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Zukiswa Wanner. Photo credit: The International Woman.

In February, we announced the publication of South African novelist Zukiswa Wanner’s first memoir Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts. The 224-page book is published by Black Letter Media, a South African publishing house inspired by the mandate to affirm and represent Africa’s diverse identities and cultures.

Hardly Working is Wanner’s most personal book yet. It chronicles a road trip she took in 2016 across several African borders accompanied by her partner and son. The book is adventure-filled and enlivened by Wanner’s deep insights and irreverent humor.

Hardly Working couldn’t have been published at a more appropriate time considering how fervently readers and critics are asking for more African non-fiction. The book is currently available for purchase at R160 from South Africa-based and online booksellers or on Black Letter Media.

Zukiswa Wanner has organised several launches for the book. The photos here are from three different events: one in a bookshop; another from a joint launch with Niq Mhlongo for his short story collection Soweto, under the Apricot Tree; and the third from a launch hosted by Zimbabwean novelist Petina Gappah.

Enjoy the photos.

Bookshop Launch

Joint Launch in Harare with Niq Mhlongo for his Soweto, under the Apricot Tree

The event flyer.

The Launch Hosted by Petina Gappah

 

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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