The Johannesburg Review of Books, with first came about in 2017, celebrated its 5th year with its 50th edition.
On May 1, 2017, a new publication called The Johannesburg Review of Books was introduced to the African literary ecosystem. The initiative was a collaboration between former editors of South Africa’s Books LIVE (www.bookslive.co.za) with the support of many well-known writers from South Africa, elsewhere on the continent, and beyond. The first edition featured original poetry and photography and a compelling essay.
Fast forward to 2022 and the Johannesburg Review of Books or the JRB as industry insiders call it has pulled of a feat rare in the African literary scene. 50 journals, including the May 2022 edition, have been published by the small team with 425 contributors and counting from Africa and all around the world. The list of contributors includes an impressive roster of award winners including Nobel Prize laureates, Booker Prize winners, and many others. Some of these are Abdulrazak Gurnah, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Alain Mabanckou, Aminatta Forna, Arundhati Roy, Bernardine Evaristo, Binyavanga Wainaina, David Diop, Fred Khumalo, Hemley Boum, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, JM Coetzee, Koleka Putuma, Leïla Slimani, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Nnedi Okorafor, Scholastique Mukasonga, Ta-Nehesi Coates, Zadie Smith, Zakes Mda, and more. You can read the whole list of contributors by clicking here.
The fiftieth edition edited as always by Jennifer Malec has reviews, interviews, essays, and loads more. You can check out the edition by clicking here.
Congratulations on this milestone, Johannesburg Review of Books. May you continue giving us amazing work for many more years to come.