“People don’t read crime if they don’t have hope.” So said Jessica Powers, head of Catalyst Press, quoting the South African author Andrew Brown, during a panel discussion hosted by Micheal Sears on Wednesday 9 December 2020.
The entire discussion can be viewed in the window above. The panellists, who have participated in the event, are:
- Sifiso Mzobe, author of Young Blood and Searching for Simphiwe, who hails from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa;
- Mike Nicol, crime novelist, journalist, and writing teacher from Cape Town, South Africa has a number of books to his name, the latest being Agents of the state, Power play, Of cops & robbers, Black heart, Killer country and Payback;
- Ameera Patel, an actor, playwright, and poet whose novel Outside the Lines is set in Johannesburg;
- Jessica Powers, who has lived in and written several novels about KwaZulu-Natal and the US-Mexican border;
- Bettina Wyngaard, author of Vuilspel, Jagter and Slaafs, who lives in Grabouw, South Africa;
- Michael Sears, the moderator, who is the co-author of the Detective Kubu series, and a crime book columnist. He lives in Kynsna.
#ReadingAfrica is an annual online event for all publishing companies, readers and authors who want to share their love for African literature.