You are invited to join us for two exciting zoom discussions on the joys of #ReadingAfrica. #ReadingAfrica week is an annual event to celebrate African literature. This year it will take place from 6 – 12 December.
Sunday 6 December 19:00 South African time | 12:00 New York time
We will kick off the #ReadingAfrica with authors and publishers from around the world. The panellists are:
- Justin Cox, book marketer and CEO of African Books Collective;
- Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu, author of The Theory of Flight, writer, filmmaker and academic who holds a PhD in Literature from Stanford University, as well as master's degrees in African Studies and Film;
- Rešoketšwe Manenzhe is a writer, engineer, academic, and recently won the 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction prize for her manuscript Scatterlings;
- Jessica Powers is an award-winning author and founder of Catalyst Press;
- Ahmed Ismail Yusuf fled Somalia due to civil war as child, today he is an author, playwright and academic in the USA;
- Izak de Vries, the moderator, is an author and journalist associated with LitNet, an online journal.
Wednesday 9 December 19:00 South African time | 12:00 New York time
Micheal Sears will host a diverse panel of crime writers to discuss African crime and thriller book publishing. The panellists are:
- Sifiso Mzobe, author of Young Blood and Searching for Simphiwe, who hails from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa;
- Mike Nicol, crime novelist, journalist, and writing teacher from Cape Town, South Africa has a number of books to his name, the latest being Agents of the state, Power play, Of cops & robbers, Black heart, Killer country and Payback;
- Ameera Patel, an actor, playwright, and poet whose novel Outside the Lines is set in Johannesburg;
- Jessica Powers, who has lived in and written several novels about KwaZulu-Natal and the US-Mexican border;
- Bettina Wyngaard, author of Vuilspel, Jagter and Slaafs, who lives in Grabouw, South Africa;
- Michael Sears, the moderator, is co-author of the Detective Kubu series, and a crime book columnist. He lives in Kynsna.
Joining these events are free, but it is essential to register for them. Here is the link to click for registration.
#ReadingAfrica is online event for all publishing companies, readers and authors who want to share their love for African literature. (Read the full press release here.)