Don’t be a late bloomer, says author

Rondebosch author Anne Schlebusch in conversation with Twanji Kulula of Gardens.

Bloomer, a novel by Anne Schlebusch, of Rondebosch, tells the story of how Maggie, a 70-year-old baby boomer, decides that the “Covid thing” will be her saving grace and reconnects with her artistic spirit. Ms Schlebusch was in conversation with Twanji Kulula at a book launch held at Exclusive Books, Cavendish Square, on Tuesday March 7. Ms Schlebusch, who will be participating in the Franschhoek Literary Festival in May, has written three young-adult novels and was a joint winner of the 1995 Young Africa Award for one of them. Bloomer is her first adult novel. Her tip for old age? “Don’t be a late bloomer, climb on the stage now and sing with the choir, elect to bloom,” she says. Bloomer is published by Modjaji Books.

Joy Fish from Rondebosch with Ruth Tennent of Kenilworth.
Kristi Rossouw of Wynberg has her book signed by author Anne Schlebusch.
Silwood Book Club members, from left, Gill Douglas, Cheryl van Niekerk, Arlene Stephenson, Linda Hawthorn and Mary Lennox.
Haaniem Moosa from Newfields, Alfie Slingers from Grassy Park, Natasha Manuel from Ravensmead and Jimmy Slingers from Pinelands.