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Zebra Authors at the Franschhoek Literary Festival (17 – 19 May)

The 2013 Franschhoek Literary Festival takes place from 17 to 19 May. Zebra Press authors to look forward to at the festival include Christi van der Westhuizen, Rajend Mesthrie, Richard Calland, Ivo Vegter, Julian Rademeyer and Jacques Pauw.

White PowerEish, but is it English?Anatomy of South AfricaExtreme EnvironmentKilling for ProfitRat Roads


Friday 17 May

Trial by Twitter
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Church Hall)
Tweets are an instantaneous news medium with growing influence on public opinion. Fiona Snyckers quizzes Julian Rademeyer, Sam Wilson and non-tweeting journalist Ann Crotty about the pros and cons.

Saturday 18 May

Peacocking
1 PM – 2 PM (Council Chamber)
UCT linguists Rajend Mesthrie and Tessa Dowling rap about South Africa’s rich compost of languages, including township slang.

SOS Africa
10 AM – 11 AM (Congregational Church)
Julian Rademeyer (Killing for Profit), Jacques Pauw (Rat Roads) and Jamala Safari (The Great Agony and Pure Laughter of the Gods) wrestle with the extent of some of our continent’s problems, chaired by Ray Hartley, former editor of the Sunday Times and The Times.

Sunday 19 May

Steve Biko
10 AM – 11 AM (Congregational Church)
Christi van der Westhuizen of the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice and Suren Pillay of the Centre for Humanities Research at UWC in discussion with Xolela Mangcu about his recent biography.

What’s going on in the ANC?
10 AM – 11 AM (School Hall)
Wouldn’t we all like to know? Moeletsi Mbeki and journalist Carol Paton take us behind the scenes, chaired by UCT’s Richard Calland.

To frack or not to frack
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (School Hall)
Former Business Day editor and Karoo resident Tim Cohen undertakes what is bound to be a fracktious debate between Ivo Vegter (Extreme Environment), environmental lawyer Cormac Cullinan and Jonathan Deal of the Treasure Karoo Action Group.

Digging for the truth
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Congregational Church)
Investigative journalism under the spotlight with Jenny Crwys-Williams talking to Jacques Pauw, Julian Rademeyer and Antony Altbeker (Fruit of a Poisoned Tree).

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