INVITATION: Book Launch: The Institute for Creative Dying

  • DATE

    28 March 2023

  • TIME

    12:00 - 13:30


    Merensky 2 Library Auditorium

The Department of Library Services, in collaboration with UP Department of English lecturer Jarred Thompson, invites you to the launch of his debut novel: The Institute for Creative Dying.

Please RSVP here by Friday, 24 March.



12:00 - 12:15    Welcome remarks by programme director Prof Molly Brown

12:15 - 12:45    Jarred Thompson in conversation with Dr. Bonnie Kneen

12:45 - 13:00    Questions and Answers

13:00 - 13:15    Book sales and signing

13:15  13:30    Refreshments


Author: Jarred Thompson

Jarred Thompson is a literary and cultural studies researcher and educator and works as a lecturer in the English Department at the University of Pretoria. He was the winner of the 2020 Afritondo Prize and the runner-up in the 2021 Dream Foundry Prize. He has been the recipient of several prestigious scholarships, including The Global Excellence and Stature Scholarship, The Chris Van Wyk Creative Writing Scholarship, two National Arts Council Grants, and an NRF nGAP scholarship. His debut novel, The Institute for Creative Dying, is published through Picador Africa and Afritondo UK.

Conversant: Dr. Bonnie Kneen

Bonnie Kneen is a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Pretoria. Her research interests include children's and young adult literature, gender and sexuality, girlhood studies, bisexuality, and autoethnography.


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