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2015 Jozi Book Fair Programme Revealed (11 – 13 September)

Jozi Book Fair


 
Alert! The programme for the seventh annual Jozi Book Fair has been revealed.

The Jozi Book Fair takes place between 11 to 13 September at Wits University – and entrance to all events is free.

Featured authors at the festival include National Poet Laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile, Futhi Ntshingila, Zukiswa Wanner, Ekow Duker, Gcina Mhlophe, Zakes Mda, James Matthews, Edyth Bulbring, Harry Kalmer, Qaanitah Hunter, Kurt Ellis, Mzilikazi wa Afrika, Stevel Marc, Shafinaaz Hassim, Adam Habib and Xolela Mangcu – and many, many more.

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Check out the programme, as shared by the Jozi Book Fair:

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Programme: 7th Jozi Book Fair

11-13 September, 2015

Wits University, Science Stadium, West Campus

Welcome to Jozi Book Fair!

This is a fair with many differences:

  • Jozi Book Fair creates readers and writers in all South Africa’s languages to read the word and the world!
  • Jozi Book Fair is a progressive movement from “below” linking up with different art forms to create a national culture!
  • To ensure democratic access for everyone, for people of all ages and all social classes, this fair is free!

 
Entrance is FREE on all days, for all events!

Partnership with Wits

This year we revived our partnership with Wits University from the 1980s to deepen the culture of reading and writing as part of deepening democracy and transformation and bring together all social classes to engage in debates, build tolerance and citizenship.

A Fair with a difference!

This year we have over 120 events and activities, with 50 percent of events hosted by the public: especially readers, writers, moderators created by the JBF and/or from the public. We have also been blessed with many writers: township children performing their poetry, students presenting their work (literature, film and theatre), book club members interviewing authors and some famous authors.

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Highlights of JBF 2015

Guests of the Fair

This year the JBF has two special guests:

International Guest: Cuban Enrique Perez Diaz

JBF’s International Guest is Cuban writer, critic, journalist and researcher of children’s literature Enrique Perez Diaz. Currently the Director of Gente Nueva Publishing House in Havana, Enrique was the founder of the first Cuban bookshop for children, with a socio cultural approach to community, children and teenagers. His books are known in many countries including Japan, Switzerland and the USA and he has worked with IBBY Cuba since 2007. For more information click here

Events:

  • Lessons for SA: Literacy and education in Cuba
  • Panel Discussion: Cuba: The impact of 50 years of US sanctions on culture, literacy and the arts
  • Making books accessible and affordable: libraries & publishing in Cuba
  • Panel Discussion: The role of children’s literature and building a progressive national culture

 
South African Guest: Gcina Mhlophe

Our Guest is Gcina Mhlophe, internationally acclaimed storyteller and author. Besides being an author of children’s books, Gcina is a great performer, wooing people of all ages.

Events:

  • Storytelling festival on Saturday and Sunday
  • Live Performances: Saturday and Sunday
  • Book Launch
  • State of Theatre in SA
  • Panel Discussion: The role of children’s literature and building a progressive national culture
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OCTO-GENUISES and a progressive national culture

No introduction necessary!

Events

  • Live Poetry Performance: Activist Poets Don Mattera, James Matthews & Keorapetse Kgositsile
  • In Conversation on Art, Liberation and Struggle: Don Mattera, Ronnie Govender, James Matthews & Keorapetse Kgositsile
  • James Matthews: Poet in Conversation
  • Ronnie Govender Theatre veteran: The role of memoir in building a progressive culture
  • Joan Rankin: children’s author & illustrator: In conversation with Jenny Hatton; facilitating creativity workshops for children and adults
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Introducing Jozi Book Fair Mascots Penny and Puffy, and their dads, special guests Zakes Mda and Mpapa Mokhoane

Events

  • Launch of Penny & Puffy in English and Sesotho
  • Storytelling Festival
  • Writing in indigenous languages
  • Writing for children: the making of Penny & Puffy
  • Children’s Literature & building a national culture
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Second book of poems for JBF Poetry Buddies

Jozi Book Fair Poetry Buddies perform their poems in English and mother tongue. The Buddies are children’s groups set up in Johannesburg and surrounding townships. This year they publish their second book of poems.

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Students at JBF

This year a number of students from different universities will present their work at the JBF.

  • Literature seminars: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and A Man of the People with Danai Muputsa (Wits)
  • Conversation: Zakes Mda’s Rachels Blue with Polo Moji (Wits)
  • Conversation: Reading Fanon with Kgomotso Ramushi (UP)
  • Theatre: A play – Dead Roses by Searatoa van Driel (Wits)
  • Roundtable: Rhodes must fall – transformation and democracy in education (various students)
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Exhibitions

  • Penny and Puffy – original paintings by Zakes Mda
  • JBF School poster competition on reading (105 posters)
  • Remember Marikana! Photographic Exhibition (by Pulitzer prize winner, Greg Marinovich and City Press)
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Katrine Harries Award for Illustrators

This year the Katrine Harries Award will be made at this year’s Jozi Book Fair. This award is the only and most prestigious award in South Africa that evaluates children’s book illustrations as an artform. The award in 2015 comes 100 years after the birth of Katrine Harries.

The Katrine Harries Award has previously been awarded to Niki Daly, Joan Rankin, Alida Bothma, Cora Coetzee, Jeremy Grimsdell, Jude Daly and Piet Grobler. The last award was made in 2008 and the current award will be presented for the illustrations in a South African children’s book published between 2009-2010, 2011-2012 and 2013-2014. This is an attempt to open the award to broad sections of the population and encourage both illustrations and books for children.

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Programme Overview

Friday, 11 September, 2015

1. Schools Programme

    Workshops, exhibitions, meeting authors and the guests

    7:30 AM – 2 PM – FULLY BOOKED!

    School youth can still attend events on Saturday and Sunday

2. Theatre Festival Opens

  • Qhawe (Cape Town) at 2:30 PM
  • Thula Thula (Johannesburg) at 3:30 PM

3. Film Festival Opens

  • Please Vote for me by Wejun Chen (China) at 2 PM
  • Shake the Dust by Adam Sjoberg (global music and dance) at 3.30pm

4. Roundtable discussion

    Crisis in our Schools – 3.00pm

    Panelists: Salim Vally (UJ), Bulelwa Ndodana (Dept of Education, Eastern Cape), Mugwena Maluleke (GS, SADTU) & Moderator: Siphelo Ngcwangu (Wits)

5. Book Launch & Reception: 4 – 5 PM

    Privatisation of Schools: Selling out the right to quality public education for all

    Panelists: Salim Vally, Carol Ann Spreen and Lauren Star

6. JBF Reception – By invitation only

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Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September, 2015

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME – Children’s Tent

  • Storytelling Festival on Saturday and Sunday, featuring Gcina Mhlophe, Faith Busika, Beverly Benton, Joan Rankin, Zukiswa Wanner, Hamilton Wende, Reviva Schumacher
  • Ancient storytellers, Poem Mooney from Oudtshoorn
  • Introducing JBF mascots Penny & Puffy: based on book of same name by Zakes Mda and Mpapa Mokhoane
  • JBF Poetry Buddies perform their poetry
  • Kerry Jones’ Jul’hoan dictionary activities
  • National Children’s Theatre’s NACTIES Sing their songs

Jozi Book Fair theme: Children’s literature and childhood

A number of seminars and roundtables will take place related to the theme:

  • Conditions of Children in SA: with Save the Children, Children’s Law Project (UP) and Children’s Resource Centre (CT)
  • Children: Reading and the state of libraries in SA with Busi Dlamini Gauteng Education Department and Sally Currin
  • Children learn languages: case study, (Bulelwa Ndodana, Depart of Education, Eastern Cape)
  • Children’s literature and building a national reading culture
  • Cuba: literacy and children’s literature, lessons for SA (Enrique Perez Diaz)

Black Art Black Politics

  • Don Mattera: Commemorating the life of Steven Bantu Biko
  • Keorapetse Kgositsile (Poet Laureate): Reflections on the Black Art Movement in the US and its influence
  • Ronnie Govender, James Matthews, Warona Seane (Soweto), Gita Pather (Wits) and Itumeleng wa Lehulere (director): The State of theatre in South Africa Today
  • Kgomotso Ramushi: Reading Fanon
  • Zakes Mda, Keorapetse Kgositsile, James Matthews: Growing an indigenous South African culture

South African Fiction

Jozi Book Fair Book Club members converse with authors:

Authors in Conversation

South African Politics

This section includes a wide variety of issues and debates, in seminars and Roundtable discussion.

  • Media in SA: who owns and controls it? – Jane Duncan (UJ), Lumke Mtimde and Tawana Kupe (Wits)
  • What ANC after Zuma? – Aubrey Matshiqi, Mcebisi Ndletyana, Raymond Suttner and Susan Booysen
  • State of worker and union education – Crystal Dicks (Numsa), Mojalefa Musi (Independent analyst) and Luke Sinwell (UJ)
  • Corruption in SA – David Lewis, Karabo Ranjuli and Mzilikazi wa Afrika
  • The colour of our future: do colour or ‘race’ matter? – Xolela Mangcu, Joel Netshitenze and Adam Habib
  • Transformation & democracy in Education? – Adam Habib and student panel
  • Seminar: Everything you wanted to know about nuclear power! (Earthlife)
  • Climate Change: Briefings from Southern Africa – Mary Scholes (Wits)
  • Marikana Report: Do Black Lives Matter? – Rehad Desai, Bishop Seoka (TBC) and Nomsa Zondi (SERI)
  • Is intolerance in our DNA? Violence against women/girls, LGBTI and foreigners – Lisa Vetten and Virginia Tshedi and Paul Verryn
  • 20 years of the Labour Relations Act: a balance sheet – Oupa Lehulere

Women

  • Politics of sexuality in everyday life – Shafinaaz Hassim
  • Diary of a Guji Girl – Qaanitah Hunter
  • Young women writers and their challenges – Futhi Ntshingila and Zukiswa Wanner
  • Feminism Today – Jackie Cock and panel

Workshops and Seminars

For different age groups: children, youth & adults on

  • Playback Theatre (Wits Drama for Life)
  • Importance of Reading for Children (Jenny Hatton)
  • Reading and Writing and Common Grammar Errors (L Pavlou, Wits Language School)
  • Philosophy for Teens (Theresa Giorgza, Education Dept, Wits)
  • History and Origins of Poetry (Brian Mabaso)
  • The Art of Radio (Voice of Wits)
  • Making Illustrations (Wesley Pepper, artist)
  • Unleash your Creativity (Joan Rankin)
  • Survivors of Stroke (Stroke society)

Book Launches

  • Refined Player: Sex, Lies and Dates by Stevel Marc [Jacana]
  • Freedom Charter: no cause to celebrate [Workers World Media Project]
  • Workplace Forums: 20 YEARS of the Labour Relations Act: A balance sheet, republished, by Oupa Lehulere
  • Seven Tried & Tested Triangles by Pearl Segel
  • Back to Africa by Beatrice Acheleke
  • Privatisation of Schools by Salim Vally, Carol Anne Spreen, Lauren Star

Theatre Stage

A selection of plays, some of which were at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown earlier this year, will be show-cased. This includes:

  • Qhawe (CT)
  • Thula Thula (Jhb)
  • Dead Roses (Wits)
  • Kafka’s Ape (Wits)
  • Merethetho ‘the rhythm, dance and poetry’ (Freedom Park)
  • Games we teach our children (Khanya College & HBC)
  • Metropolitan High School Play (JHB)
  • Music and Dance (Michael Williams) Itliziyo ‘the heart’ (CT)

These will include a brief Q&As afterwards

Live Jazz

Special Live Jazz will take place on Saturday, 12 September, from 4-8pm;and on Sunday, 13 September from 1-5pm.

This includes:

  • Soni Jazz Band
  • Dimpie Tshabalala
  • Feya Faku, Jazz poets
  • Baba Ndamase Band

Film Festival

Mini Film Festival ‘Youth in Adversity’ will be held in collaboration with our fraternal Steps (Cape Town) and select Q&As with Laurence Dworkin.

This will include:

Shake the Dust by Adam Sjoberg (Global) 83 min
From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and journalist- turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.

Coming of Age by Teboho Edkins (Lesotho) 63 min
Coming Of Age is a film that follows four teenagers over the course of two years as they grow up deep in the southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Very little happens in the village of Ha Sekake, but from their perspective, a lot is at stake.

Please Vote for Me by Weijun Chen (China) 52 min
Wuhan is a city in middle China about the size of London, and it is here that director Weijun Chen has conducted an experiment in democracy. A grade-3 class at Evergreen Primary School has their first encounter with this idea, by holding an election to select a Class Monitor. Eight-year olds compete against each other for the coveted position, abetted and egged on by teachers and doting parents.

Shorts

Pumla, Dumisani Phakathi (South Africa) 18:18
Pumla is a bright, young girl, who was branded a rebel before anybody gave her a chance. She drinks, she smokes and likes to hang out with the guys in alleyways and on street corners. She also had a child at a very young age. Her behavior often gets her into trouble with the authorities and causes much pain and stress to her mother. Unable to deal with her demons and the perceptions of others. Pumla’s lifestyle leads her down a dark and dangerous road.

Love and Rubbish by Hanna Polak (Russia) 7:54
Set in a rubbish dump outside Moscow, this is the story of a young girl, Yula and her friends, told over years.

Girlhood, Participatory Film (South Africa) 3:48
We meet 5 teenagers sitting in a café in Cape Town, chatting, laughing, enjoying themselves as teenagers do. But these seemingly carefree young women have been through a lot. As each girl tells us her individual story we find out about broken families, teenage pregnancy, loss and abuse.

Miseducation by Nadine Cloete (South Africa) 4:15
An 11 year old girl is getting ready for school. Her walk takes her through gangland, across territories that have seen much blood, drugs and pain.

Coal Boy by Chandrasekhar Reddy Thumati (India) 4:40
In North East India ,near Jaintia, a young boy tunnels into the hills to find coal. The work is hard and dangerous. But this boy has a dream and this is only the first of many steps that he says will lead to London.

Marafiki, Participatory Film (Zanzibar) 12:41
Shot in Zanzibar, Marafiki (meaning friends) is a story about two girls dealing with their HIV+ status and the discrimination they face. With the help of friends, family and a support group, these two strong characters learn not to lose hope as they tell us their plans for the future.

Sea Gypsies by Elena Zervopoulou (Malaysia) 5:37
Struggling to survive with increasing fishing restrictions on a paradisiacal coral island of Eastern Malaysia, Indanina, a determined Sea Gypsy girl, sees her colorful, innocent world endangered. The cruel reality she discovers when she is forced to move to town with her family, marks her brutal transition to an uncaring modern world.

In addition:

  • Bheki Peterson’s Rights of Passage
  • Special Screening and Reception of Life in Progress by Irene Loebel during the Fair

There will be Q&As after selected film screenings

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Chitja Twala Reviews Against All Odds by Hussein Solomon

Against All Odds: Opposition Political Parties in Southern AfricaVerdict: carrot

This volume edited by Hussein Solomon brings to the fore the vibrant intellectual work of a new generation of scholars in the southern part of Africa. The fact that the authors come from different countries helps in making a comparative analysis of the roles opposition political parties play elsewhere in the region and what lessons could be learnt from each country’s case study. It is an important contribution to the understanding of opposition political parties in southern Africa and how they battle to become strong.

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Video: Kenyan Author Binyavanga Wainaina Shares YouTube Documentary on Being Gay in Africa

Binyavanga Wainaina YouTube documentary

 
One Day I Will Write About This PlaceAfter coming out on Saturday, Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina has released a witty and incisive YouTube documentary called We Must Free Our Imaginations.

In the context of a wave of anti-gay legislation sweeping the African continent, Wainaina was hailed for his bravery when he revealed his sexual preference in an article entitled “I am a homosexual, mum”, dubbed the “lost chapter” from his memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place.

In part one of his YouTube documentary, “Bring Me the Obedient Children”, Wainaina bemoans the lack of African science fiction, and plays with the discourse of queer theory, recalling how any challenge made to the British-imposed syllabus while he was at school in Kenya was labeled “queer behaviour”.

Wainaina goes on to insist that it is just this sort of behaviour that Africa needs to fight the “bankruptcy of imagination” and begin to create what he calls “new things”; seeming to suggest that the current homophobic mood in Africa is as detrimental to the continent’s development as colonialism was.

The short documentary has been uploaded to YouTube in six parts, which Wainaina tweeted links to last night, calling it: “what I have to say about being gay”:

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Roger Southall Reviews Region-building in Southern Africa

Region-building in Southern Africa : Progress, problems and prospectsVerdict: carrot

The history of “regional integration” in Southern Africa is unfortunate. Southern Rhodesia dominated Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland in the Central African Federation in the 1950s; SA lorded it over the former high commission territories (Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland) in the Southern African Customs Union from 1910 to 1992; and when regional countries had formed their own bloc to counter apartheid hegemony via the Southern African Development Co-ordination Conference from 1980, they encountered crude military, political and economic destabilisation by Pretoria. No wonder “regional integration” in Southern Africa has gone out of fashion, to be replaced by a much wider focus on “region building”.

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  • Region-building in Southern Africa : Progress, problems and prospects edited by Chris Saunders, Gwinyayi A Dzinesa, Dawn Nagar
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Peter Dunseith and Lauren van Vuuren Receive 2013 English Academy Olive Schreiner and Thomas Pringle Awards

The Bird of HeavenAlert! Peter Dunseith’s novel The Bird of Heaven has been announced as the winner of the English Academy of Southern Africa’s Olive Schreiner Award for Prose.

The Academy has also awarded the Thomas Pringle Award to Lauren van Vuuren for her short story “Duel over a dear”, which appeared New Contrast, Vol 38. UCT student Soraya Abdulatief will receive the English Academy Gwen Knowles-Williams Bursary for English and Language Studies.

The English Academy Awards will be presented at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Mowbray Campus on 17 October 2013.

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Stephanie Saville Reviews When Hoopoes Go to Heaven by Gaile Parkin

When Hoopoes Go to HeavenVerdict: a tenuous carrot from Saville, who didn’t find the book gripping but said it was ‘readable’

GROWING up is never easy. But it’s especially hard when you are
living in a new country, your
parents are dead and you’re being raised by your grandparents. If you’re a deep-thinking 10-year-old, it can be even more agonising.

When Hoopoes go to Heaven is a sweet story about Benedict, who loves nothing more than to spend time alone in nature in his garden in Swaziland.

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Women24 Reviews When Hoopoes Go to Heaven by Gaile Parkin

When Hoopoes Go to HeavenVerdict: carrot

Change is a constant for 10-year-old Benedict, from the deaths of his biological parents to the addition of a surprise new sibling.

Now he and his patchwork Malawian family face a new adventure, finding their way as outsiders, makwerekwere, in a close-knit community in Swaziland.

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What I’m Reading: Gaile Parkin

When Hoopoes Go to HeavenBy Kate Sidley for the Sunday Times:

Gaile Parkin was born and raised in Zambia and studied in South Africa and England. She is a freelance consultant on educational and gender issues. Her new book, When Hoopoes go to Heaven, is out now.

I’ve just read Christie Watson’s Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, which recently won the Costa book award for best first novel.

Set in Nigeria, it’s the story of 12-year-old Blessing and her struggle to adapt when her father’s infidelity results in her moving with her mother and older brother away from their wealthy life in Lagos to the poverty of her grandmother’s village in the Niger Delta.

Through Blessing’s narration, a wonderfully funny and moving portrait of the complexities of family relationships and tensions between traditional and Western values is painted, while also laying bare the atrocities perpetrated on the people and the environment by the rapacious oil industry.

It has inspired me to re-read the much-loved novel of a family’s uneasy translocation in Africa, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, which is set in the pre-independence upheaval of the Congo.

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Susan Booysen Discusses Frank Chikane’s Eight Days in September and Mbeki’s Complicity

Eight Days in SeptemberThe African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political PowerIn an article on www.witspress.co.za, Susan Booysen, author of The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political Power, highlights the links between her book and Frank Chikane’s recently released Eight Days in September.

As Booysen reveals in her own book, those eight days were a result of the Presidency’s mistaken omnipotence; it was only on the eve of the 2007 Polokwane vote that Mbeki realised he was not in control of the Party.

Booysen also critiques several aspects of Chikane’s book, arguing that Mbeki is not entirely an “innocent” player, as Chikane would suggest, and that Chikane’s argument that the country would have descended into instability had it not been for Mbeki’s “statesmanlike handover” does not hold much water.

Frank Chikane’s Eight days in September … is the controlled-but-traumatised memoirs of a person who saw the pillars of his Union Buildings kingdom tumble down around him.[i] These are the personal – and in themselves faction-linked – observations of a key player in the events of September 2008, and in the decade preceding those events. Ironically, they come at a time when the most probable unintended consequences will be renewed empathy with the rise of Jacob Zuma.

This analysis focuses on three of Chikane’s arguments that have come to epitomise both the book and the African National Congress (ANC) response to it: the ‘coup d’état’ nature of Mbeki’s ousting, the Chikane argument that there was the ‘potential for destabilising the country’, and the ‘danger of what the ANC has become’ – and especially where the origins of organisational decay are situated.

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Jane Rosenthal Reviews Snake by Tracey Farren

SnakeVerdict: carrot

Tracey Farren has shown in her first novel, Whiplash, about prostitutes and others in Muizenberg, that she has a true gift for ­getting into the hearts of very ordinary people while astutely setting the South African sociopolitical context. In Snake she does it again, even better. This astonishing novel is related by 12-year-old Stella, with some asides and ­comments from her parents and the journalist from Truth, who has pitched up at the farm to get the whole gory story in a pre-trial scoop.

Stella is a willing raconteur, because she knows it depends on her to convince the judge that the story she tells is true — and this account to the journalist is just a rehearsal. Although I am generally quite wary of child narrators, Farren’s Stella won me over completely. Truthful to a fault, exhaustingly so, and with a memory for every last little detail, she is nevertheless haunted by a lie she told as she recounts the arrival in their community and on the farm of Jerry, a white man with a car, blue eyes and great charm, who initially only begs a sleeping place at their outside fire.

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