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Jonathan Ball Authors at the Franschhoek Literary Festival (16 – 18 May)

The 2014 Franschhoek Literary Festival takes place from 16 to 18 May. Jonathan Ball authors at the festival to look forward to include Margie Orford, Sarah Lotz, Liz McGregor, Mark Gevisser, Tony Leon, Michiel Heyns, Justin Cartwright, Antony Altbeker, Alex Boraine, Marco Botha, Tim Couzens, Tim Cohen, Neil Manthorp, Liz McGregor, Simon Pearson, Reverend Mpho Tutu and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Water MusicA Girl Walks Into a WeddingTouch, Pause, Engage!Lost and Found in Johannesburg
Opposite MandelaInvisible FuriesOther People\'s MoneyLet There Be LightThe Book of Forgiving


Friday 16 May

Are there boundaries to your imagination?
10 AM – 11 AM (New School Hall)
Savannah Lotz (aka Lily Herne) grills Louis Greenberg (Dark Windows), Charlie Human (Apocalypse Now Now) and Sarah Lotz (The Three), about their limits, if they have any.

The Great Escaper
10 AM – 11 AM (Hospice Hall)
Lindy Wilson talks to Simon Pearson (The Great Escaper) about his research into her World War II hero uncle, Roger Bushell, the subject of this book.

Stormin’ Norman
10 AM – 11 AM (Church Hall)
Literary historian Tim Couzens and war historian Norman Stone talk about battles, wars, and the men and women caught up in them.

Oxford for Outsiders
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Congregational Church – please note: this is the correct venue; events 10 & 12 have swapped venues)
Justin Cartwright (This Secret Garden) and historian Margaret MacMillan, Warden of St Antony’s College, in conversation about Oxford, then and now.

Masterwriter Australia
1 PM – 2 PM (Church Hall)
Mike Wills and Thomas Keneally (The Daughters of Mars) have a chinwag about Down Under history, Australia’s involvements in wars, and a distinguished writing career, including the Booker Prize-winning Schindler’s Ark, on which the film Schindler’s List was based.

Mbeki in Hindsight
1 PM – 2 PM (New School Hall)
The fall and gradual rehab of the former president are discussed by Prince Mashele with Alex Boraine (What’s Gone Wrong?), Mark Gevisser (Thabo Mbeki: the dream deferred) and Tony Leon (Opposite Mandela).

Taboo Topics
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Old School Hall)
John Maytham engages with novelists Lauren Beukes, Damon Galgut (Arctic Summer) and Michiel Heyns (A Sportful Malice) about their new books, their hesitations when it comes to themes, and their definite no-nos.

SA PEN: The Importance of Reading
4 PM – 5 PM (School Hall)
Margie Orford engages Carole Bloch of PRAESA, Mark Heywood (SECTION 27) and Elinor Sisulu (Pukupedia) about this critical skill for learning and a lifelong enjoyment of books.

Saturday 17 May

Criminal Intentions
10 AM – 11 AM (Old School Hall)
Four éminence grises of SA crime fiction – Angela Makholwa (Black Widow Society), Deon Meyer (Kobra), Mike Nicol (Of Cops & Robbers) and chief interrogator Margie Orford (Water Music) – convene to define their objectives and plot forthcoming mischief.

For Love or Money?
10 AM – 11 AM (Hospice Hall)
“Why do you write, if not for money?” is the question Hagen Engler asks of novelists Gareth Crocker, Sarah Lotz and Kgebetli Moele.

SA’s Political Leadership Quagmire
10 AM – 11 AM (New School Hall)
Ray Hartley asks Adam Habib (SA’s Suspended Revolution), Rhoda Kadalie (In Your Face), and Prince Mashele (The Fall of the ANC) if, in their opinion, our leaders are sinking or treading water to stay afloat.

War – But No Lasting Peace
10 AM – 11 AM (Church Hall)
Three history professors, chair Bill Nasson (The War for South Africa), Margaret MacMillan (The War that Ended Peace) and Norman Stone (WWI: A short history) take us deep into the trenches of the war that was supposed to end all wars, and signally failed.

Team Spirit
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Church Hall)
Mike Wills scrutinises the hard physical sacrifices and personal achievements behind the glamour of sporting achievements with Marco Botha (Coach), Neil Manthorp (Bouch) and Liz McGregor (The Springbok Factory).

What’s to Become of Biography?
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Congregational Church)
Now that letters are becoming extinct and handwritten records rare, where will biographers find their hard material? Henrietta Rose-Innes asks of poet/novelist Finuala Dowling, Mark Gevisser, and Shaun Viljoen (Richard Rive: A partial biography).

Wrong Turns
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Council Chamber)
Alex Boraine (What’s Gone Wrong?) and Max du Preez (A Rumour of Spring) debate from their different points of view whether our country’s glass is half full or half empty.

A Writer’s Tools
1 PM – 2 PM (Congregational Church)
Is it possible to write a book without using social media, Rebecca Davis asks Lauren Beukes and Angela Makholwa, and wonders how Margie Orford manages since she committed Facebook suicide?

Whither the Economy?
1 PM – 2 PM (Church Hall)
Entrepreneur and economist Michael Jordaan rates our economic future with Financial Mail editor Tim Cohen (A Piece of the Pie), economics professor Rachel Jafta, and economist JP Landman (The Long View).

History Without the Guns
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Church Hall)
Mike Wills goes behind the tumult and the shouting with Margaret MacMillan (The Uses and Abuses of History) and Elizabeth van Heyningen (The Concentration Camps of the Anglo-Boer War), into the quieter reaches of social history and reflections on the past.

Politicians Between the Lines
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (New School Hall)
Richard Calland asks Max du Preez and Marianne Thamm what it takes for a politician to warrant a biography, with the familiar and distinctive voice of Tony Leon adding to the discussion both from his experience as a politician and as the writer of an autobiography.

The Streets of Joburg
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Congregational Church)
Darrel Bristow-Bovey considers the pavements they’ve trodden with two writers who have written about their close relationship with Jozi: Mark Gevisser (Lost and Found in Johannesburg) and Ivan Vladislavić (Portrait With Keys).

The Territorial Imperative
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Old School Hall)
Zukiswa Wanner explores the influence of very different terrains and landscapes on Amsterdam resident Richard de Nooy, Australian Thomas Keneally, and Nigerian/South African Yewande Omotoso.

The Art of Crafting Long-form Journalism
4 PM – 5 PM (Council Chamber)
Literary long-form journalism is an art form in its own right. Pat Tucker speaks to fellow writers Antony Altbeker, literary historian Tim Couzens and journalist Simon Pearson about an increasingly acknowledged style of writing.

The Past is Never Past
4 PM – 5 PM (Old School Hall)
Four authors whose books are set both in the past and the present tell John Maytham why they took the difficult route of different places and time zones: Justin Cartwright (Lion Heart), Claire Robertson, Tan Twan Eng and James Whyle.

Sunday 18 May

ANCiety Attack
10 AM – 11 AM (New School Hall)
Is the ANC in, or causing, a state of anxiety? Mark Gevisser asks Saleem Badat (The Forgotten People), Max du Preez, Rhoda Kadalie and Prince Mashele to assess the health of the ruling party post elections.

Between Reality and Imagination
10 AM – 11 AM (Congregational Church)
Michele Magwood discusses the process of creating fiction from observed and lived experiences in specific cultural contexts, with Israeli Shifra Horn, Australian Thomas Keneally, and Malaysian Tan Twan Eng.

War Stories
10 AM – 11 AM (Hospice Hall)
Bill Nasson invites fellow war experts Tim Couzens, Norman Stone and James Whyle to recount some of the strange and lesser-known tales of conflict they have unearthed during their researches.

The Considered Canon
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Council Chamber)
Taking into account their dual roles as academics and novelists, Imraan Coovadia, Nadia Davids and Michiel Heyns give their views on what is generally considered the South African literary canon – and whether the very idea of a canon is too exclusionary.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (New School Hall)
Redi Tlhabi presents The Arch, Desmond Tutu, and his daughter Rev Mpho Tutu talking about their new book, The Book of Forgiving.

It’s News to Me
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Old School Hall)
Ray Hartley (former Sunday Times Editor) gathers with journalists Janet Heard (recently resigned as Assistant Editor at the Cape Times), Simon Pearson (The Times in London), and Martin Welz (Noseweek Editor) to talk about press freedom versus the exigencies of declining readership, cost cutting and challenging ownership.

The Colonial Aftermath
1 PM – 2 PM (Hospice Hall)
Francis Wilson, who has a lifetime’s experience of the Eastern Cape and its heritage, talks to Margaret MacMillan (Daughters of the Raj) and Yewande Omotoso about lingering colonial traces in India and Nigeria.

Jerusalem – the Protagonist
1 PM – 2 PM (Art in the Yard Gallery)
Justin Cartwright in conversation with Shifra Horn about the ancient city that dominates and enriches novels.

Rocking the Boat
1 PM – 2 PM (Old School Hall)
SA society is blessed with mavericks who are not afraid to speak truth to power. Manning the oars in this galley, with Rebecca Davis as coxswain, are ex-politician Tony Leon, commentator Prince Mashele, journalist/comedian Marianne Thamm and cartoonist Zapiro.

Book details

  • The Book of Forgiving: The Four-Fold Path of Healing For Ourselves and Our World by Desmond Tutu, Mpho Tutu
    EAN: 9780007512881
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