Nakhane Toure has written a novel and it launches this Thursday at Keleketla! Library.

It’s a big thing to write a novel as anyone, let alone a 27 year old musician, who has not done it because he wants to show off the length and breadth of his talent, but because his is a relevant voice anyway in the choir of young, restless and urgent voices with things to say of our contemporary South African renaissance where everything ”must fall”.

I haven’t read Piggy Boy’s Blues yet, though a few chapters are sitting on my bedside.  I’ve heard good and valid things from at least three trusted sources including Siya Skota and Kwanele Sosibo. As a friend of his, I’m both happy and nervous to read the book. I don’t doubt that it’s going to hold my mind merely because of the type of conversations Nakhane and I engage in when he’s visiting me or me him. I’m nervous because I want it to do well, I want it to go beyond Joburg or South Africa.

In his own words from an interview with Siya Skota, the novel is ”about a twenty something year old guy, Davide, who leaves Johannesburg, to live with his uncle in Alice, a small town in the Eastern Cape, hoping to get some peace of mind. When he does arrive, though, he realises that his uncle is living with another man. There is an obsessive relationship that develops between Davide and this man, which leads to some tragic events. The title was chosen to symbolize some humour in tragedy”.

So in collaboration with Keleketla! Library and BlackBird Publishing (a proudly black situation going on all round here), the book launch is taking place from 18.30 this Thursday 1 October at Kelektla@KingKong, 6 Verwey Street, Doornfontein. The City Press Trending Editor Gugulethu Mhlungu will be in conversation with the author, who also will do a reading, share some personal photographs and lead us into a young tennup afterwards.

Everyone is welcome. Please send your RSVP’s to rsvp@jacana.co.za or 011 628 3200 and bring cash for the cash wine bar!

Image: Delwyn Verasamy for Mail and Guardian 

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