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HARRY POTTER: THREE NEW BOOKS

J.K. Rowling is releasing three new Harry Potter books. By Tom Percival Get your wands, cloaks and spell books out because J.K. Rowling’s taking us all back to the Wizarding World once again. The magical author is penning a series of short ebooks that’ll reveal the backstories of a number of characters from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, The …

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JASSY MACKENZIE TO TEAM UP WITH THRILLER SUPERSTAR JAMES PATTERSON

South African crime writer Jassy Mackenzie will contribute a book to James Patterson’s imprint BookShots. Patterson, who is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time, with sales in excess of 325 million copies worldwide, will be writing, collaborating on, or personally curating every title published by the new imprint. BookShots, which will produce page-turning, novella-length stories, aims …

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PATRICK FITZGERALD: EPITAPHS AND DREAMS

Anti-apartheid activist and academic Patrick FitzGerald has launched a new collection of poetry, titled Epitaphs and Dreams: Poems to Remember the Struggle FitzGerald is currently an adjunct professor at the Wits School of Governance (which he founded in 1990 upon his return from exile) and chair of the City of Joburg’s performance audit committee. In the 1970s and 1980s he …

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FRED KHUMALO: DEATH DRILL

Fred Khumalo’s new novel on the sinking of the SS Mendi is to be published in South Africa and the UK. The book, titled Dancing the Death Drill, recounts the sinking of the SS Mendi, a passenger steamship that sank in the English Channel in 1917, killing 646 people, most of whom were black South African troops heading for France …

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GUIDE TO TREES INTRODUCED INTO SOUTHERN AFRICA

Southern Africa is home to more than 2,000 introduced (not indigenous) trees. These non-native species are encountered daily and form a familiar part of our urban landscapes, growing successfully in parks, gardens, along road sides, and in other open spaces. This guide features nearly 600 of the most common and familiar of these and, using the same model of identification …

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BRIDGE BOOKS

A bookworm’s paradise. Bridge Books started in Griffin’s suitcase which then turned into something magnificent. This little hidden gem in the heart of Johannesburg is a bookworms retreat from the concrete jungle. Walk through rows of African literature and scan the titles as you walk past and allow your mind to explore the adventures that they hold inside. 75% of …

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NAKED GIRLS READING

The second show in the Johannesburg Chapter of this international event is finally here. And just in time for International writers week, we’re featuring an all African line up of literature in a wonderously nude celebration of what has been described as the most provocative literary series in the world. There is something altogether more intimate about a woman reading …

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AND PHILIP JOHNSON

Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson’s rivalry is chronicled in a new book. The two pillars of American architecture had a turbulent relationship. By Geoffrey Montes Few people have had as monumental an impact on American architecture as 20th-century luminaries Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. Often overlooked, however, is their intense rivalry, which is chronicled in the upcoming book …

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NKOSINATHI SITHOLE: HUNGER EATS A MAN

Nkosinathi Sithole’s Hunger Eats a Man wins the 2016 Sunday Times Literary Fiction Award. Debut novelist and Penguin Random House SA author, Nkosinathi Sithole, was announced as a winner at this year’s Sunday Times Literary Awards, recently held at a black tie event in Sandton, Johannesburg. Sithole was awarded the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for his book Hunger Eats a …

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STRUIK LIFESTYLE BOOKS HONOURED

Struik Lifestyle, an imprint of Penguin Random House, has had three titles listed amongst the ‘Best in the World’ at the recent Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau and every year they honour the best food and wine books. A total of 209 countries participated in the 2016 awards and …