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ReadSA Profile: Louis Greenberg

The Beggars' SignwritersKathryn White and Louis GreenbergMy book: The Beggars’ Signwriters, Umuzi, 2006.

Who won’t like it, and who might: Some negative feedback came from people with an innate aversion to whining artists, directionless characters and overlapping plotlines. Other readers enjoyed it for the very same reasons or for others. So if you like whining, libidinous artists, are perhaps directionless, and want the overlapping stories of your sex life and love life and creative life and immigration life slowed down for just a few hours, give it a go.

Where to get it: It’s soon to be an out-of-print collector’s item but it’s still going cheap online. You’ll also get it at the Read SA book sale at Arts on Main in December. Your next chance will probably be on the sale tables.

What’s next?: I’m glad you asked. I’ve edited a compilation of fabulous and fresh South African writing called Home Away. In it, South African immigrants and emigrants consider South Africa from non-South-African cities all over the world. It’s made up of 24 stories over 24 hours, and is called Home Away. It will be published by Zebra Press in April 2010.

I’m also co-writing a horror novel with Sarah Lotz, the zombie queen of the South, and a PhD, and I plan to finish my next novel about whining artists at the end of 2010. This time I don’t take it for granted that anyone will publish it. Watch this space, and hold thumbs.

Five now-public secrets about my writing persona
1. I am trying to end a work-time addiction to Oreos which is senseless because they’re not even that nice as biscuits go.
2. My therapist lives in my office; it is a pewter sparrow called Birdie and I turn to it in times of crisis.
3. I juggle my writing, editing and website jobs on a R39 whiteboard from Mr Price Home. Fully a quarter of the whiteboard is taken up by the words “WHITE BOARD”
4. I act my age; I am a facebook person rather than a twitterer.
5. I am sometimes ashamed by how slowly I read.

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    November 11th, 2009 @09:18 #

    I love this Louis!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    November 11th, 2009 @09:25 #

    You are WAY too self-deprecating. *disapproving of horrendous undersell of excellent book*

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    November 11th, 2009 @09:43 #

    I love this too, Louis.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Jassy</a>
    November 11th, 2009 @11:29 #

    Great profile, if somewhat overmodest! I can't understand why you would want to give up Oreos, Louis. Isn't the whole point that one gets addicted to them? Have you ever tried eating only two biscuits from a foil pack of four?

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    November 11th, 2009 @12:26 #

    I agree with my sisters above. And that's a fabulous hint about the whiteboard! I bought myself a genuine blackboard for my office. Then realised I needed chalk and dusters to go with it. Sigh. Now it's in my freecycle pile.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    November 11th, 2009 @14:33 #

    Yes, too self-deprecating, but it's funny anyway.


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