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Reading: Ryland Fisher at Distrix Cafe

RaceI will be reading from my book, Race, at Distrix Cafe in Cape Town between 6 and 8pm on Wednesday, 31 Oct.

Books will be on sale and all are welcome to attend.

I hope to see you there – please note the event details below.

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Read an Excerpt of Race

Here is the link to the excerpt of Race that ran in yesterday’s Sunday Times. There will be more promotional activity coming up as follows: eTV at around 07h10 on Tuesday morning (August 7) and SAfm at around 13h00 on Sunday August 12.

Please tune in. But most importantly, go out and buy the book. And encourage your friends to do the same. We need to get the conversation going.

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Two Reviews of Race

Two reviews of Race are now available online. Here are excerpts, followed by the links to the full reviews.

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What’s in a street name?

Ryland Fisher

It was interesting to listen and read about the various responses to proposed new names for Cape Town streets and other places.

One of the callers to a radio station said that it was clear that the majority of the new names were ANC people and that the ANC would stop at nothing to “replace white history with black history”.

So race becomes an issue once again.

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Racism and identity

One of the problems with South Africans is that we quite often blame racism when it might not even be a factor.

I thought of this last week after reading a story in a newspaper in Port Elizabeth about a Xhosa girl who had been crowned Miss Teen India, or something to that effect.

Immediately after she was named the winner, there was an outcry among the audience, who believed that an Indian girl should have won. The paper called this outcry “racist”.

On the face of it, it seems to be racist, but it could also be that the people who felt offended felt that this was an Indian competition and how does one explain that a Xhosa girl, as she was identified by the newspaper, could win an Indian competition. (more…)


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Welcome to the “Race” Blog

Ryland Fisher (ii)Welcome to my blog. The express purpose of this blog (and that is why it is located within the book.co.za network) is to facilitate discussion around my book, Race, which was launched at the Cape Town Book Fair on Sunday 17 June.

Despite the fact that it was a Sunday afternoon and Father’s Day, we had a capacity crowd at the launch at Marimba’s Restaurant. This again showed to me the interest that exists in the topic of race in South Africa. No matter how much we try to run away from it, race is something that will continue to torment us and we have to talk about it.

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