Nick Mulgrew's 'The First Law of Sadness' is shortlisted for the Nadine Gordimer Award 2018

David Philip Publishers is proud to announce that Nick Mulgrew’s collection of short fiction, The First Law of Sadness, has been shortlisted for the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award at the 2018 South African Literary Awards (SALAs).

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The SALAs aim to pay tribute to writers who have “distinguished themselves as groundbreaking producers and creators of literature.” Categories awarded in any year may include the First-time Published author award or the K Sello Duiker Memorial award, among others. The Nadine Gordimer Short Story award celebrates exponents of short fiction writing in South Africa. The winners of the awards will be announced in early November.

The First Law of Sadness is a collection of startling imagination and sympathy – set primarily in South Africa’s least fashionable cities and suburbs – these stories maintain a precarious balance between rich comedy and despair throughout their explorations of grief, spectacle, sex, nostalgia, and the lives of animals, both human and not. The collection includes “Robot Run”, a series of photographs by Michael Tymbios.

In 2017, a story from Mulgrew’s debut collection, Stations, received the Thomas Pringle Award for Short Stories. Stations was also shortlisted for the Nadine Gordimer award last year and longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize in the UK.

Stations and The First Law of Sadness are available for purchase directly from the publisher online.

Join the festivities at the 2018 Nozincwadi Storytelling & Book Festival

The tenth anniversary of the NOZINCWADI Storytelling & Book Festival will be held in Durban from 27 to 29 September 2018.

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This exciting literary event will feature artists from across the world including Kenya, Uganda, USA, Australia, and the UK as well as local storytellers and performers.


The festival will feature book launches, drumming performances, author panels and will culminate on Saturday 29 September with a street parade and book carnival featuring live music, outdoor dance and interactive storytelling performances.


Elinor Sisulu, author of Albertina Sisulu: Abridged Memoir, and Xolisa Guzula, author of The Adventures of Pinocchio, will be attending this celebration of all things books and storytelling.


The Nozincwadi Storytelling & Book Festival is held annually by the Gcinamasiko Arts & Heritage Trust. The event will take place at the Durban Music School, Diakonia Avenue, Durban.


Join the Facebook event here and find the programme here.

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Meet #TeamKwezi at the first ever Comic Con Africa

This weekend you can meet and greet the team behind the Kwezi comics at the inaugural Comic Con Africa.

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A three day event held at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Comic Con Africa showcases comic books, science fiction and fantasy related entertainment from South Africa and the world. 

 

Loyiso Mkize, Clyde Beech and Mohale Mashigo, the team behind South Africa's favourite superhero, Kwezi, will be at this year's event. Below is a complete guide to where they will be and when - be sure to say hello and maybe even get a copy of your book signed!


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Loyiso Mkize

Friday 14 September

Kwezi and Beyond – Journey of the Characters and its Creators

Content Zone 4

14:00 – 14:30

 

The Growth of African Comic Book Characters

Content Zone 3

15:30 – 16:00

 

Saturday 15 September

Sketch-Off

Content Zone 3

10:30 – 11:00

 

Sunday 16 September

African Storytelling

Content Zone 3

13:00 – 13:30

Kwezi Mohale Mashigo Comic Con Africa

Mohale Mashigo

 

Friday 14 September

State of Comics

Main Stage

11:00 – 11:30

 

The Monsters Inside

Content Zone 3

12:00 – 12:30

 

Kwezi and Beyond – Journey of the Characters and its Creators

Content Zone 4

14:00 – 14:30

 

Saturday 15 September

Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda

Content Zone 3

11:00 – 11:30

 

Sunday 16 September

Representing the Now

Content Zone 3

11:30 – 12:00

 

African Storytelling

Content Zone 3

13:00 – 13:30

Clyde Beech Kwezi Comic Con Africa

Clyde Beech

 

Friday 14 September

Kwezi and Beyond – Journey of the Characters and its Creators

Content Zone 4

14:00 – 14:30

The Growth of African Comic Book Characters

Content Zone 3

15:30 – 16:00

 

Sunday 16 September

African Storytelling

Content Zone 3

13:00 – 13:30

Mpumi's Magic Beads available in EIGHT new languages

Your favourite children's book, Mpumi's Magic Beads, has been translated into eight new languages.

Alongside the English version, you can now get your hands on this delightfully illustrated book in IsiXhosa, IsiZulu, Xitsonga, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Sepedi, Tshivenda and Setswana!

Mpumi’s Magic Beads, written by Lebohang Masango and illustrated by Masego Morulane, is an enchanting story about friendship, self-esteem, discovery and beautiful hair in the big city of Joburg. It follows the sudden adventures of Mpumi, Asante and Tshiamo as they see the world around them from new heights and realise all of the fun waiting to be discovered outside of their classroom. This story is a great read for the whole family, especially children aged between 5 – 10 years old.

Siswati and IsiNdebele versions will be available for purchase later this year.

Mpumi's Magic Beads Lebohang Masango Masego Morulane Xitsonga translation BUY ONLINE
Mpumi's Magic Beads Lebohang Masango Masego Morulane IsiZulu Zulu translation BUY ONLINE
Mpumi's Magic Beads Lebohang Masango Masego Morulane Afrikaans translation BUY ONLINE
Mpumi's Magic Beads Lebohang Masango Masego Morulane IsiXhosa Xhosa translation BUY ONLINE
Mpumi's Magic Beads Lebohang Masango Masego Morulane Sepedi translation BUY ONLINE
Mpumi's Magic Beads Lebohang Masango Masego Morulane Setswana translation BUY ONLINE
Meet our authors at the South Africa Book Fair 2018

As a celebration of books and the publishing industry, writers and illustrators will descend on Newtown, Johannesburg from 7-9 September.

Celebrated annually in the first week of September, the South African Book Fair is the culmination of National Book Week and offers a unique opportunity for interaction between publishers, authors and book lovers alike.

A number of David Philip Publishers and New Africa Books authors will be attending the event. Below is a complete guide to where they will be and when - be sure to say hello and maybe even get a copy of your book signed!


Lebohang Masango – Mpumi’s Magic Beads

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Friday 7 September

Keorapetse Kgositsile Poetry Café – Session Two

Venue: Ramolao Makhene Theatre

Time : 16:00-16:45

Price: R40

The South African Book Fair 2018, as it celebrates #OURSTORIES on the page, mic and stage, invites audiences to engage in a feast of intergenerational voices in our indigenous languages.

 

Sunday 9 September

She Speaks

Time: 10:00–11:00

Price: R40

Venue: Sarafina

The necessity and challenges of capturing generational stories.

 

Click here to buy your copy of Mpumi's Magic Beads.

 

Sindiwe Magona - Albertina Sisulu: Abridged Memoir

Sindiwe Magona Albertina Sisulu memoir Buy Online New Africa Books

 

Saturday 8 September

Writers are our Conscience

Time: 14:30–17:00

Price: R40

Venue: Auditorium

Throughout the history of humankind, the written and the spoken word have shaped the course of events. In the space of this conference, we aim to explore how writers and readers influence society. Do writers steer the course of a country’s socio-political passage by pointing to and appraising the mores and values of its people and its leaders?

 

Sunday 9 September

She Speaks

Time: 10:00–11:00

Price: R40

Venue: Sarafina

The necessity and challenges of capturing generational stories.

 

Click here to buy your copy of Albertina Sisulu: Abridged Memoir

 

Elinor Sisulu – Walter & Albertina Sisulu: In our lifetime

Elinor Sisulu Walter and Albertina Sisulu In our lifetime Buy Online New Africa Books

 

Saturday 8 September

African Philosophy Cafe – A tale of two hegemons: SA and Nigeria in Africa

Time: 11:30–12:30

Price: R40

Venue: Sarafina

Nigeria and South Africa account for about a third of Africa’s economic might, and have led much of its conflict management initiative over the last two decades.

 

A Celebration Of Giants

Time: 13:00–14:00

Price: 40

Venue: Auditorium

We remember the timeless contribution of Albertina Sisulu and Nelson Mandela as the country celebrates their centenaries.

 

Sunday 9 September

She Speaks

Time: 10:00–11:00

Price: R40

Venue: Sarafina

The necessity and challenges of capturing generational stories.

 

Click here to buy your copy of Walter & Albertina Sisulu: In our lifetime

 

Loyiso Mkize - Kwezi Comics

Loyiso Mkize Kwezi Comics Buy Online New Africa Books

Saturday 8 September

African Superheroes?

Time: 11:30–12:30

Price: 40

Venue: Alan Joseph Training Room

Disrupting through superheroes – our young authors take us into the world of graphic novels.

 

#OURSTORIES

Time: 13:00–14:00

Price: R40

Venue: Township Boy

There’s a revolution happening. New voices discuss how they are shaping the much-needed change in publishing.

 

Click here to buy your copy of Kwezi.

 

Clyde Beech – Kwezi

Clyde Beech Kwezi Comics Buy Online New Africa Books

Saturday 8 September

African Superheroes?

Time: 11:30–12:30

Price: 40

Venue: Alan Joseph Training Room

Disrupting through superheroes – our young authors take us into the world of graphic novels.

 

Click here to buy your copy of Kwezi.