Live Literature Market: A treat for book lovers

We have an amazing selection of books that will be on sale this Sunday at the Live Literature Market. So bring a friend, come hang out with some of our favourite writers while jazz band Big Five Namaqhawe do their thing on stage.


Our Triumph by Tumelo Moleleki
The fourth book in the #HerHeartSeries and my latest release. This is the story of Tseko, the Moahloli’s problem child, and how she claws her way out of the dark abyss she has been thrown into by her father.
On sale for R220

In the Jaws of the Crocodile by Ray Ndlovu
It is impossible to understand recent political events in Zimbabwe without insight into the role of Emmerson Mnangagwa. The fall of Robert Mugabe and the inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa as Zimbabwe’s new president in November 2017 were events that no one could have predicted. Just three weeks earlier, Mugabe had sacked Mnangagwa as vice-president, a move that seemed to end the long political career of the man known as ‘The Crocodile’.

In the Jaws of the Crocodile tells the gripping story of how Mnangagwa fled Zimbabwe in fear for his life, and of his brief exile in South Africa, where he declared to Mugabe that he would return ‘in a matter of weeks’ to take control of the levers of power. It describes the military intervention against Mugabe and his allies, analyses the sudden power shift within Zanu-PF, and gives an eyewitness account of the mass demonstrations as people took to the streets to demand an end to Mugabe’s rule. It describes Mnangagwa’s return to Zimbabwe to take over the presidency, and concludes with an account of the disputed 2018 election.

Drawing on interviews with Mnangagwa, his family, allies and opponents, and key political figures, this book gives unprecedented insights into the momentous events that changed the fate of a nation.
On sale for R270

Eye of a Needle: And other stories by Connie Fick
This is an accomplished and thought-provoking collection, infused with wit, insight and humour, all the while examining the decay and unseen emotional damage caused by inequality. These short stories are essential for fans of the medium, and will intrigue any reader.
On sale for R180

Shapes, Shades & Faces by Rose Francis
In this, his language is spare, embellished, devoid of the embroidery that tends to cover up empty words. He adopts a language that is beguilingly uncluttered to express complex truths.’ MANDLA LANGA
On sale for R180

Smells Like Love And Other Bad Decisions by Zaki Mlaba
My first collection of poetry. My first love letter to the world filled with love, a little lust and a few other things that we love to love but hate to feel. Poems filled with love and other bad decisions.
On sale for R150

My Words In Volumes: Emotions Of A Poet by Musa Gift Masombuka
MY WORDS IN VOLUMES are not just melodies of poetry, they are not the songs of love that disappear with time. They are the screams, the haunts and the cries of a child in search for a man without a face, a face of identity. MY WORDS IN VOLUMES are the silence of torture and screams, where time is frozen and pain melts and drips through the thin vessels of the heart. It is a search for belonging, identity and acceptance. Endless questions are scribbled in the mental typewriter of oneself, asking what went wrong to deserve such torture. It’s a tragic journey of an adolescent child, swayed and swung through the winds of love, romance and intimacy. And also, an adolescent child, who yearns for a father he never saw or heard about, while his mother makes it difficult for him to connect the dots… MY WORDS IN VOLUMES also traces through the footsteps of apartheid and freedom, is this the freedom our heroes fought for when families are built on secrets and the walls have ears to eavesdrop? Is this the freedom fought for when one’s soul becomes trapped in a cage and identity becomes a mystery quiz to unscramble? The book has been prescribed as a library resource for 41 secondary schools by the Gauteng Department of Education’s Young Writers Program in 2017. It is available on all online retailers. It is a collection of 50 poems co-authored with Pule Sanny Shaku, it is curricular aligned, and features an introduction by an Indian professor Prof. R.K Padhi from Padampur, Odisha.
On sale for R150

The Whore My Mother Groomed by Nompumelelo (Lelo) Mdluli
A short story. A dance to washing away the pain inflicted to woman by their “loved ones”. A modern tale telling the story of broken women through the journey of a brave one.
On sale for R260

African Spring by Uhlamurile Mabunda
This poetry collection offers a decade-long perspective on growth and serves up a journey that we can take should we choose to do things better. It is an interpretation of what an uprising of the people would read like, touching on issues ranging from gender, love and pain to the power of thoughts and happiness. An offering to the young to challenge poetry and society, to consider not their words
as litter to literature.
On sale for R150

Khongolose Khommanding Khommissars by Jefferson Tshabalala
This play delves into the very complex world of the lines which blur for persons who have professional interests both in the spheres of Business and Politics. What does it mean to be a Black Business Man, and what does it mean to be a Black Politician, in the contemporary South African climate? Furthermore, which is a question more suited for this play, what does it mean to be both, simultaneously? “Khongolose Khommanding Khommissars” examines closely this tumultuous duplicity with an incisive flare for the poetics of doggerel and the trappings of revolutionary rhetoric.
On sale for R150

Darwin’s Hunch by Christa Kuljian
Darwin’s Hunch is about the history of scientific racism in the search for human origins in South Africa. Most of the action in the book takes place on our doorstep at Wits University and at the Cradle of Humankind, so if you are interested in archaeology, anthropology, genetics, and stories about how local communities and families were affected, take a look at this book. Come visit and let’s talk about it!
On sale for R200

Sanctuary by Christa Kuljian
Sanctuary is about how thousands of people ended up living at Central Methodist Church in downtown Johannesburg, many of them fleeing political violence and economic collapse in Zimbabwe. If you liked The Gold Diggers by Sue Nyathi, you’ll be interested in this true story of a refugee crisis in Joburg.
On sale for R200

Unemployed or Unproductive by Gcina Ntsaluba
As the title suggests, Unemployed or Unproductive seeks to influence policymakers and individual citizens towards maximizing their productivity to greater heights.
On sale for R200

Gau-Trained by Flow Wellington
Gau-Trained: poems & stories is Flow Wellington’s 2nd collection, self-published through her company Poetree Publications. This book is a selection of poetry and prose that speaks candidly of Flow’s personal experiences; from leaving her hometown and attempting to start a new life in the fabled City of Gold, to surviving an abusive relationship and starting anew.

The book not only dissects her own accounts over the past 7 years, but also takes a broader look at the migrant experience – especially the survival of women- and how Gauteng “trains” one to become someone they would not have if they lived elsewhere. Flow touches on tender topics like leaving familiarity and the sting of being a stranger once you return ‘home’; and more explicit topics such as rape, poverty, childbirth, gender based violence and xenophobia.

Wellington looks at this body of work as a guide to the outsider, tourist, or young person looking to come and find the milk and honey of Joburg, and more importantly a female’s testimony of strength and survival through perseverance, friendships and love.
On sale for R130

Those Who Travel Meet Themselves by Flow Wellington
These are the stories and tales from ordinary black South Africans born during the late seventies to eighties; to parents who dreamed for them to have a better life than their own. They are the door openers to 1994 and herein share the stories of how they have broken down both internal and external barriers through travel, opportunity, determination and community, to create a life beyond the confines of their comfortability. With these stories we unpack identity, the influence of travel and the impact it has on our lives. This is a book that will leave you inspired and ready to pack your bags to go and discover the world.
On sale for R120

Koffee Blessed by Flow Wellington
Koffee Blessed follows the life of Tali Esosa, a little girl trying to navigate life as a brown-skinned African-American. Each fable has themes of identity, self-love, self-awareness and racism. The narrative was written to validate the Black experience and to provide hope to our dark chocolate beauties. These fables are a continued tradition of storytelling and shared wisdom in the African/ African-American community.
On sale for R130

Collective Amnesia by Koleka Putuma
Bestseller Collective Amnesia is a Koleka Putuma ‘s debut collection of poems. It explores blackness, womxnhood and history. The poems demand justice, insist on visibility and offer healing. Since it’s publication in April 2018, it is not in its 8th print run and has a Spanish translation released in Madrid by Flores Raras.
On sale for R120

A Prayer of A Black Man by Motsumi oa Mphirime
Introspection is not an easy exercise for anyone. It demands that you equally criticize and congratulate yourself without being soft or being easy to yourself. It is a healthy way of realigning one to one’s original self. It sounds easy when one says it, but it requires a great amount of honesty. Implementing self introspection effectively can be a bit sensitive especially when you have to critic your way of thinking.

A Prayer of a Black Man is another opportunity that allows me as a black man to do introspection about my life, my legacy and the future ahead of us. It is a book that any black man would not want it to land in the hands of white people because the truth in it (about us as black people) is so embarrassingly almost close to the truth. It is basically a conversation about our plight, opportunities and weaknesses as African people and African communities in general.

It allows us an opportunity to review how we handled the reconciliation matters with our former colonizers and enemies. It provokes emotions and it seeks to create a dialogue amongst us as African people. It gives us a compelling reason to truly acknowledge our shortfalls and also complement and appreciate out strengths. There is no doubt that the issue of Land theft by the white minorities was a day light robbery. A Prayer Of A Black Man affords us an opportunity to ask ourselves what happened and also if we are satisfied with the situation on the current land occupation status quo.
On sale for R240

The Poetry Journal of Sazi Yeni
The Poetry Journal of Sazi Yeni is a collection of heartfelt poems written by Sazi Yeni.
On sale for R120

Mrs Spiggles and her money tales by Jean Archary
Mrs Spiggles is a flying piggy bank that teaches children important money messages.
On sale for R80

Things The Fire Left Behind by Bokang Maragelo
A poetry book reflecting on life as a black child and how everything affects you now as an young adult. It’s raw and unapologetic
On sale for R150

Journey by Lebogang Manoko
Essentially, Journey is a collection of poems. It’s a collection of thoughts, lessons, devotions, soliloquies and prayers, and a walk through my Journey as a poet and a writer. It’s light hearted conversation with deep-rooted poetry.
On sale for R120

When it gets hard by Nomphepho
The story is based on a life of a young girl (Mimi) and her brokenness due to the circumstances involving her family and losing loved ones, and her love life that ended up destroying the woman in her. The girl loses a brother due to guilty of murdering his girlfriend and encountering an accident that led him to being paralysed and he decided to take his own life and died.

Soon after the loss of a brother, her mother gets involved in a car crash and also dies, the father loses it and becomes an alcoholic, while Mimi loses her focus and gets confused with love issues. She becomes a broken woman who takes foolishness, bad decision making and carelessness a norm.
On sale for R160

Ke Tla Phehella by Mohlathe Tshepang Joseph
This is a Sesotho Novel telling the story of young man named Tsekiso whom grew up in a family without a father and was raised by her mother along with his other siblings. His mother was murdered by thugs and later it was found she had a treasure she left behind for her heir. His brothers plotted to murder him and their plan backfired.
On sale for R100

The Live Literature Market will end with a live performance from Big 5 Namaqhawe

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