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An Interview with Nakhane Toure, Musician and Novelist, About Ways and Whys of Working with Words

Piggy Boy's BluesNakhane Touré is a musician who, already having a much coveted SAMA award to his name, has now stepped into the world of literature.

Touré was recently interviewed by Glamour about his debut novel Piggy Boy’s Blues.

In the interview, Touré speaks about the differences between writing songs and writing a novel, how he deals with writer’s block and where he finds inspiration for his writing.

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Your song lyrics seem to be quite personal, is your novel the same?

Nakhane: The novel is different in that these are created characters, and I, like a puppeteer, have given them life, emotions, things to love, things to hate, bad and good habits, etc. But as much as that is true, I wanted the story to be quite intimate, and in that respect, one could say that it is personal.

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Olivia Forsyth: It Never Made Sense to Me that the ANC Did Not See How Valuable I Could Be for Them

Agent 407Olivia Forsyth recently addressed the Cape Town Press Club about the motivation for writing her book, Agent 407: A South African Spy Breaks Her Silence.

“According to Forsyth, her book is an apology for what she did,” Alicestine October writes in her report for City Press.

At the press briefing, Forsyth explained how she tried and failed to be a double agent for the ANC, landing up in a detention camp in Angola instead. She said: “It never made sense to me that the ANC did not at least see how valuable I could be for them.”

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Forsyth said she was naïve when she was recruited, and had found her “political home” at Rhodes University and only then started to understand the reality of apartheid.

“The intelligence that I gathered was a secondary consideration. I found my political home and could not just leave it there. I thought the best thing to do was to wait for the right time, when I could be a double agent for the ANC and contribute in that way.

“I was really trying to do the right thing.”

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"What Elon is Doing is Insane": Read an Excerpt from Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

Elon MuskElon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping Our Future by Ashlee Vance is the story of the South African-born innovator and entrepreneur, and his personal dramas and exploits thus far.

Bloomberg recently shared an excerpt from the book, in which Vance relates Musk’s early attempts to get into space exploration. His peers through he was crazy and the people from whom he wanted to by a rocket considered him a big-talking novice but that wasn’t enough to stop him.

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In late October 2001, Elon Musk went to Moscow to buy an intercontinental ballistic missile. He brought along Jim Cantrell, a kind of international aerospace supplies fixer, and Adeo Ressi, his best friend from Penn. Although Musk had tens of millions in the bank, he was trying to get a rocket on the cheap. They flew coach, and they were planning to buy a refurbished missile, not a new one. Musk figured it would be a good vehicle for sending a plant or some mice to Mars.

Ressi, a gangly eccentric, had been thinking a lot about whether his best friend had started to lose his mind, and he’d been doing his best to discourage the project. He peppered Musk with links to video montages of Russian, European, and American rockets exploding. He staged interventions, bringing Musk’s friends together to talk him out of wasting his money. None of it worked. Musk remained committed to funding a grand, inspirational spectacle in space and would spend all of his fortune to do it. And so Ressi went to Russia to contain Musk as best as he could. “Adeo would call me to the side and say, ‘What Elon is doing is insane. A philanthropic gesture? That’s crazy,’” said Cantrell. “He was seriously worried.”

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2015 Open Book: Live!

Confirmed authors for the 2015 Open Book Festival

The 2015 Open Book Festival runs from Wednesday, 9 September, to Sunday, 13 September.

Thanks to the wonders of Twitter, you can follow all the social media chatter associated with the event.

The Books LIVE team will be tweeting live from the festival: Jennifer Malec (@projectjennifer), Helené Prinsloo (@helenayp), Erin Devenish (@ErinDevenish811), Annetjie van Wynegaard (@Annetjievw) – so give us a follow for all the latest and greatest.

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A Musical Exploration of The Seed Thief: Listen to the Playlist that Inspired Jacqui L'Ange's Story

The Seed ThiefBefore the release of The Seed Thief, author Jacqui L’Ange shared a playlist on her blog of songs that inspired the story.

The Seed Thief is L’Ange’s striking and richly imagined debut novel which moves from Table Mountain to the heart of Afro-Brazilian spiritualism.

Lovers of Brazilian music will especially enjoy this collection of songs, which have been shared on Rdio, Spotify and Simfy.

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If you’re into Brazilian music, you’ll find something to love here. (It’s not all Brazilian, but most of it is, since you can never have too much of that.) If you’re discovering these songs for the first time, I hope they’ll kick off a journey of new musical exploration.


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Nakhane Toure Chats about Piggy Boy's Blues: An Exploration of the Spiritual Lives of Black South Africans

Piggy Boy's BluesMail & Guardian‘s Kwanele Sosibo recently spoke to award-winning musician Nakhane Touré about his debut novel, Piggy Boy’s Blues. BlackBird Books publisher Thabiso Mahlape also joined in the conversation, sharing why she was so captivated by his work.

Touré says that the book, which he has been working on for almost seven years, is an exploration of the spiritual lives of black people in South Africa and that he was “inspired by the episodic structure of the Bible, especially Genesis”.

Piggy Boy’s Blues tells the story of one man’s journey from the city to the pastoral town of Alice in the Eastern Cape where he disturbs and troubles the silence and day-to-day practices that his uncle, Ndimphiwe, and the man he lives with, have kept, resulting in a series of tragic events.

“One of the most captivating things about Nakhane is that he is one of those rare all-round artists,” Mahlape says of Touré.

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Piggy Boy’s Blues, musician Nakhane Touré’s debut novel, reads like fragments of a recurring dream. Characters flash in and out of the story like apparitions; they daydream to block out deeply scarring violations and the story unfolds in short, sharp, sometimes nonlinear episodes.

Essentially a tragedy centred on the disastrous consequences of a man’s return to his Eastern Cape hometown of Alice, the work is carried by Touré’s poetic, sensuous prose rather than by attention to storytelling mainstays such as a narrative arc.

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