Footnotes, May 2020: Book links from around the web

At The Reading List, we’re trainspotters when it comes to interesting book links, and here are a number that caught our eye.

Scroll down for links, and scroll down further for ways you can help South Africa’s indie bookshops survive this crisis.



Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town. Make a donation: write to and ask for banking details. Alternatively, buy a gift voucher via the same address.

Love Books, Bamboo Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg. Visit SnapItForward to buy a voucher; redeem it using SnapScan when the shop re-opens. Alternatively, make a donation or buy a voucher via email:

The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town. Make a donation or buy a voucher using PayFast or SnapScan. If you prefer to pay via EFT, email

Bridge Books, 90 Commissioner Street & 24 Albrecht Street, Johannesburg. Buy gift cards for books or experiences; get 50% off their famous “underground booksellers” walking tour; or 50% off their online isiZulu classes; support The Johannesburg Literary District’s street cleanersdonate from the USA.

Book Circle Capital, 27 Boxes, Melville, Johannesburg. Buy a voucher; alternatively, DM them on Twitter, or write to

Ike’s Books and Collectibles, 48a Florida Road, 1st Floor, Durban. Write to for information on how you can help.

Clarke’s Bookshop, 199 Long Street, Cape Town. Buy a voucher, which can be redeemed at any time once the lockdown has been lifted.


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