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Lunch with Zakes Mda: Much-loved Author Soon to Release His First Solo Children’s Book

Rachel’s BlueThe Sculptors of MapungubweCharl Blignaut recently wrote an article for City Press about a lunch interview he had with Zakes Mda.

Blignaut writes that, as lunch was wrapping up, he asked the widely-adored Mda what he would be working on next. He was expecting to hear about something along the lines of The Sculptors of Mapungubwe, an allegorical historical epic, or his more recent Rachel’s Blue, which explores the devastation of rape.

However, Blignaut was surprised to find out that Mda will be working on a children’s book called The Prels of Magmaland next. The author says he has always been an advocate of children’s literature.

Read the article:

When I ask what it’s called, he replies: “It’s easier if I write it down.”

On my notepad, in his broad, illustrative handwriting, are the words The Prels of Magmaland.

“Are you playing with African mythology?” I ask.

“No man! It’s a fantasy,” he exclaims. “It’s a book from my imagination. It’s about a tribe that lives inside a volcano.”

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