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Liesl Jobson

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August Bounty: Book Launch, Wigleaf and an Interview with Karabo Kgoleng

looking-over-my-shoulder.jpgAugust has been kind, starting with the launch of View from an Escalator at the Jozi Spoken Word Festival which was very well attended. Launching a book is always a turning point and the sense of completion that ensues was, once again, a terrific relief.

I really like this photo because it shows who’s looking over my shoulder. The muses that emerged in this artwork that formed the backdrop of the reading sure have teeth – somehow that encourages me.

Flaw, one of my flash fictions from 100 Papers appeared online at wigleaf and got a lovely mention on Matt Bell’s blog:

Guess who’s back from summer break? Wigleaf has just posted its first story in two mouths, Liesl Jobson’s “Flaw.” It’s good reading too–

And wigleaf editor Scott Garson said some extremely nice things about this story on his blog Patterns of Silver Light:

I’ve been rereading Liesl Jobson’s “Flaw,” which is just up in Wigleaf. This is an important story, as Wigleaf’s sometimes reader, R, said when we were discussing it. Jobson is a white South African. In this story, she’s writing about race in a way I wish more white people would: by looking at white people, at how white people negotiate the construct of race — whose effects Jobson’s character is too honest to pretend to be blind to.

It’s a fascinating read!

Karabo Kgoleng Karabo Kgoleng was one of the first readers of 100 Papers – about two years ago, encouraging me to submit it, propelling me to write my first proper query letter.

Often, just when I was most discouraged about the book, I would bump into Karabo at a literary event and she would faithfully enquire about its progress. At the Cape Town Book Fair she spotted it on the fortuitously placed Botsotso stand – right across the way from entrance – and insisted on a review copy, promising to do an interview on her show.

This Sunday at 1.00 pm I’ll be joining Karabo on SAFM Literature in the studio at SABC. It will be extremely good to complete this circle with somebody who has always believed in my different little book.

 

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