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Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places…including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.

As Queenie careens from one questionable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, “What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?”—all of the questions today’s woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her. Come meet Candice Carty-Williams in conversation with Cheeky Natives!

Positively Me is told with gut wrenching honesty, Nozibele Mayaba is at her most vulnerable in this brave account about what it means to live and love beyond HIV. She went public with her story in a video that when viral and launched her onto a new path. Nozibele, who has since gotten married and recently became a mother, has made it her mission to hold open conversations about her journey living with HIV. Join us for what promises to be a riveting and life changing conversation.

Come meet queer authors and activists Angelo C Louw and Kabelo Maleke wa Ncube as they officially launch their respective debut titles, The Problem with Black People and Taverning After 9. They will be joined by former UNCUT editor Zenaida Martin in a discussion on queerness in African literature, as they reflect on their own literary work. Louw’s The Problem with Black People is a collection of his writing spanning his decade-long journalistic career, which focuses on issues of racial oppression, and its knock-on impact on queer communities. Makeke wa Ncube’s Taverning After 9 is a refreshing work of fiction centering queer characters set in an Mphumalunga township. The protagonist Paballo’s life is turned upside down after meeting a new, and dangerous, love interest – who takes him on incredible highs and, equally low, lows.

I Do … Don’t I? is the much-anticipated sequel to the popular novel The Thing with Zola. It continues the sparkling and tender love story of free-spirited Zola and charismatic Mbali, traversing the vibrant landscapes of Kigali and Johannesburg as they navigate a long-distance relationship and the question of commitment. Will they say I do?

This book is an incredible chronicle of life challenges, each of which would floor the life of any lesser person. As the title proclaims, I Survived It ALL, is a story of resilience and the triumph of the human spirit as manifested in this one woman’s life. This is not to mention the difficulties of a forced, child marriage, into a security establishment where the escape plot is the stuff of a movie. Then there is the struggle for a basic education, to be eked out in the midst of an insensitive and abusive bunch of boy classmates. And what was supposed to be the final bliss in a marriage of choice becomes a nightmare of neglect and abuse. And the book title says it all – I Survived It All.

The first edition of A Life of Purpose is about Wiseman’s resilience and determination in the face of economic adversity and political repression. It is as much about the forging of his professional career as it is about the formation of his foundational values, work ethic, and leadership skills. This second edition, which includes the original chapters of the first edition, describes Wiseman’s life and achievements from 2006 to 2023.

Join us for a discussion of “Women in Crime” focusing on the latest books by Angela Makholwa and Fiona Snyckers. The Reed Dance Stalker by Angela Makholwa is a gripping thriller that delves into the dark side of the human psyche. With its suspenseful narrative and well-drawn characters. It kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end! The Hidden focuses on a seemingly normal American family whose lives are turned upside down following a terrorist attack. Secrets are revealed and lives are changed forever. All in all nothing is what it seems.

Join us for a one-of-a-kind event. Margaret Busby is in town, join us as we celebrate her world-renowned book New Daughters of Africa through reading and poetry. Some of the daughters featured in the book will be there – Phillippa De Villiers, Zukiswa Wanner, and Vangile Gantsho.

Margaret Busby’s groundbreaking anthology Daughters of Africa illuminated the “silent, forgotten, underrated voices of black women” (Washington Post). New Daughters of Africa continues that mission for a new generation, bringing together a selection of overlooked artists of the past with fresh and vibrant voices that have emerged from across the globe in the past two decades, from Antigua to Zimbabwe with numerous South African contributors.

This book is both a tribute and a deliberation on Mzala Nxumalo’s intellectual work. Nxumalo’s death in 1991 robbed the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party of one of their most prolific writers, a revolutionary intellectual and thinker. His death was a huge loss, particularly at a time when his thinking skills were much needed during both the negotiation period and the time of rebuilding the ANC in the country. This though-provoking book considers the value of Mzala’s work in the context of contemporary South Africa’s left politics.

For three young women in Joburg, the new age of internet celebrity presents them with obstacles, opportunities, opulence and a chance at fame, fortune and fierce fashion. As Lin, Lebo and Mbali jostle to take their places in the fame hierarchy, their ambitions, aspirations and agendas collide. Their wins and woes not only affect one another, but can mean that they either individually rise or collectively crumble. Will Lin’s past threaten her future? Will Lebo’s (self-)sabotage prevent her return to the top? Will Mbali’s reign as the Queen of Gossip continue – or reach a dead end? The choices they make can balance or break their entire ecosystem

This book will help you recognise the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that stand in your way of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual fulfillment. It will equip you with the agency to reframe these barriers into positive energy that will catalyse and catapult you into action. With short, easy-to-digest pep talks, you can read this book from cover to cover or choose a specific chapter to read when you need a little support and inspiration. Join us as we talk to Prof. Alistair Mokoena.