Picador Africa Classics: Preserving Classic African Literature in Digital Form

This year, Picador Africa, an imprint of Pan Macmillan SA, celebrates 10 years of publishing local and African literature in South Africa. In celebration of this milestone and in honor Phaswane Mpe in the 10th anniversary of  his passing, we will be publishing 13 time-honored titles as ebooks this year.

Launching from June 2014, Picador Africa Classics aims to build a catalogue of exceptional titles that may be out
of print or lack presence in digital form. It builds on the historical concept of something like the African Writers Series as well as a publisher such as Ravan Press, which showcased works of excellence by African writers. The focus of the series is initially on South African fiction titles but adding specific ‘classic’ works of non-fiction is a future possibility. This important digital archive also serves to highlight great work that receives little or no attention. We are honoured to have Phaswane Mpe’s work feature in this selection of great South African writing.

The titles to look out for now are:

“When a Man Cries” by Siphiwo Mahala

“Small Things” by Nthikeng Mohlele

“Welcome to Our Hillbrow” by Phaswane Mpe

“Brooding Clouds” by Phaswane Mpe

“I Speak to the Silent” by Mtutuzeli Nyoka

“A Man Who is Not a Man” by Thando Mgqolozana

“Jozi” by Perfect Hlongwane

“A Daughter’s Legacy” by Pamphilia Hlapa

“Our Story Magic” by Gcina Mhlophe

“Stories of Africa” by Gcina Mhlophe

“Fanie Fourie’s Lobola” by Nape ‘a Motana


And coming soon:

“To Every Birth Its Blood” by Mongane Wally Serote

“The Rediscovery of the Ordinary: Essays on South African Literature and Culture” by Njabulo Ndebele



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