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2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced.

2017 Man Booker Prize longlist announced

The longlist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie pays touching tribute to Binyavanga Wainaina: ‘A great and rare and genuine talent’

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie paid homage to Binyavanga Wainaina yesterday evening, in a touching message read out at an event at Wits University in Johannesburg.

‘What is the acceptable amount of blood for good literature?’ Arundhati Roy’s new novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness reviewed

In the latest issue of the newly launched Johannesburg Review of Books, Panashe Chigumadzi reviews Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.

Don’t miss Bongani Madondo and international scholar Robin DG Kelley at Afrikan Freedom Station

Bongani Madondo’s Giant Steps presents jazz digger and biographer Robin DG Kelley and a panel on ‘Surrealism/Thelonious Monk and the psychic (spiritual) debt to Black Genius’.

Read Zakes Mda’s Sunday Times Literary Awards keynote address

In his Sunday Times Literary Awards keynote speech, Zakes Mda spoke about how fiction exposes the truth behind the facts.

Zakes Mda and Greg Marinovich win Sunday Times Literary Awards

Zakes Mda and Greg Marinovich were announced as the winners of the 2017 Sunday Times Literary Awards last night.

Israeli author David Grossman wins Man Booker International Prize for A Horse Walks Into a Bar

Bestselling Israeli writer David Grossman has won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for his ‘ambitious high-wire act of a novel’, A Horse Walks Into a Bar.

‘I want my legs back’: A personal history of catastrophe by para-athlete Palesa ‘Deejay’ Manaleng

The JRB brings you an exclusive excerpt from a work in progress by Deejay Manaleng, which tells the story of how she became a top South African para-athlete.

Bongani Madondo remembers Jozi’s Bassline in the latest issue of The JRB

In the latest issue of The Johannesburg Review of Books, Bongani Madondo reads a new book on the life and times of the Bassline, and throws his bones.

The JRB featured in Marie Claire

A new African literary journal has launched in Johannesburg. The Johannesburg Review of Books (JRB) launched on 1 May and will publish reviews, essays, poetry, photographs and short stories from South Africa, Africa, and further abroad. Like the Lond

Portrait of the poet as a young genius: Bongani Madondo reviews Koleka Putuma’s Collective Amnesia

Bongani Madondo on the strange musicality of Koleka Putuma’s debut poetry collection.

Issue 1 of The Johannesburg Review of Books is out

We are delighted to present the first issue of The Johannesburg Review of Books—comprising almost twenty reviews, essays, articles, stories, poems, photographs and other items.