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Archipelago Books to Host Readings and Conversations with Ivan Vladislavic in USA

The Folly101 DetectivesArchipelago Books will be hosting Ivan Vladislavić in New York and Massachusetts during the month of October.

Vladislavić will be reading from his latest US release – The Folly – at four seperate events. 101 Detectives, an anthology of short stories, is the latest work by this celebrated South African author, published locally by Umuzi.

The four events sees him in conversation with renowned novelist and critic Katie Kitamura; Vanity Fair journalist and PEN World Voices advisor Anderson Tepper and University of Massachusetts director of Interdisciplinary Studies Stephen Clingman.

Don’t miss these opportunities to listen to one of South Africa’s greatest living authors!


  • Date: Monday, 5 October 2015
  • Time: 7 to 9 PM
  • Venue: Community Bookstore,
    143 Seventh Avenue,
    Brooklyn, NY 11215
    United States | Map
  • Interviewer: Katie Kitamura
  • More information: Archipelago Books

New York

  • Date: Tuesday, 6 October 2015
  • Time: 7 to 9 PM
  • Venue: Book Culture,
    450 Columbus Avenue
    New York, NY 10024
    United States | Map
  • Interviewer: Anderson Tepper
  • More information: Archipelago Books

Bard College

  • Date: Wednesday, 7 October 2015
  • Time: 7 to 9 PM
  • Venue: Bard College, Bard Hall
    70 N Ravine Roadd,
    Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504
    United States | Map
  • More information: Archipelago Books

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Fiction Friday: "Empty Spaces Where My Sister Should Be" - Read "Serein", by Cat Hellisen

Cat Hellisen
BeastkeeperHouse of Sand and SecretsWhen the Sea is Rising Red

Shimmer has shared a story new story by Cat Hellisen, author of When the Sea is Rising Red, House of Sand and Secrets and Beastkeeper.

Hellisen is one of South Africa’s top fantasy exports. Her short stories have appeared in Apex, F & SF, Something Wicked, and Beastkeeper – described as a fairy tale for the loveless – was one of our books to look out for in 2015.


Hellisen will be at the 2015 Open Book Festival in Cape Town in September. Don’t miss YA Masterclass: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and YA, with Hellisen, Zimkhitha Mlanzeli and Sally Partridge.

Hellisen will also be signing books at Exclusive Books Cavendish Square in Cape Town on Saturday, 29 August.


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Read the story, titled “Serein”:

IT’S ALWAYS about the ones who disappear

I’ve imagined it endlessly: what Claire must have thought as she packed her bag. How leaving is easy, even if you lie and say oh god it’s hard it’s hard it’s hard. Make a clean break, leave everything, let loose your claim to possession: this is my house, this is my bed, these are my albums not shelved alphabetically because I tried and never could keep the world orderly, this is my little library built out of gifts and second-hand forgotten paperbacks.

This is my sheet ripe with me, this is my mirror, this is my reflection.

I close my sister’s room. I don’t know what she was thinking when she left.

I can pretend, for a while, that I felt her fear of life, her hurt. She said, always, it will be better under water. She would stay in the shower, drain the cylinder cold.

She took my mum’s car when she left, though I suppose she gave it back. The police found it parked under a flyover near the airport, like she’d driven up onto the verge and got out and walked on bleeding feet over broken glass to a pair of wings, to freedom. Other people in my town whispered that of course we’d love to think she got on a plane. There’s no record of her from there. She took her passport, but didn’t buy a ticket.

I married three years after Claire disappeared. And here’s the thing. I have these pictures I hate to look at because no matter how much I smile in them, or how much money Mum and Dad pulled together to help me have the best wedding—the best wedding for their only daughter, their only child—no one can ignore that the photos are ruined. There are empty spaces where my sister should be, strange gaps where elbows don’t meet, where heads can’t, where shadows fall in the wrong direction. There are water stains that bubble like a strange mold between the layers of film.

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JM Coetzee Presents a Seminar on Ivan Vladislavic and Zoe Wicomb at the National University of San Martin in Argentina

JM Coetzee and the Life of WritingThe Good StoryThree StoriesJM Coetzee: Two Screenplays
101 DetectivesThe FollyFlashback HotelPortrait with KeysDouble NegativeOctoberDavid's StoryYou Can't Get Lost in Cape Town

JM Coetzee is at the National University of San Martin (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to present a seminar on the works of Ivan Vladislavić and Zoë Wicomb.

The seminar – which is free – is part of the Chair Coetzee: South Literatures series at the university, which was launched in April this year with a “Literature of Australia” class, led by Coetzee, on the work of Nicholas Jose and Gail Jones.

UNSAM describes the series as “a forum for exchange between authors, literary critics, researchers and teachers from Africa, Australia and Latin America, as well as other southern regions”. As part of the seminar, which is taking place between 14 and 25 September, the UNSAM imprint Edita has published a book containing texts by Vladislavić and Wicomb, previously unpublished in Spanish.

From UNSAM (originally in Spanish, translated by Google):

The direction of the Chair Coetzee is linked to the ease with which the literature connects worlds, distant and unknown to be. Thus, their activities promoting the composition of a more real, more open to experience and background are by perhaps closer to us image, and constitute an experience of encounter between the worlds of the south. In this sense, it is an outstanding space of the university in their quest to establish a program of South-South cultural exchange, with other initiatives such as the Global South Program.

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Don't Miss the 6th Long Story Short Event, Featuring Lindiwe Matshikiza and Futhi Ntshingila

Invitation to Long Story SHORT
Do Not Go GentleTropical Fish


Join Long Story Short for its sixth reading event at Afro-Zwanaka Book Cafe in Soshanguve.

Multidisciplinary performer Lindiwe Matshikiza will read from Doreen Baingana’s Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe.

The reading (which will be recorded for a podcast) will be followed by a Q&A between Masello Motana (as moderator), Matshikiza and Futhi Ntshingila, author of Do Not Go Gentle.

From Long Story Short:

Doreen Baingana is a Ugandan writer and author of Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe, which won an AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Prize for Short Fiction (US) and the Commonwealth Prize for First Book, Africa Region. Two stories in were finalists for the Caine Prize for African Writing. Baingana has also published two children’s books as well as fiction and essays in journals in the US, UK, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda. She has a law degree from Makerere University and an MFA from the University of Maryland, was Chairperson of Femrite: the Uganda Women Writers Association in 2011-2013; a winner of the inaugural Miles Morland Scholarship 2014; and a judge of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014. She lives in Entebbe with her son.

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"Daar is die afgelope paar jaar hopeloos te min oor styl geskryf" - Joan Hambidge oor resensies

MatriksMeditasiesLot se vrouJudaskusKameeWonderboom

Joan Hambidge se naam is al sinoniem met resensies in Suid-Afrika. Haar dikwels gevreesde opvattings is fel, en altyd gestaaf deur teorie. As akademikus het sy egter ‘n probleem met die rigting waarin resensies deesdae beweeg.

“Daar is die afgelope paar jaar hopeloos te min oor styl geskryf in hierdie bedryf. En die uniekheid van styl,” skryf Hambidge op haar blog. Die digter-kritikus bied aan die leser drie onlangse gevalle – Judaskus, Kamee en Wonderboom – om te bewys dat resensente al meer die kluts kwyt raak wanneer dit by hierdie aspek kom. Sy doen verder ‘n beroep op resensente om vergelykings met ander skrywers eerder uit te laat, of ten minste relevant te hou.

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Om ‘n dagbladresensent te wees, is ‘n ondankbare taak. Teen ‘n sperdatum in met sowat 800 woorde in jou bladsak, moet jy sowel die boek bemark as jou kritiese oordeel vel. Boonop het jy die gesaghebbende Crito blasend op jou nek, daardie drie-eenheid wat glo bestaan uit ‘n afgetrede uitgewer, ‘n ander uitgewer wat tans in die bedryf staan, en ‘n vrolike slampamper van ‘n redakteur. En hierdie Critikane lewer kritiek sonder dat hulle dikwels die boek gelees het, volgens eie erkenning!

Die Afrikaanse boek moet bemark word. En die polemiese is nie iets waarvoor die resensent hoef van weg te duisel nie. Elke rolspeler is belangrik. Van redakteur tot keurder; van resensent tot die arm man se Oprah Winfrey tot onderhoude in die pers en op Kwêla, Litnet, of waar ook al.

Daar is die afgelope paar jaar hopeloos te min oor styl geskryf in hierdie bedryf. En die uniekheid van styl.

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Revealed: Joey Hi-Fi's Cover for Stray - An Anthology of Animal Stories and Poems Edited by Helen Moffett and Diane Awerbuck

The cover for Stray: an anthology of stories and poems about animals and people

Feast your eyes on the cover for the forthcoming Stray: an anthology of animal stories and poems, edited by Helen Moffett and Diane Awerbuck and published by Modjaji Books.

A deadbeat printer wakes up to discover a most unusual pet – a sphinx – in his home; a hijacked taxi full of sleeping baboons leads to a riot in a shopping mall; a python handler engages in a war of wits with Soweto police; a fire on Chapman’s Peak reveals an impossibly rare creature; a very feisty cat gets mixed up with a drug-smuggling ring; a trickster trains his dog to masquerade as a service animal – and more.

Suitable for animal-lovers of all ages, there’s something here for every reader – funny, quirky, fantastic, sad, reflective and exciting, these stories, extracts and poems will leave you purring.

Royalties from the book will go to TEARS Animal Rescue.

Stray includes journalism, fiction, humour, poetry and memoir. It’s a blend of classic works and fresh new material written especially for this cause.

The following authors have generously contributed or written stories and other works for free to help raise funds:

Arthur Attwell, Diane Awerbuck Gabeba Baderoon, Robert Berold, Margaret Clough, Mike Cope, Colleen Crawford-Cousins, Gail Dendy, Richard de Nooy, Isobel Dixon, Nerine Dorman, Finuala Dowling, Tom Eaton, Justin Fox,Damon Galgut, Robyn Goss, Michiel Heyns, Colleen Higgs, Jenny Hobbs, Liesl Jobson, Rustum Kozain, Jacqui L’Ange, Sarah Lotz, Sindiwe Magona, Siphiwo Mahala, Julia Martin, Joan Metelerkamp, Niq Mhlongo, Thando Mgqolozana, Helen Moffett, Mmatshilo Motsei, Paige Nick, SA Partridge, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Bev Rycroft, Alex Smith, Fiona Snyckers, Ivan Vladislavić, Zukiswa Wanner, James Whyle, Makhosazana Xaba.

The book will be launched at the Open Book Festival on 9 September at Straight no Chaser. Time: 9.30 – 10.30 PM. The event will be free (but ticketed – RSVPs will be necessary as Helen Macdonald – author of H is for Hawk – will be the special guest, and will read).

There will also be a launch in Joburg (details to follow) and at Kalk Bay Books on 23 September, 6 for 6.30 PM.