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List or advertise in the new African Small Publishers’ catalogue

Small Publishers' Catalogue 2010 - AfricaSPC Africa 2013It’s time to put together a new “Small Publishers’ Catalogue: Africa”. We feature publishers and services, programmes and institutions that are useful to publishers in Africa and to those who are interested in Book Publishing in Africa. The distribution is via bookstores in South Africa, online from our website, and we take it to book fairs – the South African Book Fair and to Frankfurt and London. It gets to readers, librarians, booksellers, other publishers all over Africa and internationally to those who are interested in book development in Africa. The last edition in 2013 listed 50 publishers mostly from Anglophone Africa, but not exclusively, and included publishers from Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Algeria, Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Namibia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and of course South Africa.

For more info about the previous catalogues click here

We plan to bring the catalogue out in March 2016, so no time to waste.

If you are interested in listing or advertising, contact Colleen Higgs for more details.

A listing costs R500. You get a free copy of the catalogue with your listing. The rate card for advertising or sponsoring will be sent to you on request.

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Witch Girl by Tanvi Bush coming out soon

Witch GirlTanvi Bush

Maggie Gee has this to say about Witch Girl:’Tanvi Bush is the real thing – a writer with nerve, verve, humour and courage. Read her!’

“It is a monstrous bruise of a sky. Thunder mutters and pounds the horizon sending vibrations through the slumbering city.”

This is modern Lusaka where the line between juju and religion is blurred, the arcane and the mundane muddle and nothing is what is seems. Under the surface lurks Luse, a sharp street child combing the gang-ridden city in a desperate search for Doctor Georgia Shapiro who can offer her a way back into her once-bright past. The Doctor is trying to unravel the mystery of her friend’s sudden death while mourning the new gap in her life and the AIDS crisis laying waste to the country around her. Meanwhile the Blood Of Christ Church and its enigmatic leader Priestess Selena Clark gain traction in the community with their murky promises of salvation and violent clandestine rituals. A small silver box links the three in ways they cannot imagine and will force the women to question who they trust, who they are and for who they fight. Witch Girl is a pacy crime thriller that juggles the past and the present effortlessly and whose magic holds the reader hostage until the final page.


In a Zambia that is experiencing the disintegration of family units as HIV/AIDS takes hold, the Blood of Christ Church makes its mark by distributing a film entitled Witch Children, a film about child demonization, where children feed off their parents. Eleven year old Luse’s father and mother are both HIV-positive activists, living healthy, happy lives. But once the family becomes involved with the Blood of Christ church, everything changes.

How is it that Luse and her little brother Joshua have ended up living in a storm drain in Lusaka, searching for someone named George Shapi? How did they come to have a special box from Harry the Rasta that holds answers about what happened to the missing Danish filmmakers who were investigating the highly secretive and heavily guarded Blood of Christ Street Child Rehabilitation Centre?

Through a unique blend of issues such as witchcraft, AIDS activism, religious extremism, Tanvi Bush weaves together a thrilling narrative with vivid descriptions and unforgettable characters.

About Tanvi Bush
Tanvi Bush grew up in Lusaka, Zambia. She later studied in UK, reading English and Theatre at Exeter University then Film Production at the Northern School of Film and TV. In the late 90’s Tanvi set up the Willie Mwale Film Foundation in Zambia and was the producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary Choka- Get Lost! (2001) which centred around a gang of young HIV/AIDS orphans living on the streets of Lusaka. In 2010 Tanvi completed an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and is currently undertaking a PhD. She lives in Corsham, Wiltshire with her guide dog, Grace.

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The Small Publishers’ Catalogue, Africa, 2013 project featured in Publishing Perspectives

2013 has gotten off to a good start with the feature about The Small Publishers’ Catalogue, Africa, 2013 project in Publishing Perspectives. Only 8 days to go on the Indiegogo Campaign to raise some of the money necessary to pull the project together I’m hoping that the feature in Publishing Perspectives will energise the campaign into meeting our modest target of USD3000.

African Books Collective, Bookslive, Porcupine Press, NELM, Deep South, the Rhodes University MA, Judy Croome, Helen Moffett, Black Letter Media and quite a few others have taken out advertising space in the Catalogue. We are looking to double if not treble the listings. If you want to list or advertise, don’t hesitate to contact me .

And while earlier editions were very much South Africa oriented, the 2013 version is designed to be much more comprehensive. In addition, Higgs adds that, “my dream is to be able to compile a list of African literary magazines and to publish some new articles that will be of interest and value to publishers and to writers and others in the book world in Africa and to those interested in books in Africa.

Read the full article in Publishing Perspectives by clicking here

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Spread the love and the word – Small Publishers Catalogue Africa 2013

We’ve set up a campaign to raise funds to publish an updated and much more comprehensive edition of the Small Publishers’ Catalogue Africa 2013 Funds have started coming in from those who support the campaign. Please check it out, especially if you have ever been published by a small publisher, a literary magazine, an online zine, or been given advice, suggestions, input, feedback or anything else similar.

The Catalogue is a showcase for small and indie publishers, and having them all in a catalogue is an incredibly useful way for librarians, bookstores, bibiophiles, researchers, students of Africana, you name it to have the information in one place.

While working at the Centre for the Book, I was involved in the first Small Publishers’ Catalogue which only featured South African publishers. University librarians from the British Library, Harvard, Yale and Stanford were at the Cape Town Book Fair, and they all eagerly snapped the Catalogue up, as did stores like Clarke’s and local university librarians. We printed 500 copies and now sadly it is out of print.

We’ve started to get people taking listings and adverts. The inside front cover has been booked already. Please spread the word about the Catalogue and the crowd-sourcing funding campaign, thanks in advance!

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Bed Book of Short Stories rocks Love Books in Jozi

The Bed Book of Short StoriesFacebook is full of pictures and “love” comments about last night’s Bed Book launch. The Bed Book was one of Modjaji’s first projects, it took two years+ to come to fruition and the events around the country and into Namibia and Botswana too are joyous occasions so far of writers meeting each other, forming connections, reading stories, and generally having a good time. All the books that Kate Rogan of Love Books ordered in for last night’s event were sold. All the wine was drunk and new friendships were made (from what I can gather). Thanks to Nia Magoulianiti_McGregor for taking the initiative and organising the launch and to all the writers who were there, thanks for your stories and for being there. The Arts and Culture Trust generously sponsored the publication of this book.

Bed Book LaunchThe Bed Book launch in JoziThe Bed Book of Short Stories

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A Bevy of Bed Book launches

The Bed Book of Short StoriesThe Bed Book of Short Stories has already been welcomed into the world with two events, one was a small charming affair at the Franschoek Literary Festival.

The second event was on the 20th July in Windhoek. On Wednesday morning I got this wonderful email from Sylvia Schlettwein, a contributor to the collection, who lives in Windhoek. Her own story in the collection is called: ‘To Own A Bed’.

The reading/launch of the Bed Book of Short Stories yesterday evening was a great success! The Book Den was packed (although there was another book launch elsewhere the same evening), the 20 books we had were sold out and more were ordered, my reading went down very well and generally the feeling was one of “we want more!” Everyone who bought a book wanted it signed and I was even approached by another bookstore to possibly do another.

After I was introduced by Erika von Wietersheim, a fellow Namibian writer and journalist, I talked about the book (and Modjaji) and then read excerpts from “The Outsider” ( Isabella Morris), “A Capable Wife” ( Rita Engelbrecht Britz) and “In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata” ( Lauri Kubuitsile). I then went on to read my story, “To Own a Bed”. I was overwhelmed, almost embarrassed, by the huge applause I/we got afterwards…

I posted Sylvia’s good news on Facebook and Jane Katjavivi wrote this in response:

I woz there! It was a great launch. Sylvia is right, there was a very positive response from a wide range of booky people. The gluhwein (mulled wine to those of you who are not of Namibian German descent) mellowed us all. Sylvia read well, enticing us with well chosen extracts of very different stories, and she read her own story very well, which is not always easy. A great step forward for Modjaji in Windhoek. Proud to be associated with this group of wonderful women – publisher and authors! Got back home and straight into a hot bath with the book. Now there’s a thought for another themed collection of stories…

Sylvia has promised pictures, but still it doesn’t end there – Nia Magoulianiti-McGregor has taken the initiative and organised a celebratory event in Jozi on the 4th August at Love Books in Melville. All the Joburg contributors will be there reading their stories, they are Nia herself, Arja Salafranca, Novuyo Rose Tshuma, Karabo Moleke, Jayne Bauling who lives in White River might be able to get there, and Rita Britz who lives at Val in Mpumalanga (near Greylingstad) will also be there. Isabella Morris is in Egypt currently so she won’t be at the Joburg launch.

Lauri Kubuitsile and Gothataone Moeng from Botswana are planning an event in Gaborone in August, watch this space for details.

And last but not least, the Book Lounge (in Cape Town) will be hosting a Beddish event on the 26th August at the usual time. Cape Town contributors Sarah Lotz, Liesl Jobson, Marina Chichava (from Mozambique but in Cape Town currently), Ginny Swart, Joanne Hichens (editor and contributor), Erika Coetzee, Bronwyn McLennan, Luso Mnthali, Pamela Newham, Rose Richards, Helen Walne and Anne Woodborne will be there to raise high the roofbeams. It should be a fun evening and there may even be a real Bed present. More of that later. Unfortunately for us Rosemund Handler will be in the United States at the time.

Oh yes and three contributors are in London at present Margot Saffer, Melissa Gardiner and Ellen Banda-Aaku – they are plotting some kind of event in London.

I hope the Arts and Culture Trust are as pleased as I am, with the way The Bed Book has been taken up and is being celebrated. It was thanks to ACT that the book saw the light of the day as they provided funding towards the publication of the book. Who says dreams don’t come true?

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Become a Matron or Patron of the Arts

Have you ever fancied yourself as a latter day Medici? Did you know that you could easily become a Matron or Patron of the Arts in South Africa? Modjaji Books is offering you this opportunity.

Modjaji Books is a small independent press that publishes Southern African women writers. You can support Modjaji’s ground-breaking work by choosing one of the options below. Each option gives you wonderful discounts and provides support for Modjaji’s ambitious publishing programme. This offer is valid till the end of March 2009.

SUBSCRIBER OPTION – R300 – choose four books and you will get copies as soon as they become available

FRIEND – R500 – choose six books and you will get signed copies as soon as they become available

MODJAJI MATRON/PATRON – R1000 – choose 11 books from the list and you will get signed copies as soon as they become available

Here are the books you can choose from:

In 2007/08 Modjaji published:
Fourth Child by Megan Hall for which Hall then won the Ingrid Jonker prize
Life in Translation by Azila Reisenberger
Whiplash by Tracey Farren – for which Farren has received a White Ribbon Award given by the Women Demand Dignity Advocacy group

In 2009, we are publishing the following books:

Invisible Earthquake by Malika Ndlovu (due out mid March 2009)
Hester se Brood by Hester van der Walt – a book (in Afrikaans) about how to make bread and a memoir of becoming a baker in McGregor and building a special bread oven
Collection of BED stories by Southern African women
Befallen a novel by Makhosazana Xaba
• Four collections of poems by the following poets, Fiona Zerbst, Sindiwe Magona, Helen Moffett, Joan Metelerkamp
• Four collections of short stories by Meg Vandermerwe, Lauri Kubuitsile, Wame Molefe and Arja Salafranca

Email for the subscription form and banking details and before you know it you will have a new way to think about yourself.

This works out to an average of a 25% discount off the price in the stores. The books usually sell for between R100 and R150 in the stores.

You will also receive invitations to Modjaji Books launches, functions and readings. 2009 promises many fabulous events.

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Bed stories – the list of contributors

After seeing the list of those selected for the PEN Studinski award, it reminded me that it might be an idea to publicise the list of writers who will have stories appearing in the Bed anthology to be published by Modjaji Books during 2009.

Unlike the PEN award, each of the writers here will have the opportunity to go through an editing process with an editor, hopefully I will be able to get this aspect of the anthology underway very soon, like in March.

Here are the selected writers in no particular order. Congratulations to each of you for writing something interesting and meeting the deadlines and rules of entry. It seems that managing the technical hoops is part of the fun (as it were).

1. Pamela Newham, “A natural combination”
2. Joanne Fedler, “Bedrock”
3. Lauri Kubuitsile, “In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata” (BOTSWANA)
4. Melissa Gardner – “In sickness”
5. Rumbi Katedza, “The Corpse” (ZIMBABWE)
6. Anne Woodborne, “The quilt of wife-beating crimes”
7. Sarah Lotz, “Heaven or something like it”
8. Jayne Bauling. “Stains like a map”
9. Gothataone Moeng, “Lie Still Heart” (BOTSWANA)
10. Joanne Hichens – title still to be decided
11. Jeanne Hromnik – title still to be decided
12. Arja Salafranca, “Desire without borders”
13. Sylvia Schlettwein, “To own a bed” (NAMIBIA)
14. Liesl Jobson, “On a broomstick”
15. Karabo Moleke, “Nompumelelo’s Sinxoto’s Bed”
16. Margot Saffer, “Imagining Monsters”
17. Megan Ross, “Finding a mother”
18. Ellen Banda-Aaku, “Made of Mukwa” (ZAMBIA)
19. Isabella Morris, “The Outsider”
20. Novuyo Tshuma, “Ikej” (ZIMBABWE)
21. Romaine Hill, “Every Picture Tells”
22. Marina Chichava, “Sleeping Through Heartbreak” (MOZAMBIQUE)
23. Erika Coetzee, “How to Improvise”
24. Bronwyn McLennan, “Portrait of a woman in bed”
25. Claudie Muchindu, “Wings on Indi’s Pillow” (ZAMBIA)
26. Nia Magoulianiti McGregor, “Hunters and lovers”
27. Tinashe Chidyausika, “Fools Gold” (ZIMBABWE)
28. Rose Richards, “Mary Mary”
29. Luso Katali Mnthali, “A requiem for Daniel” (MALAWI)
30. Helen Walne, “Crazy”
31. Rosemund Handler, “Lena My Lovely”

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BED stories

Dear contributors to BED story call

Finally the list of stories has been finalised. You should have heard from Lauri Kubuitsile in the past day or so if you were on the short list. We really appreciate the huge response. It was really tough to choose in some cases.

Lauri is going to write on her blog about her experience as the main selector of stories, I will post the link once her blog is up.

In the next few weeks you will get feedback about your story and some editing suggestions.

We have chosen stories from South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mocambique, and Namibia.

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Bed short stories – where we are up to

We got over 300 stories in the call for submissions. As you can imagine it takes time to do justice to so many stories.

In about a month or so – say mid October we will let writers know whether or not we have accepted their story. There have been a fascinating range of submissions from most Southern African countries.

Please be patient, your story is important to us and we will let you know as soon as we can.

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