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Flat Water Tuesday: Paperback Out in USA May 6

Flat Water TuesdayVery proud to report that the new paperback version of my novel  Flat Water Tuesday will come out in the USA on May 6. It now has a lovely new cover!

Flat Water Tuesday launch at Cape Town’s Book Lounge, June 5 at 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM

Very pleased to note that John Maytham will be interviewing me about my new novel, Flat Water Tuesday.  Please RSVP if you would like to come!

Invitation to Book Lounge Launch of FWT June 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Bev Roos Muller reviews FWT on Fine Music FM 29/5/2013



BCHOICE – Bev Roos Muller reviews Ronald Irwin   Love this!



The past is never dead, it’s not even past

Received Christopher Hope’s novel Shooting Angels in the mail and Ken Barris’s Life Underwater as I get ready for the FLF. I will be getting more books in the mail in preparation for my panel discussion with these authors on Saturday 18 May at 4PM , including Alistair Morgan’s The Land Within. All of these novels see adults returning to fractured childhoods, and mine is the only one that doesn’t take place here. All of us seem to be of varying ages and yet we all seem drawn to fixing “something that went wrong a long time back.”  Questions come to mind, like if anything can ever be fixed.  If there isn’t some kind of moratorium on the past, a sell-by date when we no longer care what the past says.  Then the other question: can we fix the past? I tend to think you can fix the past, and if you can’t, you can put a cap on the damage it is leaking into your present. It seems clear that no matter how harrowing I thought my novel was, these guys have me.   I think that I will introduce the idea of exorcism. If these guys were haunted by their pasts the way I was haunted by mine, did writing about help anything? I know that many people who were involved in my past have since found me and asked to read the novel or else simply wanted to touch base. The Faulkner quote ” The past is never dead, it’s not even past” seems to hang very heavy over all of us.

Flat Water Tuesday: Indie Bound Selection for June, 2013!

Very pleased to note that my novel, Flat Water Tuesday has been chosen by USA independent booksellers as an Indie Bound Selection for June, 2013.

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2013, South Africa

Very pleased to note that I will be talking about my new novel, Flat Water Tuesday (comes out in SA on June 4) at the Franschhoek Literary Festival with John Maytham on  Friday, May 17 at 4 PM at “art in the yard gallery”. I think we will be selling books there as well!

On Saturday May 18 at 2:30 PM THIS happens:

Event: What do publishers want? (Church Hall)

Random House Penguin publisher Steve Connolly quizzes Melinda Ferguson (M F Books, a Jacana imprint with a focus on black women’s stories), Debra Primo (UKZN Press) and American Ron Irwin, a UCT academic who teaches creative writing and doubles as a literary agent.

At 4 PM on the same day, THIS happens:

Event: A sense of place (Church Hall)

Christopher Hope engages with three authors whose recent novels have a strong sense of place: Ken Barris on growing up in PE, Alistair Morgan who sets The Land Within on a former family farm in the Karoo, and Ron Irwin who writes about an obsession with rowing in an American boys’ school.

I hope to see lots of people from the South African creative community there!