logoModjaji Books

Box 121, Rondebosch, 7701
Cape Town
South Africa
Tél: +27 72 77435 46

Modjaji Books is an independent feminist press that publishes southern African women writers. Modjaji Books fills a gap by providing a platform for serious and ground-breaking writing by new and established women writers with brave voices. We publish short stories, novels, memoir, biography, poetry, essays, narrative non-fiction, reference books and relevant non-fiction.

The history of publishing in South Africa is enmeshed with the culture of resistance that flourished under apartheid. Struggle literature may have emerged from the underground, but women’s voices and particularly black women’s voices – are still marginalized. Modjaji Books addressed this inequality by publishing books that are true to the spirit of Modjaji, the rain queen: a powerful female force for good, new life and regeneration.

In a few short years, Modjaji titles have won a number of prizes or been short-listed for prizes. The prizes include the Ingrid Jonker prizes for debut poetry, short-listings for the Sunday Times fiction prize, several SALA prizes as well as a short-listing for the Caine Prize.

Modjaji is the name of the Rain Queen in the northern part of South Africa. As South Africa is mostly a dry country - rain is very important!

Read here an interview of Colleen HIGGS, Read African Books (African Books Collective).

Books selection

Hemispheres: Inside a stroke

Karen LAZAR “Home is as old as one’s skin but as elusive as an object seen through the wrong end of a telescope.” It is this sense of a view, (...)

My First Time: Stories of sex and sexuality from women like you

Jennifer THORPE (author and editor) - the contributors include: Jen THORPE, Karabo KGOLENG (well known radio and media personality), Sarah (...)

Bom Boy

Yewande OMOTOSO Praise for Bom Boy from Nuruddin Farah, author of Links, Knots & Crossbones: "This is a novel bursting with elegance, (...)

Contact : Colleen HIGGS

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