Journalists rushing to get their Oscar Pistorius books out first into the world market are likely to appear at The Bloody Book Week.

Founded by Radio 702 talk show host Jenny Crwys-Williams five years ago, Africa’s only crime book festival takes place around Joburg from August 6 to 9 2014, event director Wendy Thomé announced in a statement on Monday.

Confirmed to attend are crime superstars Peter James of Britain and local author Deon Meyer.

Twenty-two venues across Joburg (including the Gautrain) will host the writers and audiences.

Thomé explained: “These range from small bookshops to auditoriums, from coffee shops to swish restaurants, as a variety of experiences are brought before the audiences. We have included lunchtime bookreadings by the authors at Exclusive Books.”

Some of the events are participatory – Murder on the Gautrain, a masterclass by Peter James, Deon Meyer and Amanda Coetzee, as well as Great South African Crimes with Sean Brokensha, The Music Guru, setting crimes to music, and foodie Anna Trapido feeding the audience with the “last meals”, and so much more.

Discussions take place at the GIBS Auditorium (Peter James and Deon Meyer looking at their anti-heroes Bennie Griessel and Roy Grace) and Mandy Wiener, Glynnis Breytenbach and others asking: Can the NPA be rescued?

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