The Reader


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.

Join Mandla Langa for the launch of Dare Not Linger in Cape Town

Pan Macmillan and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years by Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa.

[Video] Mandla Langa hopes Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years will ‘jog the memory’ of ANC leadership

Drawing on Nelson Mandela’s own unfinished memoir, Dare Not Linger is the remarkable story of his presidency told in his own words and those of distinguished South African writer Mandla Langa.

Read an excerpt from Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa’s Dare Not Linger: The Presidency and the Constitution

As president, Nelson Mandela’s relationship with the judiciary would be severely tested.

Madiba did not sell out – Mandla Langa talks about Dare Not Linger, the sequel to Long Walk to Freedom

‘I know that sometimes self-styled revolutionaries who are given to revisioning history, would say that Madiba sold out, or that generation sold out. But I think they should not wear today’s lenses to look at yesterday. They should use yesterday’s eyes to look at what was going on then.’

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.

Read an excerpt from Bare Ground – the debut novel from award-winning writer Peter Harris

Pan Macmillan SA is proud to present Bare Ground, the debut novel by acclaimed non-fiction writer Peter Harris.

Is there a need for Black Consciousness today? A new book investigates

The Black Consciousness Reader, a new book from Jacana Media, will be out in October. 

Podcast: Raymond Suttner discusses his book Inside Apartheid’s Prison

Raymond Suttner is one of a small group of white South Africans who was imprisoned for his efforts to overthrow the apartheid regime.

Join Redi Tlhabi and Eusebius McKaiser for the launch of Khwezi

Exclusive Books and Jonathan Ball Publishers take great pleasure in inviting you to the launch of Red Tlhabi’s new book Khwezi: The Remarkable Story of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo.

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.