Kwela Books is a well-known small publisher in South Africa. We specialise in African writing, both fiction and non-fiction. Authors that have published with us include the Booker-nominated Achmat Dangor, well-known South African poet and writer Antjie Krog, Anne Landsman, Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah, Kgebetli Moele, Niq Mhlongo, Rayda Jacobs and many more. We also publish a number of leading Afrikaans authors, including Jeanne Goosen, Pat Stamatélos, E. Kotze, Willem Anker and Anchien Troskie.
Kwela's main aim is to broaden the scope of Southern African literature, and to document stories that have not yet been told. About 70% of the work we publish is in English, and the rest is in Afrikaans, but we welcome submissions in both languages. Several of our authors and poets have, since publication with Kwela locally, been published internationally, such as Achmat Dangor, AHM Scholtz, Niq Mhlongo, Elbie Lötter, Ronelda S. Kamfer, Kgebetli Moele and Aher Arop Bol.
Kwela Books was formed in 1994, the same year in which South Africa was declared a democracy. It forms part of the large publishing house, NB Publishers (which includes other imprints such as Tafelberg, Human & Rousseau, Queillerie, Pharos and Best Books), which is owned by Naspers, the largest media group in Africa.
Kwela’s romance imprint, Sapphire Press, was launched in 2010. For more details on Sapphire, please click here.
Recent awards/nominations for Kwela titles include.