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Cover reveal! Feast your eyes on the Catalan Edition of Kopano Matlwa’s Coconut

Kopano Matlwa’s novel Coconut has been published in Catalan by València-based publisher Sembra Llibres!

The winner of the 9th Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award has been announced!

Zukiswa Adonis has won the 2019 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award for her poem ‘Ubumama’.

Mohale Mashigo wins inaugural Philida Literary Award – ‘It is an incredible honour’

Mohale Mashigo has been announced as the winner of the first annual Philida Literary Award, named in honour of the late author André Brink’s final published novel, Philida.

Hier is die 10 finaliste in LAPA se jeugromankompetisie vir 2019

LAPA Uitgewers kan nou met trots die finaliste aankondig vir die 2019 jeugromankompetisie.

Announcing the 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award shortlist – 3 fresh new voices demanding attention

The Jacana Literary Foundation is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award.

Cecilia Britz, the doyenne of recreational fiction, dies

It is with great sadness that LAPA’s personnel learned of the death of Cecilia Britz. She passed away on 12 December 2019.

Remembering Ben Turok

Hambe kahle, Ben Turok, stalwart and critic, gentleman and fighter, author and commentator of and on radical texts.

Join in and share the best in African literature across social media during #ReadingAfrica Week 2019 (1–7 Dec)

What are you reading at the moment? An old favourite? A new find? An undiscovered classic? Fiction, poetry, comics or essays?

Whatever you’re reading, it’s time to shout it from the rooftops.

Zapiro receives France’s top cultural award – the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres

Acclaimed South African cartoonist and satirist Zapiro (Jonathan Shapiro) has received France’s top cultural award.

Penguin Random House South Africa acquires acclaimed and bestselling children’s book publisher Little Tiger

Penguin Random House SA has announced it will be taking over the distribution of Little Tiger Group titles in South Africa, effective 1 January 2020.

Announcing the 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award longlist – unearthing new southern African writers

The Jacana Literary Foundation has announced the longlisted finalists for the 2019/20 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award!

Shortlist announced for the 2019 Morland Writing Scholarships for African writers

The Miles Morland Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Morland Writing Scholarships. The scholarships are open to anyone writing in …

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo jointly win the 2019 Booker Prize

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have jointly won the 2019 Booker Prize, for their novels The Testaments and Girl, Woman, Other, respectively. This is the …

Winners announced for BlackBird Books Writer’s Residency for young African womxn

BlackBird Books has announced the two writers who have won places on it’s new writer’s residency.

Marguerite Poland’s new novel A Sin of Omission inspires Keiskamma artists to create a series of tapestries

A group of Eastern Cape women found Marguerite Poland’s new novel A Sin of Omission so moving that they decided to make a series of embroidered works related to the book.

Africa Century International African Writers Conference unveils 2019 line-up

The 8th annual Africa Century International African Writers Conference takes place in Pretoria in November. Event details Date: 7 November 2019 Venue: …

2019 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award shortlist announced!

The Jacana Literary Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award.

Terry Kurgan and Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu win the 2019 Sunday Times Literary Awards

The winners of the 2019 Sunday Times Literary Awards have been announced!

Sefika and SA Book Awards winners announced – Manage Your Money Like a F*cking Grown Up by Sam Beckbessinger wins grand prize

The Sefika and SA Book Award winners have been announced, with Manage Your Money Like a F*cking Grown Up by Sam Beckbessinger …

This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga shortlisted for the $50,000 St Francis College Literary Prize

Tsitsi Dangarembga’s latest novel This Mournable Body has been shortlisted for the $50,000 (over R750,000) St Francis College Literary Prize in Brooklyn, New York.