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Mandla Langa at The Paris Book Fair – 17 To 21 March 2011

Mandla LangaDuring his visit at the fair from 17 to 21 March, South African writer, scriptwriter and journalist Mandla Langa will participate in several events; namely the launch of the book "L’Afrique du Sud : une traversée  littéraire" taking place on the stand of L’Institut Français on 18 March in presence of South African poet Robert Berold, and a round table gathering other talented African writers. The book, written by Joan Metelerkamp, Denise Coussy and Denis Hirson and edited by South African Denis Hirson, presents an historical overview on the South African literatures since 1994 in the plurality of its languages, its diversity in the creative process and transmission. Interested readers will get the opportunity to get acquainted with the book during two public readings at the Village Voice Bookstore in Saint Germain des Prés and in a theatre in the 11th arrondissement, Paris.

Invited by L’Institut Francais with the support of the Embassy of France in South Africa

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About Mandla Langa
Mandla Langa was born in Durban in 1950 and grew up in KwaMashu. After being arrested in 1976, he was sentenced, skipped bail and went into exile. In 1980, Langa won the Drum magazine story contest with ‘The Dead Men Who Lost Their Bones'. It was the start of a long and distinguished writing career that has seen him publish acclaimed works such as Tenderness of Blood (1987), A Rainbow on a Paper Sky (1989), The Naked Song and Other Stories (1997) and The Memory of Stones (2000).

Langa is widely respected not only in literary circles but also in the spheres of business, culture and politics. He has participated in various arts programmes and conferences throughout Africa and elsewhere, and has lived in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Angola, where he did his MK military training, as well as Zambia, Hungary and the United Kingdom. A scriptwriter and journalist, Langa has also held various ANC posts abroad, including that of Cultural Representative in the UK and Western Europe.

He was also a weekly columnist for the Sunday Independent and was Programme Director for Television at the SABC and Chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) (1999-2005). Milestones, his musical opera, was featured at the Standard Bank Festival in Grahamstown in 2000 and last year his fifth novel, The Lost Colours of the Chameleon, an allegorical tale on the nature of power, was published by Macmillan. The novel will be launched at the festival.

A former board member of the SABC, Mandla Langa sits on numerous boards and is now the Chairman of MultiChoice Africa and is a trustee of the Nation's Trust, Read Educational Trust and the South African Screenwriters' Laboratory.

biography © www.cca.ukzn.ac.za

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