Ways of Staying

Monday, April 26, 2010 - 7:30pm
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W.
Ways of Staying
Ways of Staying

After the brutal, random murder of his cousin, award-winning journalist Kevin Bloom was left with shock, grief, and anger — and one burning question: “Why stay in South Africa?” To celebrate the launch of his memoir, Ways Of Staying (Portobello / House of Anansi Press), Bloom will discuss this query in light of recent social and political developments with fellow journalist and countryman Richard Poplak. Following their conversation, Jared Bland, Managing Editor of The Walrus Magazine, will moderate a Q&A with the audience. Marc Glassman, Executive Director of This is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) will host the evening. -- A TINARS event presented by Portobello Press, House Of Anansi Press, The Walrus Magazine, NOW Magazine, Torontoist.com, and Take Five On CIUT.

Ways of Staying As a journalist, Kevin Bloom had witnessed and reported on the rising tide of violence in post-apartheid South Africa. But when his own cousin was killed in a vicious random attack, the questions he’d been asking about the troubling political and social changes in his country took on a sickeningly personal urgency. Suddenly, it felt as though this South Africa was no longer the place he’d grown up in or the place which felt like home. Still stunned by the loss, Bloom begins to trace the path of violence from the murder of his cousin in the hills of Zululand to the fatal shooting of the historian David Rattray, linking these individual crimes to the riven political landscape and the riots and xenophobic attacks of 2008. His investigation includes an interview with President Jacob Zuma. Visceral, complicated, and compassionate, Ways of Staying is an eloquent account of how the white community is coping with black majority rule, and in particular how one family is coping in the aftermath of their own private tragedy.

Kevin Bloom is an award-winning journalist, editor, and author. He has written for a wide array of publications, winning awards in his native South Africa. Ways of Staying is his first book.

Richard Poplak is the author of the acclaimed Jah, No Man: Growing Up White in Apartheid-Era South Africa, and The Sheik’s Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop Culture in the Muslim World. He has written for, among other publications, The Walrus, and The Globe and Mail and has directed numerous short films, music videos and commercials.

Jared Bland is Managing Editor at The Walrus Magazine. He sits on the board of directors of PEN Canada and is a member of the International Visitors Committee in association with the International Festival of Authors.

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Kevin Bloom: Kate McQuaid, kate@anansi.ca, (416) 363-4343 x 29

TINARS: Chris Reed, coordinator@tinars.ca, (416) 779-7333