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“Justice is a Fairy Tale”: Lauren Beukes on Women Abuse, Reeva Steenkamp and Anene Booysen (Video)

Broken MonstersThe Shining GirlsLauren Beukes was one of 13 celebrity authors who participated in the Read For Pixels 2015 campaign.

Created by The Pixel Project, the USA-based campaign aims to increase awareness about violence against women and to raise funds to the value of US$1 million in aid of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

To help in the fundraising effort the authors donated “author goodies” up for auction. Beukes donated a signed copy of Broken Monsters and the chance to be immortalised as a minor character in her next book.

The author read extracts from Broken Monsters during a Google Hangout session which was moderated by Regina Yau. “I’m going to read a chapter about Detroit,” Beukes said in her introduction. “Broken Monsters is set in Detroit and it’s a novel about art and broken people and the monsters within and how you find a way to live with them and these ideas about Detroit as a ruined city.”

After reading from her work Beukes spoke about her writing and Yau opened the floor to a live question and answer session. Yau’s first question to Beukes was what she thought about the high-profile case of Oscar Pistorius:

“It’s awful. Justice is a fairy tale, it’s a fairy tale that I believed in for a long time,” Beukes said. “I really thought it worked the way it does on Murder She Wrote and Law and Order and CSI: Miami. I believed that justice would be done, that the person would get their comeuppance if you provide all the evidence, if the police actually did their jobs, which they don’t, because they’re under-resourced and underpaid and under-trained. It’s not their fault, it’s the system; the system is broken.”

“What was devastating about the Reeva Steenkamp case was that in the first 24 hours she didn’t have a name; she was known as Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend.” Beukes also talks about the case of Anene Booysen, which didn’t receive as much international media attention as the Pistorius trial, and says that in The Shining Girls she tried to tell the stories of ordinary women whose abuse doesn’t get covered by the media.

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“For the First Time in My Life I am Seriously Worried About South Africa” – Mike Nicol (Video)

The French translation of Mike Nicol’s 2013 crime novel Of Cops and Robbers (Dieners en Donners in Afrikaans) was published in March this year by Seuil Policiers as Du sang sur l’arc-en-ciel (Blood on the Rainbow).

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Nicol spoke to Librairie Mollat during the Franco-Irish Crime Fiction Festival held in Dublin last month, telling them more about this novel, his thoughts on crime writing and his hopes (or lack thereof) for South Africa’s future. Nicol’s latest novel, Power Play, is being launched at the Franschhoek Literary Festival this weekend.

“What I was trying to do was portray this recent change in South Africa’s political history which is not to the benefit of the country in the long run. And I think what has happened in the last 10 years has been quite dramatic and disastrous. It worries me deeply. For the first time in my life I am seriously worried about South Africa.

“I lived through the apartheid times – I wasn’t worried then because I knew they had to end, but this … I don’t know. This is bad,” Nicol says.

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Raschika Marx-Badenhorst Chats to Fred Strydom at the Launch of The Raft (Plus: Trailer)

The RaftRaschika Marx-Badenhorst recently spoke to Fred Strydom at the launch of his debut novel, The Raft, and wrote an article about the experience for Art-Movie-Book. She also shared striking photographs from the event and the book trailer.

The launch took place at Love Books in Johannesburg and the author spoke about the intricate plot, his characters and the question of identity as it is explored in the novel.

The Raft tells the story of Kayle Jenner’s search for his son, Andy, after the events of Day Zero when all of humankind lost their memories. Strydom told Marx-Badenhorst about the role of the landscape in the narrative and how his background in film shaped his writing style.

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Landscapes take on a character of their own in sweeping scenes of forlorn uncertainty and at times dynamic hope; a journey through an imaginary world with familiar landmarks. Fred’s background in film and television ensures a writing style that is cinematic and provocative to say the least.

Fred nonchalantly says that he formulated this intricate plot on his way home from work in the bubble of his motorcycle helmet.

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Lauren Beukes and Joey Hi-Fi Chat about Their Creative Collaboration (Video)

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Lauren Beukes and Joey Hi-Fi recently featured at an event at the Design Indaba called “Going Global with SA Comics”, and Design Indaba has shared a video interview with the writer-and-illustrator duo.

Hi-Fi and Beukes began working together in 2005, when the former created his first cover design for Beukes’ first book, Maverick: Extraordinary Women from South Africa’s Past.

Last year they both won 2014 British Fantasy Awards: Beukes winning Best Horror Novel for The Shining Girls and Hi-fi winning Best Artist.

Beukes explains their working process: “Dale comes to my house and we sit for, like, six hours and drink whiskey and he watches me type.

“We’re constantly throwing out ideas and talking. I’ll write a line of dialogue and be like ‘What do you think about that?’ We work so well together.”

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Video: Fred Strydom Chats About Sci-Fi in South Africa and His Debut Novel, The Raft

The RaftFred Strydom’s debut novel – The Raft – is one of the latest offerings in the rapidly flourishing science fiction scene in South African literature.

Strydom recently spoke to a group of readers to tell them more about his book and why, after he decided to write this novel, he got increasingly excited to contribute to this genre and speculative fiction in general, explaining how local authors fit into the global picture.

He notes that the fact that the world is (finally) starting to recognise this type of fiction from South Africa says a lot about the identity we as a nation have crafted for ourselves after of 21 years of democracy.

The Raft is an Odyssean-style adventure story about a man looking for his son in a world in which every person on earth has lost his and her memory,” the writer explains.

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Video: George Bizos Remembers His Great Friends Nelson Mandela, Nadine Gordimer and Phillip Tobias

Odyssey to FreedomGeorge Bizos, author of Odyssey to Freedom and Nelson Mandela’s former lawyer, was interviewed by Jennifer Sanasie for News24.

In the video, Bizos remembers three of his dear friends, Nelson Mandela, Nadine Gordimer and Phillip Tobias. He says he misses them a great deal, but he is glad that he can be part of acknowledging the contribution they all made to South African society.

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“The Research on this was Phenomenal” – Pages Podcast on Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Broken MonstersIn October last year the US-based Pages Podcast team, consisting of Bleu Caldwell and Kate Citrin, picked Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes as their book of the month. Due to “life and computer issues” they have finally got round to sharing the video of their discussion of this sensational book.

During the hour-long podcast, Caldwell and Citrin discuss the various formats Beukes used in Broken Monsters, many of the main characters, and the scare factor and magical realism that come into play.

One of the major topics of the discussion is Beukes’ portrayal of Detroit, of which Citrin says: “I would have written this off as ‘a local wrote it’. She did a very good job. The research on this was phenomenal.” She goes on to say she painted a “pretty accurate” portrait of the city. Caldwell mentions that Beukes almost did Detroit a favour, portraying it in “a better light” than normal.

Watch the interesting Pages Podcast, but be warned – there are a lot of spoilers! In the end they give Beukes many thumbs up and say, unanimously, that it was a great read. If you haven’t read the book you can just watch the intro (which ends just after the six-minute mark):

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An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish: The Comedian Talks Satire, His Latest Show and His Favourite Characters

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Pieter-Dirk Uys AKA Evita Bezuidenhout’s latest show An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish opened at the Cape Town Theatre on the Bay last week and will be running until the 14th of March before it moves to Johannesburg’s Toerien Montecasino Theatre to show from 17 March to 12 April.

 
Uys joined Jennifer Sanasie in the News24 studio to discuss what people can expect from this new production:

“The point of the show is it’s live, meaning it’s what’s happening now,” says Uys, explaining the concept of this production, which sees 20 numbered boxes placed on stage from which his beloved characters will entertain the audience as they are chosen.

“Evita Bezuidenhout is the most famous one. If she hasn’t been chosen by 80 minutes I will say to the audience that there is something I must do otherwise they will throw stones at me at the end,” Uys tells Sanasie.

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Uys also discussed the role of satire in South Africa:

“I don’t think it is important. You know, satire is a flavour of criticism, a flavour of highlighting. It’s like a bright yellow Koki pen that you highlight with,” the comedian says. He elaborates by saying that the shocking nature of our reality has taken away from the original intentions of satire (to shock) and shares the basic principles of modern satire.

“It is important to make people sit up and think hey, you are not allowed to say that. Are you allowed to say that? Am I allowed to think that?” Uys says and emphasises that “entertainment is the most important part” of this branch of comedy:

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“I get a great reaction from Desmond Tutu because he is the voice in the wilderness of free speech. I mean, he is so important and so funny – and he loves humour!” Uys replied to the question which of his characters get the strongest reaction. He says he especially enjoys playing to “born-frees” (under 20s) who have no idea what he is talking about most of the time.

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Video: Imran Garda Wants to Reset the View of Africa with Real Stories of Innovation and Positive Change

The Thunder That RoarsImran Garda, author of The Thunder That Roars, is hosting a new series for AJ+ that focuses on the many positive features of Africa. In the introductory video, Garda speaks about the what the series Africa Reset will cover.

Garda says that when Africa is talked about, often issues like Ebola and Boko Haram dominate the conversation, at the expense of real stories about innovation, economic growth and young people who are making the world better and more environmentally conscious.

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Video: Masande Ntshanga Discusses the Use of Drugs in His Novel, The Reactive

The ReactiveMasande Ntshanga chatted to Morning Live about his debut novel, The Reactive.

Ntshanga is asked about the use of drugs in his novel, which he says were incidental to the plot itself.

“The drugs were a device I put in so the characters could have something to share,” the author says. “But in retrospect I can see now that it was also something to parallel the mood of the characters, where they find themselves at that particular station in their lives.”

According to Ntshanga, the story in The Reactive was initially about death and grief, and the drugs allowed him to examine and develop his main character: “With the drugs he doctors his own consciousness.”

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