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Saturday, 11 November 2017 17:11

Place, Time, and People - Akademie Schloss Solitude, 23-25 November

The symposium 'Place, Time, and People: Biographies and the Production of Places' will be held at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart from 23 to 25 November. Ivan Vladislavic, a former fellow and literary juror of the Akademie, will present a keynote lecture.

Full programme here

Friday, 10 November 2017 19:18

Suburbia - An Archeology of the Moment

Ivan Vladislavic is participating in 'Suburbia - An Archeology of the Moment', a conference on the depiction of the suburbs in the art and literature of the English-speaking world. The conference will take place at the University of Toulouse 2 Jean Jaures on 16 and 17 November. He will read from his work, along with Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts, and discuss South African suburbia with Mathilde Rogez.

Full programme here

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 10:42

Johannesburg: A love story - South African Book Fair

On Saturday 9 September at 11.15 Niq Mhlongo, Fiona Melrose, Harry Kalmer and Ivan Vladislavic will be talking about Johannesburg and its place in their writing.

Details of this event and the full programme here

Saturday, 24 June 2017 14:47

Writing Place, Pushing Genre - Perth, 28-29 June

Curtin University hosts two workshops organized by Peter Beilharz in which writers and scholars explore differences and alignments between South Africa and Australia.

Detailed programme here

Sunday, 30 April 2017 12:20

Johannesburg Review of Books

The Johannesburg Review of Books is up and running. Publisher Ben Williams and editor Jennifer Malec have assembled a superb editorial crew for their new venture. Take a look at the first issue and sign up here.

Monday, 05 September 2016 17:32

Readings in Germany and Switzerland

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).

Thursday, 07 July 2016 15:45

Vryfees, Bloemfontein

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.

Details here

Thursday, 19 May 2016 10:30

Double Negative shortlisted for Internationaler Literaturpreis

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.

See details here

Thursday, 19 May 2016 10:10

Kingsmead Book Fair, Saturday 21 May 2016

'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.

Full programme here

Saturday, 05 September 2015 12:03

Launch of The Folly - Archipelago Books

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.

See details here

Saturday, 05 September 2015 11:33

Windham-Campbell Literary Festival

The 2015 Windham-Campbell Literary Festival will take place at Yale University between 28 September and 1 October. The full programme is available online.

See details here

Friday, 04 September 2015 19:44

Catedra Coetzee - Literaturas del Sur

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.

See details here

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 09:24

South African Book Fair

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).

See details here

Thursday, 07 May 2015 19:11

Chris van Wyk ... in His Own Words at the FLF

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.

See details here

Thursday, 07 May 2015 19:02

Franschhoek Literary Festival

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).

Details of all these events here

Saturday, 02 May 2015 11:47

Launch of 101 Detectives

Ivan Vladislavic's new book 101 Detectives will be launched at Love Books in Melville on Wednesday 6 May.

See details here

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 00:00

Windham-Campbell Literature Prize

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.

Read more here

Thursday, 16 October 2014 19:35

Ivan Vladislavic in Australia

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).

Details of all these events here


Sunday, 12 October 2014 12:50

Ivan Vladislavic and Stefan Helgesson at WISER, 14 October 2014

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.

See details here


Friday, 12 September 2014 07:04

Open Book Festival 2014: Because We Can, Sunday 21 September

Geoff Dyer, Mark Gevisser and Ivan Vladislavic in conversation with Bronwyn Law-Viljoen at the Fugard Studio.

Full programme here

Friday, 12 September 2014 06:46

Open Book Festival 2014: Under Pressure, Saturday 20 September

Thando Mgqolozana, Taiye Selasi and Ivan Vladislavic will talk about the pressures of 'writing the next one' with Alison Lowry at the Fugard Studio.

Full programme here

Friday, 12 September 2014 06:26

The Art of Writing at the Goethe Institute

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.

Details here


Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:29

Ponte City launch and panel discussion

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.

Details of both events here


Monday, 16 June 2014 16:46

An Afternoon with Ivan Vladislavić at the University of Sussex

Ivan Vladislavić will be discussing editing and his writing and reading from his novels, Double Negative and The Restless Supermarket

Read more here

Monday, 16 June 2014 16:36

An Evening Talk with Ivan Vladislavić at the University of Cambridge

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.

Read more here


Monday, 09 June 2014 17:24

Camera Obscura - A View of South Africa

Ivan Vladislavic and Patrick Flanery will be in conversation with Neel Mukherjee at the Diorama Arts Studios on 25 June

Read more here

Monday, 09 June 2014 17:05

Reading at the Literary Kitchen

Ivan Vladislavic reads at the Literary Kitchen Festival on 22 June 2014

Read more here


Monday, 09 June 2014 16:40

An Evening with JM Coetzee, Xiaolu Guo, Julia Franck and Ivan Vladislavic

An evening of readings at the Norwich Playhouse on 19 June 2014

Read more here


Tuesday, 14 January 2014 18:08

Ivan Vladislavic at the Jaipur Literature Festival, January 2014

Ivan Vladislavic and Rukmini Bhaya Nair will talk about their work with Rahul Soni at the Jaipur Literature Festival, Saturday 18 January 2014.

Read more here


Saturday, 26 October 2013 16:59

Ivan Vladislavic and Teju Cole in conversation at 192 Books, New York

Ivan Vladislavic will be discussing Double Negative with Teju Cole at 192 Books in New York at 7.00 pm on 4 November 2013.

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Saturday, 26 October 2013 16:28

Reading at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Chicago

Ivan Vladislavic will be reading from Double Negative at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Chicago at 6.00 pm on 30 October 2013.

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013 00:00

Double négatif

In August, Editions Zoe published the French translation of Double Negative.


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