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Mon – 11th Feb 2019

Mentors, the new book by Russell Brand – Could happiness lie in helping others and being open to accepting help yourself?

Russell Brand has a new book coming in March! In Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped, he shares the stories of the significant people who have had a positive impact on his life.

Don’t miss a book discussion around We Are No Longer at Ease: The Struggle for #FeesMustFall at Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education

“Combining personal reflections, essays, poetry and analyses, the book provides an insiders’ perspective on the movement, which swept university campuses across the country from 2015 and boldly challenged the status quo.”

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Fri – 8th Feb 2019

Join Carol Campbell in Somerset West for the launch of her latest novel, The Tortoise Cried its Only Tear (7 March)

Penguin Random House and Exclusive Books Somerset West invite you to the launch of The Tortoise Cried its Only Tear by award-winning author Carol Campbell.

Join Nthikeng Mohlele for the Joburg launch of his new novel, Illumination (27 Feb)

Pan Macmillan and Exclusive Books invite you to the Johannesburg launch of Illumination, the new novel by Nthikeng Mohlele.

Zakes Mda’s novel The Zulus of New York is coming soon – Joburg and Cape Town launch details here!

Zakes Mda’s new novel, The Zulus of New York, will be published by Umuzi in March 2019.

The Binding is an unforgettable, magical novel: a boundary-defying love story and a unique literary event

Imagine you could erase your grief.
Imagine you could forget your pain.
Imagine you could hide a secret.
Forever.

Friday Night Book Club: Read an exclusive excerpt from Nthikeng Mohlele’s new novel Illumination

The Friday Night Book Club: Exclusive excerpts from Pan Macmillan every weekend!

Thu – 7th Feb 2019

Don’t miss the Cape Town launch of Dead of Night, the new book by bestselling, award-winning author Michael Stanley (13 Feb)

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of Michael Stanley’s latest novel, Dead of Night.

The lives of two Nigerian women change forever – Don’t miss Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia’s debut novel The Son of the House

Kidnapped in Nigeria by a group not unlike Boko Haram, two women, Nwabulu and Julie, relate the stories of the very different lives fate has meted out for them.

Join Francoise Malby Anthony, the author of An Elephant in My Kitchen, for a club lunch at Kelvin Grove

Join Kelvin Grove Club and Pan Macmillan for a club lunch with Françoise Malby Anthony, the author of An Elephant in My Kitchen.

Modjaji Books to open submissions in March 2019

Award-winning feminist press Modjaji Books will be opening submissions again on 1 March 2019.

Kwela 25: Iconic SA publisher celebrates 25 years of local publishing

Kwela Books is celebrating 25 years of local publishing this year, and will be hosting an event at Exclusive Books to celebrate. 

‘The struggle for free education matters’ – Read Malaika wa Azania’s Foreword to We Are No Longer at Ease: The Struggle for #FeesMustFall

We Are No Longer at Ease is a collection of personal articles, essays, speeches and poetry mainly from voices of young people …

Wed – 6th Feb 2019

Jacob Dlamini reviews The List in The Johannesburg Review of Books

The List, the debut novel by former anti-apartheid activist and uMkhonto weSizwe member Barry Gilder, is a meditation about betrayal, faith, loss and trust, writes Jacob Dlamini.

Dead of Night, the stunning new thriller by Michael Stanley, author of the award-winning Detective Kubu series

When freelance journalist Crystal Nguyen heads to South Africa, she thinks she’ll be researching an article on rhino-horn smuggling for National Geographic, but within a week she’s been hunting poachers, hunted by their bosses, and then arrested in connection with a murder.

Join Carol Campbell in Durban for the launch of her latest novel, The Tortoise Cried its Only Tear (5 March)

Penguin Random House and Exclusive Books Gateway invite you to the launch of The Tortoise Cried its Only Tear by award-winning author Carol Campbell.

Don’t miss the launch of Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Carsten Rasch (5 March)

MFBooks Joburg and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Carsten Rasch.

Cover reveal: Gail Schimmel is back with her much-anticipated fourth novel, The Accident

Check out the cover for Gail Schimmel’s new novel The Accident – out in March 2019 from Pan Macmillan!

Mon – 4th Feb 2019

Read an excerpt from Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s extraordinary, bestselling debut, Friday Black

Friday Black is a piercingly raw debut story collection from Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, a young writer with an explosive voice; a treacherously surreal, and, at times, heartbreakingly satirical look at what it’s like to be young and black in America.

One of the first literary figures in France with a double identity, a cultural hybridity – An excerpt from The First Safari

Read an excerpt from The First Safari: Searching for François Levaillant by Ian Glenn, out now from Jacana Media!