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First Look at the 2013 Mail & Guardian Literary Festival (30 August – 1 September)

Alert! Darryl Accone has provided a peek at the programme for this year’s Mail & Guardian Literary Festival with the theme “Achebe’s Children: Africa’s Suspended Revolutions”.

There Was A CountryNo Time Like the PresentRacial Redress and Citizenship in South AfricaWe Need New NamesArmed and DangerousSouth Africa and IndiaNot the Movie of the Week

Paying tribute to the great African writer, who passed away earlier this year, many of the festival’s session titles refer to Achebe’s work, for example: “Hopes and Impediments”; “A Man of the People: Reflecting on Chinua Achebe’s Legacy”; “It is only the story [that] can continue beyond the war and the warrior”; “No Longer at Ease — Books as Agents of Insurrection”; “The Bravery of the Lion: ‘Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter’”; “The story is our escort, without it we are blind”; and “Migration: There Was a Country”.

A Bosman CompanionWay Back HomeZuma ExposedThe Great African SocietyTransformationsSmall ThingsA Hill of Fools

A host of South African writers, including Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, as well as Zimbabwean Man Booker Prize longlisted author NoViolet Bulawayo will be taking part in the event. Catch Books LIVE members Niq Mhlongo, Imraan Coovadia, Mtutuzeli Nyoka, Mongane Wally Serote, Jacques Pauw, Toni Strasburg and Christa Kuljian at the fest!

Rumours	The Hidden History of South Africa�s Book and Reading CulturesLight on a HillRat RoadsFractured LivesThe Landscape PainterShooting SnakesFalse RiverThe Blacks of Cape TownThe Spiral House SanctuarySouth Africa's Suspended Revolution

Nadine Gordimer, Adam Habib, NoViolet Bulawayo (on the long list for the Booker Prize), Ronnie Kasrils, Isabel Hofmeyr, Shaun de Waal, Craig MacKenzie and Niq Mhlongo are among the writers, thinkers, academics and activists who will take part in the fourth M&G Literary Festival at Jo’burg’s Market Theatre from August 30 to September 1.

The festival will pay tribute to and draw inspiration from the late Chinua Achebe, adopting as its theme and subtitle Achebe’s Children: Africa’s Suspended Revolutions. In the keynote address on August 30, Adam Habib — the new vice-chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand — will talk about South Africa’s suspended revolution.

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