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EL Doctorow has won the Library of Congress prize for American fiction (via @GuardianBooks): fb.me/6GR1lyBAU

Open Book Festival 2013 Liveblog: Monday 09 September, 2pm – 3pm

It’s Open Book Cape Town time: follow all the action on our liveblog! (Refresh/F5 for latest updates.) (Scroll from the bottom up!)

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15.09

And that’s a wrap of the third session, third day of Open Book 2013!

Lindsay Callaghan covered Shaun Johnson’s converation with Songeziwe Mahlangu:

Carolyn Meads covered “Short Stories: An Eternal Love” with Tope Folarin, Liesl Jobson, Reneilwe Malatji, Khosi Xaba and Michiel Heyns:

15.05

Mental illness is central to Songeziwe Mahlangu’s Penumbra; how did he, erm, cope?

15.03

What kind of brief, or agenda, do the short story writers in the Fugard Annexe 1 hold?

14.56

In the Fugard Studio, it is and isn’t ironic:

14.51

So how did Songeziwe Mahlangu come to choose his book’s title?

14.43

Songeziwe Mahlangu is speaking the truth in the Fugard Annexe 1:

And Johnson is raising the stakes:

14.41

So – do our short story writers write from personal experience?

14.36

Shaun Johnson is asking about Songeziwe Mahlangu’s relationship with apartheid in the Fugard Studio:

14.33

Like many first novels, Songeziwe Mahlangu’s is drawn from his life:

14.29

Did you know? Makhosazana Xulu re-wrote Can Themba’s foundational short story, “The Suit”. Here’s a brief chat on that, from the Fugard Annexe 1:

14.25

Penumbra is outer-edge half-light; an appropriate name for the writing that appears in Songeziwe Mahlangu’s first novel:

14.23

A good habit to emulate from Tope Folarin, commenting in the Fugard Annexe 1:

14.19

Hey, short story writers, when you gonna write novels already?

14.16

More on Songeziwe Mahlangu’s Penumbra:

14.13

Meanwhile, we’re talking short stories in the Fugard Annexe 1:

14.10

Sticking with Songeziwe Mahlangu and Shaun Johnson, could a debut novelist hope for a better reception than this?

And Johson also offers up a mini-lesson from the master:

14.05

The authors are on stage at the various Fugard venues. In the main theatre, Shaun Johnson is chatting to Songeziwe Mahlangu about Penumbra:

14.03

Let’s kick off with a few tweets from Marli Roode, who’s been quoting her fellow authors at Open Book:

13.55

Let’s see who’s covering which events this hour:

 

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