Africa

Tue – 20th Aug 2019

Fri – 16th Aug 2019

Thu – 15th Aug 2019

Cover reveal! The Educated Waiter: Memoir of an African Immigrant by Tafadzwa Zimunhu Taruvinga

Out in October 2019 from MFBooks Joburg – The Educated Waiter: Memoir of an African Immigrant by Tafadzwa Zimunhu Taruvinga.

Mon – 12th Aug 2019

International bestselling author Sarah Ladipo Manyika is coming to South Africa!

Save the date! International bestselling author Sarah Ladipo Manyika will be at the Open Book Festival and South African Book Fair this year.

Fri – 2nd Aug 2019

The programme for the 2019 Open Book Festival has been revealed!

The full programme has been announced for the ninth Open Book Festival!

New book alert! Women take centre stage in Perfect Imperfections by Makanaka Mavengere-Munsaka

Perfect Imperfections, the debut novel by Makanaka Mavengere-Munsaka, is out mid-August 2019 from BlackBird Books!

Sign up for Read This! – a new voice note show, hosted by The JRB and Volume

The Johannesburg Review of Books and Volume have launched a new books show called Read This!, where you can discover what’s hot in the world of literature.

Thu – 25th Jul 2019

Wed – 24th Jul 2019

2019 Booker Prize longlist announced – including two African authors

The 2019 Booker Prize longlist has been announced—described by the judges as ‘bold’, ‘lyrical’, ‘very diverse’ and ‘quite wild’.

Tue – 9th Jul 2019

Nigerian author Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing

Nigerian author Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the twentieth edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story ‘Skinned’.

Mon – 8th Jul 2019

Sarah Ladipo Manuika’s debut novel In Dependence explores the complexities of contemporary Africa

In Dependence is a lyrical and moving story of unfulfilled love fraught with the weight of history, race and geography and intertwined with questions of belonging, ageing, faith and family secrets.

Fri – 5th Jul 2019

Call for applications: BlackBird Books Writer’s Residency for young African womxn at Casa Lorde, Pretoria

BlackBird Books, an imprint of Jacana Media, as well as Casa Lorde and Eunice Ngogodo Own Voices Initiative are setting up a writer’s residency for young African womxn who are starting their careers as writers.

Tue – 2nd Jul 2019

Win a copy of Mubanga Kalimamukwento’s debut novel The Mourning Bird – winner of the 2019 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award

You can stand a chance to win a copy of Mubanga Kalimamukwento’s debut novel The Mourning Bird. Here’s how:

Fri – 28th Jun 2019

Mozambique Hell Run: Trucking Tales of the War by Miguel Mitras

An unforgettable memoir about driving through Africa’s most treacherous roads during the Mozambican civil war. They called it the ‘Hell Run’. 

Cover reveal! An Image in a Mirror by Ijangolet S Ogwang is the latest novel to receive a BlackBird Books redesign

BlackBird Books has revealed its latest cover redesign – featuring the publisher’s bold new look!

Mon – 24th Jun 2019

Two Short Story Day Africa writers shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize For African Writing

Short Story Day Africa is extremely proud to have first discovered and published two of the five stories shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing – for the second time since the project’s inception.

Short Story Day Africa needs you!

Short Story Day Africa is a small non-profit organisation that relies on donations to fund our development projects. These include the SSDA Editing Mentorship, the annual prize and anthology, and the writing workshops we hold across the African continent.

Thu – 20th Jun 2019

Under the Camelthorn Tree: Raising a Family Among Lions by Kate Nicholls – a 21st-century My Family and Other Animals with a dark side

Under the Camelthorn Tree: Raising a Family Among Lions – a mother’s gritty yet often humorous account of bringing up her five children in a lion research camp – is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Tue – 11th Jun 2019

The lottery of life and love in Lagos – find out more about Toni Kan’s new short story collection Nights of the Creaking Bed

Corruption, religious intolerance, gratuitous violence and the importance of joy are some of the big themes that underlie Toni Kan’s memorable collection, Nights of the Creaking Bed.

Wed – 5th Jun 2019

As You Like It, anthology featuring African LGBTQI+ voices and allies, wins international Lambda Literary Award

Jacana Media and the Other Foundation are thrilled to announce that the Gerald Kraak Anthology As You Like It has won the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Anthology – Fiction.