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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.

Olive Schreiner Prize and French edition for Bronwyn Law-Viljoen’s debut novel, The Printmaker

Bronwyn Law-Viljoen’s debut novel, The Printmaker, will be awarded the Olive Schreiner Prize for Prose on 7 September.

Veels geluk aan al die finaliste van die ATKV-Woordveertjies 2019! (Plus: Video)

Die Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging (ATKV) het vroeër vandeesmaand die finaliste van die ATKV-Woordveertjies bekendgemaak.

Carol Campbell’s third Karoo novel, The Tortoise Cried its Only Tear, to be published in Dutch by Mozaïek

Exciting news! Carol Campbell​’s third Karoo novel, The Tortoise Cried its Only Tear, will soon be published in Dutch by Uitgeverij Mozaïek in The Netherlands.

Toni Morrison, celebrated novelist and Nobel Laureate, has died

Toni Morrison, celebrated novelist and Nobel Laureate, has died, aged eighty-eight.

The programme for the 2019 Open Book Festival has been revealed!

The full programme has been announced for the ninth Open Book Festival!

Get your popcorn ready! The film adaptation of Angela Makholwa’s bestselling crime thriller Black Widow Society is coming soon

Book lovers, rejoice! Angela Makholwa’s bestselling novel Black Widow Society will soon be made into a feature film.

Karin Brynard’s novel Weeping Waters shortlisted for the prestigious CWA International Dagger Award

Some great news: Karin Brynard’s Weeping Waters has been included on the shortlist for this year’s CWA International Dagger.

2019 Booker Prize longlist announced – including two African authors

The 2019 Booker Prize longlist has been announced—described by the judges as ‘bold’, ‘lyrical’, ‘very diverse’ and ‘quite wild’.