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Cape Town Book Fair – Modjaji Books – 2009

Fiona Zerbst - Oleander Helen Moffett - Strange FruitSindiwe Magona's poems, Please Take Photographs Joan Metelerkamp's 7th collection of poems, Burnt Offering - cover art by Colleen Crawford Cousins, Cover Lettering = Hannah Morris, Cover Design - Natascha Mostert Modjaji Books is going to be at the 2009 Cape Town Book Fair, big time for a small publisher. We’ll be there sharing a stand with LiveWriting in the Small Publishers’ Pavilion. And we’re also hosting in a back-room rental sort of way, Wordsetc.

Modjaji is hosting two events, both will be on the floor at the Fair, in the DALRO space.

We had hoped to have a third event – brief readings from the forthcoming BED anthology, but this is not to be. It was only possible given all the constraints to offer two events.

Malika Ndlovu will read from her extraordinary book, Invisible Earthquake. Malika is a highly professional performer and she has a beautiful voice, so hearing her perform/ read from this work about the process of grieving for her stillborn baby girl is quite incredible and moving. I’ve heard her read from this work many times and each time am more moved than the last time. Her reading/performance is on Monday 15th June at 14h00.

Four new poetry books are to be launched at the Fair, all four of the poets will be there and will read from their new work. Sunday 14th at 5.30 pm at the DALRO space. Seating is limited – only 60 seats and if the FACEBOOK reservations are anything to go by – there will be some pressure on space.

The four new books are: Joan Metelerkamp’s, Burnt Offering; Helen Moffet’s new book, Sindiwe Magona’s collection called Please, Take Photographs and Fiona Zerbst’s fourth collection of poems, Oleander. What a vivid and wonderful array of new books and amazing poets.

To read a poem each from these new books go to Michelle McGrane’s blog and four poems by Helen Moffett and Fiona Zerbst go to Rustum Kozain’s Groundwork blog.


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