Stellenbosch Launch of <em>To the Volcano</em>: 4 March 2020

Stellenbosch Launch of To the Volcano: 4 March 2020

Wamuwi Mbao of the Stellenbosch University English Department interviewed Elleke about To the Volcano at the Stellenbosch launch of the collection, which took place at the Protea Boekwinkel on 4 March 2020.

Barbara Boswell hosts Professor Elleke Boehmer’s book launch

Barbara Boswell hosts Professor Elleke Boehmer’s book launch

The Book Lounge was host to the launch of To the Volcano in Cape Town last month, where Elleke was in conversation with Barbara Boswell of the Department of English at UCT.

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Tales of the amazing light show of life

Tales of the amazing light show of life

This excerpt comes from a piece by Elleke that appeared in the South African Sunday Times on 15 March 2020.

Southern light – anyone who has experienced it recognises instantly – the blazing, concentrated, white-blue light of the southern hemisphere. It bakes the short stories in To the Volcano, which are set in Argentina, South Australia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. This light is in many ways their ultimate source.

In my youth, Durban-born, I always took this light for granted, that is, until suddenly I didn’t have it any more. I had moved to a place 51 degrees north and never thought how much I’d miss it. I’ve spent my time since working my way back to it.

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