Free Chimurenga reading
Acclaimed quarterly magazine Chimurenga has released its latest African Cities Reader, the third in its biennial publication of urban life “Africa-style”, but this time as a downloadable PDF version – totally free to read and keep.
African Cities Reader III: Land, Property and Value has been produced in collaboration with the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, and regularly sets the course for the discussions around “city imagineering, deal making and symbolic reinvestment in the year to come”.
The magazine, founded in 2002 by journalist Ntone Edjabe, is also in the middle of its residency at Performa – the biggest performance art festival in the world. For the traditionalists, you can buy the hard copy from the website (africancitiesreader.org.za).
Exclusive Books goes gourmet
A major renovation to the flagship branch of bookstore chain Exclusive Books in the Hyde Park shopping centre was unveiled this week to members of the media, who dined at the chain’s first in-store restaurant, which is led, for the moment, by Australian celebrity chef Russell Armstrong.
The sprawling space, called the Exclusive Books Social Kitchen, has knocked down its perimeter walls to create a 40m glass wall overlooking the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. The space was designed by architect Silvio Rech and his wife, Lesley Carstens, who used the “wabisabi” design philosophy to realise the bohemian space.
Monstrous new African anthology
Following on from the bestselling European Monsters and Asian Monsters series of anthologies comes African Monsters, which features some of the continent’s best speculative fiction writers working at the forefront of this new wave in the genre.
African Monsters contains short stories from, among others, Nnedi Okorafor, Jayne Bauling, Tendai Huchu, Dilman Dila, Sarah Lotz, Nerine Dorman and Nick Wood.
The book will also contain illustrations from leading artists. It’s one to add to your 2016 list of must-reads.
– Garreth van