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Penguin Authors at the Franschhoek Literary Festival (17 – 19 May)

The 2013 Franschhoek Literary Festival takes place from 17 to 19 May. Penguin authors to look forward to at the festival include Alistair Morgan, Christopher Hope, Gareth Crocker, Hamilton Wende, Karen Jayes, SL Grey (Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg), Marguerite Poland, Martinique Stilwell, Rahla Xenopolous, Sean Davison, Shaun Johnson and international authors Alexander McCall Smith and AD Miller.

The Land WithinThe Limpopo Academy of Private DetectionSnowdropsShooting AngelsNever Let GoFor the Mercy of WaterThe WardTaken Captive by BirdsThinking Up a HurricaneBubblesAfter We Said GoodbyeThe Native CommissionerOnly the Dead

Friday 17 May

New voices at the FLF
10 AM – 11 AM (Council Chamber)
Sue Grant-Marshall chats to Jill Nudelman (Inheriting the Earth), Gareth Crocker (Never Let Go) and Liesl Jobson (Ride the Tortoise) about their new books.

Dystopia in science fiction
1 PM – 2 PM (Church Hall)
Five top s.f. authors dissect the futures they predict: with Sarah Lotz (The Mall), Lauren Beukes (The Shining Girls), Cat Hellisen (When the Sea is Rising Red), Karen Jayes (For the Mercy of Water) and Rachel Zadok (Sister-Sister).

Crime conversation
1 PM – 2 PM (Hospice Hall)
Witness books editor Margaret von Klemperer (Just a Dead Man) talks crime-writing with Amanda Coetzee (Redemption Song), Consuelo Roland (Lady Limbo) and Rahla Xenopolous (Bubbles).

AD Miller
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (art in the yard gallery)
…in conversation with Ann Donald about his Booker-shortlisted novel Snowdrops.

Surviving childhood
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (School Hall)
This event focuses on the devastation and effects of childhood trauma. Redi Thlabi (Endings & Beginnings) talks to Martinique Stilwell (Thinking up a Hurricane) and Diane Awerbuck (Home Remedies), chaired by Melinda Ferguson.

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Congregational Church)
Novelist Christopher Hope chats to British author and playwright Kate Mosse about their engagement with France and one of its great historical cities.

Eastern Cape blues
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Council Chamber)
Anchien Troskie (Dis ek, Anna and Die Staat Teen Anna Bruwer), Ken Barris (Life Underwater) and Marguerite Poland (Taken Captive by Birds) in conversation with Jo-Anne Richards (The Imagined Child).

Writing a path through grief
4 PM – 5 PM (Congregational Church)
Sean Davison (Before We Said Goodbye, After We Said Goodbye) has been much in the news since his house arrest in New Zealand . Here he talks to Mignonne Breier (Letters to my Son) about the healing process of writing, chaired by Dawn Garisch (Eloquent Body).

Sunday Times dinner at Reuben’s
7:30 PM (Reuben’s)
Join Sunday Times for a literary evening at Reuben’s Restaurant & Bar: Antony Beevor, Anthony Horowitz and A D Miller in discussion with Tymon Smith. Tickets: R550 each for four courses with a welcome drink of Porcupine Ridge wine. To book, email

Saturday 18 May

Leadership and corruption
10 AM – 11 AM (School Hall)
Njabulo Ndebele (Fine Lines from the Box), David Lewis of Corruption Watch (Thieves at the Dinner Table) and AD Miller discuss these crucial issues of our time, chaired by Shaun Johnson of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.

Taken Captive by birds
11:30 – 12:30 (art in the yard gallery)
John Maytham talks to the author of this childhood memoir Marguerite Poland and bird illustrator Craig Ivor, some of whose work will be exhibited.

Alexander McCall Smith
11:30 – 12:30 (School Hall)
Michele Magwood engages with this most engaging of authors, polymath creator of The No 1 Detective Agency series and more than a hundred books (and counting) translated into over 45 languages.

11:30 – 12:30 (Council Chamber)
Lauren Beukes, winner of the 2012 Arthur C Clarke Award, delves into the underworld of techno-terror with the co-authors of The Mall and The Ward, Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg.

A sense of place
4 PM – 5 PM (Church Hall)
Christopher Hope engages with three authors whose recent novels have a strong sense of place: Ken Barris on growing up in PE, Alistair Morgan who sets The Land Within on a former family farm in the Karoo, and Ron Irwin who writes about an obsession with rowing in an American boys’ school.

Sunday Times dinner at Reuben’s
7:30 PM (Reuben’s Restaurant & Bar)
Join Sunday Times for a literary evening at Reuben’s Restaurant & Bar: Alexander McCall Smith and Kate Mosse in discussion with Michele Magwood. Tickets: R550 each for four courses with a welcome drink of Porcupine Ridge wine. To book, email

Sunday 19 May

A Song of Africa
10 AM – 11 AM (Council Chamber)
Izak Dinesen wrote, “If I have a song of Africa, does Africa have a song of me?” Marguerite Poland (Taken Captive by Birds) and Patricia Glyn (What Dawid Knew) tussle with the question.

How have wars changed over the past century?
10 AM – 11 AM (Hospice Hall)
Antony Beevor in conversation with Hamilton Wende.

Moscow! Moscow!
1 PM – 2 PM (Council Chamber)
Christopher Hope who wrote the travel book in conversation with A D Miller.

Child soldiers
1 PM – 2 PM (Hospice Hall)
Jamala Safari and Hamilton Wende (Only the Dead) agonise about one of the scourges that ravage our continent, chaired by Ndumiso Ngcobo.

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