Mail & Guardian Literary Festival 2013


The Mail & Guardian in association with The Market Theatre and SAFM presents…

Nadine Gordimer, Adam Habib, NoViolet Bulawayo, Ronnie Kasrils, Isabel Hofmeyr, Shaun de Waal, Craig MacKenzie, Imraan Coovadia and Niq Mhlongo are among the writers, thinkers, academics and activists who will be taking part in the fourth Mail & Guardian Literary Festival at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg from August 30 to September 1.

The festival will pay tribute to and draw inspiration from the late Chinua Achebe, adopting as its theme and sub-title Achebe’s children: Africa’s suspended revolutions. In the keynote address on Friday 30 August, Adam Habib, the new vice-chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, will talk about South Africa’s suspended revolution.


The festival’s theme chimes also with Habib’s forthcoming book, South Africa’s Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects, which will be published by Wits University Press and Ohio University Press in August. The book is billed as shedding “light on how individuals and institutions can, with imagination, act against the grain of a given historical moment and transform the options available to society”.

A wide range of South African publishers and university presses are the festival’s partners. They are: Jacana, Jonathan Ball, Kwela, Modjadji Books, NB Publishers and its imprint Zebra Press, Pan Macmillan and its imprint Picador Africa, Random House Struik and its imprint Umuzi, UKZN Press and Wits University Press.

Click HERE for bookings and additional information.

The Long View by JP Landman

Now is the time for reflection; the time for the tough questions. Is South Africa going to make it? Are we going to become a shining example of a modern society, a proud member of the world’s leading countries? Are we going to be okay?

…or are we becoming a failed state?


Despite forming the foundation of our worst fears as a country, these are the very same questions that South Africans everywhere ask themselves. Through his book, The Long View, JP Landman provides simple but compelling answers. By questioning and challenging the pre-conceived ideas and the media-portrayed examples of what members of the public might deem a ‘modern and developed’ society, JP Landman goes beyond the here and now to give readers a solid, long-term, and informed view; or what he calls The Long View.

As an economist, Landman deals neither in optimism nor pessimism, only realism. His vision of South Africa’s future transcends the daily drama of the snap shots seen on TV and in the media, providing a proper understanding and view of the realities of this country. The answer to your questions is not a knee-jerk or a thumb-suck. Let the truth speak; this is information you can hold on to.

Know the facts. Know your country.

About the Author


JP Landman is an analyst, renowned for his talks on South Africa. He has studied economics at Harvard and has an MPhil in future studies from Stellenbosch. He is the Visiting Professor at Free State University. In 2013, he was selected as a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington DC.

View JP’s website HERE

Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781920292102