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Book Launch: The Blacks of Cape Town by CA Davids

The University of Johannesburg Arts Centre and Modjaji Books are delighted to invite you to the launch of CA Davids’ debut novel, The Blacks of Cape Town.

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The Blacks of Cape Town weaves a narrative that shifts between past and present and contemporary South African and American politics to examine betrayal and displacement: Historian, Zara Black, is in an unfamiliar room in a country far from home, when she is awoken by music that evokes memories she has been trying to forget. It is this call from her father, seemingly from beyond the grave, that finally pushes Zara to accept that it falls to her to understand the occurrences that forced her away from Cape Town and into a scholarly position that she does not entirely want, at a North American University. The USA, caught up in an election of a new and historic president, offers its challenges as Zara Black traces the fault lines of her family from the Kimberly diamond mines to contemporary South Africa – a place which Zara feels increasingly isolated from; its politics leaving her perturbed.

“The Blacks of Cape Town feels like something new in scope and focus. In many ways, it is a breakthrough into previously forbidden territory. A brave, understated exploration of an uncomfortable reality.”
- Professor Kelwyn Sole, University of Cape Town.

“Narratively ambitious and stylistically supple, The Blacks of Cape Town revisits the large themes of South African literature with originality and flair”.
- Professor Isabel Hofmeyr, University of the Witwatersrand

C.A. Davids works as a writer and editor, and lives between Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Her fiction has appeared in Twist; Anthology of short stories by South African women (published by Struik, October 2006) and in African Pens: New Writing from Southern Africa (published by New Africa Books, April 2007). She has lived in Switzerland, the United States of America and Shanghai, China. She has an MA in Creative Writing from UCT.

The publication of this novel was supported by the Arts and Culture Trust.

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, 22 June 2013
  • Time:10.30 am/li>
  • Venue: UJ Arts Centre, Kingsway Campus, -
  • Refreshments: light brunch
  • RSVP: Maputle Precious, UJ,, 0111 559 3058

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The Blacks of Cape Town


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