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.

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Anniversaries spark renewed readings of South Africa’s celebrated Sol Plaatje

Anniversaries spark renewed readings of South Africa’s celebrated Sol Plaatje

Rešoketšwe Manenzhe wins the 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award for her novel Scatterlings

The Jacana Literary Foundation, in partnership with Exclusive Books, has announced the winner of the 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award.

The incredibly detailed Birds of Southern Africa and their Track and Signs – essential for all bird lovers’ bookshelves

Birds of Southern Africa and their Track and Signs – a user friendly field guide that provides a fresh approach to bird watching in southern Africa.

Cover reveal! Feast your eyes on the Catalan Edition of Kopano Matlwa’s Coconut

Kopano Matlwa’s novel Coconut has been published in Catalan by València-based publisher Sembra Llibres!

The winner of the 9th Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award has been announced!

Zukiswa Adonis has won the 2019 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award for her poem ‘Ubumama’.

Don’t miss the Jacana People’s Book Sale in Cape Town – 3 days only, thousands of books, cheap as chips

Cape Town bookworms – get your coins ready! Jacana Media is heading your way with The Jacana People’s Book Sale!

Don’t miss the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award winner announcement and award ceremony in Cape Town

The Jacana Literary Foundation in association with the European Union Delegation to South Africa will announce the winners of the 2019 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award at a relaxing evening of poetry, cheese and wine. 

Don’t miss the announcement of the 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award winner in Joburg (20 Feb)

The Jacana Literary Foundation and Exclusive Books invite you to the 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award announcement!

‘Don’t let yourself be distracted by gender politics’ – BlackBird Books publisher Thabiso Mahlape’s career advice to the new generation of women

Thabiso Mahlape, the founder of BlackBird Books, has been profiled by the World of Women Project for the invaluable work she does in book publishing.

Mingle with Kuli Roberts and get your copy of her gripping debut novel Siren signed in Sandton (1 Feb)

Join MacAwesomeZA Digital Media in Sandton for a book launch and signing of Siren, the debut novel by television and radio personality Kuli Roberts.

Pre-order Jamil F Khan’s new book Khamr: The Makings of a Waterslams at a special pre-publication price

Jacana Media is excited about Jamil F Khan’s forthcoming memoir Khamr: The Makings of a Waterslams by Jamil F Khan.

Don’t miss the launch of UCT Under Apartheid by Howard Phillips, part of UCT’s Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series (12 Feb)

Alumni and friends of the University of Cape Town are invited to a campus book launch of UCT Under Apartheid: From Onset to Sit-in, 1948–1968, written by retired UCT academic Howard Phillips.

Don’t miss Ronnie Kasrils’s Wits History Workshop seminar on his new memoir Catching Tadpoles (12 Feb)

Join Jacana Media and the Wits History Workshop for a seminar by Ronnie Kasrils about his latest memoir Catching Tadpoles: The Shaping of a Young Rebel.

The Kruger National Park – a game reserve that very nearly wasn’t – read an excerpt from David Bristow’s new book Of Hominins, Hunter-Gatherers and Heroes

Of Hominins, Hunter-Gatherers and Heroes: Searching for 20 Amazing Places in South Africa by David Bristow offers spellbinding stories of some amazing, little-known places in South Africa.

‘I’m carrying, buried deep inside me, the pain of knowing first-hand the trauma of Mozambique’s past’

Jacana Media and MFBooks Joburg have shared an extract from Not Child’s Play: Kidnapped. Held Hostage. A True Story by Dave Muller.

Cover reveal! Khamr: The Makings of a Waterslams by Jamil F Khan

Jacana Media has shared the cover for Khamr: The Makings of a Waterslams, the forthcoming book by Jamil F Khan!

Join Hassen Ebrahim for the launch of his memoir Marabastad to Mogadishu: The Journey of an ANC Soldier at Love Books (29 Jan)

Jacana Media and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation invite you to the launch of Marabastad to Mogadishu: The Journey of an ANC Soldier by Hassen Ebrahim.

‘Wit, rebellion and sizzling sex’ – Ronnie Kasrils chats to Sue Grant-Marshall about his memoir, Catching Tadpoles

Ronnie Kasrils chatted to Sue Grant-Marshall on Radio Today’s Reading Matters about his extraordinary coming-of-age memoir, Catching Tadpoles: The Shaping of a Young Rebel.

Calling all book lovers in Stone Town Zanzibar! Make sure to diarise the launch of Ndileka Mandela’s memoir I Am Ndileka

StepOne will be hosting Ndileka Mandela in Zanzibar’s first event of its kind as she launches her new book I Am Ndileka.