Jennifer Malec is in conversation with Lauren Beukes (Afterland) and David Mitchell (Utopia Avenue) about writing novels that are an adventure to read, as well as about the adventure of writing itself.
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Jennifer Malec is the editor of The Johannesburg Review of Books, the publisher of The Reading List, and the former editor of Books LIVE. She has an MA from UCT and spent a number of years as a soccer journalist. Her writing has appeared in Aerodrome and the Sunday Times.
Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, internationally best-selling novelist who also writes comics, screenplays, TV shows and journalism. Her novels, including The Shining Girls, Broken Monsters and Zoo City have been translated into 23 languages and are being developed for film and TV. Her fiction has been described as high-concept and genre-blending, with a social conscience that examines the fracture points of society and who we are. Her most recent novel is Afterland.
David Mitchell is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream, Ghostwritten and The Bone Clocks. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2007. With KA Yoshida, Mitchell co-translated from the Japanese the international bestselling memoir, The Reason I Jump. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.