10 books by African authors you have to read in 2019

2018-12-21 12:32

It’s the festive season and most of us are on holiday already. Here are some top picks by African authors launched this year, you can enjoy in the sun.

Classic children’s books you didn’t realise are racist

2018-02-20 17:26

Some reads really don't age all that well.

This adventure’s got thrills and girl power

2017-12-17 06:12

The Adventures of Anna Atom by Elizabeth Wasserman.

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The French writer Claude Simon, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1985, would not be published today, according to an experiment conducted by one of his fans.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

Hair politics and diversity in fiction - why black girls need to see girls that look like them on book covers

2017-09-22 15:57

Dutch author Mylo Freeman talks about books for underrepresented girls.


AI can tell jokes and will soon write better novels than humans, according to a computer scientist

2018-03-19 09:06

Bjorn Schuller says that AI is already good at understanding and distributing text, but it currently lacks complex integration and emotional intelligence.

100 women who changed the world

2017-12-17 06:12

Here is the must-have book of the year, perfect for all would-be pioneering rebels out there, write Gayle Edmunds and daughter Frances (8).

Lathi's best book this year

2017-12-17 06:12

Nyambura Waits for the Bus by Cath Alexander.

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.

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.

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