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CityPress - - Voices - – Gar­reth van Niek­erk

Africa’s mil­lion-dol­lar man­u­script

It was an­nounced amid much fanfare this week that on March 15 2016, Im­bolo Mbue’s de­but novel, Be­hold the Dream­ers, will fi­nally be re­leased. The novel is known as the mil­lion-dol­lar man­u­script af­ter ru­mours that US pub­lisher Ran­dom House paid that to se­cure the rights. The story fol­lows a “Cameroo­nian im­mi­grant in New York”. He and his wife land jobs in the city and be­gin liv­ing the Amer­i­can Dream – un­til the fi­nan­cial col­lapse forces them to make ma­jor de­ci­sions.

For an African au­thor to be pub­lished in Chi­nese is rare – but that’s what’s hap­pen­ing to Mandla Langa. The rights to The Tex­ture of Shad­ows had been sold to a Chi­nese pub­lisher less than a year af­ter the novel’s SA re­lease, Pan Macmil­lan an­nounced this week. Set in 1989, the story fol­lows the for­tunes of free­dom fight­ers and, in par­tic­u­lar, their chap­lain Nerissa Ro­drigues. She is told to trans­port a sealed trunk to an un­spec­i­fied lo­ca­tion – ahead of Nel­son Man­dela’s re­lease and pos­si­ble peace for her coun­try.

Ja­maican model, ac­tor, en­tre­pre­neur and no­to­ri­ous bach­e­lor Stevel Marc can now add au­thor to his CV. The Re­fined Player: Sex, Lies and Dates – a guide for “the gen­tle­man who wants to be and do more for his woman” – was re­leased this week by Ja­cana Media’s ex­cit­ing new im­print Black­Bird Books. Marc based the book on his in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ships with women, as well as the ex­pe­ri­ences of more than 800 men and women, to present an “un­der­stand­ing of dat­ing in our mod­ern world”.

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