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.