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Online Book Club Author Response and Signed Book Winner!

Welcome to our second monthly online book club! August found us reading Nthikeng Mohlele’s Rusty Bell.

Congratulations to Ian Riggins, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ian’s name was drawn at random from questions received for August author, Nthikeng Mohlele. He will win a signed book from the author!

Once again, great questions from readers of Rusty Bell, by Nthikeng Mohlele. I picked a book I knew would challenge even the most avid readers to push through one of the most unreliable narrators I’ve ever read, and wow did they come up with some strong questions. Continue reading Online Book Club Author Response and Signed Book Winner!

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Heinemann African Writers Series and Nthikeng Mohlele

African literature reading

I recently discovered a list of African literature I hadn’t previously known about. Have you ever heard of the Heinemann African Writers Series? Click on the name to link to the Wikipedia site with the full description. In short, I have a lot more reading to do. Thanks, Lungile Mtshiliba, for introducing me to this series!

I’ve read that Pearson Education has since picked up the series, but I haven’t seen a recent list of AWS books (please anyone who knows if it’s still going, update me!) Continue reading Heinemann African Writers Series and Nthikeng Mohlele

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Rusty Bell, or Small Things?

I’m excited to get messages that you’re busy reading one or both of the August books by author Nthikeng Mohlele. Rusty Bell is his newest release, while Small Things is still receiving acclaim since its release in 2013. Please finish reading one or both of these by next Wednesday. They are not long reads, so you could probably knock out both over the weekend if you’re free.

Behind this story of love, music and the eternal quest, lies an artistic sensibility as generous as it is complex. The prose is rich in texture, the final effect melancholy and comic in equal proportions. – J.M. Coetzee, in praise for Small Things

Update: I believe Rusty Bell has sold out of its new stock on Amazon now (thanks, readers!!!) and it looks like some naughty used-book sellers have jacked up their prices on the second-hand copies. Continue reading Rusty Bell, or Small Things?