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Don’t miss the launch of Hedley Twidle’s new book of essays, Firepool, at Love Books

Hedley Twidle will be chatting to Simon van Schalkwyk at Love Books in Melville on Thursday, 17 August.

The Rise of African Speculative Fiction: A special issue of The Manchester Review

This month The Manchester Review focuses on African speculative fiction, featuring work from Lauren Beukes, Nnedi Okorafor, Nick Mulgrew, Dilman Dila and Doreen Baingana, among others.

Celebrating suppressed voices: Kimberley Book Fair dates and participants announced

The dates and participants for the 2017 Kimberley Book Fair have been announced.

Bank of England unveils new £10 note to commemorate 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death

‘Austen’s novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published.’

Hilary Mantel fans will have to wait a little longer for her final Cromwell novel

Hilary Mantel says it is ‘increasingly unlikely’ that the last novel in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy will be published by next June.

A library is not just a refuge for the intellect, but for the whole person

If a library is just where a society keeps its books, then it’s easy to see why many people no longer perceive libraries as relevant.

The first read of Arundhati Roy’s new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

The Guardian has shared an exclusive excerpt from The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy.

The curious Trump-apartheid connection: Read an excerpt from Apartheid Guns and Money

The Daily Maverick has shared an excerpt from Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit by Hennie van Vuuren, published by Jacana Media.

Don’t miss the launch of new short story collection Queer Africa 2

Queer Africa 2, the follow-up anthology to Queer Africa: new and collected fiction, will be launched at Wits University on 3 June.

A must-read for aspiring writers: Nick Mulgrew’s open letter about the state of South African poetry

The open submissions period inspired uHlanga’s publisher, Nick Mulgrew, to write an open letter about poetry in South Africa,and what he believes writers could learn from his experience.

Bill Clinton and James Patterson team up to write political thriller

Bestselling author James Patterson is teaming up with former United States President Bill Clinton to write a new novel, The President Is Missing.

Bontle Senne, author of the Shadow Chasers series for kids, chats to Nal’ibali

Bontle Senne has written two books for tweens in the nail-biting Shadow Chasers series – Power of the Knife and Lake of Memories – and hopes to publish the third before she turns 30 in October this year.

George Bizos to deliver annual Nadine Gordimer Lecture at Wits

Advocate George Bizos will deliver this year’s Nadine Gordimer Lecture at Wits University.

Arthur C Clarke Award for best science fiction shortlist announced!

The six shortlisted books for the Arthur C Clarke Award for best science fiction novel of the year published in 2016 have been revealed.

‘One of the greatest South African writers in our history’ – Max du Preez on Karel Schoeman

Max du Preez recalls his 2014 tribute to internationally renowned South African author Karel Schoeman (77), who died on Monday.

‘I like the idea of a black girl kicking butt’ – Bontle Senne chats about her Afrocentric children’s books

Bontle Senne chatted to Beautiful News about her new Shadow Chasers series of books.

New JM Coetzee book coming this September

A new collection of JM Coetzee’s essays has been announced by Penguin.

Bookanista share an excerpt from Henrietta Rose-Innes’s Nineveh – out now in the UK and US

Henrietta Rose-Innes’ Nineveh, first published by Umuzi in 2011, was released late last year in the United States (Unnamed Press) and United Kingdom (Aardvark Bureau).

K Sello Duiker would have been 43 today – read an excerpt from his masterpiece Thirteen Cents here

NB Publishers have shared an excerpt from K Sello Duiker’s Thirteen Cents to honour his literary legacy on what would have been his 43rd birthday.

New short story by Wanjiku wa Ngugi appears in Auburn Avenue

Auburn Avenue’s Issue II feature’s a new short story by Wanjiku wa Ngugi called “Hundred Acres of Marshland”.