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Alert! The programme for this year’s @OpenBookFest has been revealed! Click here to see it: fb.me/3EVHbDBFa

Book Bites: 14 September 2014

Elizabeth is MissingElizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey (Viking)
****
Book fling
Buried beneath sorrow and muddled into a motley collection of memories lies a secret, eating at Maud. But all she can remember is that Elizabeth is missing! Maud is slowly losing her mind, her memories shrinking to the most painful event of her life – the disappearance of her sister. Somewhere in the deep recesses of her subconscious lies the key to this unsolved mystery. Maud’s failing memory will have you squealing (guiltily) with laughter in one moment only to move you to tears in the next.
- Chantelle Gray van Heerden @CGrayvH

Stuff South African White People LikeStuff South African White People Like
Christian Lander with Hagen Engler (Jonathan Ball)
**** (4 stars)
Book buff
A guide to befriending and/or coping with white people, this local version of the international hit is hilarious. Every beloved facet of white Saffer culture is covered with scathing satire. Highlights include a love-hate relationship with Woolworths, threatening to emigrate and that cathedral of whiteness,Table Mountain. A word of warning, though – if you’re white, and attempt to read the entire book straight through, you’re likely to end up disliking yourself. Ah well, an essential part of whiteness.
- Russell Clarke @russrussy

One More ThingOne More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
BJ Novak (Little, Brown)
****
Book buff
Part of the crowd of cool, talented 30-something comedians, Novak is known for his work on the television series The Office (the American one) – writing it as well as acting in it. Like the show, this critically acclaimed collection of short stories and vignettes is droll, intentionally awkward and absurd, with snort-out-loud twists. Like the one in which a woman meets a lovely guy on a blind date (just, he’s, like, a warlord) with the ending being, “The Discussion Question: Do you think that Julie should fuck the warlord. Why or why not.” Another darn good reason to get it is for Novak’s short, “The Comedy Central Roast of Nelson Mandela”.
- Jennifer Platt @Jenniferdplatt

Listen to Carey Mulligan Read BJ Novak’s Short Story “Kate Moss” from One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories on Vogue.com

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Penguin Authors at Open Book Festival 2014 (17 – 21 September)

The 2014 Open Book Festival will take place in Cape Town from Wednesday 17 to Sunday 21 September. Penguin authors to look forward to are Marguerite Poland, Melissa Siebert, Fiona Leonard, Sampie Terreblanche, Mzilikazi wa Afrika, Jeremy Nell (Jerm), and Zelda la Grange.

The KeeperGarden of DreamsThe Chicken ThiefWestern EmpiresNothing Left to Steal

Jerm WarfareGood Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. Mandela

 

Wednesday 17 September

BOOK CLUB MORNING 1
Venue: Book Lounge
Time: 10 AM
Price: Free
Philip Hensher, Marguerite Poland and Melissa Siebert. Chaired by Michele Magwood.

WRITING TO BE READ
Venue: Fugard Annexe 2
Time: 6 PM
Price: R40
Andrew Brown, Justin Fox and Fiona Leonard discuss their entertaining, issue driven novels with Diane Awerbuck.

Thursday 18 September

BOOK CLUB MORNING 2
Venue: Book Lounge
Time: 10 AM
Price: Free
Sefi Atta, Fiona Leonard and Zukiswa Wanner. Chaired by Kgomotso Matsunyane

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
Venue: Fugard Annexe 1
Time: 4 PM
Price: R40
Kader Abdolah, Damon Galgut and Marguerite Poland discuss constructing the literary foundations of their respective novels. Chaired by Jacqui L’Ange.

GREAT TEXTS BIG QUESTIONS: FIONA LEONARD
Venue: Hiddingh Hall
Time: 5:30 PM
Price: Free
Fiona Leonard sits on panel with four MA students from University of Cape Town’s Creative Writing MA Programme to discuss all things writing. Presented by the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts and UCT Creative Writing Programme.

Friday 19 September

READING OUT LOUD
Venue: Fugard Annexe 1
Time: 4 PM
Price: R40
Kader Abdolah, Rabih Alameddine, Tiah Beautement, Philip Hensher and Fiona Leonard read from their work.

WESTERN EMPIRES
Venue: Fugard Annexe 2
Time: 6 PM
Price: R40
Sampie Terreblanche launches his magnum opus: Western Empires, Christianity and the Inequalities Between the West and the Rest 1500-2010.

Saturday 20 September

STATE OF THE MEDIA
Venue: Fugard Theatre
Time: 12 PM
Price: R40
Charles King gets the lowdown from Mzilikazi wa Afrika, Antony Loewenstein and Songezo Zibi.

I WRITE WHAT I LIKE
Venue: Fugard Annexe 2
Time: 12 PM
Price: R40
Sheng Keyi, Fiona Leonard and Niq Mhlongo discuss their respective novels with Derrick Higginbotham.

Sunday 21 September

GOOD MORNING MR MANDELA
Venue: Fugard Theatre
Time: 10 AM
Price: R40
Zelda la Grange talks to Marianne Thamm.

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Video: Vlymskerp woordspeling en droeë humor in Die Idees Vol Vrees Show

Idees vol vreesIdees vol vrees: Volume 2Idees Vol Vrees 3Idees Vol Vrees 4

 

Het jy al Die Idees Vol Vrees Show gesien? Die videos is gebaseer op Kobus Galloway se Idees Vol Vrees-reeks van tekenprente, en is beskikbaar op YouTube as “‘n Nuwe Afrikaanse ‘Skit’ Komedie”.

Die kort komedies is geskryf deur Kobus Galloway met hulp van Werner Smit en Remano de Beer, en volg dieselfde resep as die tekenprente waar droeë humor en woordspelings seëvier.

Kyk die videos:

Die Idees Vol Vrees Show – Episode 01 (Die Kroeg):

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Die Idees Vol Vrees Show – Episode 02 (Mechanic):

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Die Idees Vol Vrees Show – Episode 02 (Bonus met Emo Adams):

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Die Idees Vol Vrees Show – Episode 03 (Moordtoneel):

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Out of His Mind: Snippets from Zapiro's New Book, DemoCrazy

DemoCrazyOprah Magazine has shared a few cartoons from Democrazy by Zapiro, South Africa’s favourite satirist.

DemoCrazy features the best of Zapiro’s insightful and razor-sharp cartoons from the past 20 years. The cartoons in this snippet are about Thuli Madonsela and the Nkandla Report debacle.

See the excerpt:

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Wen ’n geskenkpak met al vier boeke in Kobus Galloway se Idees vol vrees-reeks

Idees Vol Vrees Kompetisie
Idees vol vreesIdees vol vrees: Volume 2Idees Vol Vrees 3Idees Vol Vrees 4

 
Zebra bied aan een gelukkige leser die geleentheid om ’n geskenkpak met al vier tekenboeke in Kobus Galloway se Idees vol vrees-reeks te wen.

Om in aanmerking te kom vir hierdie opwindende prys, gaan na die Zebra webtuiste, vul jou besonderhede in en antwoord ‘n eenvoudige vraag.

Die kompetisie sluit 30 September 2014.

Vraag: Wie is die skrywer van Idees vol vrees?

A. Kobus Marais
B. Johan Marais
C. Kobus Galloway

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Video: Nataniël te sien in Almon, Henry - ’n kykNET Silwerskermfees kortfilm

150 StoriesNataniël, outeur van onder meer 150 Stories wat pas op Human en Rousseau se rakke verskyn het, se talente stop nie by skryf nie. Sy liefde vir mooi dinge, iets waarvoor hy alombekend is, was duidelik te sien in die kortfilm Almon, Henry wat vir die eerste keer aan ‘n gehoor vertoon is tydens die 2014 kykNET Silwerskermfees.

Nataniël het nie net die draaiboek geskryf nie, maar ook die elegante kostuums vir sy interessante karakter voorsien. Maroela Media het met Jan-Hendrik Burger, die regisseur, en Berdene du Toit, die vervaardiger, gesels oor die projek. Loer na die video om uit te vind wat hul oor Nataniël te sê het:

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Kyk na die voorskou van Almon, Henry:

Wanneer Henry se ouers met vakansie vertrek, pas hy hulle huis langs ’n digte woud op. Terwyl hy een aand op die stoep sit en rook, hoor hy ’n stem vanuit die donker. Met nadere ondersoek, merk hy ’n geheimsinnige figuur tussen die bome op. Nog voordat Henry kan uitmaak presies wie en wat dit is, verdwyn die figuur die nag in.

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Die gehoor was gaande oor dié kortfilm en het Almon, Henry se lof op Twitter besing:

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