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Zombie Apocalypse and Vulture Capitalism: Late Night Sessions at Open Book

Some interesting conversations emerged during the Friday night sessions at the Open Book Festival. The Books LIVE team covered every word.

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Open Book 2014: Zombie Apocalypse

The Girl with All the GiftsSharp EdgesZombies crawled from the woodwork at the Fugard Studio when Mike Carey spoke to Sharp Edges author SA Partridge about The Girl with all the Gifts.

Carey said The Girl with all the Gifts is a coming-of-age story where the main character, a zombie, learns about herself and her place in the world.

Partridge observed how the humans in the book came across as quite vile. Carey agreed, saying that all monsters show us a part of ourselves.

Carey and Partridge discussed the fascinating Ophiocordyceps unilateralis fungus, which inspired Carey’s idea for the “hungries” in his book, as well as comic books and the movie adaptation that’s in the works.

Books LIVE’s Lindsay Callaghan … um … “live” tweeted the event:


Another Great Day at Sea

Open Book 2014: Another Great Day at Sea

Another Great Day at SeaDevil's HarvestGeoff Dyer told Andrew Brown, author of Devil’s Harvest, about his writing non-fiction and working on Another Great Day at Sea

Dyer said the title of his book Another Great Day at Sea was part of the address to the ship’s company the captain gave every day. Dyer had his own room on the ship, and in his writing he painted a terrible picture of himself. However, he said he thinks that parts of his book are “screamingly funny”.

Books LIVE’s Jennifer Malec covered the gig:


Disaster Capitalism

Open Book 2014: Disaster Capitalism

Profits of DoomAntony Loewenstein spoke to John Maytham about Profits of Doom and the upcoming documentary about the book.

Loewenstein is an Australian author, journalist, activist, documentarian, and blogger. He told Maytham that Profits of Doom “challenges the fundamentals of our unsustainable way of life and the money-making imperatives driving it”.

Loewenstein read various books on disaster capitalism and looked at the similarities between countries where vulture capitalism occurs.

From fracking to the treatment of refugees in certain countries, Loewenstein and Maytham left no stone unturned.

Books LIVE’s Helené Prinsloo tweeted from the discussion, which she said made her brain hurt slightly:


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