Jacana Media

Jacana Media is an African publisher specialising in a range of different books - fiction, non-fiction, travel, natural history, current affairs, maps, cookbooks, lifestyle, art and educational and custom publishing.


Jacana Pocket Series: Informative, insightful, important reads

The Jacana Pocket Series is meant for those who are looking for a brief but lively introduction to a wide range of topics on South African history, politics and biography.

African Flavour Books in Braamfontein packed out for the launch of Chwayita Ngamlana’s If I Stay Right Here

BlackBird Books hosted a launch for Chwayita Ngamlana’s If I Stay Right Here at the new African Flavour Books store in Braamfontein last night.

Celebrating black female writers

Xarra Books and BlackBird Books cordially invite you to a book launch celebrating young black female writers. 

Z Pallo Jordan says the assassination of Ruth First was no mistake

Z Pallo Jordan says there is no doubt in his mind that Ruth First was specifically targeted with the letter bomb that took her life.

Join Chwayita Ngamlana at Bridge Books for a reading from her new novel If I Stay Right Here

BlackBird Birds invites you to a reading from If I Stay Right Here, the electric debut book by Chwayita Ngamlana.

Read an excerpt from Pumla Dineo Gqola’s new book Reflecting Rogue: Inside the Mind of a Feminist

During a panel with four feminist writers, moderator Mohale Mashigo, Yewande Omotoso and Nnedi Okorafor, at the 2016 Open Book Festival in Cape Town, Kabura Nganga asked “how do you/we cultivate feminist joy?”

Don’t miss the launch of Chwayita Ngamlana’s electric debut novel If I Stay Right Here

BlackBird Books and African Flavour Books invite you to the launch of If I Stay Right Here by Chwayita Ngamlana.

Writing and photography on gender, human rights and sexuality in Africa: The Gerald Kraak Award reopen for submissions

The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) and the Other Foundation have decided to reopen submissions for the second annual Gerald Kraak Award.

Read an excerpt from Wolf Trap, the new novel from bestselling South African author Consuelo Roland

Consuelo Roland is the bestselling author of The Good Cemetery Guide and The Limbo Trilogy, a mystery-suspense series set in Camps Bay.

Marah Louw chats to Malebo Sephodi about writing her memoir for the new Gautrain Virtual Bookclub

Marah Louw chatted to Malebo Sephodi about her memoir It’s Me, Marah as part of the new GautrainReads initiative.

Don’t miss the launch of Lauren Segal’s Cancer: A Love Story, the memoir of a four-time cancer survivor

MFBooks Joburg and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of Cancer: A Love Story by Lauren Segal.

3 poets shortlisted for 2017 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award and Anthology

The three poets shortlisted for this year’s Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award and Anthology have been announced.

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. 

Join Z Pallo Jordan for the launch of his new book, Letters to my Comrades

Pallo Jordan’s new book, Letters to my Comrades,  will be launched at the University of Johannesburg this month.

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.

2017 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award for all South Africa’s official languages – longlist announced

The Jacana Literary Foundation has announced the 63 poets who have been selected for publication in the 7th annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology.

Sara-Jayne King on her tragic and illegal start to life, as told in her new book Killing Karoline

Born Karoline King in 1980 in Johannesburg, she is the result of an illegal affair between a white British woman and black South African man during apartheid. 

Letters to my Comrades: Interventions and Excursions – the new book by Z Pallo Jordan

Z Pallo Jordan’s new book, Letters to my Comrades: Interventions and Excursions, is the ultimate collection of his piercing yet embraceable thoughts and inquiries.

‘It’s my most personal book’: Pumla Dineo Gqola chats to Eusebius McKaiser about Reflecting Rogue

Eusebius McKaiser chatted to Pumla Dineo Gqola on 702 about her new book, Reflecting Rogue.

The Black Consciousness Reader: An essential new book coming soon from Jacana Media

There is a current revival of Black Consciousness in South Africa, as political and student movements – as well as academics and campaigners working in decolonisation – reconfigure the continued struggle for socioeconomic revolution with this ideology at the forefront.