Interviews

‘I am a South African-based, African writer’—Watch a video interview with Nthikeng Mohlele on his latest novel Illumination

Nthikeng Mohlele chatted to Africa’s Lit recently about his latest novel, Illumination.

‘Born the wrong colour – so I had to die’: Sara-Jayne King talks about identity, adoption and her memoir Killing Karoline

Author, journalist and Cape Talk presenter Sara-Jayne King spoke to the BBC’s Andile Masuka recently about identity, adoption and her harrowing memoir, Killing Karoline. 

‘The best way to understand a country’s history is through the lives of its people’ – Watch a video interview with Bill Nasson on Illuminating Lives

Bill Nasson explores the people at the heart of his and Vivian Bickford-Smith’s collection of biographical essays, Illuminating Lives: Biographies of Fascinating People from South African History.

‘Does any writer have the right to tell any story?’ Lacuna author Fiona Snyckers talks about writing Lucy Lurie, who is ‘not a metaphor’

Pan Macmillan recently chatted to Fiona Snyckers about her highly charged new novel, Lacuna, a response to JM Coetzee’s 1999 novel Disgrace.

‘I have a need to tell stories and the stories need to come out’ – Listen to Gail Schimmel discussing her fourth novel, The Accident

Listen to Gail Schimmel in conversation with Radio Today Johannesburg’s Sue Grant-Marshall about her fourth novel, The Accident.

What kind of books does BlackBird Books publish? Find this out and more in a video chat feat. Thabiso Mahlape and Esinako Ndabeni

BlackBird Books recently launched a series of YouTube chats with your favourite authors!

Marah Louw bares her soul in new YouTube series: BlackBird Books Chat Episode 01

BlackBird Books has launched a series of YouTube chats with your favourite authors!

‘South Africa did not know what it was like to lose’ – Ian Hawkey chats about his new book Vuvuzela Dawn: 25 Sports Stories that Shaped a New Nation

Ian Hawkey chatted to The Reading List to tell the story of his new book, Vuvuzela Dawn: 25 Sports Stories that Shaped a New Nation.

Mbongiseni Buthelezi discusses the new book Traditional Leaders in a Democracy: Resources, Respect and Resistance

Mbongiseni Buthelezi sat down with Polity SA to discuss his new book Traditional Leaders in a Democracy: Resources, Respect and Resistance.

‘We are willing to forcefully change our society if the need arises’ – Rekgotsofetse Chikane on #FeesMustFall

Rekgotsofetse Chikane, youth activist and author of Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation, spoke to The Reading List about the nature of student politics in the country before, during and after the emergence of #FeesMustFall.

‘Daniel is a little bit awful, and that was so much fun to write.’ – Gail Schimmel chats about her new novel, The Accident

Pan Macmillan sat down with Gail Schimmel to chat about her new novel, The Accident.

‘Classier than Fifty Shades’ – Eva Mazza chats about her new novel Sex, Lies and Stellenbosch

Eva Mazza chatted to Ayanda Dlamini of OpenNews about her debut novel, Sex, Lies and Stellenbosch.

‘I feel a little vulnerable knowing what I’m putting out there’ – Michelle Obama chats about her new memoir, Becoming

Penguin Random House has shared a conversation with Michelle Obama about her new memoir, Becoming.

‘Most wokeness I happen to come across is dependent on brokeness’ – Phumlani Pikoli chats about his debut book

Pan Macmillan sat down with author Phumlani Pikoli to chat about his debut book, The Fatuous State of Severity.

‘Why can’t a girl from Soweto become a mermaid?’ Mohale Mashigo chats about her new book, Intruders

Mohale Mashigo chatted to The Reading List about her new book, Intruders.

‘Writing at least one book a year, I have to be disciplined’ – An interview with Tony Park, author of Scent of Fear

Tony Park chatted to Pan Macmillan about his writing process, influences and research for his African themed books, including the upcoming Scent of Fear! 

‘Writing is like removing your own appendix with a pair of rusty scissors’ – Mark Winkler chats about his new book Theo and Flora

Mark Winkler discusses his new novel, Theo & Flora, and why writing is like performing surgery on yourself.