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Random House-Umuzi Programme Highlights at the Cape Town Book Fair

Random-House Umuzi presents a jam-packed programme at the Cape Town Book Fair, featuring fascinating discussions, book launches and appearances by top South African authors.

Don’t forget to visit our stand at H10 for more notes and news, and to meet Random House-Umuzi authors – see author appearances below.

All our recent titles will be for sale – if you time your purchases right, you’ll be able to have them signed!


11 am: George Bizos in the dock! A friendly interrogation of the human rights advocate on his memoir Odyssey to Freedom, led by Judge Dennis Davis and Kader Asmal, MP.
Rooms 1.61 & 1.62

2 pm: Sounding off. Victor Dlamini, host of “SAfm Literature”, in conversation with promising debut novelists Nicholas Ashby (Time Pips), Heinrich Troost (Plot Loss) and Carel van der Merwe (No Man’s Land / Nasleep).
Room 1.42

3 pm: Revisiting Some Afrikaners. Marlene van Niekerk in conversation with David Goldblatt about his book of photographs, Some Afrikaners Revisited.
Rooms 1.63 &1.64

4 pm: ‘n Ander ek. Diana Ferrus and EKM Dido discuss Dido’s new novel – the story of the recovery, both in terms of her physical well-being and her memory, of a woman who survives first a violent hijacking and then the streets of Cape Town – ‘n Ander ek. (In Afrikaans.)
Room 1.44

5 pm – 7pm: Book Launch/Bekendstelling: EKM Dido’s ‘n Ander ek.
Random House-Umuzi Stand H10


10 am: “Om in Afrikaans te skryf of nie?” Heinrich Troost and Carel van der Merwe discuss the question of whether to write in Afrikkaans or not. Moderated by André Brink. (In Afrikaans.)
Room 1.44

11 am: Pimps, Prostitutes and Pariahs: the underbelly of the great Jewish migrations from Eastern Europe. Charles van Onselen – author of The Fox and the Flies – Milton Shain and Richard Mendelsohn in conversation with Tony Morphet.
Rooms 1.61-1.62

3 pm::Die Donker God. Rachelle Greeff and Fransi Phillips discuss Phillips’ latest novel, Die donker god. (In Afrikaans.)
Room 1.43

4 pm: Book Launch/Bekendstelling: Fynbosfeetjies / Fynbos Fairies by Antjie Krog and Fiona Moodie.
Random House-Umuzi Stand H10

5 pm: Poetry reading: Birds in Words. Gus Ferguson, Tony Morphet and at least ten of the poets included in Birds in Words – The Twitcher’s Guide to SA Poetry read from the book.
Rooms 1.61 & 1.62


12 pm: Under the sway of magic Mozambique. Justin Fox presents a slide show and talk on his dazzling book of photographs Under the Sway.
Room 1.42


The following authors will appear at the Random House-Umuzi stand for readings and book signings. Please check in with the stand at H10 for times of appearance and other details.

  • Saturday 16 June: Rayda Jacobs, Nicholas Ashby, George Bizos, Ivan Vladislavic, Imraan Coovadia, Fred Khumalo, Lewis Nkosi, David Goldblatt, Antjie Krog
  • Sunday 17 June: Fransi Phillips, EKM Dido, Heinrich Troost, Carel van der Merwe, André Brink, George Bizos, Mike Nicol, Joanne Hichens, Charles van Onselen, Pamela Jooste, Ingrid de Kok, Jeremy Cronin
  • Monday 18 June: Fiona Moodie, Gus Ferguson, Pamela Jooste, George Bizos, Patricia Schönstein, Justin Fox, Imraan Coovadia, Fransi Phillips