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07 April 2011

Open Book Cape Town

Alert! The Open Book Cape Town literary festival, first mentioned in these annals, has a wee update for you, dear reader – in the form of the announcement of our first raft of authors who will be, erm, rafting in for the 21 – 25 September gig. They are plentiful, and they are major. Whoop!

Oh, and we have a shiny new logo, too. Like it?

Here’s the press release that went out this afternoon, which tells all. Feast your eyes!

Internationally-acclaimed novelists Jeanette Winterson, Paul Harding and Earl Lovelace are set to appear at Cape Town’s inaugural Open Book literary festival this September.

The three writers’ bright careers present enticing contrasts for the city’s book lovers. Winterson, born in Manchester, UK, won the Whitbread Prize in 1985, and has published over a dozen books, along with numerous scripts and play adaptations. She is best known for novels like Oranges are Not the Only Fruit and The Passion but also writes children’s books and fiction for young adults, and was awarded an OBE for services to literature in 2006. Winterson will launch her forthcoming novel, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? at Open Book.

Harding, meanwhile, of Massachusetts, USA, has just got his start – which has been an auspicious one, to say the least. With his first novel, Tinkers, he joins the likes of Cormac McCarthy and Philip Roth in winning the Pulitzer Prize, an extraordinary honour for a debut work of fiction, which was also named one of the Hundred Best Novels of 2009 .

Earl Lovelace’s bibliography reads as long as his seventy-five years. An essayist, journalist, playwright and novelist, in 1997 the Trinidadian won the overall Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book for his novel Salt. His latest, Is Just a Movie, has attracted praise from all quarters, confirming his status as a master storyteller. “Is Just a Movie is the best novel I’ve read this year and I can’t wait for the opportunity to hear Lovelace talk about it,” said Mervyn Sloman, proprietor of local independent bookshop The Book Lounge and one of the festival’s organisers. [Ed's note: the others are Frankie Murrey and Yours Truly.]

Read the rest here.

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