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Jonathan Ball Authors at Open Book Festival 2014 (17 – 21 September)

The 2014 Open Book Festival is being held in Cape Town this week, from Wednesday, 17 September, to Sunday, 21 September. Look out for Jonathan Ball authors Margie Orford, Sarah Lotz, Helen Moffet, Mark Gevisser, Deon Meyer, Michiel Heyns, Sixolile Mbalo and Ray Hartley, as well as Jonny Steinberg and Wilbur Smith, who will be launching their latest books at the festival.

Water MusicThe ThreeA Girl Walks into a Blind DateLost and Found in JohannesburgCobra

A Sportful MaliceDear BulletRagged GloryA Man of Good HopeDesert God

Wednesday 17 September

Writing Sexuality
Venue: Fugard Studio
Price: R40
Time: 2 to 3 PM
Damon Galgut, Michiel Heyns and Karina M Szczurek speak to Karin Schimke.

Pen Dialogue 1: Aaliya and Clare
Venue: Fugard Annexe 2
Price: R40
Time: 4 to 5 PM
Michele Magwood discusses the female voices at the heart of their novels with Rabih Alameddine and Margie Orford.

15 Million Copies Sold
Venue: Fugard Theatre
Price: R40
Time: 6 to 7 PM
Raymond E Feist speaks to Sarah Lotz about Magician’s End and all that went before.

Author as Ambassador
Venue: Fugard Theatre
Price: R40
Time: 8 to 9 PM
Zakes Mda and Deon Meyer talk to Margie Orford about representing South Africa to the rest of the world.

Thursday, 18 September

Tribute to Nadine Gordimer
Venue: Fugard Theatre
Price: R40
Time: 2 to 3 PM
Imraan Coovadia, Billy Kahora and Margie Orford read from Nadine Gordimer’s work and share stories about her influence on their creative lives. Curated by Karina M Szczurek.

Pen Dialogue 2: Mandla Langa
Venue: Fugard Studio
Price: R40
Time: 4 to 5 PM
Mandla Langa discusses his new novel, Texture of Shadows, with Margie Orford.

Surprising Diversions
Venue: Fugard Theatre
Price: R40
Time: 6 to 7 PM
Rabih Alameddine, Geoff Dyer, Deon Meyer and Henrietta Rose-Innes share a passion unrelated to their work as writers. Chaired by Ben Williams.

Rape Crisis Presents: Duker and Mbalo
Venue: Fugard Studio
Price: R40
Time: 6 to 7 PM
Ekow Duker (Dying in New York) and Sixolile Mbalo (Dear Bullet) speak to Sindiwe Magona.

Launch of Ragged Glory: The Rainbow Nation in Black in White
Venue: Fugard Studio
Price: R40
Time: 8 to 9 PM
Look back on 20 years of democracy with author Ray Hartley in conversation with Tony Weaver.

Friday, 19 September

Off the Page
Venue: Fugard Studio
Price: R40
Time: 4 to 5 PM
Karina M Szczurek asks Andrew Brown, Ekow Duker and Jonny Steinberg about the impact that the content of their books has on them.

Wilbur Smith
Venue: Fugard Theatre
Price: R40
Time: 6 to 7 PM
After worldwide sales of more than 120 million books, Wilbur Smith launches his latest novel, Desert God, in the company of Kevin Ritchie.

Saturday, 20 September

My First Reader
Venue: Fugard Annexe 2
Price: R40
Time: 10 to 11 AM
Mark Gevisser and Jonny Steinberg discuss reading each other’s first drafts and other strange stories.

A Man of Good Hope
Venue: Fugard Theatre
Price: R40
Time: 2 to 3 PM
Launch of Jonny Steinberg’s new book in the company of Mervyn Sloman.

Fantasy and Crime Fiction – 2 Sides of the Same Coin?
Venue: Fugard Theatre
Price: R40
Time: 6 to 7 PM
Raymond E Feist, Deon Meyer and Andrew Salomon discuss why crime is at the heart of fantasy and why crime fiction often ends with fantasy. Chaired by Greg Fried.

Exploring the Self
Venue: Fugard Annexe 1
Price: R40
Time: 6 to 7 PM
Michiel Heyns, Felicitas Hoppe and Oliver Rohe discuss the place of the author in their recent novels with Indra Wussow.

Writer Sports – Would I Lie To You?
Venue: Fugard Theatre
Price: R40
Time: 8 to 9 PM
6 Authors, 2 Teams. Some lies. Some truth. Can you tell the difference? Featuring Mike Carey, Imraan Coovadia, Geoff Dyer, Sarah Lotz, Niq Mhlongo & Zukiswa Wanner. Ben Williams – MC.

Sunday, 21 September

Because We Can
Venue: Fugard Studio
Price: R40
Time: 12 to 1 PM
Geoff Dyer, Mark Gevisser and Ivan Vladislavic try to keep on topic with Bronwyn Law-Viljoen. What topic?

Memoir
Venue: Fugard Theatre
Price: R40
Time: 4 to 5 PM
Zelda la Grange, Mark Gevisser and Mzilikazi wa Africa. Chaired by Rebecca Davis.

Cutting Edge Fiction
Venue: Fugard Studio
Price: R40
Time: 4 to 5 PM
Sarah Lotz, Oliver Rohe and Jaco van Schalkwyk discuss pushing fictional boundaries with Diane Awerbuck.

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