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Book Review: Small Things by Nthikeng Mohlele

by: Mamaputle Boikanyo - 4 January 2019

Book Review: Small Things by Nthikeng Mohlele

Nthikeng narrates loss and love in Johannesburg We’re all somewhat familiar with the stereotypical figure of the romantic and struggling artist of the city. He’s (because they’re oftentimes portrayed as male) the creative dude who resists working for the man or being a slave to society. More often than not, he’s got a sharp tongue...

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The Last Sentence: We chat to author Tumelo Buthelezi

by: Terry Simelane-Mathabathe - 15 November 2018

The Last Sentence: We chat to author Tumelo Buthelezi

We chat to Tumelo about his debut novel This year might have come with its fair share of drama but on the bright side it has also been a year for great reads. We have been showered with words from Mohale Mashigo, Panashe Chigumadzi and Khaya Dlanga to name a few. This was also the...

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Top Five Fridays: Black comic book writers

by: Ayanda Sishi - 9 November 2018

Top Five Fridays: Black comic book writers

Here is a look at some of the top black comic book writers you should know about. Comic characters are bigger than life. Through graphic novels, we are able to escape the confines of our surroundings and escape to the city of Attilan or the bustling futuristic metropolis of Wakanda. The writers of graphic novels...

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Book Review: Intruders by Mohale Mashigo

by: Mamaputle Boikanyo - 9 October 2018

Book Review: Intruders by Mohale Mashigo

Reimagining Afrofuturism in South Africa “It’s beautiful from up here, the cruel city and all the people walking its streets at night. Why did I never look up at these beautiful old rotting buildings? I was so busy counting my steps and craving invisibility. The wings are strong although I almost fell to my death...

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Book Review: Panashe Chigumadzi’s “These Bones Will Rise Again”

by: Terry Simelane-Mathabathe - 23 August 2018

Book Review:  Panashe Chigumadzi’s “These Bones Will Rise Again”

We review Panashe Chigumadzi latest book, “These Bones Will Rise Again” “There are many questions and I am looking for answers. The kind of answers that slip past the facts of history books or analyses by pundits and experts. Answers that are not party politics. That are not Zimbabwe African National Union—Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF), or...

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City of Johannesburg Library announces winner of essay writing competition

by: admin - 29 June 2018

City of Johannesburg Library announces winner of essay writing competition

The City of Johannesburg Library has announced the winners to their hotly contested essay writing competition. The competition which ran over the period of May and June received over 100 essays from students. The winning essay came from Hloziwe Perry Hlophe whose essay explores how access to the e-learning centre at the library has allowed...

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Mixed feelings towards The President’s Keepers

by: Armand Mukenge - 13 November 2017

Mixed feelings towards The President’s Keepers

Author and investigative journalist, Jacques Pauw, recently released The President’s Keepers, a book that details allegations of corruption involving President Jacob Zuma and implicates other key players keeping him “in power and out of prison.” SARS and the State Security Agency issued the writer and his publishing company with a cease-and-desist letter demanding that they...

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Become a published author with just 140 characters

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 29 August 2017

Become a published author with just 140 characters

Here are the facts: Statistics show that only 14% of the South African population are active book readers, and a mere 5% read regularly to their children. Of course, things are a bit more complicated than that. Books cost money, under-representation is a hot topic. Combined, these result in a significant barrier to entry to...

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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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