We’re in African Flavour Books

We’re in African Flavour Books

I am so excited to let you all know that you can now found our books at the awesome African Flavour Books! Listen, African Flavour Books is the place to be. They are at Vaal Walk shopping centre in Vanderbijlpark. The Helepis are champions of African literature, reading and books, so when you buy from them, you also become a champion of all great bookish things. I’m down for championing…

cover reveal: The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2

cover reveal: The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2

Publishing later this month… The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2. Cover art: Megan Ross Book design: Duduzile Mabaso Contributors: Obinna Udenwe, Mapule Mohulatsi, Christine Coates, Thato Magano, Gugu Mary Tizita McLaren, Nkosithandile Peme, Adaobi Okwy, Evan Morris, Khalid Salleh, Pamela Moeng, Stephen Embleton Pre-Order

Black Letter Media exhibiting at Essence Festival Durban!

Black Letter Media exhibiting at Essence Festival Durban!

This weekend, the first ever Essence Festival on African soil is taking place at the Durban ICC. Hosted by eThekwini Municipality, the festival includes a book and art fair titled “ARTiculate Africa” divided into two sections: “Knowledge” and “ART”. The “Knowledge” programme is curated by Tiny Mungwe who has run festivals such as Poetry Africa, Time of the Writer and Durban International Film Festival so Essence Festival Durban promises to be…

The Release of Poetry Potion 10 Delayed— Poetry Potion

The Release of Poetry Potion 10 Delayed— Poetry Potion

As the allegations of plagiarism against Kenyan poet, Redscar McOdindo K’Oyuga ripped through the African poetry scene, we’re left with more questions than answers. Unfortunately, our latest edition of Poetry Potion is on hold as said poet had submitted some work. For further details, please click on the link below for the official statement from Poetry Potion.   Here we are, three days later still trying to make sense of the…

Black Letter Media Shines At 8th Jozi Book Fair

Black Letter Media Shines At 8th Jozi Book Fair

  We need to see ourselves in books. – Mohale Mashigo   It was a great weekend at the 8th Jozi Book Fair: Youth Rising at Wits University. The sun was out and so were all the readers, writers and booksellers. Duduzile Mabaso handed down her short story wisdom to the students in the How To Write a Short Story workshop. Below the learners from Phomolong Secondary, imaginations ignited came to visit…

Announcement: And the winner is… (The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol 2)

Announcement: And the winner is… (The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol 2)

After a long wait, we have announced the winning story at an event at the Jozi Book Fair. The prize, which will be awarded annually, was judged by Lineo Segoete, Makhozana Xaba, Dilman Dila and Duduzile Mabaso. There were seven shortlisted writers, from which two stories placed second and a winner was picked. The two runners-up will each receive R1000 and they are: Christine Coates for A Night to Remember and Mapule…

#WomenWrite August: The Whole Bevy — Book Lover’s Hangout

Our readers blog celebrated South Africa’s Woman’s month by highlighting 31 of our favourite Afrikan women writers. These awesome short profiles were compiled by our newest team member, Efemia Chela. Here’s a quick roundup. Below is the list of the African women authors we wrote about for August. This coven of talented writers, poets and publishers is now all in one place for you to explore. Such range, such diversity!…

We’re announcing the winner for The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol 2 at #JBF

We’re announcing the winner for The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol 2 at #JBF

Join us at Jozi Book Fair as we announce the long awaited winner of our short story competition – The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! We’ll be reading and discussing stories from the first volume published in 2012 and the upcoming volume of The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! The following stories have been shortlisted: A Night to Remember by Christine Muller Coates…

The Shortlist Interviews: Obinna Udenwe – Men Are Fools

The Shortlist Interviews: Obinna Udenwe – Men Are Fools

Men Are Fools… I’m sure something is everyone woman has uttered at some stage in her life. But here Obinna Udenwe skilfully turns the tables on our expectations of young men and women and their behaviour. Set in Ghana, in the fever of the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match, “Men Are Fools” is a story of global drama and the local, intimate peculiarities of relationships.   Black Letter Media: How did you…

The Shortlist Interviews: Nkosithandile Peme – For My Brother

The Shortlist Interviews: Nkosithandile Peme – For My Brother

In For My Brother, Nkosithandile chronicles the interplay between a rebellious brother and his sister tripping over the loose ends of a romantic relationship gone awry. For such a young writer, she explores some weighty themes including: the generational influence of HIV/AIDS and grief. We spoke to the young woman behind the story to get to the heart of it.   Black Letter Media: How did you start writing stories? Nkosithandile Peme: I grew up in…