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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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Queer Africa: New and collected fiction up on Little White Bakkie

Queer AfricaMaThoko’s Books’ first fiction title will be out soon. We (the team who have worked on this book) are all really excited to see it. It’s taken three years to put together. (Long story). Makhosazana Xaba and Karen Martin compiled the collection of “Queer African” stories from a wide range of writers on the continent.

The book is a beauty, a gorgeous cover with flaps! Carla Kreuser did the cover art work. To give you a taste of what is to come here is the teaser on Little White Bakkie.

This is what Gabeba Baderoon says about the book:
Queer Africa is a collection of charged, tangled, tender, unapologetic, funny, bruising and brilliant stories about the many ways in which we love one another on the continent. The collection includes exquisitely written work by some of the great African writers of this century – K. Sello Duiker, Monica Arac de Nyeko, Beatrice Lamwaka and Richard de Nooy – as well as new voices that map out a haunting, intricate, complex Africa. Phrases like Wamuwi Mbao’s ‘She looks like you, when nobody’s watching her’ and Sello Duiker’s narrator’s ‘gentle sadness that doesn’t take you all at once’ share with us not only the aftermath of sex, but moments where the world opens itself. In these unafraid stories of intimacy, sweat, betrayal and restless confidences, we accompany characters into cafes, tattoo salons, the barest of bedrooms, the coldly glinting spaces into which the rich withdraw, unlit streets, and their own deepest interiors. We learn much in these gloriously achieved stories about love and sex, but perhaps more about why we hurt and need one another.

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Small Publishers’ Catalogue, Africa, 2013

I love it when a plan comes together! The Small Publishers’ Catalogue is happening, we’ve got listings from publishers all over the continent: Algeria, Egypt, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia, a UK-based publisher of African writing, and of course lots from South African publishers. May still get listings from Togo, Mauritius, Tunisia and Morocco. Possibly Botswana, a few more Nigerian publishers, trying to get as many as possible by the end of February.

Many of the publishers we are listing for the first time have participated in the Frankfurt Book Fair/Litprom Invitation Programme.

African Books Collective, Black Letter Media, Paperight, Bookslive, the Goethe Institute, AllAboutWriting, Judy Croome, Porcupine Press, Deep South, Fundza, Helen Moffett, The Rhodes University Creative Writing MA, Farafina, and the ever generous and supportive friend of small publishers – Mega Digital have all taken out advertising so far. We are thrilled to announce that Mega Digital has agreed to sponsor an initial print run of 500 copies!

We had limited success with the Indiegogo campaign, in that we reached just over a tenth of our target budget. But we would like to offer a huge thanks to those who generously donated, mostly writers, and at least half of whom are poets. I’m sure there is a lesson in there somewhere. The Indiegogo sponsors include: Helen Moffett, Sarah Lotz, Richard Higgs, Arthur Attwell, Leonie Joubert, Yewande Omotoso, AllAboutWriting, Rachel Zadok, Haidee Kruger, Kobus Moolman, Lauri Kubuitsile and Carol-Ann Davids. (The anonymous donors are also poets.)

I’m hoping to put up a website for small and Indie African publishers once we’ve got the updated printed catalogue off the ground. It’ll be a work in progress that we can keep updated.

In the meantime if you or anyone you know works in publishing directly or indirectly. Please spread the word. We’d love to list them or feature them in an advert.

Our online version of the 2010 catalogue has had over 4600 hits.

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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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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 January 29th update

Dear BED story writers

Just to let you know that i haven’t forgotten about you. I am working on raising funds for the project, as funding I was hoping for didn’t materialise. If any of you have suggestions for funding, let me know by email.

I will be getting in touch with you soon regarding contracts and other practicalities. You will also be engaged in working on your story with an editor.

I know that this process must make some of you feel a little impatient. Please bear with me.

If you have questions other than these ones, you are welcome to be in touch.


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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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