Fiction

Friday – 25th May 2018

‘The first thing Basjan did on arrival in the new land was to spit on it’ – Read an excerpt from Patagonia by Maya Fowler

The first thing Basjan did on arrival in the new land was to spit on it. It chagrined him that that was the first this land of grey dust got out of him, but it was necessary to rid himself of the taste of vomit. The salt water had been no help.

Career opportunity: Jacana Media’s Staging Post is hiring!

If all you’ve ever wanted was a career in publishing, then this position is for you. Applications close end June.

Pwaangulongii Dauod wins Gerald Kraak Award for his essay ‘Africa’s future has no space for stupid black men’

Pwaangulongii Dauod has won the R25 000 Gerald Kraak Award, which honours African writing and photography that ‘provokes thought on the topics of gender, social justice and sexuality’.

Thursday – 24th May 2018

Short Story Day Africa Prize shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the 2017 Short Story Day Africa Prize for Short Fiction has been revealed. This year’s prize theme is ‘ID’, …

2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlist announced

African shortlistees this year hail from Uganda (Harriet Anena), South Africa (Fred Khumalo and Michelle Sacks), Ghana (Cheryl Ntumy) and Nigeria (Efua Traoré and Obi Umeozor).

‘I remember exactly where I was when I heard that my father had died’ – Read an excerpt from The Pearl Sister

I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard that my father had died, I thought to myself as I stared out of the window and saw the complete blackness of night. Intermittently below me, there were small clusters of twinkling lights indicating human habitation, each light containing a life, a family, a set of friends …

Wednesday – 23rd May 2018

‘Why didn’t you bring in the SWAT team, Duff?’ – Read an excerpt from Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth

Bestselling crime writer Jo Nesbo takes on Shakespeare’s bloodiest thriller: Macbeth.

David Baldacci thanks South African fans and chats about his new novel The Fallen

Worldwide bestselling novelist David Baldacci has a new book out in the Amos Decker series: The Fallen.

RIP Philip Roth (1933 – 2018)

American literary icon Philip Roth died on Tuesday at the age of 85. The author’s literary agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed his death, …

Tuesday – 22nd May 2018

Meet bestselling author Tony Park in Nelspruit!

Pan Macmillan and Exclusive Books invite you to celebrate the launch of Tony Park’s new book, Captive.

Monday – 21st May 2018

Don’t miss the launch of Patagonia by Maya Fowler at The Book Lounge

Umuzi and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of Patagonia by Maya Fowler.

Friday – 18th May 2018

Bestselling crime writer takes on Shakespeare’s bloodiest thriller: Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth

Set in a dark, rainy northern town, Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth pits the ambitions of a corrupt policeman against loyal colleagues, a drug-depraved underworld and the pull of childhood friendships.

Wednesday – 16th May 2018

Read an excerpt from Kate Mosse’s new book, The Burning Chambers, inspired by her trip to Franschhoek

Read an excerpt from Kate Mosse’s new book, The Burning Chambers, ahead of her events in Cape Town.

Don’t miss the launch of Christopher Hope’s new book The Café de Move-on Blues, the long-awaited companion to White Boy Running

Join Penguin Random House and Love Books for the launch of The Café de Move-on Blues, the new novel by Christopher Hope.

Tuesday – 15th May 2018

New editions of Nthikeng Mohlele’s novels Small Things and Rusty Bell announced

New editions of Nthikeng Mohlele’s novels Small Things and Rusty Bell will be out from Jacana Media in May!

Monday – 14th May 2018

Don’t miss award-winning British author Mick Herron for the launch of London Rules in Joburg

Exclusive Books and Jonathan Ball Publishers are thrilled to invite you to the launch of London Rules by Mick Herron.

Barry Ronge Fiction Prize and the Alan Paton Award shortlists announced!

The shortlists for the Sunday Times Literary Awards have been announced!

Friday – 11th May 2018

New book alert! The Broken River Tent by Mphuthumi Ntabeni

The Broken River Tent is an entrancing novel, which marries imagination with history. It is set in the time of Maqoma, the Xhosa chief at the forefront of fighting British colonialism in the Eastern Cape in the 19th century.

Thursday – 10th May 2018

Don’t miss Zinzi Clemmons in Cape Town for the launch of What We Lose

Exclusive Books and Jonathan Ball Publishers are thrilled to invite you to the launch of What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons.