Book News: The joys of Tutu and Dalai Lama PLUS African books now e-vailable

2016-09-11 07:18
The Book of Joy will be available next month.

The Book of Joy will be available next month.

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An upcoming piece of uplifting nonfiction called The Book of Joy will have Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as its subjects.

Written by Douglas Abrams and set to be published by Penguin Random House, the book will be released next month. It covers Tutu’s meeting with the Dalai Lama for His Holiness’ birthday in Dharamsala, India, in April 2015.

During this time, they “traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices”.

The book promises to be a rare opportunity to learn life lessons from two great spiritual masters, and will include their own stories and teachings about joy, the most recent findings in the science of deep happiness, and the daily practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives.

You can buy it next month at a recommended selling price of R305

A new e-book website is trying to make African books more widely accessible and affordable.

Called DigitalBack Books, it says its vision is to “offer readers the ability to access easily and at the click of a mouse a comprehensive collection of books written on Africa, about Africa or by writers of African origin from across the world”.

The site offers books from all corners of our continent, as well as from the Caribbean and diaspora, and, at a very competitive £9.99 (about R140) a month, you get access to hundreds of titles.

This is a great place to find our continent’s lesser-known authors and discover gems from voices previously unheard.

Visit Subscriptions start from a one-week trial for £4.99 to 12 months’ access for £119.99

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