British author Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Literature Prize

2017-10-05 13:42

British author Kazuo Ishiguro, best known for his novel 'The Remains of the Day', has won the Nobel Literature Prize, the Swedish Academy has said.

Book News: Redi pulls in the crowds

2017-10-01 06:02

Guests were literally spilling out of the seating area and flocking to higher levels of Hyde Park Shopping Centre in Johannesburg to peer down on the launch of the anticipated book Khwezi: The Remarkable Story of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, written by Redi Tlhabi, writes Avantika Seeth.

Read Khwezi’s story and weep

2017-09-24 06:27

Khwezi: The story of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo by Redi Tlhabi.

Book extract: Biko is beautiful

2017-09-10 06:00

On September 12 1977, apartheid police beat the seminal activist and Black Consciousness leader to death in a prison cell in Pretoria. To mark the 40th anniversary of his passing, some new books have hit the shelves, making it abundantly clear that Biko is as relevant today as he was during white rule.

What's good, Petina Gappah?

2017-08-27 06:00

City Press spoke to Petina Gappah in Europe this week, where she had been attending Edinburgh’s famous arts festival, talking books, writes Phumlani S Langa.

Book News: We have a new literary portal

2017-05-07 06:25

An exciting new literary review portal, the Johannesburg Review of Books (JRB), was launched on Monday and it is all set to pump out in-depth analysis, news and reviews of all things literary and African.

Should Shakespeare be scrapped from the SA school curriculum?

2017-03-31 15:53

With South Africa's school curriculum being reviewed once again, we're wondering if this could be the end of Shakespeare in schools.

Our Story No 17: Mzilikazi’s war kraals

2016-11-20 06:39

Our extracts from the Our Story series, which tells the history of all the people of South Africa, have been so popular that Heritage Publishers has allowed us to print several more stories.

WATCH: This video should dust off your idea of the library

Chessboards, DVDs, a coffee shop and iPad lounge form part of Cape Town's most popular library.

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No nudity please, we're Singaporeans

2015-11-26 16:00

Singapore has drastically cut its blacklist of banned books and publications, finally allowing citizens to read erotic novels.


Maqoma the peacemaker

2017-10-01 06:02

In this week’s extract from the must-have series of South African history books, Our Story, we continue retracing the life of Xhosa leader Maqoma, who became a peacemaker as he grew older. In a land of strife between Xhosa clans, the British, the Boers and the missonaries, ending conflict would not prove easy.

The horse that would be a zebra

2017-10-01 06:00

A tale of arguably South Africa’s most bizarre horse will soon hit the shelves.

She is a writer other writers learn from

2017-09-24 06:26

Nadine Gordimer unflinchingly refused to look away from the toughest things; had a determination to name them, describe them, shame them if necessary and to fashion bold new forms to contain them, writes Lorna Goodison.

8 must-sees at the Jozi Book Fair

2017-08-27 06:47

Book fair season is upon us, with Cape Town’s Open Book kicking off on September 6 at The Fugard theatre, and the South African Book Fair getting going on September 8 at Museum Africa in Joburg, writes Charl Blignaut.

Focus on #OurStories at SA Book fair

2017-08-20 06:02

Despite the chill from the cold front that hit Joburg this week, bookworms crowded into the iconic Market Theatre Foundation in Newtown on Thursday to hear about this year’s South African Book Fair.

"A person who doesn't know Shakespeare has a hole in his soul!"

2017-04-04 13:15

This is how South African parents and teachers feel about Shakespeare possibly being dropped from the school curriculum.

Who is Jacqui L'ange?

2017-02-12 06:06

She’s only just published her first novel – and it’s already up for one of Africa’s richest awards. Avantika Seeth chats to SA’s latest literary star.

Our Story No 14: Makgoba resists the Boers

2016-10-30 12:33

This week in our series of extracts from Our Story, a new set of books offering a fascinating history of all of the people of SA, we meet Kgoshi Mamphoku Makgoba. King of the small Tlou tribe in Limpopo, he defied the South African Republic. Read what happens when Commandant Swart Barend Vorster (who we met during the Seige of Leboho) enters the picture, and when Makgoba resists the Boers.

Literature by Africans in the diaspora can help create alternative narratives

2016-06-27 17:27

Universities envisaging getting closer to what Ngugi wa Thiong'o called “decolonising the mind” could stand to take Afrodiasporic literature seriously. These works can help in the push to realise transformed alternative narratives of Africa.

Achebe returns with long-awaited memoir

2012-09-27 09:15

Nigeria's Chinua Achebe, often called the father of modern African literature, has released his first major work in years with a long-awaited memoir.

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