Join Jacana authors at The Bloody Book Week

Africa’s only crime book festival is celebrating its fifth year, with authors CM Elliot, Paul O’Sullivan and many others jetting into Joburg between 6 and 9 August to celebrate one of the hottest book genres around.

Founded by talk show host and avid crime book reader Jenny Crwys-Williams, twenty-two different venues across Joburg (including the Gautrain) will host the writers and audiences. These range from small bookshops to auditoriums, from coffee shops to swish restaurants, as a variety of experiences are brought before audiences.

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  • Election 2014: The Campaigns, Results and Future Prospects
  • Cape Town Flavours and Traditions
  • Sam and Me & the Hard Pear Tree
  • Courage to Lead: Leadership lessons from Kilimanjaro
  • The Class of 79
  • The Side of the Sun at Noon
  • Mandela’s Kinsmen: Nationalist Elites and Apartheid's First Bantustan
  • I See You
  • My Mzansi Heart
  • DemoCRAZY: SA's Twenty-year Trip
  • Memoirs of a Born Free: Reflections on the Rainbow Nation
  • The Unsaid
  • The New Radicals: A Generational Memoir of the 1970s
  • Sunderland
  • Cuito Cuanavale: Frontline Accounts by Soviet Soldiers
  • Another Country: South Africa’s New Portraits
  • A Different Kind of AIDS: Alternative Explanations of HIV/AIDS in South African Townships
  • White Paper, White Ink
  • Catastrophe: Oy Vey, my Child is Gay (and an Addict)
  • Blood Money: The Cyril Karabus Story
  • Liberation Diaries: Reflections on 20 Years of Democracy
  • With my Head above the Parapet: An insider account of the ANC in power
  • Unimportance
  • Passes and Poorts South Africa: Getaway’s Top scenic mountain routes
  • South Africa: The Present as History
  • Retreat: The Joy of Conscious Eating
  • The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself
  • Short-Changed? South Africa since 1994
  • The ANC Women’s League: Sex, Politics and Gender
  • The Soweto Uprising

The European Union Literary Award to continue as the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award from 2015

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The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) is pleased to announce that the European Union Literary Award will from now on be known as the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award. The EU Literary Award has been administered by Jacana for the past ten years with generous support from various European Union member-states and partners.  The Dinaane Debut Fiction Award will now be administered by the JLF.  

With the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award the JLF hopes to build on the excellent reputation of the EU Literary Award and will continue to foster vibrant new South African writing talent. Kopano Matlwa, winner of the EU Award in 2007 with Coconut, has been translated into Swedish and Dutch, with a French translation currently underway, and Coconut is a set work at schools across South Africa. Fred Khumalo’s follow-up to his award-winning novel Bitches’ Brew, Seven Steps to Heaven, has been prescribed as a set work at UNISA.

As a result of the EU Literary Award, previously unpublished writers now have careers as novelists. The most recent winner of the EU Literary Award was Penny Busetto for her novel The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself, published in April 2014.

The newly launched Dinaane Award is, like its predecessor, open to unpublished English-language manuscripts by debut writers. In renaming the award and moving into a new era, we wanted to find a word which connotes the many strands of conversation which weave into the common language of fiction. The word ‘dinaane’ in Setswana means ‘telling our stories to one another’, a name which we hope is evocative, accurate and simple.

The deadline for the first Dinaane Award is 1 September 2014. The winning manuscript will be published by Jacana Media in 2015 and the winner awarded a R35 000 prize. The Dinaane Award continues to be supported by Exclusive Books and their Homebru campaign.

Writers who have already submitted their manuscripts under the EU Literary Award-name are advised that they will be automatically entered under the Award’s new name and need not re-submit. Entry forms are available at For further queries please contact Ester Levinrad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Glenn Moss discusses The New Radicals with Polity SA

From the political ashes of the late 1960s, new and radical initiatives grew with surprising speed in the first half of the 1970s. The New Radicals: A Generational Memoir of the 1970s tells the story of a generation of activists who embraced and developed forms of opposition politics that would have profound consequences. The rise of Black Consciousness, the Durban strikes of 1972, the wages commissions and new trade unions, the development of radical ideologies separated from the liberalism and rigid communism of the past, the release all political prisoners campaign – and then June 1976. Within six short years, the politics of opposition and resistance had developed from an historical low point to the beginnings of a radicalism which would lead to February 1990 and the first democratic election in 1994.

Author of the Week


  Richard de Nooy

Richard de Nooy (1965) grew up in Johannesburg, but has lived in Amsterdam for the past 25 years. His first novel Six Fang Marks & a Tetanus Shot (Jacana, 2007) won the University of Johannesburg Prize for Best First Book, received honourable mention at the M-Net Literary Award, and was long-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Award. De Nooy was awarded a grant by the Dutch Foundation for Literature to write his second novel in Dutch.

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Click here to visit Richard's website
Click here to view the author's blog on Books Live
Follow Richard on Twitter (@RicharddeNooy)

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For all Jacana events: Please bring high quality children’s and young adults’ books, in good condition, to donate to Equal Education’s book drive for school libraries.10% of all Jacana Books sold at the event will also go to Equal Education for their library book drive. This is a Jacana Media, Book Lounge, Cape Times and Equal Education initiave.