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Ivan Vladislavic and translator Thomas Bruckner will be reading from Double Negative, published in German by A1 Verlag, and Exploded View, published by Osburg. Look out for them at the Literaturhaus in Frankfurt on 7 September (details here) and the Literaturhaus in Zurich on 8 September (details here). On 12 September they will appear with legendary percussionist Gunter Baby Sommer at the International Literature Festival in Berlin (details here).
Ivan Vladislavic will participate in two panel discussions at the Vrystaat Kunstefees on 14 July. The full programme for the Literature Festival is on the website.
The German edition of Double Negative has been shortlisted for the 2016 Internationaler Literaturpreis of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The award recognizes contemporary work making its first appearance in German and goes to the author and the translator. The novel was translated by Thomas Brückner and published by A1 Verlag in Munich.
'Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry.' At 1:45 Michele Magwood will be discussing materials and method with Ivan Vladislavic and Claire Robertson. Don't forget your hammer.
Archipelago Books will launch the US edition of The Folly at a number of readings and discussions in early October. Ivan Vladislavic will be at the Community Bookstore, Brooklyn (with Katie Kitamura, 5 October), at Book Culture in New York (with Andy Tepper, 6 October), at Bard College (7 October) and at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (with Stephen Clingman, 8 October). The details of these events are on the Archipelago site.
The 2015 Windham-Campbell Literary Festival will take place at Yale University between 28 September and 1 October. The full programme is available online.
Zoe Wicomb and Ivan Vladislavic will present a series of seminars on South African writing at the Universitad Nacional de San Martin, Buenos Aires, 14-25 September 2015. The series is part of a programme on the Literature of the Global South under the direction of J.M. Coetzee.
The 2015 South African Book Fair is taking place at Turbine Hall, Newtown from 31 July to 2 August. Ivan Vladislavic will participate in the following discussions: 'Stories from the Street' (Saturday 1 August), and 'Shorts' and 'The South African Novel at 21' (Sunday 2 August).
On Friday 15 May, Kurt Egelhof will read from the work of Chris van Wyk at the Franschhoek Literary Festival. Join Kurt for a special tribute to this much-loved writer, who was a frequent visitor to the Festival. The reading draws on Chris's wonderfully entertaining memoirs, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy and Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch, and on his poetry, including the uncollected work.
At the forthcoming Franschhoek Literary Festival, Ivan Vladislavic will particpate in four events: 'Writers' Libraries' (Friday 15th), 'When Less Is More' and 'Talking about Writing' (Saturday 16th) and 'The Global Audience' (Sunday 17th).
Ivan Vladislavic's new book 101 Detectives will be launched at Love Books in Melville on Wednesday 6 May.
Ivan Vladislavic is one of the winners of the 2015 Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes administered by Yale University. The other two winners in the fiction category are Helon Habila and Teju Cole.
Ivan Vladislavic is visiting Melbourne and Hobart as a guest of the Thesis Eleven Centre at La Trobe University. He will be in conversation with Peter Beilharz at the Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo (22 October), at Reader's Feast bookstore in Melbourne (23 October) and at the University of Tasmania in Hobart (27 October).
Ivan Vladislavic and Stefan Helgesson will be in conversation at WISER, Wits University, on 14 October. This event is part of the 'Is History History?' dialogue between scholars from WISER and universities in Sweden.
Geoff Dyer, Mark Gevisser and Ivan Vladislavic in conversation with Bronwyn Law-Viljoen at the Fugard Studio.
Thando Mgqolozana, Taiye Selasi and Ivan Vladislavic will talk about the pressures of 'writing the next one' with Alison Lowry at the Fugard Studio.
Felicitas Hoppe and Ivan Vladislavic will be talking about experiment and craft with Indra Wussow and Morakabe Raks Seakhoa at the Goethe Institute in Johannesburg on 16 September. This conversation and reading is part of the New South African Voices series.
Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse are launching their book Ponte City on Saturday 23 August with an exhibition at the Ponte building, followed by a discussion with editor Ivan Vladislavic at the Johannesburg Art Fair.
Ivan Vladislavić will be discussing editing and his writing and reading from his novels, Double Negative and The Restless Supermarket
Join Ivan Vladislavić for a relaxed evening at the University of Cambridge where he will discuss his writing and read from his novel, The Restless Supermarket.
Ivan Vladislavic and Patrick Flanery will be in conversation with Neel Mukherjee at the Diorama Arts Studios on 25 June
Ivan Vladislavic reads at the Literary Kitchen Festival on 22 June 2014
An evening of readings at the Norwich Playhouse on 19 June 2014
Ivan Vladislavic and Rukmini Bhaya Nair will talk about their work with Rahul Soni at the Jaipur Literature Festival, Saturday 18 January 2014.
Ivan Vladislavic will be discussing Double Negative with Teju Cole at 192 Books in New York at 7.00 pm on 4 November 2013.
Ivan Vladislavic will be reading from Double Negative at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Chicago at 6.00 pm on 30 October 2013.
In August, Editions Zoe published the French translation of Double Negative.
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