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Join BlackBird Books and Abantu Book Festival for sundowners at the Soweto Hotel

BlackBird Books, Abantu Book Festival and The Soweto Hotel invite you to sundowners.

A remarkable new literary talent – Read an excerpt from Tumelo Buthelezi’s debut novel The Last Sentence

‘Come to me,’ he heard a voice say, a woman’s voice. It was warm and inviting. Irresistible, in fact.

Watch an interview with Africa’s Lit September #litrockstar Mphuthumi Ntabeni, author of The Broken River Tent

Mphuthumi Ntabeni explains how his debut novel The Broken River Tent was inspired by his need to understand Xhosa history from the perspective of the dispossessed.

Tumelo Buthelezi’s debut novel The Last Sentence out now from BlackBird Books

From BlackBird Books, the pioneering publisher of An Image in a Mirror, Nwelezelanga, Sweet Medicine and If I stay right here, a new story …

Read an excerpt from Born to Kwaito – ‘Yizo Yizo: The Poetry of Dysfunction’ by Sihle Mthembu

‘Ronnie Nyakale virtually strangled Teboho when he auditioned for the part of Papa Action.’

Born to Kwaito book launch a roaring success

Born to Kwaito: Reflections on the Kwaito Generation, a new BlackBird Books publication by Esinako Ndabeni and Sihle Mthembu, was launched at the SABC in Auckland Park on Thursday, 5 July 2018.

Don’t miss the Joburg launch of Born to Kwaito: Reflections on the Kwaito Generation

Save the date for the launch of Born to Kwaito, a new BlackBird Books publication by Esinako Ndabeni and Sihle Mthembu.

Don’t miss Mphuthumi Ntabeni and Bongani Kona at the launch of The Broken River Tent at The Book Lounge

Join Mphuthumi Ntabeni in conversation with Chimurenga editor Bongani Kona for the launch of The Broken River Tent.

Don’t miss the Cape Town launch of An Image in a Mirror by Ijangolet S Ogwang

BlackBird Books and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of An Image in a Mirror, the debut novel by Ijangolet S Ogwang.

Read an excerpt from Mphuthumi Ntabeni’s The Broken River Tent, a novel about the life and times of the Xhosa chief Maqoma

Jacana Media has shared an extract from The Broken River Tent, the debut novel by Mphuthumi Ntabeni. The Broken River Tent is set in …

New book alert! Vagabond: Wandering Through Africa on Faith by Lerato Mogoatlhe

Vagabond: Wandering Through Africa on Faith by Lerato Mogoatlhe will be out from BlackBird Books in September 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.

Join Ijangolet S Ogwang at Love Books for the launch of her debut novel An Image in a Mirror

BlackBird Books and Love Books invite you to the launch of An Image in a Mirror, the debut novel by Ijangolet S Ogwang.

Born To Kwaito: Reflections on the Kwaito Generation – considering the meaning of kwaito music

‘Born To Kwaito is not only an examination of the history of the music genre; it is also a revisit of the relationship we have with the music, its stars and their own relationship with their art and themselves.’ – Thabiso Mahlape, BlackBird Books publisher.

BlackBird Books to publish The Eternal Audience of One, the debut novel by Rwandan-born Namibian writer Rémy Ngamije

BlackBird Books is expanding its borders with the publication of The Eternal Audience of One, the debut novel by Rwandan-born Namibian writer …

‘Ours is not to stand out but to survive.’ Read a short excerpt from An Image in a Mirror, the debut novel from Ijangolet S Ogwang

Nyakale. This has always been my name. It lost vowels and consonants and got rearranged into ‘Kay’ by my Grade Three teacher. ‘Easier to pronounce,’ she said.

Heralding a new female voice in fiction: Ijangolet S Ogwang’s debut novel An Image in a Mirror

Achen and Nyakale: twin sisters, separated in childhood to inherit different destinies.