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I Love to Feel Words Run Through My Hands, Like Water – Recipes for Love and Murder Author Sally Andrew

Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria MysterySally Andrew has shared a video in which she chats about her deep connection to the Karoo and her love of writing.

Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery is Andrew’s debut novel, and has already been published in 17 countries, with more to come. It is also available as an audiobook, read by Sandra Prinsloo.

“Writing is a huge joy to me,” Andrew says. “I love to play with words, to feel them run through my hands, like water. Writing this book has been one of the biggest pleasures of my life.”

Andrew also speaks about the themes of the book: recipes, murder, mystery and love.

“This book is predominantly a murder mystery, but I guess the theme closest to my heart is love: love of the Klein Karoo, love of food, love of justice, love between friends.”

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Rahla Xenopoulos Chats About the Lost Idealism of Generation X and Her New Novel, Tribe

TribeRahla Xenopoulos’ new novel, Tribe, was launched at The Book Lounge in Cape Town with special guest Ruby Wax interviewing the author.

Xenopoulos begins with a reading from the novel, which has the audience in stitches.

Wax asks the author what redeems her characters, and Xenopoulos chats a bit about how Generation X have “messed up a lot”, and are handing their children “a huge mess, and expecting them to fix it up”.

“But there was a phase when Generation X … we were very idealistic,” she adds.

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Watch: Lauren Beukes and Joey Hi-Fi Talk Survivor’s Club at New York Comic Con

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MaverickBroken MonstersThe Shining GirlsGreat news for Lauren Beukes fans:

As of today, the first two titles of her new comic series Survivor’s Club, created with Dale Halvorsen (Joey Hi-Fi) and Ryan Kelly and published by Vertigo, are available for purchase.

The Survivor’s Club series picks up where various 1980s horror films ended. It’s the story of six people who survived terrible things as children – from being possessed by a poltergeist to having a killer doll – who meet on the internet, drawn together by the horrors they experienced in 1987 when a rash of occult events occurred around the world – with fatal results. Now, there are indications that it may be happening all over again. Is it possible that these six aren’t just survivors – but were chosen for their fates?

Beukes was in the US last month where she attended New York Comic Con with Joey Hi-Fi. ComicBook.com caught up with them there to find out more about their project.

“What we wanted to do is we wanted to pull the rug out from under your feet, and you look down and you realise that the rug is made of human hair and flesh and those aren’t your feet … ” Beukes says.

Both Beukes and Joey Hi-Fi, who designs all her incredible book covers, are avid horror fans and kids of the ’80s. He says: “Horror hit some kind of peak in the 80s, so it’s really fun source material to draw on. Everyone thinks they know those stories, it’s almost like our generation’s fairy tales, so it’s really fun to play with what people expect to happen vs what happens in Survivor’s Club.”

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Survivor’s Club #1 and Survivor’s Club #2 are available now, digital and hard copy, with the next comic due at the start of each month.

 

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Rahla Xenopoulos: “I Love Facebook – For a Writer, You Can Be Such a Voyeur without Leaving Your House” (Video)

TribeRahla Xenopoulos was recently interviewed by Jennifer Sanasie for News24 about her new novel Tribe.

In the interview, Xenopoulos speaks about the joys and challenges of raising her gorgeous triplets, the process of finding the perfect cover for this novel, and reveals Chad Smith’s original, provocative cover shout for the book.

Xenopolous says she was inspired to write a book about a group of friends with a very strong bond between them. She said this type of friendship is an interesting thing to write about, and she wanted to explore whether and how this can be sustained “in the times we are living in”.

“There are so many interruptions,” she says, “in keeping a friendship alive, and especially a gang of friends”. She says “you have to be fierce” to guard and sustain this kind of friendship.

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Xenopoulos says she drew inspiration for her characters from friends, connections and cultural ideas. Talking about where she checks on little details about people like her characters she says: “I love Facebook, we just open ourselves up so much on Facebook. For a writer, you can be such a voyeur without leaving your house.”

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Lauren Beukes Celebrates World Literacy Day on the Afternoon Express with Angela Makholwa

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Broken MonstersThe Shining GirlsLast week Lauren Beukes, who has just been awarded the 2015 Mbokodo Award for Creative Writing, celebrated World Literacy Day on 8 September by visiting the Afternoon Express loft, along with crime fiction author Angela Makholwa.

During the interview Beukes tells Bonnie Mbuli more about her writing journey, including her multiple award-winning novels, which have been translated in more than 20 languages, and recent comic books. She shares where her inspiration comes from, why she writes crime stories and why she doesn’t believe the old adage “write what you know”. When asked what her advice would be for aspiring authors, Beukes says:

First of all you have to make the time. A lot of people say ‘oh, I don’t have the time’, but I know an author who wrote her book in half an hour during her lunch break on her laptop every day. I wrote Zoo City when I had a three-month-old baby daughter and a full-time day job. You have to make the time.

And the other thing is to finish the book. It’s very easy to just second guess yourself a lot, and wheel spin, but get to the end. A first draft is supposed to be a hot mess, but the thing about a hot mess is you can see the shape of things and you can see how to fix it.

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Video: Lauren Beukes Introduces French Readers to Her Characters in Les Monstres

Earlier this year, Lauren Beukes revealed the French cover of Broken Monsters, translated by Laurent Philibert-Caillat and published by Presses de la Cité as Les Monstres.

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Place des éditeurs shared a video on their YouTube channel in which Beukes introduces French readers to Les Monstres. She speaks about the characters in the book and what makes them special.

There’s the jaded detective and single mother Gabriella Versado who catches wind of “the most insane murder she’s ever seen”. At the same time Gaby’s daughter Layla is getting herself in trouble on the internet.

The character TK is based on a man Beukes met named James Harris. She says that TK embodies the “spirit of Detroit” in the sense that he does whatever he can to get by.

Beukes’ villain Clayton Broom is a “thwarted artist” who wants love and acceptance and becomes obsessed with a grand idea of remaking the world. “He genuinely believes that the people he’s killed and the monsters he’s made are beautiful and that they will stand up and live,” Beukes says.

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Damon Galgut Discusses the Importance of Freedom of Expression at a Festival in India

Arctic SummerDamon Galgut, author of Arctic Summer and a number of other award-winning novels, was one of the authors featured at the 2015 Hindu Lit for Life Festival that took place in India earlier this year.

The festival organisers have shared a video of Galgut’s panel discussion with Ahdaf Soueif and Rajmohan Gandhi, facilitated by Meena Kandasamy. The topic of their discussion was “Power to the People in Our Time”.

Kandasamy opened the discussion by asking Galgut the importance of freedom of expression in rallying people for change. He said “I would think freedom of expression is absolutely essential to that project”, and went on to explain why journalists and writers posed a threat to the state in the late days of apartheid.

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Why Does The Reactive Appeal to International Readers? Author Masande Ntshanga Reflects (Video)

The ReactiveAs far as debut novels are concerned, The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga has been a roaring success. Signing his second international book deal earlier this month, the 29-year-old author has many accolades to his name, including a Fulbright Award, a Mellon Mays Foundation fellowship, and a Civitella Ranieri fellowship in Umbria, Italy.

He has also been shortlisted for the Caine Prize.

Ntshanga recently spoke to SABC News about his writing career, which began when he was very young, and his fascination with fiction. He also shares how he came to be signed with publishers in South Africa, Germany and USA.

When asked to tell the viewers more about his book, he says: “It’s a post-apartheid story that deals with grief, HIV, poverty, technology, and also recreational drug use.

“It’s very contemporary in the sense that its beams are not only things that resonate in South Africa, but forms part of a cultural moment across the globe and I think that it was kind of through drawing on that that made it appeal to international readers.”

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Video: Lauren Beukes Introduces Broken Monsters and its Characters to German Readers

Where books written by South African authors are concerned it is an indisputable fact that Lauren Beukes is among the favourites on the global literary scene.

A frequent visitor to international shores to engage with her audience, Beukes recently paid a visit to Germany where her German publisher Rowohlt Verlag filmed a short series of videos in which she introduces her latest bestseller – Broken Monsters.

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In these clips Beukes chats about some of the leading characters in her book and Detroit, the city where it is set. “The character of the city is as much character as any of the people in the book. Detroit is such a strange and amazing place,” the author says.

Detective Gabriella Versado is “a very tough cop”, the Beukes notes, “but she’s also very jaded.” Gabby, as she is known throughout the story, is tasked with dealing with a very disturbing, unique case in Broken Monsters.

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Lauren Beukes: Finding Stories is Easy, You Trip Over Them in the Street … But Writing Them (Video)

Broken MonstersLauren Beukes, author of Broken Monsters, was recently the featured Young Creative on Morning Live, where she was interviewed by Samm Marshall.

Marshall introduced Beukes as “by far one of the best fiction crafters this country has ever seen”. He asks Beukes, who is a journalist by profession, about how she finds her stories that resonate with readers. She says: “Finding stories is easy, you trip over them in the street. But … it’s the actual writing that’s hard.”

Beukes shares her excitement about the South African literary scene and tells stories about her intensive research process.

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