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Bonang: From A to B vs The Somizi Mhlongo Story

by: Lerato Mogoatlhe - 7 August 2017

Bonang: From A to B vs The Somizi Mhlongo Story

Another public bout between Bonang and Somizi is underway. This time, the former BFFs have taken their battle to the bookstore. Bonang: A to B and Dominoes Unbreakable Spirit: The Somizi Mhlongo Story have held the number 1 and 2 spot at Exclusive Books, trended and inspired memes. Most importantly, all eyes are on Bonang...

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South African books that tackle mental illness

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 11 July 2017

South African books that tackle mental illness

The tortured genius, the neurotic pill-popping artist or the depressed party girl who drinks and sleeps the pain away, all of these lazy one-dimensional stereotypes are routinely used when discussing mental illness in either literature or the silver screen. In reality, mental illness is a lot more complex than that. Below is a list of...

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Brenda Fassie to be celebrated in upcoming comic

by: Live Staff - 15 May 2017

Brenda Fassie to be celebrated in upcoming comic

Brenda Fassie’s life is going to be included in a comic called Femme Magnifique, the City Press reports. The project celebrates great women who include Michelle Obama, Nina Simone, Joan of Arc and Bjork. It’s written by Lauren Beukes and illustrated by Nanna Venter. In the series, Brenda Fassie will be under the category Queen...

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Malaika Wa Azania: What I wish I knew before becoming a published author at 22

by: Malaika Wa Azania - 4 May 2017

Malaika Wa Azania: What I wish I knew before becoming a published author at 22

When I was a child, I would read any book  I could get my hands on. As I grew older, I realised that there was something not quite right about those books – something about how I could never find people like myself, my family or the people in my neighbourhood, in them. The people...

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Up-and-coming author reads an eloquent excerpt from his upcoming book

by: Live Staff - 9 March 2017

Up-and-coming author reads an eloquent excerpt from his upcoming book

Rofhiwa Maneta, a writer based in Cape Town is releasing his self-published book at the end of the month. The book will be called Metanoia, and is a collection of short stories Rofhiwa, who’s originally from Jozi, wrote since moving to Cape Town in 2014. “Initially the book was meant to be a sacrilegious bible...

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He started a publishing house turning sermons into books

by: Geraldine Amoko - 20 January 2017

He started a publishing house turning sermons into books

Evidence Sello Magaga II (23) says he would always find himself asking a friend after church what the sermon was about. And when he realised he wasn’t the only one who struggled to remember, he transcribed live recordings and turned them into books, which he publishes under his company Ready T Publishing. When he published his...

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Meet the Durban illustrator who created a colouring book to help adults de-stress

by: Keneiloe Nkomo - 22 September 2016

Meet the Durban illustrator who created a colouring book to help adults de-stress

    For graphic designer and illustrator Sinomonde Ngwane, colouring books have always been a fascination. Now, the 21-year-old Durban-based creative, has taken her love for the art and created a colouring book for adults that uses colour therapy as a tool to help people who are stressed. There are therapeutic properties to using colouring...

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Author Mohale Mashigo on why local books don’t do well, the advantage of writing online and more

by: Siyanda Mbuzo - 9 September 2016

Author Mohale Mashigo on why local books don’t do well, the advantage of writing online and more

We caught up with Mohale Mashigo, who is part of a number of panel discussions including “My Creative Lives” and “Talking Feminism” at the Open Book Festival currently taking place in Cape Town. Who are you? My government name is Kgomotso Carol Mashigo. I was born in Soweto, to a storyteller and a reader and I used to write...

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South African Caine Prize winner, Lidudumalingani Mqombothi, on his 6 most important books

by: Tatum-lee Louw - 10 June 2016

South African Caine Prize winner, Lidudumalingani Mqombothi, on his 6 most important books

Cape Town-based writer, photographer and filmmaker Lidudumalingani Mqombothi, who recently won the Caine Prize for African Writing 2016 for his short story, Memories we lost, shares  six books that shaped him as a writer. But not before adding a disclaimer: “My answer needs a disclaimer because no book has changed my life. That is not...

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Black girl magic: Buhle Ngaba pens a powerful children’s book for black girls

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 24 March 2016

Black girl magic: Buhle Ngaba pens a powerful children’s book for black girls

Buhle Ngaba (25) is a natural storyteller. “I’ve always been interested in performing and telling stories,” says the Cape Town-based actress. “But I’ve always been disheartened by the fact that none of the stories I read growing up had characters that looked or spoke like me. They didn’t reflect my day-to-day reality.” Buhle has recently...

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