Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za from 18 March 2017
Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za from 18 March 2017
The publishers’ term ‘a bookclub book’ is commonly used when promoting books to booksellers. But what defines it, and do authors benefit from the distinction? Mohale Mashigo (The Yearning) puts the questions to Joanne Harris (A Different Class), Lesley Pearse (Dead to Me) and Sophie Hannah (The Narrow Bed).
For years, the threat of gagging the South African media has hovered. Rebecca Davis discusses the implications of such a move and whether the public appreciates the importance of a free media with Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Thandeka Gqubule and Zapiro (Dead President Walking).
Andrew Brown asks Anine Kriegler (A Citizen’s Guide to Crime Trends in South Africa), Hennie van Vuuren (Apartheid, Guns and Money) and Ralph Mathekga (When Zuma Goes) how deep the criminal genes flow in the South African body politic.
Victor Dlamini asks former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and author Greg Mills (How to Make Africa Great) for their answers.
Jacques Rousseau discusses the intellectual, social and personal impact of reading, with Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (The Printmaker) and Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa (Flame and Song).
Wamuwi Mbao delves into stories of families with feet in the present and past, as told by Ekow Duker and Sindiwe Magona.
David Hilton-Barber has a decades-long career in researching, compiling and writing family histories. In this informative and inspiring workshop, he shares his wealth of knowledge with those who believe they have their own true tales to tell. Tickets R120 at Webtickets.
In a global world, authors whose books are translated into many languages rely on the skill and sensitivity of another to do justice to their work. Ann Donald asks Ingrid Winterbach (The Shallows) and her translator Michiel Heyns (whose own work has been translated by others) about this critical relationship.
Duo Zomari, Bridget Rennie-Salonen (flute) and guitarist James Grace, are joined by Catherine Stephenson (flute) in a programme of music ranging from JS Bach to music with a strong Latin-American flavour. This includes Maximo Diego-Pujol’s 'Suite Buenos Aires' and Piazzolla’s 'Histoire du Tango. R100 though Webtickets or pay at the door.
Practising barrister, human rights activist and 2016 winner of the UK Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, Philippe Sands (East West Street) shares how he came to write this gripping part historical detective story, part family history and part legal thriller set around the Nuremberg Trials.
Tamara LePine-Williams takes novelists Neil Sonnekus (Son), Marita van der Vyver (You Lost Me) and Richard Mason (Who Killed Piet Barol?) back to the beginning.
Movement Cape Town editor Zahira Asmal leads Albie Sachs, Bonita Bennett, Wandile Kasibe and Chumani Maxwele in conversation about the impact of forced removals, repatriation, human remains and colonial statues, and why history must be represented and remembered equally for justice to be served and for society to progress.
Michele Magwood leads the conversation with Justice Malala, Tom Eaton and Marianne Thamm as they discuss the power and responsibilities of opinion pieces – and why readers should always keep an open mind.
Cultural appropriation is the subject of controversy across the world. Hagen Engler (In the Maid’s Room) considers the issues with Anastacia Tomson (Always Anastacia) and Lerato Tshabalala (The Way I See It).
Sue de Groot asks co-writers Diane Awerbuck and Alex Latimer (Frank Owen, South), and Michael Sears (one half of Michael Stanley, Detective Kubu), how they make it work.
Faced with a blank page, Mark Winkler asks SJ Naude, Sylvia Vollenhoven and Tim Butcher how they get started on a new book.
The burgeoning Young Adult genre has drawn an older readership too. Joanne Macgregor asks authors Helen Brain, Kiprop Kimutai and JT Lawrence who they have in mind when writing, how this influences their work, and what they make of the collateral readers.
Victor Dlamini asks Khulu Mbatha (Unmasked: Why the ANC Failed to Govern), Ralph Mathekga (When Zuma Goes) and Thandeka Gqubule (No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela) what characteristics are needed in leaders during tough times, and whether our top names are up to the task.
Nick Mulgrew chairs co-author Alison Lowry (Shadow Play, with Gerald Kraak), bestselling author Sophie Hannah (Closed Casket, The Monogram Murders, Agatha Christie) and biographer Elsabe Brits (Emily Hobhouse: Beloved Traitor) in a discussion about the responsibilities of representing those who are no longer with us.
Brian Kantor (Get South Africa Growing) asks Sifiso Ndlovu (co-editor, The Thabo Mbeki I Know), Chantell Ilbury (A Fox’s Tale, with Daryl Ilbury) and Richard Calland (Make or Break) what mindsets and strategies are necessary for creating a successful business and building a strong economy.
The Karoo holds a special fascination, and has provided inspiration, for many writers, among them Sally Andrew, Tom Dreyer (The Long Wave) and Marcus Low, who share their thoughts about this region with Kate Sidley.
Across our continent, more writers are writing and more readers reading. Griffin Shea (owner, Bridge Books) chats with Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Kiprop Kimutai and Phehello Mofokeng (Geko Publishing) about the driving forces of, and the obstacles to, book publishing and sales in Africa.
Paul McNally (The Street) and Qarnita Loxton (Being Kari)have unique views of the country they grew up in. Ekow Duker (The God Who Made Mistakes) leads the discussion into how they truly view South Africa and what brought them to tell the stories they tell.
Fred Strydom (Inside Out Man), Dawn Garisch (Accident) and Dale Halvorsen (Survivors' Club with Lauren Beukes) discuss the darker side of human nature as reflected in their writing, and why readers feel the need to be disturbed.
Tembeka Ngcukaitobi speaks to three human rights advocates – former Constitutional Court Judge Albie Sachs, author Deborah Lipstadt and author and professor of law at University College London Philippe Sands – about the role of a country’s constitution in protecting human rights.
Bestselling romance writer Lesley Pearse (Dead to Me) doesn’t do boring, so expect a rollicking discussion when she meets up with Jenny & Co bookclub founder Jenny Crwys-Williams.
Is there a secret to writing, and what are the strategies, techniques or skills that writers draw on to practise their craft? Daniel Browde (The Relatively Public Life of Jules Browde) leads the conversation with Claire Robertson (The Magistrate of Gower), Fiona Melrose (Midwinter) and Richard Mason (Who Killed Piet Barol?).
Darrel Bristow-Bovey (Getaway magazine) asks Fred Khumalo (The Big Read), Paige Nick (She Said/He Said) and Rebecca Davis (Lifestyle TV column) how writing columns changes the way they see the world, and how their columns change the way the world sees them.
Is there an ideal way to read a book? Ann Donald asks Steven Boykey Sidley and Bill Nasson about slow reading, skim reading, deep reading, and why reading?
Led by Bridget Hilton-Barber (Student Comrade Prisoner Spy), Anastacia Tomson (Always Anastacia), Mario Cesare (Heart of a Game Ranger)and Rafique Gangat (Bending the Rules) share their experiences of writing their own stories.
Helen Moffett (Prunings) asks the questions of poet and singer Blaq Pearl and Thabiso Mahlape (BlackBird Books).
Obie Oberholzer (Obie - A Photographic Story Book) finds the words to tell you about his life in pictures.
Moving with ease from the whimsical charm of Chocolat to writing fantasies and thrillers, including Gentlemen and Players and its recent follow-up, Different Class, Joanne Harris talks about her writing life with Sunday Times Contributing Book Editor Michele Magwood.
Michelle Hattingh (I'm the Girl Who Was Raped) uncovers stories of courage, faith and perseverance in the face of opposition and adversity as told by Grizelda Grootboom (Exit), Lindiwe Hani (Being Chris Hani's Daughter) and Shamim Meer (Memories of Love and Struggle).
Tamara LePine-Williams is at the table with Anna Trapido and Mpho Tshukudu (co-authors of Eat Ting) and Sam Woulidge (Reuben at Home), talking of their methods and sharing titbits about writing cookbooks.
Mail & Guardian cartoonist, illustrator and journalist Carlos Amato finds out about the people behind the pictures, with graphic novelist Alex Latimer (The Space Race), graphic artist Dale Halvorsen (aka Joey Hi-fi) and political cartoonist Zapiro (Dead President Walking).
Tom Eaton considers the limits to accessing books in South Africa with Griffin Shea (Bridge Books) and Palesa Morudu (publisher, Cover2Cover).
Greg Fried and Lisa Lazarus (Die Laughing – writing as Greg Lazarus) and Nicoli Nattrass and Jeremy Seekings (Poverty, Politics and Policy) discuss the challenges and joys of being both life and writing partners.
‘Polyartists’ Mohale Mashigo (actor/writer), Rian Malan (writer/musician) and Sam Wilson (film producer /writer) tell Africa Melane about the crossover between their various artistic lives and what they mean to them.
Journeying lightly through psychology, palaeontology, popular culture and the movie Jaws, Darrel Bristow-Bovey discusses fear, creativity, risk-taking and the artistic imperative of vulnerability, as well as his travels around the world to find and confront the shark that is pre-destined to eat him. R100 through Webtickets.
Wind down with this rhythmic and enthralling artist collective specialising in music and poetry. (To participate in the open mic email Roche on firstname.lastname@example.org). R50 through Webtickets.
A performed reading of the best-selling memoir of sorts by Marianne Thamm. The 40-minute show will include stand-up comedy and an audio-visual ridicule of the 20th Century. R120 through Webtickets.
Perhaps all literature comes down to this relationship: you and I. John Maytham reads excerpts from authors ranging from TS Eliot to Kurt Vonnegut, with forays into Nietzsche and Cole Porter, highlighting the intimate, angry and sometimes solipsistic connection between writer and reader. Compiled by Finuala Dowling. R120 through Webtickets.
R600 includes a three-course meal. Book at Café Bon Bon: 021 876 3936. Pianist Christopher Duigan plays light classics that evoke a bygone world of nostalgia associated with salon music and evenings at the family piano. Included are Brahms’s 'Waltz in A-flat', Dvorak's ‘Humoresque', Rubenstein's 'Melody in F' and 'The Maiden's Prayer’.
Enjoy dinner with some of the cream of festival authors in one of SA’s top restaurants, with Porcupine Ridge wines. Authors at all tables, party atmosphere, great winelands food. For enquiries and bookings, email email@example.com.
Chill with a glass or two of wine and some fine sounds from one of Cape Town's top modern jazz bands: with Reza Khota on guitar, Buddy Wells on sax, Shane Cooper on bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums. R120 through Webtickets.