MEE at Belmond Copacabana palace has received a Michelin star, as one of the first restaurants in South America. MEE is led by celebrated BBC TV chef Ken Hom, and opened in February 2014 at the iconic Copacabana Palace, a glorious local landmark located on Rio’s world-famous Copacabana Beach.

Belmond Copacabana Palace’s General Director, Andrea Natal, says of the accolade: “We are delighted to be awarded a Michelin star just over a year after MEE’s opening. This esteemed accolate strengthens MEE’s position not only as the first luxury pan-Asian restaurant in Rio, but also as one of the city’s best restaurants overall”.

Ken Hom comments: “I am extremely proud that MEE has received this coveted recognition. The team and I are passionate about bringing luxury pan-Asian cuisine to Rio de Janeiro and will continue to develop the restaurant’s innovative menu”.

Ken is currently writing his memoir, A LIFE SOUR AND SWEET, to be published next year by Robson Press. In A LIFE SWEET AND SOUR, Ken looks back at his life and how far he’s come since his difficult childhood in Chicago. Leading the reader through his story, this book will be a celebration of everything Ken has learned, offered and achieved so far, and how he became a globally-acclaimed chef and author.


Ivan Vladislavić’s story ‘Exit Strategy’, from his new collection 101 DETECTIVES is published today by Granta Online. You can read the story here

101 DETECTIVES is published by Umuzi in South Africa on 20th April, and in the UK and US by And Other Stories in June. A private-eye convention and a tussle over a Pierneef. A young man’s unsettling experience in the American South and a tragedy off the coast of Mauritius. A bizarre night of industrial theatre and a translator at a loss for words. These are but a few of the fictions in 101 DETECTIVES. A collection of short stories launched his career as a writer: now twenty-six years later, 101 DETECTIVES showcases Vladislavić’s virtuosity as he bends and recasts this literary form in spectacular fashion.

Ivan spoke about the collection on Classic FM last week. Ivan will be appearing at Franschhoek Literary Festival, taking part in the following events:

Friday 15 May

1pm Writers’ libraries Justin Fox asks Belinda Bauer, Imraan Coovadia and Ivan Vladislavić about the books that have influenced them throughout their lives, their reading preferences in general — including how these may have changed at different stages in life, and what influence their reading has had on their writing.

Saturday 16 May

10am Exploring the short form Helon Habila, Jackie Kay, SJ Naude and Ivan Vladislavić talk about the of the short story form, its challenges and rewards, the skills required to master the form, and how they individually have challenged expectations with the stories they’ve written and/or edited.

4pm Authors talking An open discussion, with four authors sitting around a camp fire sharing anecdotes about the writing life. Deon Meyer will lead the discussion, alongside Ivan Vladislavić, Imraan Coovadia and Israeli writer, Eshkol Nevo. 

Sunday 17 May

11.30am The global audience: Who’s reading what you’re writing A discussion about how writing for a global audience influences a writer's choice of subject, style of writing, use of language, etc.

Vladislavić is a novelist, essayist and editor. He lives in Johannesburg where he is a Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand. His work has won several prizes, including the University of Johannesburg Prize, the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction. He was recently awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction.

Praise for Ivan Vladislavić:

‘Ivan Vladislavic is the most significant writer in South Africa today.’ – Focus on Africa

'One of South Africa's most finely tuned observers' – Ted Hodgkinson, The Times Literary Supplement

‘Over the past two decades Ivan Vladislavić’s varied oeuvre has cemented his position as one of the most critically respected novelists currently at work in South Africa.’ – Danny Byrne, Music and Literature



Deon Meyer’s latest crime thriller IKARUS (published in Afrikaans by the Human & Rousseau imprint of NB Publishers), is the #1 bestseller in South African charts, across fiction and non-fiction and in all languages.

In IKARUS, the body of Ernst Richter, founder of the controversial website, is discovered in a shallow grave in the West Coast dunes. The young entrepreneur had been reported missing a month ago, and the police know this is going to be a high-profile case, with the media watching every move. Even under normal circumstances Hawks team members Bennie Griessel and Vaughn Cupido would have had their work cut out for them – but circumstances are anything but normal. Griessel has started hitting the bottle again, with a vengeance, and Cupido has fallen in love . . . with a suspect. Can Benny pull together the strands of his life in time to help catch the killer?

ICARUS will be released in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton in August 2015 and in the US by Grove Atlantic in October 2015, with more publications to follow in France, Germany, Holland and other markets.

Deon Meyer lives in Cape Town. His books are sold in 27 countries, and have been awarded many prizes around the world: the Deutsche Krimi Prize in Germany, the ATKV Prize in South Africa, and Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and Le Prix Mystère de la Critique in France. His novel THIRTEEN HOURS was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA International Dagger and named one of the Top 50 Thrillers of the past five years in The Sunday Times 2014 and HEART OF THE HUNTER was longlisted for the 2005 IMPAC Prize and selected as one of Chicago Tribune's '10 best mysteries and thrillers of 2004'.

Praise for Deon Meyer:

‘Deon Meyer is one of the best crime writers on the planet.’ – Mail on Sunday

‘Deon Meyer's novels... are absolutely worthy of Hammett and Chandler, the great North American Masters of the Thirties and the Forties’ – Carmen Méndez, Expansión

‘A master on vintage form… He is a defining novelist of modern South Africa.’ – Barry Forshaw, Books of the Year 2012, Independent

‘Meyer is brilliant at suspense, a skill that is coupled with beguilingly unabashed social commentary.’ – William Saunderson-Meyer, The Times (SA)