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Sheila Kohler reading, 1

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Uploaded on Sep 20, 2009

Sheila Kohler reads Cracks at The Raconteur on August 27th.

As many of may know, Alex is getting my MFA in Creative Writing and Literature at Bennington College. Ms. Kohler is one of his professors and he had the pleasure of hearing her read at his most recent residency this past June. Being South African, she pronounces her English phonemes with a strong Dutch inflection, which makes her an absolutely exquisite reader. It's been said that actor Christopher Plummer could captivate an audience by reading the phone book and, indeed, so could Sheila. But instead she'll be reading from her brilliant novel Cracks, a feverish mash up of Lord of the Flies and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie set at a South African boarding school for girls. The film version of Cracks, due out later this year, stars Eva Green (Casino Royale) as the provocative and charismatic Miss G, a teacher who encourages a sapphic crack (or crush) held by one of her pupils. Hormones rage when a beautiful and mysterious new student arrives, inspiring jealousy and umbrage, which lead—perhaps—to her inexplicable disappearance. Sheila Kohler is also the author of six other novels: Crossways, The Perfect Place, Children of Pithiviers, Bluebird: The Invention of Happiness, and Becoming Jane Eyre (due of this Dec).

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