Sunday Times Books LIVE Community Sign up

Login to Sunday Times Books LIVE

Forgotten password?

Forgotten your password?

Enter your username or email address and we'll send you reset instructions

Sunday Times Books LIVE

Modjaji Books

@ Sunday Times Books LIVE

Boekehuis Saturday Voices: Hemispheres: Inside a stroke by Karen Lazar

Karen Lazar & Raphael ChaskalsonYou are warmly invited to come along to the Boekehuis in Auckland Park for the Joburg launch of Karen Lazar’s book, Hemispheres: Inside a stroke.

David Medalie will introduce Karen and her book, after which Karen will read a few vignettes.

Finally David and Karen will be in conversation about Hemispheres and will welcome questions from the audience.

More about Hemispheres:

“Home is as old as one’s skin but as elusive as an object seen through the wrong end of a telescope.” It is this sense of a view, skewed, intangible, which echoes throughout Karen Lazar’s Hemispheres. Waking in hospital after a post-operative stroke, she finds one side of her body paralysed and her world knocked out of kilter. Spatial, perceptual and subjective changes force her to view her new life in facets. The fragmented view is made apparent by means of a triptych of clusters which charts Karen’s experience from Metamorphosis, through Rehabilitation and Adaptation. Quietly reflective, deeply lyrical, Hemispheres is concerned with returning separated parts into a whole and coming home to the self.

David Medalie is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Pretoria. He is also a novelist, short story writer and anthologist. His most recent collection of short stories, The Mistress’s Dog, was published in 2010 by Pan Macmillan/ Picador Africa. It includes two award-winning stories: ‘Recognition’, which won the Sanlam Literary Award (in the unpublished category) in 1996 and ‘The Mistress’s Dog’, which won the Thomas Pringle Award for short stories in 2008. In the last few weeks, The Mistress’s Dog has been short-listed for two awards: the collection as a whole for the University of Johannesburg Literary Award, and the title story for the Caine Prize for African writing.

Karen Lazar is an English educator at the Wits School of Education. Her MA and Phd, both from Wits, are in English/gender studies. This is Karen’s first volume of (first person) creative nonfiction. Karen had a stroke in 2001, from which she has partially recovered. She lives in Johannesburg.

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, 04 June 2011
  • Time: 12:00 PM for 12:30 PM
  • Venue: The Boekehuis, Boekehuis, cnr Lothbury and Fawley streets, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
  • Guest Speaker: David Medalie
  • Refreshments: Refreshments will be served
  • RSVP: Boekehuis,, 011 482 3609

Book Details


Please register or log in to comment