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A literary pilgrimage

I have just returned from the UK where I attended the IBBY World Congress. I’ve already blogged about my experience which was nothing short of incredible. Thanks again to everyone who helped make it happen.
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IBBY World Congress

IBBY – the International Board on Books for Young People – does incredible work promoting children’s fiction. I’m a member of the South African chapter, which holds regular Book Bashes to celebrate SA lit. This year’s world congress took place in August at Imperial College in London. The event looked at how children’s fiction crosses boundaries, and included an Honour Roll showcase of notable children’s fiction from around the world, including my second novel, Fuse. I had to go. It seemed like the experience of a lifetime, and I was determined to find a way to get there. And so I did.
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Is YA for girls? has posted quite a lengthy article in response to the NPR Book poll of the 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels where female authors dominate. 63% of the books on the poll, including Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, were written by women.
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Interview with a librarian part 2

UK librarian Matt Imrie (@mattlibrarian) is investigating young adult fiction in South Africa for his blog
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Cover story

The old saying tells us to never judge a book by its cover, but how important is the cover in influencing whether someone picks up a book or not? Do readers search out similar covers to books they’ve enjoyed or do they make a bee line for striking, unique covers that are completely different from the volumes around them?
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A duo of YA reviews

Young adult fiction seems to be getting better and better. I recently read two excellent novels that top my list of YA reads for 2012.
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Book review: Inkarna

Tonight Nerine Dorman launches her novel Inkarna at the Book Lounge. Nerine is the mastermind behind the Bloody Parchment horror anthology, coming to you soon from eKhaya, and is the author of several titles of horror and erotic fiction. (See her Goodreads profile to check them out)
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Dark Poppy’s Demise wins M.E.R Prize

The winners of the Media 24 Literary awards were announced earlier this month.
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Rock Girl Rocks

Last Friday I was invited by everybody’s favourite book shop, The Book Lounge, to chat to a group of grade seven girls from Red River High School.
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CTBF in pictures

Today was the last day of the Cape Town Book Fair. The show celebrated books, books and more books through 200 events attended by capacity crowds.
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