Alert! Following yesterday’s speculative story about the upcoming Mail and Guardian Literary Festival, BOOK SA has had sight of several draft documents related to the event that shed further light on the M&G‘s (very cool) plans.
Without wanting to pre-empt our colleagues at the newspaper overmuch – especially given that nothing is confirmed at this stage, bar the basic existence of the fest – we can offer these further tidbits related to the literary goings-on of 3, 4 and 5 September:
- Venues: Tentatively identified as the AFDA Joburg campus and 44 Stanley.
- Keynote: Will be given by an “internationally renowned author” who is not, apparently, JM Coetzee.
- JM Coetzee: May still very much be in the mix, however, along with, possibly, Marlene van Niekerk, Antjie Krog, Keorapetse Kgositsile and more.
- Theme: Might or might not be “Migrants, Renegades and Exiles: The People and the State in the 21st Century”.
- Directors: The aforementioned Darryl Accone (the M&G‘s books editor) and Boekehuis’ Corina van der Spoel.
- Partners: Include all of SA’s major publishers, two major academic presses, and the School of Literature and Languages at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Naturally, BOOK SA is slavering for more, and, naturally, we’ll keep you up to date on developments as they arise.
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