Inside the minds of authors #OpenBookFestival

CapeTalk's John Maytham, broadcasting live from Open Book Festival, interviewed Finland-Swede Philip Teir, author of 'The Winter War'.

Open book Festival is hosted annually in Cape Town and is a platform for up and coming writers to showcase their work.

Over 130 local and international authors will be attend various workshops, readings and discussions until Sunday.

John Maytham described Teir's book as a comedy of manners, a family drama and Aga Saga with bite.

I would say its a funny novel about an unhappy family ... I tried to write about people who are depressed in a funny way

Philip Teir, Author

Part of the book was trying to figure out how the concept of how you want to live and what makes you happy has changed in three generations

Philip Teir, Author

The three generations who are in the book from the younger generation who are my age, its changing very quickly now because its hard to get jobs ... there's no attributes to growing up anymore, you just have to figure it out.

Philip Teir, Author

Listen to the full conversation below:

Maytham also spoke to Canadian author Rawi Hage about his third novel 'The Carnival'. The book tells a story of taxi drivers in an unknown city - the Spiders and a character called Fly.

I drove a cab for many years and i promised myself not to write stories about cab driving but its such a rich existence and the stories just kept gathering that I couldn't resist ...

Rawi Hage, Author

Listen to the full conversation below:

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