Thabiso MahlapeThabiso Mahlape, founder of Blackbird Books has broadened the space for black narratives and experiences. She has given a voice to those whose life’s journey can impact broader society.” – Redi Tlhabi, 702 broadcaster and author of award winning book, Endings & Beginnings.

This has led to her being one of the most sought after publishers in the country. Through her company Evera Publishing, she co-owns Blackbird Books with Jacana Media, her former employers.

While at Jacana Media, Mahlape honed her skills as publisher with several highly acclaimed bestsellers; the award-winning Endings & Beginnings by Redi Tlhabi, the ground-breaking My Father My Monster by Mcintosh Polela and Malaika wa Azania’s Memoirs of a Born Free, all books which talk to multiple audiences on issues which impact us as South Africans. Other titles published include Bonnie Henna’s Eyebags & Dimples and Zoleka Mandela’s When Hope Whispers.

Some of her latest books, some of which have broken sales and won awards are Sweet Medicine by Panashe Chigumadzi, Nwelezelanga by Unathi Magubeni and Piggy Boy’s Blues by Nakhane Toure.

The 33-year-old Mahlape describes Blackbird Books as a ground-breaking move in the South African literary landscape and looks forward to pioneering and establishing a framework for new South African narratives.

Mahlape is a writer and currently writes for the Sowetan on Wednesdays on issues that she and many other women face in South Africa.

She is a speaker and her areas of focus are women empowerment, purpose driven life, following your passion and is continually growing and adding to this list.


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