Langa book launch for Bongs

2016-09-01 06:00
Bongani Madondo  PHOTO: Saki Zamxaka

Bongani Madondo PHOTO: Saki Zamxaka

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As part of the line-up of the sixth Open Book Festival, celebrated authors Mama Sindiwe Magona and Bongani Kona speak to acclaimed writer Bongani Madondo, about his recently published Sigh the Beloved Country.

Open Book and Jazz in the Native Yards have collaborated on the event, Sigh The Beloved Country which takes place at Guga S’thebe on Sunday 11 September from 14:00.

“Bongani’s writing is unique,” says festival director Mervyn Sloman. “Sigh the Beloved Country is a brilliant reflection on our society.”

Bongani Madondo is a non-fiction writer, biographer and amateur film-maker and besides the three books under his belt, he’s also contributed monographs and lectures on the politics of style, film and rock & roll at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), in Warsaw, and at Haus Kulturen der Welt, in Berlin. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Transition, Internazaionale, Sunday Times Lifestyle, Rolling Stone, Noted, Man, True Love, Readers Digest, Marie Claire and Elle.

Mama Sindiwe Magona is also a prolific writer and has published poetry, novels, children’s books as well as two autobiographical works. Her most recent novel is Chasing the Tails of my Father’s Cattle. Amongst her numerous awards, President Jacob Zuma conferred her with the Order of Ikhamanga in Bronze on 27 April 2011 in recognition of her literary and humanitarian contribution.

Bongani Kona was shortlisted for the 2016 Caine Prize for At your Requiem published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015). He also has work appearing in Safe House, an anthology of narrative non-fiction from Africa. His writing has appeared in the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times and Rolling Stone (SA), amongst others. He is also a contributing editor at Chimurenga Chronic, a pan-African quarterly gazette.

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