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Sarah Ladipo Manyika On Her Best-Selling Novel In Dependence

Researching for my interview with Sarah Ladipo Manyika, I came across a Facebook post where she expressed her joy at being in...

Ming-Cheau Lin Makes Sense Of A Confused Identity In ‘Yellow And...

Yellow And Confused is the latest release from cookbook author, blogger and storyteller Ming-Cheau Lin. It is a deeply personal and in-depth...

What South Africa’s Love For Cattle Means For Climate Change

With a foreword by President Cyril Ramaphosa, this engaging book brings history, science, economics and popular culture together...

19-Year-Old Gaelan Wort Just Published His First Dystopian Epic

At the age of 19, film student Gaelan Wort has crafted a dystopian epic and plans for it to be part of...

Dr. T’s Sexual Health And Pleasure Guide Is Deeply Political And...

“I still can’t believe that it’s only been a week since we launched,” says Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng affectionately known by most as...

“We’ve Built 41 Libraries In 4 Years”

AS TOLD TOA thirty-three year old man from Mpendle in KwaZulu-Natal is using his passion for literature to...

Dr Tlaleng On Advocating For Sexual Rights

BOOK EXTRACTDoctor Tlaleng Mokokeng is an internationally renowned health activist, doctor and writer. In her latest book Dr...

How South Africa Can Prepare For Climate Change

BOOK REVIEW South Africa’s Survival Guide to Climate Change by Sarah Wild and Sipho Kings is a new...

10 Books Celebrating The Complexity Of Women

Novelist Kamila Shamsie challenged the books industry to publish no new titles by men for a year in 2018. Shamsie called for...

Maths & Physics For Toddlers: Making It Fun At The Earliest...

AS TOLD TOA 30-year-old physicist and post-doctorate research fellow at the University of Pretoria, Thabsile Thabethe, recently published...

#JozisBBF: An Affordable Literary Festival

Jozi’s Books and Blogs Festival (#JozisBBF) is an annual literary festival that takes place in Lenasia, a suburb in the South of...

How We Could Have Stopped Climate Change, But Did Not.

In Nathaniel Rich’s Losing Earth he accounts for the past failures of politicians and others to stop climate change. Looking back at...

‘The Enforcers’ Digs Deep Into Cape Town’s Criminal Underworld

Here is the Cape Town underworld laid bare, explored through the characters who control the “protection” industry – the bouncers and security...

Nicole Dennis-Benn’s ‘Patsy’ Is A Brave Take On Freedom And Motherhood

Societies have reproduced motherhood almost as a state of martyrdom. In becoming mothers, women are expected to forfeit themselves and adhere to...

9 Poems That Reveal Nelson Mandela’s Impact

A fallen icon can never truly die. They are memorialised in the work of artists, the pens of history, and the lips...

Conjuring Soft Magic With Storyteller Upile Chisala

“Growing up, I never read books by black women,” the Malawian storyteller Upile Chisala told an audience at the Sandton Exclusive Books...

8 Summer Books To Chase Away The Winter Blues

Winter time in South Africa is when the days are cold and the nights are long. This time of the year can...

Tracing The History Of Domestic Workers Through Literature

Domestic work in South Africa is work that is fraught with racial and class tension. It lies at a unique intersection of...

The Harry Potter Books Are Timeless, JK Rowling Not So Much

COMMENTAsk any 90s kid and they are likely to say that the Harry Potter books were a big...

The Book Stokvel: Growing Support For African Literature

It is often said that the reading culture in South Africa is very poor. Young and old people are just not reading...
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