South African boys has won the World Final of the global Kids Lit Quiz in Toronto, Canada – an event widely known as ‘the Olympics of reading’.

Two new Zadie Smith books announced, including her first historical novel

Two new books by Zadie Smith have been announced: a collection of her best short fiction over almost two decades, and her first work of historical fiction.

Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death in development at HBO with George RR Martin as executive producer

Nnedi Okorafor’s novel Who Fears Death is in development as a TV series at HBO, with George RR Martin executive producing.

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