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Open Book Festival Report 3: A whale of a time


Bibi Slippers - 2011-09-22

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Henrietta Rose-Innes’s latest novel, Nineveh, was launched in the Iziko Museum’s Whale Well on Wednesday afternoon as part of the Open Book Literary Festival in Cape Town. Although Nineveh of the title refers to a Cape Town residential estate and not the Biblical Nineveh, I couldn’t help smiling at the Jonah connotation – you know, the guy who got swallowed by a whale when he was meant to be on his way to, um, Nineveh? Besides being the (temporary) home of Jonah, the Whale Well is also of special significance to Rose-Innes, whose mother was the artist who painted many of the dioramas in the museum and was present at the launch.

Frederik de Jager from Umuzi introduced Henrietta and fellow novelist Steven Amsterdam. Amsterdam was full of praise for Nineveh and the two had an enlightening discussion about the book.

No marine mammals were harmed during the launch, and (sorry, I can’t help myself) a whale of a time was had by all.

The Whale Well at the Iziko Museum was the perfect venue for the launch of Nineveh.
Guests browsing books before the start of the launch
Henrietta Rose-Innes with a guest before the launch Frederik de Jager introduces Henrietta and Steven Amsterdam, who is not from Amsterdam, but a former New Yorker who now lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Rose-Innes and Amsterdam discuss the images that led to the writing of Nineveh.
Rose-Innes and Amsterdam
Henrietta describes herself as a “slow writer” often taking years to complete a novel.
Henrietta Rose-Innes Steven Amsterdam
The medium is the message: guests at the launch seem completely immersed.


Pictures: Bibi Slippers

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