Book Club!

Latest Book Club with Author Niq Mhlongo
Niq Mhlongo

Welcome to Book Club!

Q&A with international authors, and some autographed book giveaways!

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.

African Literature online book club
Futhi Ntshingila
September Author, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers
Q&A with Phillippa Yaa de Villiers
African literature online book club
Nthikeng Mohlele


 Why is it all African literature?

It won’t always be. But right now, I’m living in South Africa, and traveling to many countries in southern Africa, and the online club is about reading literature from these places I’m living and traveling. This is a great time to be a reader. Through our online connection I can bring you stories that are intriguing and unique. Many of these books have a fresh and memorable perspective on life completely different from other cultures of literature such as North America, Europe, or Asia.

featured reader online book club
Katrina Otuonye
Featured Reader

How do I participate?

It’s 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. From time to time I send a photo, note, or bit of writing about my travels and the book club. I’ll also let you know when I’m giving a reading, a presentation, or a photography exhibit. There is a little box in the upper right of each page of this website 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 help get you signed up.

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

online book club
Caroline Tanski
Featured Reader

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 & Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years

Upcoming African Authors in this series:

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