I want to make a bet with you, dear reader.
If you can make it through a book by Niq Mhlongo and walk away without becoming a Niq Mhlongo fan, I’ll give you 50 Rand.
To get it, you’ll have to give me specific examples from the book and use them to explain why you aren’t a fan.
In the weird, off-chance that there is some jealous, crazy, bizarre, anti-Niq movement out there, I’m gonna’ cap this at the first five readers who tell me they aren’t a fan (with cited reasoning.)
But I bet there won’t be one single taker.
Because you can’t read Mhlongo’s work without being changed in some way, and when someone changes you, it’s nearly impossible not to have appreciation for that.
Oh, and also… Niq kicks ass.
His stories are original. His characters are like Soweto itself—the bruised, bloodied, pounding and resilient heart of South Africa. To read Niq is to become one with this country and its (sometimes wayward, always indelible) characters.
And guess what else? I will be giving away a signed copy of one of Niq’s books to the winner, but this time the winner gets to choose which book, and have it inscribed just for you. How’s that? Well, it’s because I’m busy, and Niq’s busy. Since I won’t have a chance to see him to get it signed before the October post, you benefit from a personal inscription when I do finally get together with him after the post. How’s that for a win-win-win? You get to read an amazing book, you get to ask the author questions, and you’re entered for a personalized book from Niq!
How does it work?
Read one of his books, send me your questions for Niq, and he will answer! Sending a question gets you in the drawing for that signed book! You have until Wednesday, 14 October to read and submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and then this in-demand author will be off to Europe to attend to his followers there.
Books by Niq Mhlongo:
Bafana (nicknamed Advo for advocate), is a young man with a weight on his shoulders. After flunking his law studies at UCT, he now has to find a way to either admit the truth to his family, or somehow find a job that will allow him to continue fooling them.
Soon after his arrival back home in Soweto he meets up with a Nigerian guy named Yomi who promises to help him solve all his problems. What should Bafana do? Should he bite the bullet and confess the truth to his mother and uncle, or should he rather take up Yomi’s suggestion to buy a law degree and start practicing as an attorney?
A piercingly funny yet poignant novel by the author of Dog Eat Dog.
*Please note: Due to transportation time to send books to the states, I needed to shuffle the order of the next few titles. Please begin reading one of Niq Mhlongo’s books for our October Book Club. Links to upcoming titles below…
November: Mzilikazi wa Afrika
Book(s): Nothing Left to Steal
Read-by Date: 11 November 2015 PRE-ORDER ASAP by emailing email@example.com . This book is currently only available as an e-book in the states, but I can ship a paperback to you from South Africa.
December: Mandla Langa
Book(s): The Texture of Shadows and The Lost Colours of the Chameleon
Read-by-Date: 16 December 2015 PRE-ORDER ASAP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . This book is currently only available as an e-book in the states, but I can ship a paperback to you from South Africa.
January through May, 2016
Thando Mgqolozana: A Man Who is Not a Man
Mamle Wolo: The Kaya-Girl – Please email me to pre-order this book. It is not yet available in the states. I have purchased several copies for my readers.
Carol Campbell: Esther’s House
Ekow Duker: Dying in New York
Wame Molefhe: Go Tell the Sun
Sabata-mpho Mokae: Kanakotsame: In My Times – Please email me to pre-order this book. It is not yet available in the states. I have purchased several signed copies for my readers.