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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 (africanci­ties­

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

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