South African Literary Awards 2017 shortlists announced
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South African Literary Awards 2017 shortlists announced

The South African Literary Awards have announced the shortlists for the best work for 2017. Since its inception in 2005 the South African Literary Awards popularly known as the SALA has honoured 160 authors in 11 categories in all official South African languages. The award has been won by the most well-known writers in the […]

A snapshot of the South African Book Fair 2017
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A snapshot of the South African Book Fair 2017

The South African Book Fair 2017 was hosted in Johannesburg from September 8-10. The festival theme was #OURSTORIES. It was a lit few days as some of the best known authors and others in the literary scene converged on Johannesburg for the South African Book Fair 2017. The list of the people see and interact […]

African Flavour Books makes its entry to Braamfontein, Johannesburg
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African Flavour Books makes its entry to Braamfontein, Johannesburg

African Flavour Books, a store that sells books by Africans, opened its second branch on September 2, 2017. The South African literary industry is one of the most developed on our rock with a world class value chain from excellent publishers down to the distribution of the books in many bookshops and bookstores. Even with […]

South Africa National Book Week 2017 is on!
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South Africa National Book Week 2017 is on!

The South Africa National Book Week 2017 is happening in Johannesburg from September 4-10. The highlight will be the South Africa Book Fair 2017 from September 8-10. South Africa National Book Week is a reading promotion campaign implemented by the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) in partnership with the Department Of Arts and Culture. […]

Open Book Festival 2017 kicks off in Cape Town, South Africa
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Open Book Festival 2017 kicks off in Cape Town, South Africa

The Open Book Festival 2017 kicked off today in Cape Town, South Africa. The festival will run from September 6-10, 2017. The Open Book Festival is an annual literary festival held in Cape Town, South Africa with a focus on South African literature in an international context. The event, first held in 2011, includes over […]

Rehana Rossouw and Fiston Mwanza Mujila for Literary Crossroads Johannesburg
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Rehana Rossouw and Fiston Mwanza Mujila for Literary Crossroads Johannesburg

Rehana Rossouw and Fiston Mwanza Mujila for Literary Crossroads on Tuesday 5 September, 7pm Goethe-Institut Johannesburg. The two will be moderated by University of Johannesburg’s Danyela Demir. Literary Crossroads is a series of talks where South African writers meet colleagues from all over the continent and from the African diaspora to discuss trends, topics and […]

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Panashe Chigumadzi for University of Iowa Writing Residency
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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Panashe Chigumadzi for University of Iowa Writing Residency

The University of Iowa has announced the next group of participants in the 2017 edition of its legendary writing residency. The University of Iowa International Writing Program, which was born in 1967, allows writers from all over the world with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work. The […]

“The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!” announces longlist
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“The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!” announces longlist

The team organising The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!, a short story competition open to all Africans, has announced its longlist today. The Short Story is Dead, Long Live The Short Story! is a competition set up by South African based Black Letter Media which involves a short story call out […]

Munachim Amah and Charles King win Writivism 2017 writing prizes
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Munachim Amah and Charles King win Writivism 2017 writing prizes

Munachim Amah and Charles King are the winners of this year’s Writivism 2017 prizes for fiction and nonfiction. The announcement was made at a ceremony in Kampala, Uganda on August 19 as part of Writivism Festival 2017. The Writivism initiative has two prizes for writing. The fiction prize is called the Writivism Short Story Prize […]

Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashigo win University of Johannesburg Prize 2017
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Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashigo win University of Johannesburg Prize 2017

Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashigo are the University of Johannesburg Prize 2017 winners. The University of Johannesburg Prize for South African Writing in English, also known as the UJ Prize, was instituted in 2006. It comprises two prizes, a main prize and a debut prize, given annually for “the best original creative work in English […]