Category Archives: Newsflash

Getting to know the writers of Songbird

Songbird is an exciting new anthology that has been released by Cover2Cover, as part of our series of FunDza anthologies. Like us, the FunDza Literacy Trust believes that reading ignites the imagination, it encourages critical thinking, and it develops empathy and a deeper understanding of the world. FunDza commissions writers to produce new stories – in […]

Terry and Barbara Bell at the Franschhoek Literary Festival

Terry and Barbara Bell were given the opportunity to speak at the Franschhoek Literary Festival this year. Not only did they fill the venue to capacity – they were highly engaged, filled the room with laughter and had the audience listening with baited breath to the stories of their adventures, run-ins with the law, and […]

Heart of Stone – Getting to know Anathi Nyadu

It is always so fascinating when a young person becomes an author and releases their first book. This is what Cover2Cover works so hard to accomplish. With the mission of getting the youth reading for pleasure, Cover2Cover identifies potential writers, mentors them – then provides some of them with an opportunity to publish their stories. […]

Launching a collection of South African poetry and prose, edited by Equal Education

Amagama Enkululeko! Words for Freedom: Writing Life Under Apartheid is an anthology of short fiction, poetry, narrative journalism and extracts from novels and memoirs which frames local literature as a lens through which to engage with South Africa’s past. With a foreword by Zakes Mda, and a mixture of famous and seemingly forgotten struggle writers, […]

An Excellent Teaching Tool About South Africa’s Journey to Freedom

May I have this dance, by Connie Manse Ngcaba, looks set to find readers in schools and libraries across the USA. It has been selected as an Honor Book for 2016 by the Children’s Africana Book Awards Committee, based in the United States. Read an edited version of a review by Rosetta Codling, originally published […]

Harmony High – getting reluctant teens reading

FunDza Literacy Trust and Cover2Cover Books conceptualized the Harmony High series, set in a fictional township, to get reluctant teens reading. Authors who were identified and mentored by the FunDza’s Literacy Trust wrote three of the most recent in this page-turning series. “Having stories written for young black South Africans by young black South African […]

“You are so special that not even you know it yet” — The Shadow Chasers series

Bontle Senne hopes to publish her third book for tweens in the nail-biting Shadow Chasers series before she turns thirty in October this year.  Heather Robertson asked the talented author of Power of the Knife and Lake of Memories about the stories that  shaped the storyteller.  What are your earliest memories of being read to […]

South African kids are hungry for relevant, local literature!

Bontle Senne chats about stampeding children, bullies, academic dissertations and things that go bump in the dark… Her latest deliciously creepy book for tweens is now out – look out for Lake of Memories, Book 2 in the Shadow Chasers series. It’s illustrated with line drawings by Pete Woodbridge.  Bontle, you describe yourself as a […]

Inspiring young South Africans to #LoveReading

(from left) Cebisa Zono, Nandipha Tshabane and Ndibulele Sotondoshe holding copies of the new book. Cover2Cover and FunDza Literacy Trust are delighted to welcome their latest book into the world! #LoveReading is a collection of blogs, articles, poems and stories by new and experienced writers all over South Africa. For most of these writers, this […]