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Damon Galgut, Andre Brink, Niq Mhlongo and Other SA Writers Off to France for Etonnants Voyageurs 2013

 
A contingent of South African authors will be taking part in Etonnants Voyageurs in France from 18 -20 May this year – a continuation of the partnership with the Open Book festival, which saw ten French speaking authors participating in the Cape Town fest last year.

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7 DaysWay Back HomeRoom 207Black HeartJa No Man

Representing SA lit in Saint-Malo this week will be Mark Behr, Kevin Bloom, André Brink, Damon Galgut, Michiel Heyns, Kopano Matlwa, Deon Meyer, Niq Mhlongo, Kgebetli Moele, Mike Nicol and Richard Poplak.

Other African writers taking part in Etonnants Voyageurs this year include Uwem Akpan, Sefi Atta, Teju Cole, Alain Mabanckou and Noo Saro-Wiwa.

Say You're One of ThemDeux cerclesSwallowOpen CityTomorrow I�ll Be TwentyMille ans de contes, Afrique
Dark Heart of the NightL'IguifouLa promesse faite à ma soeurSarcelles-DakarLooking for TranswonderlandPlace des Fetes

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Press release

A significant number of South African authors will be boarding planes later this week to participate in Etonnants Voyageurs. Some of you may remember the exciting partnership we forged with the French Festival in 2012, which saw 10 French speaking authors join us for Open Book last year…we are delighted that the partnership continues and that they will be welcoming the same number of South Africans at their festival!

Authors who will be travelling are – in alphabetical order – Mark Behr, Kevin Bloom, André Brink, Damon Galgut, Michiel Heyns, Kopano Matlwa, Deon Meyer, Niq Mhlongo, Kgebetli Moele and Mike Nicol.

We are expecting the 3 day festival to do much to raise awareness about the talented writing happening in South Africa! Expect a report back soon.

Regards
The Open Book Team

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="http://www.margieorford.com" rel="nofollow">margie</a>
    margie
    May 17th, 2013 @09:29 #
     
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    The boy's club? I am curious about the serious man affirmative action on this list for writer's to France. One woman writer - she will certainly stand out.

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  • <a href="http://tiahbeautement.typepad.com/quotidian/" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    tiah
    May 17th, 2013 @16:04 #
     
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    I also found the male-washing rather startling. And sad. Yes, SA has some great male authors (who I do read). But the bulk of the books getting churned out these days are by women (who interestingly enough BUY the most books)... and to do so after the outcry after the Vida Count . . .

    I can only assume that, along with yourself, Yewande Omotoso, Rachel Zadok, Tracy Farren, Zukiswa Wanner, Henretta Rose-Innes, Yvette Christianse, Finuala Dowling, Rayda Jacobs, Katheryn White, Diane Awerbuck, Helena S Paige (3 women), Sidiwe Magona and Lauren Beukes were all too busy.

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  • <a href="http://tiahbeautement.typepad.com/quotidian/" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    tiah
    May 17th, 2013 @16:06 #
     
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    Tracey Farren - pardon. Must learn to type . . .

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  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    May 18th, 2013 @09:51 #
     
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    I was supposed to go, but when the UK and SA publication date was brought forward, it threw all my travel plans for a loop and it made it impossible.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    May 18th, 2013 @11:02 #
     
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    A time travel loop, Lauren...?

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  • <a href="http://henriettaroseinnes.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Henrietta</a>
    Henrietta
    May 18th, 2013 @18:18 #
     
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    Check out the full list of international participants. The gender balance is a bit better, but not much.

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  • Mervyn
    Mervyn
    May 22nd, 2013 @15:56 #
     
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    Tried to post the below on Sunday...so now a little out of date, but the points remain.
    Just out of event here at St Malo featuring Niq Mhlongo and Kgebetli Moele. Lovely to witness over 200 French peeps come to listen to the two of them talk about their novels.
    On another note, have just been made aware of the comments about the make up of the group of SA writers who are here. Just wanted to clarify that as with all partnerships between international festivals, the host festival decides who they will invite. This process happens in consultation with us (Open Book) but the criteria are determined by the host festival - most notably in this case the need for all participating writers to have been published in French.
    The reverse was true in relation to all the French speaking writers who came to Open Book last year.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    May 22nd, 2013 @16:55 #
     
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    That certainly sheds more light, thanks Mervyn.

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  • <a href="http://henriettaroseinnes.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Henrietta</a>
    Henrietta
    May 22nd, 2013 @19:26 #
     
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    Thanks for that, Mervyn. I'd guessed the invitations worked something like that. It's a great group of writers, and I hope the event went really well.
    Still, its pretty outrageous, and the implications are disturbing. Are our women writers not getting translated? Or they are, but they're not being sought out?

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  • <a href="http://liesljobson.bookslive.co.za" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    Liesl
    May 22nd, 2013 @19:31 #
     
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    Helpful to have the insight, but the explanation remains problematic!

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    May 22nd, 2013 @21:02 #
     
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    I'm with Liesl and Henrietta here. The site of discrimination has simply shifted (although it is a huge relief to know that this wasn't an Open Book decision). This is bothering me so much, I feel a blog brewing. I also think that when gender inequity is as glaring as it is here, it's worth explaining right off the bat. Otherwise two things happen: silencing and discrimination are made to look normal, "business as usual"; and those of us to whom the elephant in the "Only Men Welcome" room is visible get VERY hot under the collar.

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