Non-fiction

Wed – 17th Jun 2020

A celebration of the diversity of African birds – Peacocks and Picathartes: Reflections on Africa’s Birdlife, out now!

Peacocks and Picathartes: Reflections on Africa’s Birdlife is a celebration of the diversity of African birds, focusing on families that occur only in Africa as well as iconic families and species that, despite having close relatives in other parts of the world, seem to embody something of Africa.

Join journalist Philippa Garson for a Zoom talk about life on the frontline in the last years of apartheid (17 June)

The Life, in a Garden team will be hosting a Zoom chat with Philippa Garson to discuss her new book Undeniable: Memoir of a Covert War.

Mon – 15th Jun 2020

Find out more about Don’t Shut Up – a new virtual book theatre launched by Jacana Media

Jacana Media is offering a virtual book theatre on its new platform Don’t Shut Up!

Fri – 12th Jun 2020

Together: Vivek H Murthy explores the global loneliness epidemic – and how we can overcome it

Together
Loneliness, Health and What Happens When We Find Connection

Thu – 11th Jun 2020

Read an excerpt from Jamil F Khan’s new book Khamr: The Makings of a Waterslams in the new issue of The JRB

In the latest issue of The JRB, you can read an exclusive excerpt from Khamr: The Makings of a Waterslams, the new book by Jamil F Khan.

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown in conversation with The Cheeky Natives on Facebook

American poet and writer Jericho Brown will be chatting to The Cheeky Natives on Facebook this evening!

Wed – 10th Jun 2020

What will the near future look like, and how do we write about it?

And Then What Happened? By Paige Nick I’m feeling conflicted about storytelling right now. Not about its importance or longevity, I’ll never …

Don’t miss the virtual launch of the explosive new book The Accidental Mayor: Herman Mashaba and the Battle for Johannesburg (11 June)

Join Penguin Random House for the virtual book launch of The Accidental Mayor: Herman Mashaba and the Battle for Johannesburg. 

Don’t miss Layla Saad, the author of Me and White Supremacy, in conversation with The Cheeky Natives on Instagram (18 June)

Layla Saad, the author of Me and White Supremacy, will be in conversation with The Cheeky Natives on Instagram!

Tue – 9th Jun 2020

All the taste with less of the guilt – try this delicious Cinnamon Apple Tart with Pecan Crust recipe from The Banting Baker

What if we told you that there was a way to continue indulging in delicious comfort food, but in a healthier manner? Try this recipe for Cinnamon Apple Tart with Pecan Crust from The Banting Baker by Catherine Speedie!

I Want You to Know We’re Still Here by Esther Safran Foer – a moving and powerful inter-generational memoir about story and memory

I Want You to Know We’re Still Here by Esther Safran Foer is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Angela Makholwa’s novel The Blessed Girl shortlisted for Comedy Women in Print Prize

Pan Macmillan South Africa is delighted to announce that Angela Makholwa’s fourth novel, The Blessed Girl, published in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury, has been shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Prize.

Mon – 8th Jun 2020

Karen Dudley forced to close her famous Woodstock restaurant, The Kitchen – buy a copy of her cookbook to donate to her team

Karen Dudley has been forced to close down her famous Woodstock restaurant, The Kitchen. To support her and the restaurant staff, Jacana Media have announced they will donate all proceeds from the sales of Dudley’s cookbook Set a Table during June and July 2020 to The Kitchen team.

Explosive new book tells all – The Accidental Mayor: Herman Mashaba and the Battle for Johannesburg

The Accidental Mayor: Herman Mashaba and the Battle for Johannesburg by Mashaba’s former chief of staff Michael Beaumont is out now from Penguin Random House!

Fri – 5th Jun 2020

‘Die eerste 7 jaar van ’n kind se lewe is van kritieke belang’: Lees ’n uittreksel uit Help! My kind is anders [Plus: Video]

Kyk na ’n video-onderhoud met Christien Neser oor haar boek, Help! My kind is anders, en lees ’n uittreksel waarin sy verder verduidelik waarom die eerste sewe jaar van ’n kind se lewe so van kritieke belang is.

Something healthy to do with the kids this weekend – try this delicious Chocolate Gingerbread Men recipe from The Banting Baker

What if we told you that there was a way to continue indulging in delicious comfort food, but in a healthier manner? Try this recipe for Chocolate Gingerbread Men from The Banting Baker by Catherine Speedie!

Footnotes, June 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.

Black Consciousness and Black Lives Matter

Find out more about two books from Jacana Media that focus on Black Consciousness and Fees Must Fall, and how they relate to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Former Al-Qaeda hostage Stephen McGown signs book deal with the Daily Maverick’s Maverick 451

Stephen McGown, the ordinary South African who was held hostage by Al-Qaeda for just under six years, will be writing a memoir.

[Watch] Virtual book launch: Africa First! Igniting a Growth Revolution by Jakkie Cilliers

A virtual book launch for Jakkie Cilliers’s new book Africa First! Igniting a Growth Revolution was hosted by The Reading List and Jonathan Ball Publishers recently.