African literature reading

Book Club!

Latest Book Club with Author Niq Mhlongo

Niq Mhlongo

Welcome to Book Club!

Q&A with international authors, and a signed book giveaway once per month! (For latest book club posts, click here.)

How did it start and What is it about?

So many readers have asked me to recommend books from my travels abroad, so I thought what better way than to share these unique books I’m reading than to invite you to read them with me, and choose authors willing to participate with readers through an online Q&A.

Each book is a unique story, told in a fresh, original voice, giving some

insight on life in the places I’m traveling and living. Each book represents a piece of culture, history, or slice of life from a different part of the world.


Why is it all African literature?

It won’t always be. But right now, I’m living in one of the African countries, and traveling to many others, and the online club is about reading literature from these places I’m living and traveling. Don’t be dissuaded by the continent. The stories coming out of Africa are intriguing and unique. It is a fresh and memorable perspective on life completely different from other cultures of literature, such as North America, Europe, or Asia.

How do I participate?

It’s so EASY! Simply buy a copy of the book (many are also available as e-books), read it before the deadline, and e-mail me your thoughts, comments, or questions.
I’ll submit them all at once to the author. I’ll then post the Q&A the following week, and announce the winner of that signed book.
Each comment or question enters you into a drawing for a signed book from the author!

How do I get Updates and Reminders?

Please sign up to receive Traveling MarLa by email. I never post more than once per day, and I think you’ll enjoy a daily photo, note, or bit of writing about my travels and the book club. There is a little box in the upper right of each page where you can enter your email address. (You’ll need to verify your subscription in your email account after you sign up.) If you’re having trouble, just send me an email to and I’ll get you signed up.

How do I become a Featured Reader and have my website or book club promoted on your site?

Great question! It’s easy, and I love to promote other writers, readers and websites. Click here to check out our Featured Readers section!

Online Book Club Reading List:

Next Author: Mandla Langa
Book(s): The Texture of Shadows
Upcoming African Authors:

Thando Mgqolozana: A Man Who is Not a Man
Mamle Wolo: The Kaya-Girl
Carol Campbell: Esther’s House
Ekow Duker: Dying in New York
Wame Molefhe: Go Tell the Sun
Sabata-mpho Mokae: In My Times

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