American wordsmith, meticulous researcher and novelist extraordinaire, Barbara Kingsolver is visiting Cape Town to promote her new book Flight Behaviour.  She’s also in the country for talks concerning a screen adaptation she’s working on of The Poisonwood Bible, a tome which took her 18 years to complete.

Barbara Kingsolver speaks at Kalk Bay Books. Photo: Karen Larsen

Barbara Kingsolver speaks at Kalk Bay Books. Photo: Karen Larsen

Articulate and incredibly witty, whether she’s discussing her craft, how she creates her characters or reading excerpts from her work, she captivated everyone who skipped President Zuma’s State of the Nation address to attend her launch at Kalk Bay Books.  Local poet and author Finuala Dowling led the chat.

Photos and text by Karen Larsen

Poet Finuala Dowling in conversation wth Barbara Kingsolver at Kalk Bay Books. Photo: Karen Larsen

Poet Finuala Dowling in conversation wth Barbara Kingsolver at Kalk Bay Books. Photo: Karen Larsen