From the VOA: Amid tough economic times in South Africa, consumers are supporting a growing number of used book stores, avoiding new-book prices.
Struck by ‘the gatekeeping that keeps women’s writing out of sight,’ Colleen Higgs started Modjaji Books a decade ago in Cape Town.
With a goal of getting South African authors’ work to the country’s readers, the African Book Trust is working to donate bookjs to library collections.
In another deal that expands its international reach, Canada’s Kobo is taking on the ebook customers of South African bookseller Exclusive Books.
As in parts of the world, distribution challenges loom large in Johannesburg for the book business. Bookseller Griffin Shea sees the need for a ‘metaphorical bridge.’
Honored for a short story that ‘leaves the reader full of sympathy and wonder at the plight of its protagonists,’ the Cape Town-based LIdudumalingali says he’s interested in seeing that we ‘not try to lie to ourselves.’
The ‘overt threat of toxic masculinity’ and ‘the vapid promises of politicians and religion’ in the other: South Africa’s Sunday Times Literature Awards.
On June 13 in NYC, CCC’s Michael Healy discussed recent copyright legislation and challenges in the European Union, Brazil, and South Africa.
The winner of the £10,000 Caine Prize will be announced at an award ceremony and dinner at the Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, on July 4.
Established in 2003 by the estate of Leo Tolstoy and the Samsung Corporation, the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Prize has a 31-title international longlist.