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Abantu Book Festival: we have a lineup

Abantu Book Festival – Mr Thando Mgqolozana’s defiant middle finger to the literary establishment, and love letter to black authors and readers – will in early December celebrate three years in existence with an ever-glittering and expanding list of festival speakers. The festival for black writers and readers is a hive of vigorous intellectual exchange, laughter…

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Ungovernable: Sisonke Msimang

Ms. Sisonke Msimang is a writer, activist, speaker and author. Begotten to South African parents and brought up by the world, she lived and was educated in multiple countries, bringing to her writing a wide, considered and evolving view of the world. The Ruth First, Yale and Aspen New Voices Fellow launched her memoirs “Always another…

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Ungovernable | Ms. Zukiswa Wanner

Ms. Zukiswa  Wanner is a Zambian-born, Kenyan-residing author with a South African father and a Zimbabwean mother. Her debut novel The Madams was shortlisted for South African Literary Award’s  K.Sello Duiker Award in 2007 and she would go on to win the award for her fourth novel, London Cape Town Joburg. Her third novel, Men of the South, was shortlisted for…

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Alexander: A short story

The Fatuous State of Severity is a collection of short stories written by MR PHUMLANI PIKOLI. The book is full of diverse stories that vary from the very relatable experiences of young black millennials, to the profoundly absurd and jarring. The self-published work will be the author’s debut. The following extract is from a story entitled Alexander. …

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Be Bop or Be Dead

BONGANI MADONDO

MR BONGANI MADONDO – the author, critic, curator, raconteur, journalist, rabble rouser and our Associate Editor – launches his latest book, SIGH, THE BELOVED COUNTRY – Braai talk, Rock ‘n Roll and other stories tomorrow. In this exclusive extract from this, his third offering, he recalls a conflicted midnight conversation with Mr Abiodun Oyewole, the complex…

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Still not your Weekend Special

Bongani Madondo weekend special

Our Associate Editor, Mr Bongani Madondo, hosts a book reading and discussion this week, to celebrate the life of Brenda Fassie 12 years after her death. 12 years ago, Mzansi was mourning the loss of one of its most talented artists, Brenda Fassie – affectionately known as MaBrrr – who passed away on the 9th…

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The Collector | Percy Mabandu on his favourite jazz books

Journalist, artist and author Percy Mabadu. Image by Siyabonga Mkhasibe

Mr Percy Mabandu is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared on numerous South African and international publications. A lifelong man of words and music aficionado,  his obsessions peak at the intersection of  jazz and literature. He shared some of his favourite jazz books with MS. ALUWANI RATSHIUNGO. Mr Mabandu has been writing about art, jazz and the…

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