Category: South Africa

  • Sunday Times Literary Awards 2024 longlists announced

    Sunday Times Literary Awards 2024 longlists announced

    The longlists for the Sunday Times Literary Awards 2024 were announced in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday, June 16, 2024. The Sunday Times Literary Awards are awarded annually in fiction (since 1989) and nonfiction (since 2001). Organised by South African newspaper The Sunday Times, it has been won in recent times by Siphiwe Ndlovu and…

  • Kagiso Lesego Molope thrown out of Canadian gala over Palestine

    Kagiso Lesego Molope thrown out of Canadian gala over Palestine

    Kagiso Lesego Molope was thrown out of the Politics and the Pen Writers’ Trust Gala in Ottawa, Canada over her remarks on the Palestine genocide on May 7, 2024. Kagiso Lesego Molope is not a new name for anyone who follows the African literary space. The South African currently based in Canada is the author…

  • Book Digest: Niq Mhlongo, Yandé Seck, Mélio Tinga, Kennedy Ryan

    Book Digest: Niq Mhlongo, Yandé Seck, Mélio Tinga, Kennedy Ryan

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Niq Mhlongo, Yandé Seck, Mélio Tinga, and Kennedy Ryan. Weiße Wolken By Yandé Seck Publisher:  Kiepenheuer & WitschDate:  February 8, 2024Genre:  FictionLanguage: GermanWhere to find it:  Kiepenheuer & Witsch Yandé Seck Yandé Seck was born in Heidelberg in…

  • Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2024 shortlists announced.

    Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2024 shortlists announced.

    The shortlists for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2024 were announced on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. Here are the African and Caribbean writers in the running. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English in the regions of Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean, and…

  • Evaristo Prize for African Poetry 2024 shortlist announced.

    Evaristo Prize for African Poetry 2024 shortlist announced.

    The shortlist for the Evaristo Prize for African Poetry 2024 was announced on Monday, April 15, 2024. The Brunel International African Poetry Prize, founded by Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo, was started in 2012 to revitalise African poetry and encourage a new generation of poets to get an international platform. Previous winners have been Warsan…

  • Afritondo Short Story Prize 2024 shortlist announced.

    Afritondo Short Story Prize 2024 shortlist announced.

    The shortlist for the Afritondo Short Story Prize 2024 was announced on Friday, March 29, 2024. Afritondo, a platform that aims to connect with and tell the stories of African and black minority populations across the globe, is the organisation behind the Afritondo Short Story Prize. Previous winners have been Alex Kadiri, Howard Meh-Buh Maximus,…

  • Safiya Sinclair, Jonny Steinberg win at US National Book Critics Circle Awards 2023

    Safiya Sinclair, Jonny Steinberg win at US National Book Critics Circle Awards 2023

    Safiya Sinclair and Jonny Steinberg won at the National Book Critics Circle Awards 2023 in New York, USA on Thursday, March 21, 2024. The National Book Critics Circle celebrates the best books published in the past year in the United States since 1974. Finalists are nominated, evaluated, and selected by the 24-member board of directors…

  • Book Digest: Magogodi Dingalo, Kossi Efoui, Chukwuebuka Ibeh, Reem Gaafar

    Book Digest: Magogodi Dingalo, Kossi Efoui, Chukwuebuka Ibeh, Reem Gaafar

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Magogodi Dingalo, Kossi Efoui, Chukwuebuka Ibeh, and Reem Gaafar. Blessings by Chukwuebuka Ibeh Publisher:  Masobe BooksDate:  March 7, 2024Genre:  PoetryLanguage:  EnglishWhere to find it:  Masobe Books Chukwuebuka Ibeh Chukwuebuka Ibeh is a writer from Port Harcourt, Nigeria, born…

  • South Africa’s Humanities and Social Sciences Awards 2024 winners announced.

    South Africa’s Humanities and Social Sciences Awards 2024 winners announced.

    The winners of the Humanities and Social Sciences Awards 2022 were announced in a ceremony in Pretoria, South Africa on Thursday, March 14, 2024. The Humanities and Social Sciences Awards are open to South African publishers, scholars based in South African universities, and independent artists linked to universities. The awards honour ‘outstanding, innovative and socially…

  • Book Digest: Scholastique Mukasonga, Scholar V Akinyi, Nkateko Masinga, Michael Donkor

    Book Digest: Scholastique Mukasonga, Scholar V Akinyi, Nkateko Masinga, Michael Donkor

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Scholastique Mukasonga, Scholar V Akinyi, Nkateko Masinga, and Michael Donkor. Grow Where They Fall by Michael Donkor Publisher:  PenguinDate:  March 7, 2024Genre:  FictionLanguage:  EnglishWhere to find it:  Penguin Michael Donkor Michael Donkor was born in London to Ghanaian…

  • Translations: Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Maaza Mengiste, Scholastique Mukasonga, Fred Khumalo

    Translations: Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Maaza Mengiste, Scholastique Mukasonga, Fred Khumalo

    Translations of books by Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Maaza Mengiste, Scholastique Mukasonga, and Fred Khumalo are available for your reading pleasure. Book:   The Villain’s DanceOriginal Title:  Author:  Fiston Mwanza MujilaTranslator:  Roland GlasserPublisher:  Deep Vellum PublishingPublishing Date:  March 12, 2024Language:   French to EnglishWhere to Find it:  Deep Vellum Full of wit, music, and a rollicking cast of…

  • Time of the Writer 2024 starts March 14

    Time of the Writer 2024 starts March 14

    Time of the Writer 2024, one of South Africa’s leading literary festivals, runs in Durban from March 14 – 21, 2024. The festival theme is “Reflections, Resonance & Revival.” Time of the Writer, organised by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, has hosted some of the biggest names in African and world literature…

  • Book Digest: Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse, Maurice Ruffin, Shubnum Khan, Pelu Awofeso

    Book Digest: Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse, Maurice Ruffin, Shubnum Khan, Pelu Awofeso

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse, Maurice Ruffin, Shubnum Khan, and Pelu Awofeso. Culbuter Le Malheur by Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse Publisher:  Mémoire d’encrierDate:  February 5, 2024Genre:  Nonfiction, MemoirLanguage:  FrenchWhere to find it:  Mémoire d’encrier; Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse was…

  • Zukiswa Wanner Surrenders Germany’s Goethe Medal over Gaza Genocide

    Zukiswa Wanner Surrenders Germany’s Goethe Medal over Gaza Genocide

    South African author, publisher, and curator Zukiswa Wanner has today surrendered the Goethe Medal over Germany’s continued support of the genocide in Gaza. The Goethe Medal, first issued in 1955, has, since 1975 been recognised as an official badge of honour by the Federal Republic of Germany. Previous winners of the award include Daniel Barenboim,…

  • Margaret Busby to headline Johannesburg Festival of Women Writers 2024

    Margaret Busby to headline Johannesburg Festival of Women Writers 2024

    Margaret Busby is the headliner of the Johannesburg Festival of Women Writers 2024 to be hosted in South Africa on Sunday, March 10, 2024. The Johannesburg Festival of Women Writers is an initiative hosted by the University of Johannesburg’s Johannesburg Institute of Advance Studies. Hosted for the first time in 2023, it showcased and celebrated…