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47 South African Authors Featured in Melinda Ferguson’s Double Dose of #LockdownStories

Earlier this year, award-winning memoirist and publisher Melinda Ferguson joined NB Publishers just in time to deliver not one, but TWO short story collections about life in the time of coronavirus. Published within one month of each other, Lockdown: The Corona Chronicles and Lockdown Extended feature short stories from South Africa’s most celebrated writers. In this […]

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The Lucky Ones | Alistair Mackay | Fiction

THE FIRST THING Andile did when he discovered the grey pube was pour himself a whiskey. The second thing he did was call Litha. “I have a grey pube,” he said when Litha picked up. “What time is it?” “How can I have a grey pube when I’m not even thirty?” Litha cleared his throat. […]

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South African Author & Doctor Kopano Matlwa Featured in Bill Gates’ Heroes in the Field Series for Her Work in Fighting Malnutrition in Children

The South African author and doctor Kopano Matlwa got a shoutout from Bill Gates. Her work with undernourished children in South Africa was featured in the American billionaire and philanthropist’s “Heroes in the Field” series, which seeks to highlight the work of ordinary people doing their bit to help humanity. “One in four children under […]

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Resoketswe Manenzhe Wins 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award for Her Novel Manuscript, Scatterlings

The 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award has been awarded to the South African writer Resoketswe Manenzhe for her novel manuscript Scatterlings. Resoketswe will receive a R35,000 cash prize and book publication by Jacana Media. The title would be available in September 2020. Jennifer Malec, the South African editor and a judge for the Award, stated […]

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Landa Mabenge’s Becoming Him: A Trans Memoir of Triumph Is a Heartbreaking, Inspirational Story of Identity and Transition

Landa Mabenge‘s debut memoir Becoming Him: A Trans Memoir of Triumph details his journey from being born in the body of a girl, the difficulties he experienced as a child, to his embrace of his identity in university, his transitioning, in the course of which he became the first transgender man in South Africa to […]

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Fred Khumalo, Rehana Rossouw Lead Novel-Dominated 2017/18 University of Johannesburg Prizes Shortlists

The University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing in English have released their 2017/18 shortlists. The six selected books are split between the R75,000 Main Prize and the R30,000 Debut Prize. Founded in 2006, the University of Johannesburg Prizes, also known as the UJ Prizes, are given annually for “the best original creative work in English published […]

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Congrats to Philani Dladla! The Pavement Bookworm Publishes His First Book

Remember Philani Dladla? A documentary about his pavement bookshop went viral a while back. Dladla sold books on the street of Johannesburg, but unlike your regular bookseller, Dladla would only sell books he’d read and would then price them according to how well he enjoyed them. It’s been two years since his story inspired many of us […]

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Hitmaid | by Nicholas Rawhani | An African Story

After Robot. The Houghton streets are a peculiar place in the morning. Taxi-loads of pastel dressed women walk into houses like 1950’s American men would leave them, all at 8am. A woman calling herself Grace just got out of the taxi and headed to number 43. Of course Grace’s name wasn’t Grace. But Grace was […]

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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

Teju Cole’s Spotify Playlists Offer Musical Solace for These Times

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Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of […]

Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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