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Guess who’s com­ing to the SA Book Fair? Shin­ing Nige­rian lit­er­ary star Ayòbámi Adébáyò, that’s who. It’s par­tic­u­larly big news be­cause she’s just been short­listed for the Bai­ley’s Women’s Fic­tion Prize for her de­but novel, Stay With Me.

The or­gan­is­ers say that Adébáyò will be tack­ling is­sues such as, “What are the nar­ra­tives that move us as a con­ti­nent? Are these the same for all Africans?”

She’ll be joined by Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, founder of the hugely im­por­tant Cas­sava Repub­lic Press; Lola Shoneyin, founder of the Aké Arts and Book Fes­ti­val; the Cor­nell-Kiswahili Prize’s Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ; and Billy Ka­hora of Kenya’s Kwani lit­er­ary net­work.

The ac­tion goes down at Mu­seum Africa in New­town from Septem­ber 8 to 10.

Read more at southafrican­book­fair.co.za

– Charl Blig­naut

This week­end sees the 25th edi­tion of the Icon Comic and Games Con­ven­tion – Home of the Su­per­hero – at the Gal­lagher Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Midrand. The expo usu­ally draws up to 10 000 peo­ple and is a cel­e­bra­tion of comic books, gam­ing, cos­play and all things pop cul­ture.

“For three days every year, Icon has cre­ated a space in Jo­han­nes­burg where geeks of all ages and in­ter­ests can gather, shop and play. The sig­na­ture event on geek cal­en­dars each year has a rich and sto­ried his­tory: Icon has long been the home of na­tional cham­pi­onships, of hard-fought ta­ble top and board gam­ing war­fare, cos­play com­pe­ti­tions, and, most of all, loads of fun,” says the web­site. It’s South Africa’s long­est run­ning and largest pop cul­ture event, and pop­u­lar Amer­i­can cos­play star Linda “Vampy Bit Me” Le is there to judge to­day’s 2017 cos­play fi­nals at 4pm. If you hurry, you can still catch the last leg of the fes­ti­val to­day, which closes at 5pm. Other in­ter­est­ing pan­els hap­pen­ing to­day in­clude a dis­cus­sion by Jo­han­nes­burg writer and artist Eryn Gun­zen­hauser on her first comic book, The Leg­end of Dol­laretta, and a one-hour “Mon­ster Lab,” where Jo­han­nes­burg-based comic book artist James L Sut­ter will work with fel­low artist Sean Iza­akse to cre­ate a brand-new mon­ster from scratch. Also be sure to catch the The Vari­ants Cover pod­cast team dis­cussing what au­di­ences can ex­pect from the most an­tic­i­pated movie of 2018 – The Black Panther. T’challa be­came the first main­stream black su­per­hero in comics well be­fore the in­tro­duc­tion of fig­ures like The Fal­con, Green Lantern, John Ste­wart and Luke Cage.

– Grethe Kemp

Get tick­ets at icon­cgc.co.za/tick­ets for R250 South Africa’s new­est lit­er­ary star Masande Nt­shanga’s de­but novel The Re­ac­tive is get­ting a UK edi­tion – and a trippy, spank­ingnew cover de­sign.

It’s fit­ting for a com­plex and beau­ti­fully writ­ten novel about three friends who sell il­le­gal phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals.

The US edi­tion ap­peared last year and a Ger­man trans­la­tion has also been an­nounced.

– Charl Blig­naut

LINDA ‘VAMPY BIT ME’ LE

Masande Nt­shanga’s new book cover

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