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L-R: Alma-Nalisha Cele, Sisonke Msimang, and Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane. Photo by The Cheeky Natives.

For our colleagues at The Cheeky Natives, the past weekend was a busy, fun-filled one in Johannesburg. The dynamic duo behind the exciting South African literary podcast—Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane, who is a lawyer, and Alma-Nalisha Cele, who is a medical doctor—held conversations at three different events: on Friday, 24 May, the launch of Sisonke Msimang’s second book The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela at LoveBooks; on Saturday, 25 May, a session at the Kingsmead Book Fair in Rosebank, themed “First: Be True to Yourself,” and involving Rosie Motene, author of Reclaiming the Soil, and Landa Mabenge, author of Becoming Him: A Trans Memoir of Triumph; and on Sunday, 26 May, at Live Literature Market, their monthly literature-lifestyle bookselling event collaboration with Word N Sound at Outie Bakery and Cafe in Newtown—with Siya Khumalo, author of You Have to Be Gay to Know God, and Sihle Bolani, author of We Are the Ones We Need: The War on Black Professionals in Corporate, as the guests.

The Live Literature Market, which happens every last Sunday of the month, is planned by Word N Sound and The Cheeky Natives in a way that allows authors to interact with patrons, via Q&A sessions, and to sell their titles directly to literary enthusiasts at affordable prices.

“It is a community space and book market where they can buy the latest literature titles and interact with authors while watching live performances against a backdrop of music, food and summer drinks, a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon,” Mokgoroane tells Brittle Paper. “The aim of the Live Literature Market is to create a space for authors to sell their titles outside of a bookshop, thus offering buyers softer prices.”

Here are photos from the three events, courtesy of The Cheeky Natives.





Sisonke Msimang’s The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela (Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2018)

Rosie Motene’s Reclaiming the Soil (Xarra Books, 2018)

Landa Mabenge’s Becoming Him: A Trans Memoir of Triumph (MFBooks Joburg, 2018)

Siya Khumalo’s You Have to Be Gay to Know God (Kwela, 2018)

Sihle Bolani’s We Are the Ones We Need: The War on Black Professionals in Corporate (2018)

Click HERE to see coming events by The Cheeky Natives, and HERE for their rates.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction 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 Curator at 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 work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. 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 has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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