28 July 2010


(Logo taken from www.capetownbookfair.co.za)

The Cape Town Book Fair has been running for five years. I’d heard mixed reports about it; this year I’ll be seeing it for myself. For a literary conference the programme is shamefully poorly presented – it’s full of typos!

Some world-renowned authors will be there. Wole Soyinka talks about his memoir. Antjie Krog participates in a discussion of Nana Becky Ayebia Clarke’s African Love Stories. And I’m not a huge fan of Jodi Picoult’s novels, but I was impressed by a radio interview with her a while ago. She sounded cheerful and engaging, and she was funny and unusually articulate, so her views on ‘issue-driven fiction’ may well be worth hearing. There’s also a workshop on right-brain creative writing that could be interesting (or kooky? Or both?).

But hopefully fun, the whole thing.