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Spread the magic this festive season with a book: Exclusive Books Festive Catalogue released

Exclusive Books has released its annual Festive Catalogue, featuring new books from Michelle Obama, DJ Sbu and Jamie Oliver.

Predict the 2018 South African Word of the Year – to be announced on International Dictionary Day (16 October)

The Pan South African Language Board will announce the 2018 South African Word of the Year on International Dictionary Day, 16 October 2018.

Bessie Head: A writer searching for connections

Bessie Head was a prolific letter writer, and was in regular correspondence with figures such as Langston Hughes, Robert Sobukwe and Alice Walker. She is also known to have written to Toni Morrison, Nadine Gordimer, Nikki Giovanni, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. 

Digitalback Books acquires a license for the iconic Heinemann African Writers Series

The legendary Heinemann African Writers Series will be revived by a new digital license agreement with Digitalback Books.

Join Koleka Putuma to celebrate Collective Amnesia’s one-year anniversary at The Book Lounge

we are going to have wine, read from the book, sign the book, celebrate the book. It has changed my life & I couldn’t have done it without you.

If you are in CPT come through.

Collective Amnesia Merchandise & Copies of the Books will be on sale!

Dolly Parton donates 100 millionth book to children

Today Dolly Parton joined Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden for the dedication of her Imagination Library’s 100 Millionth Book to the Library of Congress collection. Dolly dedicated a special edition of her book, “Coat of Many Colors” to the world’s largest library. This honor is a monumental milestone for the program now in its 22nd year. Dolly said,

The Adichie Collection: Beautiful new collector’s editions of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s body of work

Narrative Landscape Press will be publishing special collector’s editions of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s body of work.

Join Sally Partridge for the launch of Mine at The Book Lounge

You are invited to the launch of Sally Partridge’s fifth novel for young adults, Mine.

Her Story: Daughters of Modjadji – the first book published by Khaloza Books – out this month

Her Story. Daughters of Modjadji/ Umlando Wakhe. Amadodakazi endlovukazi uModjadji is the first in a planned children’s book series for 7-12 year old girls that features African women whose lives inspire. The women in the book are from diverse settings, and their stories reflect not only the multiple roles that women play in society, but also the obstacles they face as a result of race, class and most importantly; their gender.

Call for members: IBBY SA – a non-profit organisation committed to bringing books and children together

At the start of a new year, the International Board on Books for Young People South Africa (IBBY SA) is looking to grow its membership numbers in South Africa.

Children’s story by Zukiswa Wanner translated into all 11 official SA languages by Nal’ibali for World Read Aloud Day

A children’s story by author Zukiswa Wanner has been translated into all 11 official South African languages for 2018 World Read Aloud Day, in a Nal’ibali initiative.

Book signing with Dudu Busani-Dube, author of the Hlomu The Wife series, at Bridge Books

Dudu Busani-Dube will be at Bridge Books Maboneng this Saturday for a FREE book signing and podcast recording with The Cheeky Natives.

The Single Story Foundation launch journal of writing from Africa and the diaspora

The Single Story Foundation has launched an online journal of literary writing from Africa and the diaspora.

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.