Nobel prize winner's book turned down by 19 publishers

2017-12-13 10:21

The French writer Claude Simon, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1985, would not be published today, according to an experiment conducted by one of his fans.

Abantu Book Festival returns

2017-11-05 06:13

For the second year in a row, the stimulating Abantu Book Festival will be returning to Soweto this year, and is set to take place from December 7 to 10, writes Avantika Seeth.

Book review: Hurt people

2017-10-22 06:07

Chwayita Ngamlana’s daring first novel reveals the twists and turns of a passionate yet complicated romantic relationship, writes Phelokazi Mbude.

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.


Big love for black books

2017-12-03 06:01

The second annual Abantu Book Festival is about to get under way in Soweto. Charl Blignaut called up acclaimed novelist, and the founder and director of the festival, Thando Mgqolozana, to talk through the highlights of the programme that celebrates.

Tales of a city

2017-10-29 05:54

The film Vaya is now also a book, giving voice and context to homelessness in the city, writes Gayle Edmunds.

When love turns to poison

2017-10-22 06:07

Young Eastern Cape novelist Chwayita Ngamlana’s debut work, If I Stay Right Here, is a window into a passionate relationship between two characters called Shay and Sip that turns sour. And it’s based on her own life, discovers Phelokazi Mbude.

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.

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