The Modjaji offices have been buzzing with activity, as we released three incredible new titles in quick succession.
We were honoured to get to bring out the southern African version of La Bastarda, written by Trifonia Melibea Obobo and translated by Lawrence Schimel.
Efemia Chela called La Bastarda “a revolutionary piece of literature, where a young girl isn’t saved by her long-lost father, but by herself”.
Originally written in Spanish, La Bastarda has been banned in Equatorial Guinea due to its homosexual content, Obono told The Sunday Times.
Close on La Bastarda’s heels came A Person My Colour: Love, Adoption, and Parenting While White, a deeply vulnerable memoir, which Vivien Horler called “A thoughtful and honest book of our time”, mother-of-three Martina Dahlmanns challenges the notion of white adoptive parents as “white saviours” and comes face-to-face with her own internalized racism. Martina talks about why she wrote the book on SABC 3.
Martina was on several panels at the Open Book festival, and we had an incredible launch in Cape Town, where Martina was in conversation with author and radio talk show host Sara-Jayne King, whose own memoir Killing Karoline tells her experience as the mixed-race adopted child of white parents. Tumi Jonas-Mpofu, whose contributions are invaluable to A Person My Colour‘s punch, spoke as well.
Last but far from least is Karin Cronje‘s “searingly honest, heart-achingly funny and deeply sad” memoir There Goes English Teacher. Nancy Richards of Woman Zone Cape Town was in conversation with Karin at both Cape Town launches (one at The Book Lounge, one at Kalk Bay Books) and a Stellenbosch launch is on the horizon on Saturday November 17th, where Karin will be in conversation with Izak de Vries.
Team Modjaji Books