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The winner of the 2014 @City_Press Tafelburg Nonfiction Award is Vashthi Nepaul! #openbook2014 @OpenBookFest fb.me/3fYW6ZeJ3

Judge a Book by its Cover. Judge it Hard: Adam Stower, Jesse Breytenbach and Joey Hi-Fi at the Open Book Festival

Open Book 2014: Judge a Book by its Cover
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Adam Stower, Jesse Breytenbach and Joey Hi-Fi spoke to Verushka Louw about what makes a successful book jacket at the Open Book Festival last weekend.

Stower spoke about the iconic Tintin covers, saying that they are like Bond movie posters; you know what you’re going to get and you want it all the same.

Hi-Fi, who won a British Fantasy Award this year, said the main thing he looks for in a book cover is brave design and a beautiful finish, while Breytenbach said he liked covers that don’t seem to tell you anything about the book, but then make complete sense when you read it.

Louw asked the illustrators spoke about their favourite cover designs, celebrity illustrators, and their dream drawing jobs.

Books LIVE’s Erin Devenish covered the gig:

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Fantasy vs Crime Fiction, Political Cartooning and The Buckfever Underground at Open Book 2014

Open Book 2014: Crime Fiction and Fantasy
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Raymond E Feist, Andrew Salomon, and Deon Meyer spoke to Greg Fried about fantasy and crime fiction, and how the two genres interact, at the Open Book Festival this weekend.

Salomon said the wonderful thing about fantasy is that everything can be larger than life, while Feist believes the reader will accept the impossible before they will accept the improbable.

Meyer said that real world crime has no relation to crime fiction because crime fiction is meant to entertain.

The writers spoke about their interaction with readers, their research process, and collaborations between authors.

Books LIVE’s Lindsay Callaghan covered the conversation:


 

Open Book 2014: Buckfever Underground
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Legendary music group The Buckfever Underground performed during a Poetica session on Saturday, and poets Toast Coetzer, Danie Marais, Shirmoney Rhode, Bibi Slippers, and Jaco van Schalkwyk performed their works.

Books LIVE’s Helené Prinsloo tweeted snippets and snaps:


 

Open Book 2014: Comic Fest
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Andy Mason spoke to Zapiro, Jeremy Nell and John Curtis about two decades of political cartooning and controversy.

Mason said Zapiro has spoken truth to power over a long period of time, and argued that being a cartoon artist is about building community. Zapiro said, “We were challenging. We had tremendous freedom.”

The conversation centred around freedom of expression, the rights of the cartoonist, perceived racism, and shooting the messenger.

Books LIVE’s Liesl Jobson covered the gig:


 

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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

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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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Boekbesonderhede

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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