From A to B have been lately criticized by its readers. Readers have been correcting inaccuracies and grammar mistakes in Bonang’s book. The mistakes were pointed out on Twitter followed by other social media networks, and later went viral.
The publishers of black stories, the BlackBird Book and Jacana decided to release a statement on Friday to The Juice, responding to the backlash:
” As publishers of black stories, one of our most important missions is to protect the author’s voice and to keep the story as authentic as possible. It was with this in mind that when we started working with Bonang Matheba on this project, we wanted to ensure that her voice landed as truthfully as possible, hence the direction and conversational nature of the read.
We do acknowledge that there are few typographical errors in the book, which are regrettable, however, the core of this book is a story of a woman who inspires millions of women to find their sparkle.”
Speaking to TshisaLive at the launch of Bonang’s book, the publisher of BlackBird Books Thabiso Mahlape said she took responsibility for the errors.
She said,” I take full responsibility for what happened. The last thing I want is for black people to be accused of mediocrity and I should do better. Its on me as the publisher. I ought to have done better.”
Thabiso also challenged critics to point out the grammatical errors, as according to her there are only two pages with mistakes.
As we all know Queen B, things like these don’t bring her down, she keeps moving forward. She did not let the criticism ruin her launch. According to Times Live, the launch went well and she spoke about the journey with pride.