Literary Fire

Qhawe! Mokgadi Caster Semenya is the story of a South African...

Qhawe! Mokgadi Caster Semenya is Dr. Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang’s sixth book for young readers. The picture book is a celebration of the...

The New Apartheid shatters the idea that apartheid ever ended

In Dr. Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh’s second book The New Apartheid, he examines how apartheid has reinvented itself. This book follows his first, Democracy...

Extract: Flow: The Book About Menstruation

Flow is a new book from Kwela Books. The book, Flow, will inform, educate, empower, and inspire all those who menstruate. Written...

Book Review: District Six – memories, thoughts and images

The book, District Six: memories, thoughts and images, compiled and edited by Martin Greshoff, is a compilation of autobiographical stories and poetry...

Ziyanda Stuurman asks: “Can we be safe?” and “how” in new...

Safety and policing are major issues for all people living in South Africa but not always equally. Policing, safety and criminality are...

#LGBQTILife: The Pocket Queerpedia is an educational resource for understanding queerness

The Pocket Queerpedia is a resource for activists, educators and the queer community developed by The Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education. The...

50 Books UJ’s Professor Tshilidzi Marwala recommends for leaders

We cannot underestimate how critical strong leadership is in all aspects of our lives. In ‘Leadership Lessons From Books I Have Read’,...

Mbali Sebokedi is using book covers to create makeup looks

What do you get when you combine books and make-up? Well, books as lewks of course - using book covers as inspiration...

EXTRACT: Andile Gaelesiwe: Remembering

Andile Gaelesiwe is celebrated across South Africa as the adored host of Khumbul’ ekhaya on SABC 1. Yet few know that behind...

EXTRACT: But He Speaks So Well by Ivan Johnson

Journey with Ivan Johnson in this memoir of an identity crisis as the high­spirited boy from a close-­knit family on the Cape...

Sindiwe Magona’s When The Village Sleeps is a must-read

Sindiwe Magona is a master storyteller and she shows it once more in her latest book. When The Village Sleeps, her latest...

Book Extract: “You Have Struck a Rock”

"You Have Struck a Rock" by writer and commentator, Gugulethu Mhlungu looks at how history has shaped the conditions women face today....

REVIEW: Ashraf Kagee’s new book is the story of childhood trauma

Childhood trauma has a way of changing people for the rest of their lives. But what happens when childhood trauma meets childhood...

“Aunty” Fatima Sydow is here to teach you how to cook

Watching a social media video of Fatima Sydow cooking feels like being in the kitchen with a much-loved family member. From her...

REVIEW: The Emthonjeni Heritage Film Festival a showcase of South African...

Held over four days last week, the Emthonjeni Heritage Film Festival in Cape Town showcased films of heritage and historical relevance. Ling...

Zulaikha Patel wants to inspire young women with her first book

Zulaikha Patel was just 13-years-old when images of her protesting against her school’s racist hair policies became news. That protest inspired a...

EXTRACT: Black Girl’s Guide to Corporate South Africa by Lindelwa Skenjana

In this timely memoir-/­guide, young corporate professional Lindelwa Skenjana shares insights from her own experience and those of other black women at...

Extract: Nation on the Couch

Professor Wahbie Long’s Nation on the Couch explores life in our beloved country through the lens of psychoanalysis. By focusing on the...

Shubnum Khan takes readers on a wondrous journey in her new...

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” is a quote by poet, Mary...

“Tawedes” to an origin language as South Africa gets its first...

Some people may consider KhoiKhoi a forgotten language - but in reality, it’s used across South Africa every day. Words like dagga...
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