69 Jerusalem Street by Lindiwe Nkutha shortlisted for the 2021 UJ Prizes for South African Writing in English
Our hearty congratulations to Lindiwe Nkutha: Her short story collection, 69 Jerusalem Street, has been shortlisted for the 2021 UJ Prizes for South African Writing in English under the Debut Prize category!
A round of applause also to all the other authors and publishers shortlisted.
Save with Modjaji’s spring pop-up sale!
We’re running an online pop-up sale! Modjaji titles are going for as cheap as R50. Join the Facebook group or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to shop.
Had your eye on a few Modjaji titles but counting the pennies? Nows your chance to stock up on your Summer reading while sticking to budget and supporting a small local feminist business.
Added bonus: If you buy from the pop-up, you are also entitled to a free ticket to Colleen Higgs’ publishing seminar – see details below.
You’re invited: Publishing webinar with Colleen Higgs
Our next online Modjaji seminar, Everything you wanted to know about getting published in South Africa but didn’t know who to ask, will be offered by Colleen Higgs, publisher at Modjaji Books.
Some of the questions that we’ll discuss are:
- Will I become rich and famous?
- Why do I want to get published?
- Should I find a publisher for my manuscript?
- Should I self-publish?
- What are the pros and cons of each option?
- How do I find the right publisher?
- When do I know if my book is ready for publication?
- How do I find an agent?
- Do I need an agent?
Date: Thursday, 21 October
Where: Online via Zoom – attend from anywhere in the world!See our blog for further information.
Read an excerpt from Women out of Water by Sally Cranswick, and an interview with Sally
Bruce Dennill has published a free-to-read excerpt from Women out of Water by Sally Cranswick on his blog.
Bruce also interviewed Sally, about her writing process, writers who inspire her, and more. Here’s an extract:
“Each story was so different in approach. For example, Horse was a distillation of my love and understanding of horses, combined with the incredible landscapes I had discovered since coming to South Africa. I felt so inspired by the land itself for that story – the colour of the soil, the rock formations, the birdlife, the trees and plants, the bush animals and the magnificent baobabs, which I’d never seen before coming here.”
Tiah Marie Beautement reviews Dreaming in Colour by Uvile Ximba
“This debut novel is all kinds of beautiful. It is a coming-of-age story written with prose of unfolding delight. But it isn’t flowery. The writing is tight, with little treasures of description nested inside. […] A short read, written with fierce beauty.”
Modjaji titles entered into the GBAS Book Cover Design Awards 2021
We’re so excited to share that six Modjaji titles have been entered into the GBAS Book Cover Design Awards.
The awards are hosted by The Good Book Appreciation Society group on Facebook. Do join the group for wonderful book reviews and to be a part of a community of local and international bookworms!
Pictured above is Women Out of Water by Sally Cranswick, with its gorgeous cover done by Jesse Breytenbach. Carla Krueser did the beautiful cover for The School Gates by Fiona Snyckers.
Check out the website to see the other entries!
Are you a publisher, author, designer, or illustrator? You can also enter here.
Catch the recording of Fiona Snyckers’ and Michelle Edwards’ connversation on using popular fiction to explore big themes
Last month, Fiona Snyckers, author of The School Gates, and Michelle Edwards, author of debut novel Go Away Birds, presented a free event, facilitated by Colleen Higgs, on using popular fiction to explore big themes and topics.
If you missed it, you can find the recording on YouTube here.
Lynn Joffe on the Woman Zone podcast
Meet the author herself, Lynn Joffe, on the Woman Zone’s latest podcast episode. Lynn is in conversation with Dominique Malherbe, founder of Consultancy for Women’s Legal Rights and author of Searching for Sarah.
Lynn Joffe’s debut novel, The Gospel According to Wanda B Lazarus, has received accolades from Stephen Fry, Prof Neville Hoad, and Diane Awerbuck.
Catch a recording of Lynn Joffe’s conversation with Shaun de Waal
In September, Lynn Joffe, Shaun de Waal, and Joburg-based fans came together at Exclusive Books Melrose Arch to spend an evening talking all things Wanda.
The conversation was wonderful and rich. If you missed it – or just want to relish it again – you can catch the recording on YouTube. Put it on while you cook dinner or go on a walk!