No, that’s not a misspelling for ‘just summer.’ ‘Just sommer’ is a South African phrase meaning ‘just because.’ As in, why should you attend the next SICCO meeting on Saturday, 7/28/18, at the Worthington Library (2280 Hard Road, Worthington) from 12:30 – 3:00? Just sommer, my china (‘just because, my friend’). Just because, as in South African writer Michelle Pretorius will be our guest speaker. Eish,* how do we find these people? Because we’re kief**, duh. Michelle is not only a doctoral student at Ohio University, but she’s also the author of The Monster’s Daughter (Melville House; novel of dystopian crime fiction in South Africa) and a winner of the Friends of American Writers award (previous winners including Toni Morrison, Celeste Ng and Gillian Flynn). She’s also a winner of Ohio University’s John Cady Graduate Fellowship, and is currently working on a 2nd novel titled Where the Devil Turns (also taking place in South Africa). Michelle, an up-and-coming author you DON’T WANT TO MISS, will be talking about fiction writing, apartheid, South Africa and a whole lot of other stuff. And per usual, we will be gathering at a local restaurant/watering hole afterwards for additional discussion, questions and camaraderie (location to be decided). So waste some time with us on Saturday and revel in our leker indaba ***. Oh, and keep writing.
*exclamation of surprise
** wicked cool
*** great discussion
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