Delve into Zake Mda’s eloquent writing

Mda is the author of the novels Ways of Dying and The Heart of Redness, among many others. He was born in the Eastern Cape, but spent his early childhood in Soweto, finishing his school education in Lesotho. He is a prolific writer of novels, plays, poems and articles for academic journals and newspapers, and his writing has been translated into twenty languages. His creative work also includes painting, and theatre and film productions. Mda, whose forebears were exiled from Qumbu to Lesotho after the assassination of Hamilton Hope, is a recipient of South Africa’s Order of Ikhamanga. He is based in Athens, Ohio, where he spends his time writing and teaching…Read more


Farewell Bra Willie, forever our literal legend

Professor Keorapetse William Kgositsile, who died on 3 January 2018, was the official patron of Xarra Books. A regular and loyal customer and a paying guest of our store, Prof Kgositsile had over the years supported, encouraged and contributed immensely to the repositioning of Xarra Books. The well-versed and well-traveled South African poet and political activist was born in 1938in Johannesburg, Gauteng, and attended Matibane High School and was bitten by a writing bug thanks to the influence of great European authors such as Charles Dickens and D.H. Lawrence.

A prominent ANC member in the 1960s and 1970s, his writing career kicked off with a stint at New Age, where he contributed poetry and news reporting.Because of the political turmoil (apartheid), he left the country in 1961 to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he worked for Spearhead magazine…Read more

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