Non-fiction

Friday – 23rd June 2017

The winners of the Sunday Times Literary Awards to be announced on Saturday – see the shortlists

The winners of the Sunday Times Literary Awards will be announced on Saturday, June 24. The winners of the Alan Paton Award …

Thursday – 22nd June 2017

Don’t miss the launch of Tim Noakes: The Quiet Maverick by Daryl Ilbury at The Book Lounge

Penguin Random House and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of Tim Noakes: The Quiet Maverick – tonight!

Listen to Yemisi Aribisala read from her book Longthroat Memoirs: Soup, Sex and Nigerian Tastebuds

Yemisi Aribasala’s Longthroat Memoirs: Soup, Sex and Nigerian Tastebuds is a sumptuous menu of essays about Nigerian food, lovingly presented by the nation’s top epicurean writer.

The Hustle Defined: A practical example from DJ Sbu’s book Billionaire$ Under Construction

Sbusiso Leope, popularly known as DJ Sbu, has shared a video of a practical example of one of the things he teaches in his book Billionaire$ Under Construction: The Mindset of an Entrepreneur.

Wednesday – 21st June 2017

New book festival to be launched in Tshwane: Tjo!StoryFest – Everyone Has A Story

The residents of Tshwane are in for a unique treat. They will be closing off Youth Month and welcoming Mandela Month with a new, exciting edition to the cultural calendar: Tjo!StoryFest!

Don’t miss the launch of Guide to Sieges of South Africa by Nicki von der Heyde

There will be two Cape Town launches for Guide to Sieges of South Africa by Nicki von der Heyde.

Tuesday – 20th June 2017

Literary Hub offers a look inside James Baldwin’s 1884-page FBI file

Literary Hub has published an edited excerpt from James Baldwin: The FBI File by William J Maxwell.

Monday – 19th June 2017

Mohale Mashigo lists five books she recommends for every South African library

Mohale Mashigo, author of The Yearning, recommends: Zakes Mda – Ways of Dying, Koleka Putuma – Collective Amnesia, Bessie Head – Maru, Alex Eliseev – Cold Case Confession and Tsitsi Dangarembga – Nervous Conditions.

Don’t miss the launch of The Man Who Founded the ANC in Rosebank

Penguin Random House and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of The Man Who Founded the ANC by Bongani Ngqulunga.

Books by Barack Obama’s father written for African writers series come up for auction

The New York Times reports that original copies of books written by Barack Obama Sr, Barack Obama’s father, have resurfaced more than 50 years after they were written.

Thursday – 15th June 2017

New 40th anniversary edition of Steve Biko’s I Write What I Like

This 40th anniversary edition includes a Foreword by Njabulo S Ndebele, personal reflections on Steve Biko and Black Consciousness, as well as Biko’s first known published piece of writing.

Win a hamper of books for Father’s Day!

Three winners will each receive a hamper of books for Father’s Day!

Wednesday – 14th June 2017

English really is weirder than pretty much every other language

John McWhorter, professor of linguistics and American studies at Columbia University and author of The Language Hoax, has written a piece for Aeon about the ‘weirdness’ of the English language.

Eusebius McKaiser chats to Thandeka Gqubule about her new biography of Thuli Madonsela

Eusebius McKaiser was in conversation with journalist and author Thandeka Gqubule about her book No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela on his show on 702 earlier today.

Writers and photographers: The Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology call for submissions

An award and anthology on the topics of gender, human rights and sexuality, for writers and photographers across Africa.

Tuesday – 13th June 2017

75 years ago this week Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday

On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday. She died within a few years in a Nazi concentration camp, but her diary was published and became a beloved read of people the world over.

Monday – 12th June 2017

Rule-breaking quotations from rebel women, including Charlotte Bronte, Frida Kahlo and Amelia Earhart

Empowering, moving and inspirational, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.

Friday – 9th June 2017

The indignity of pit toilets and the importance of Thuli Madonsela’s lesser-known reports

Jonathan Ball Publishers has shared an excerpt from No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela by Thandeka Gqubule.

Thursday – 8th June 2017

‘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.

Wednesday – 7th June 2017

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.