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Penguin Random House South Africa wins 2016 Sefika Trade Publisher of the Year Award

This entry was posted on 31 August 2016.
Penguin Random House South Africa received top honours in the category Trade Publisher of the Year at the 2016 Sefika Awards ceremony, held at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town yesterday evening. 
The Sefika Awards celebrate booksellers and publishers for the roles they play in promoting a culture of reading in South Africa.  The Trade Publisher of the Year Award rewards overall excellence in the South African Trade Publishing sector. 

South African crime writer to team up with thriller superstar James Patterson

This entry was posted on 18 August 2016.

South African crime writer Jassy Mackenzie will contribute a book to James Patterson’s imprint BookShots. Patterson, who is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time, with sales in excess of 325 million copies worldwide, will be writing, collaborating on, or personally curating every title published by the new imprint.

Fred Khumalo’s new novel on the sinking of the SS Mendi to be published in South Africa and the UK

This entry was posted on 15 August 2016.

Fred Khumalo’s new novel will be published in South Africa and in the United Kingdom in February 2017.

The book, titled Dancing the Death Drill, recounts the sinking of the SS Mendi, a passenger steamship that sank in the English Channel in 1917, killing 646 people, most of whom were black South African troops heading for France to serve in World War I. February 2017 will mark the centenary of the sinking of the Mendi.

Penguin Random House Supports Uncensored Press

This entry was posted on 22 July 2016.
Penguin Random House South Africa wants to reiterate its complete support for a free, uncensored press in South Africa. 
Any attempt to silence journalists should be exposed and prevented. For a society to flourish, it needs the open and free expression of ideas and debate within that society’s legal framework. The recent dismissals of the SABC8 is a matter of deep concern to us.  We condemn it, declare our support for the journalists concerned and have donated to the support fund for the dismissed journalists. 

A Black Woman Comes to The Troyeville | Lerato Tshabalala talks about The Way I See It

This entry was posted on 07 July 2016.
Lerato Tshabalala is a feisty, opinionated (and funny) columnist and editor. Her first book, The Way I See It: The Musings of a black woman in the rainbow nation, expresses the way democratic SA has managed to produce both joy and anger, both frustration and excitement, for young, black professionals.


This entry was posted on 20 June 2016.

Struik Lifestyle, an imprint of Penguin Random House, has had three titles listed amongst the ‘Best in the World’ at the recent Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau and every year they honour the best food and wine books.