November Newsletter: Special offer, new releases, and other news
Modjaji turned 12 this year! To celebrate – and to make your festive shopping easier – we’re offering an R100 discount on your shopping basket (if you spend over R500) from now until 14 December, with free shipping in South Africa. Use the discount code HAPPYBIRTHDAY. Browse the shop here.
Publishing is never easy and always comes with unexpected, unpredictable challenges. 2019 has been tough year for Modjaji but also a rewarding one. We’re proud of every single book we’ve brought out so far this year and look forward to where they, and their authors, will go in 2020.
In other exciting news, Colleen Higgs, our publisher has been invited to the inaugural Doha Publishing Fellowship Program in Doha, Qatar in January 2020. We look forward to learning more about the Arab book world and meeting publishers there.
Colleen will run writing workshops in 2020. Keep an eye on our social media for announcements of dates and other details.
Modjaji author Futhi Ntshingila is on her second literary visit to Brazil, where her novel Do Not Go Gentle was translated into Portuguese, as Sem Gentileza by Dublinense.
Latest and upcoming titles
Predictive Text by Crystal Warren
In a series of tender, bite-sized poems on being a writer, loneliness, faith, patriarchy, climate change, grief, and more, Crystal Warren offers up an ode to the every day. Predictive Text launches in Grahamstown in mid-December, stay tuned for details. Predictive Text is also available for pre-order.
Making Way by Joan Metelerkamp
We’re so delighted to be publishing Joan Metelerkamp’s ninth poetry collection. In Making Way, Metelerkamp demonstrates once again her unrivaled command of a poetry of movement and process. Available for pre-order now.
Innie Shadows by Olivia M. Coetzee
A novel in Kaaps, Innie Shadows wrestles with the demons of one community overcome with the social ills of drugs, bigotry and homophobia, where lives intersect through ruthless brutality. A pioneering work of fiction in which the dispossessed are finally telling their own stories.
Innie shadows wroeg met die duiwels van ’n gemeenskap wat gebuk gaan onder die maatskaplike euwels van dwelms, onverdraagsaamheid en homofobie, en waar paaie te midde van wrede brutaliteit kruis. Baanbrekersfiksie waarin die onteiendes uiteindelik hul eie stories vertel.
We’ll be launching at the Book Lounge, in Cape Town at 17h30 on Tuesday, 3 December – please join us for some snacks, conversation, and a glass of wine sponsored by Leopards Leap. Olivia will be in conversation with Professor Barbara Boswell, author of Grace. You can also order the book on the Modjaji website.
The Only Magic We Know and Fools Gold
We’re excited to show off the covers for The Only Magic We Know and Fools Gold, the Modjaji poetry and short story anthologies – celebrating twelve years of cutting-edge publishing.
Modjaji Books is unique in that it is one of the few (only) South African publishers that takes on debut collections of short stories, and by doing so raises the profile of those authors, and in many cases launches their writing careers. Modjaji has also been central to the poetry scene in South Africa, in the last 12 years, having published over 45 collections of poetry in that period.