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Dominique Botha Launches False River at The Book Lounge with Michiel Heyns

False RiverLisa M Visser from SLiPNet attended the launch of False River by Dominique Botha at The Book Lounge earlier this month, where Botha was in conversation with Michiel Heyns.

Heyns asked Botha about whether she sees False River more as a novel than a memoir and, in response, she spoke about the fallible nature of memory and how she questions whether the truth of a story is one purely of facts.

Read Visser’s report on the launch:

“One of the things you must understand about booksellers is that we’ve got very, very small minds. Categories, boxes are very important to us. We like to know where a book belongs on the shelf..” From the jocular outset Mervyn Sloman, our host and proprietor of The Book Lounge, highlights a motif which would come to permeate the discussion of Dominique Botha’s debut novel, False River – the slippery task of classifying (and, indeed, writing) a text which has been described as both ‘fictional memoir’ and ‘non-fiction novel’. Sloman goes on to say that, after reading the text as a reader and not a bookseller, he “understood why it was being described in this way. It is testament to what this book is and the complexity of it which [...] defies narrow boxes and narrow categories which makes life easy for us.”

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