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Blown away by Books Event

Blown away by Books Event

Blown Away by Books: book festival in the Deep South Fish Hoek Library 16-19 March 2016 “The first festival took place in March 2014 and was a resounding success. False Bay College partnered with us to undertake all the marketing, at their own cost, and have... read more
SA novel a thrill to the very last word

SA novel a thrill to the very last word

Rowe has an uncanny knack to twist her plots and characters to form an intricate web of suspense and intrigue.

She uses her portrayal of very real South African characters and their stories to masterfully depict infinitely different perspectives of life and crime on the Cape Flats.

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Hour of Darkness in 140 Characters

Hour of Darkness in 140 Characters

Ancer asked Rowe to describe her book in 140 characters. “It’s a murder mystery but it’s also a social investigation of character, landscape and the politics of Cape Town,” she said.

Ancer also asked Rowe to participate in the sound effects Rorschach test. He played a 30-second audio clip and Rowe had to make up a story about the sound on the spot.

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Launch of Hour of Darkness at The Book Lounge

Launch of Hour of Darkness at The Book Lounge

An hour of delightful conversation took place at The Book Lounge in Cape Town earlier this month when novelist and filmmaker Michéle Rowe launched her second book, Hour of Darkness.

The author was joined by the owner of the bookshop, Mervyn Sloman, in a discussion that crossed the spectrum from hilarious banter – “This book is seriously good shit!” – to an in-depth and serious exploration of the evolution of the narrative process.

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A Writer Visits the Venice Biennale: The Garden of Disorder

A Writer Visits the Venice Biennale: The Garden of Disorder

Four of us set off early in the morning to the Scuola Grande San Rocco to see the Tintorettos, stopping for breakfast en route at a small coffee shop. It’s all mirrors and gilt work and has an array of freshly baked pastries laid out on trays. Gondolier hats and ribbons and medals adorn the walls and bar area. The guidebook assures us the café is patronised by working gondoliers from early in the morning….

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Mike Nicol Chats to Michele Rowe

Mike Nicol Chats to Michele Rowe

“There’s not only the destruction of the valley beneath housing estates, there’s the cover up of its history. It’s a suburb of homeless people.”

And you get the impression that she might not only be talking about those sleeping in the vineyards and on the streets and under the shrubbery on the motorway junction. She might also be talking about those who have everything.

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The Art of Visiting Venice

The Art of Visiting Venice

My first sight of Venice is from the deck of a vapporetto heading for the Arsenale. It’s early May, spring turning to summer, and the sun still high in the late afternoon. Venice’s hallucinatory Adriatic sky reflects off the water, its light wavering on the fifty palazzis and seven churches of the Grand Canal, the Ducale and columns of the Basilica and the campanile of San Marco. It’s a Canaletto painting come to life, golden and luminous.

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Reviews of What Hidden Lies

Reviews of What Hidden Lies

PHILLIP ALTBEKER, Times Live – ‘The latest writer to succeed in reflecting the specific problems besetting policing while also offering a compelling narrative is Michéle Rowe in What Hidden Lies.’ Click HERE to read the full review. MERVYN SLOMAN, Owner of The Book... read more