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There’s nothing like the smell and feel of a good ol fashioned book. Besides, it’s through reading that we learn, reflect and remember. The Journalist welcomes bookworms to the new ‘books’ section of our site where we’ll bring you interviews with authors, book reviews and reading lists. Here you’ll find the best paperbacks to curl up with, and the ‘must have’ hardcovers to have on your bookcase.

We’ll celebrate the great African writers of our time, the likes of Sol Plaatje, whose Native Life in South Africa turns 100 this year; as well as commemorate literary giants such as Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Wole Soyinka and Ben Okri. Alan Paton, Steve Biko and Nadine Gordimer, Zakes Mda and Binyavanga Wainaina.

The literary greats live on through their work.

And even though technology is altering the way we consume our novels and bestsellers, and the age of social media has us consuming no more than 140 characters at a time, The Journalist will bring you the novelists, academics and intellectuals who, through their writing, recording and archiving, feed our souls with the pleasure of reading.

BOOK EXTRACT: South Africa’s Survival Guide to Climate Change

BOOK EXTRACT: South Africa’s Survival Guide to Climate Change

[intro]Sipho Kings and Sarah Wild have been reporting on different facets of climate change for most of their careers. Their book, South Africa's Survival Guide to Climate Change, is ultimately a survival guide, which rests on the idea that we could possibly survive a changing climate. With temperatures climbing and sea levels rising, parts of South Africa are already well on their way to being uninhabitable and we need a plan.[/intro] Every morning, there are people in South Africa who wake...

5 things to consider before publishing your book

5 things to consider before publishing your book

KayDee [intro]Our books editor lays out the path for young writers who want to get their work published.[/intro] If you followed last month's advice on how to succeed as an author, you may be well on your way to completing your first project or at least have started writing (if we're being more realistic). Writing is the beginning of a long process which includes getting someone to read your work, editing, proofing and formatting. After publishing, there are still marketing and distribution...

Kay-Dee’s five tips for aspiring authors

Kay-Dee’s five tips for aspiring authors

[intro]From our very own books editor, here are a few tips to help you become the author you want to be. All under the acronym WRITE – write, read, invest, test and enjoy![/intro] Write! Practice makes perfect Whenever someone asks me for writing advice, the first thing I tell them is that they must start writing. When an aspiring author asks about the publishing process, my first question is often “what have you written thus far?” because, writers write! How do you start writing? Pour out...

Book Review: They Called Me Queer

Book Review: They Called Me Queer

[intro]A recently published collection of poems, stories and essays destabilises the notion of a single queer story and contributes to an expansive LGBTQIA+ archive.[/intro] It is important to see yourself in everything. As critical concepts such as representation and diversity continue to be brought into cultural conversations, from film to literature and music, our school syllabi and the streets, we should be gifted with finding ourselves in every articulation of being. Queer and trans...

Remembering K Sello Duiker, great writer of South Africa’s post-apartheid generation

Remembering K Sello Duiker, great writer of South Africa’s post-apartheid generation

[intro]Duiker’s books received acclaim for boldly tackling homosexuality, drug use, and sex work, and exploring subjugation, dispossession, and trauma.[/intro] Kabelo “Sello” Duiker, novelist, screenwriter, and one of South Africa’s most exciting creative voices, had a brief but widely impactful career. Born on 13 April 1974, Duiker studied journalism and art history at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, where he co-founded a poetry society called Seeds. He published two novels, Thirteen Cents...

Ndinethembe: A young lady’s poetic journey of hope

Ndinethembe: A young lady’s poetic journey of hope

[intro]In her debut anthology, Mfazwe uses her poetic voice to take the reader on a journey of self-discovery by sharing her own pain. Although the author acknowledges the many hurdles she has overcome along the way, the book ignites hope and courage.[/intro] Ndinethemba: My Hope. My Strength. My Progress, written by Eyethu Mfazwe from the Eastern Cape, is the story of the black female experience, told through beautifully crafted poetry. Women of colour have predominantly been omitted from...

Book Extract: Beauty’s Gift

Book Extract: Beauty’s Gift

Sindiwe Magona [intro]Beauty's Gift by Sindiwe Magona is a riveting, moving tale of how four women lose their best friend. And how they decide to change the fate of their own lives as well as the lives of those closest to them. AIDS activist Zackie Achmat described it as "one of the most important books about HIV/AIDS in our country." This is an extract from the book.[/intro] MORNING, 28 SEPTEMBER Cemetery, NY 5, Gugulethu God knew the African woman was going to have a very, very hard life....

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