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Launch of Landscapes of Light & Loss


Launch of Stephen Symons’s Landscapes of Light and Loss!

“The poems in this collection bear witness with the crisp attention of a Robert Capa photograph. These ecosystems, each with their own by-laws … hold together such a curious, nearly impossible balance in his new book.”
David Keplinger, author of Another City (Milkweed Editions, 2018)

Join us to hear poet and critic Joan Hambidgein conversation with Stephen on:

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 at Exclusive Books, Cavendish, Claremont, Cape Town at 18.00 for 18.30.

We look forward to sharing Stephen’s long-awaited second collection with you!


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The Marriage Contradiction DJ SBU shoutout

The Marriage Contradiction is a recently published debut novel from Rachel Wray Makutu, that’s starting to make waves!

Pease click on the Marriage Contradiction – DJ Sbu link below and listen to what DJ Sub had to say about Rachel and the The Marriage Contradiction.

The book is available at all leading bookshops or via our website – have a look below when you’re finished with the video clip.

Marriage Contradiction – DJ Sbu

The Marriage Contradiction

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5 Books by African Writers You Need To Read This Summer according to okayafrica

Here at XNA HQ we were thrilled to see that chose the recently published uHlanga Press volume of poetry MILK FEVER by Megan Ross as one of their 5 Books by African Writers You Need To Read This Summer!

Have a look here:

If you DON’T want to get a copy from Amazon, it’s also available directly from us…

Have a look here:

Milk Fever



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Sunset Claws in Rapport

Here at XNA HQ we were stoked to see a glowing review in Sunday’s Rapport of BRENT MEERSMAN’s LATEST NOVEL SUNSET CLAWS!!!

Check it out!

If you would like to purchase a copy of SUNSET CLAWS, please go here:

Sunset Claws


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Launch of Space Inhabited by Echoes

How strange to find
after years of love that
what remains between
us is only
space inhabited
by echoes
and the people we
once were.

To celebrate the publication of her first poetry collection Karen Jennings will be interviewed by Helen Moffett on Wednesday 6 June at The Book Lounge Cape Town’s leading independent bookshop. Drinks and canapés will be served.

Space Inhabited by Echoes
Space Inhabited by Echoes is a frank and poignant collection of autobiographical poems that transport the reader across two continents, and the vast internal shifts that accompany love, loss and translocation.
‘Her poems display a virtuosity and depth that many poets only reach later in their careers.’ – Kobus Moolman
‘This is a breath-taking debut.’ – Helen Moffett
‘ It offers its gifts – of transcendence, of solace, of delicate silences – without fanfare, but often with some metaphorical force.’ – Rustum Kozain
Karen Jennings
Karen Jennings is the author of Finding Soutbek which was shortlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature 2013, Travels with My Father, an autobiographical novel, and Away from the Dead, a short story collection.
Date: Wednesday, 6 June 2018
Time: 17.30 for 18.00
Venue: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cnr Buitenkant & Roeland Street, Cape Town
RSVP: or 021 462 2425
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The Owl House begins to hoot

Don’t miss out on the launch of The Owl House taking place at the Book Lounge on November 28th!!


Owl House Launch


THE OWL HOUSE is a visionary outsider art environment unlike any other.

Located in the small village of Nieu Bethesda in the isolated South African Karoo, what was once the childhood home of Helen Martins was transformed into a work of uncommon originality. During her lifetime, Helen was misunderstood and was widely regarded as being ‘crazy’. Living in seclusion on a meagre pension, she created the Owl House in the face of much adversity.

The owl houseLacking any formal art training and using materials readily at hand – recycled glass bottles, builders cement, mirrors and wire – she created what is now internationally regarded as an outsider art environment of outstanding interest. Assisted by helpers – chiefly Koos Malgas who under her supervision built many of the statues in her sculpture yard – she spent more than twenty-five years creating the Owl House, increasing the complexity and density of the work by a slow process of accretion. All the while living there, she transformed the house and yard into a symbolically rich world of wonder, infused with her quirky humour, personal yearnings and mystical insights. Today, the Owl House remains a powerful testimony to the triumph of perseverance and imagination.
ANNE GRAAFF is an artist and art historian. She has a special interest in women artists and their relative absence in art history discourse. It was this interest that first brought her to study the visionary artwork of Helen Martins in the 1980s, when the Owl House was still virtually unknown and Helen’s work unacknowledged. Through firsthand interviews with the assistants who worked alongside Helen, she was able to uncover the extraordinary story of the creation of the Owl House.