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Book Launch: Pompidou Posse by Sarah Lotz

Pompidou PossePompidou Posse - Launch InviteSarah Lotz‘s first novel, Pompidou Posse, will be launched at the Cape Town Book Fair at the Penguin Stand. Please join us! Entrance is free after the Fair officially closes at 5pm.

A harrowing and darkly humorous novel

The Book

It’s the late eighties and British teenagers Vicki and Sage go on the run in Paris after burning down their art-school pottery shed. Penniless, homeless, and worst of all, out of cigarettes, it isn’t long before they find themselves living on the streets. Survival means not only learning to navigate the perils of soup-kitchens, begging, hallucinogens and sleeping rough, but also dealing with charismatic gypsy fire-eaters, violent German hoboes, teargas-happy gendarmes and sexual predators, including Taffy, a psychotic one-legged Welshman. While Sage battles with her own damaging secrets in the angry scrawls of her diary, naïve Vicki finds herself drawn to the damaged and often dangerous people living outside society.

Can the girls emerge from this experience with their friendship and sanity intact? Both harrowing and darkly humorous, Pompidou Posse is a unique glimpse into the dark side of Europe’s most glamorous city.

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The author

Sarah Lotz is on the script team of South Africa’s first full-length animated show, URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika. A former professional set painter, sculptor and illustrator, she has an MA with distinction in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town, and two of the animated shows she has developed with Sam Wilson and Lauren Beukes are in pre-production for the overseas market. She won the Something Wicked launch issue horror story competition and the SAfm 2007 Fiction Competition, and has been anthologised in Open, a collection of erotic short stories by women writers. She lives in Cape Town with her daughter, partner and other animals.

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    June 5th, 2008 @11:47 #

    Congratulations. Sarah. I'm so excited about this book, and not just because Sarah works opposite me and is kicking my shins as we speak (or writes terrible things about me on this very site). I read an early draft and it's a rollicking black comedy. Her ability to do funny AND harrowing is enviably brilliant.


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