The Book Lounge is an independent bookshop in the Eastern Precinct of Cape Town City Centre. We opened in December 2007 and have had the most wonderful response. Talk to our experienced and passionate staff about the book you are looking for or feel free to grill us on what we’ve been reading recently. We pride ourselves on the many interesting book related events that we host – check out our events page for details of what’s coming up. Or just come and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee while relaxing in the Lounge area and perusing our eclectic selection of books. Bring your children to the best kids section in town and if you know of a 3 to 8 year old who likes a good story, every Saturday morning at 11.00 is story time at the Book Lounge. We have a wide and unusual range of books, and if you’re looking for something we don’t have in the shop, we will do our utmost to get it for you. Enjoy the site and please drop us a mail if you have questions, queries about books or comments to share.
Open Book Festival: 9th-13th September 2015
9 – 13 September 2015
It feels like the year has barely started and yet, here we are in March. Time is moving quickly, which is great if you’re waiting for September to arrive, and transform Cape Town into a hub for all things literary.
Each year we’ve been lucky enough to be joined by an amazing children’s book author and illustrator and 2015 is no different. Chris Riddell
, has confirmed he will be in Cape Town! Well known for his collaborative work with Paul Stewart, Russell Brand and Neil Gaiman to name just a few. He is also the author behind the Ottoline
and Goth Girl
series (amongst others). Not to be missed!
As exciting on a different front, are Masha Gessen, Andrey Kurkov, Helen Macdonald and Laura van den Berg.
is a Russian/American journalist, author and activist who has written extensively on LGBT rights. Her latest book, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy
, will be released in April 2015.
Andrey Kurkov, respected author and social commentator and vice-president of Ukrainian PEN has several novels under his belt. In 2014, he published, The Ukraine Diaries: Dispatches from Kiev, the diaries he kept over the course of the Ukrainian revolution which began in November of 2013.
Helen Macdonald has a long standing love of falconry and following the death of her father, made the decision to train a goshawk. The book about her experiences, H is for Hawk, won the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize as well as the Costa Book Award.
Laura van den Berg has published two short story collections, and has just released her much anticipated first novel, Find Me.
They will be joining Karen Joy Fowler, Patrick Gale, Saskia Goldschmidt, Neel Mukherjee, Okey Ndibe and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor.
The Open Book Team
The Open Book School Library Project
The Open Book School Library Project is one that is close to our collective hearts. We are delighted to announce that we will be working with St Mary’s Primary in 2015 and look forward to getting to know the teachers and learners. We have made some changes to the project which we think are going to grow the positive impact we are able to have on learners. Instead of a library – which has to be staffed and is not always easily accessible – we will be putting ‘Open Boxes’ into their Grade R through to Grade 2 classes. The boxes will include a great selection of books, games, DVDS and other resources of value to the teachers. As always, we will run exciting book related events at the school, in particular for those grades we are working with most closely.
Please consider contributing to this very worthy cause – any amount from R100 to R10,000 would be an enormous help! For more details please mail us on email@example.com.
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We are SO excited to be able to announce our brand new Pre-order Special.
As you will know, after a 50 year hiaitus, Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird is publishing a new title. Thought lost for many years, it was recently discovered within the manuscript of Mockingbird, and will be released this July.
We are offering a 20% discount to any customer who orders and pays for the title before publication on July 14th. The published price will be R330, but if you pre-order you will pay only R264. To order please mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood. An instant classic.
We are delighted to be offering, as our first pre-order special of 2015, a 20% discount on all advanced orders of When the Facts Change: Essays 1995-2010 by Tony Judt. The book retails at R525, but if you order and pay before the publication date of 15th April, you will pay only R420. To take […]
Book of the Month
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world’s most underappreciated forces: shame.
‘It’s about the terror, isn’t it?’
‘The terror of what?’ I said.
‘The terror of being found out.’
For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us – people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they’re being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job.
A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding people’s faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control.
Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws – and the very scary part we all play in it.
“…superb and terrifying . . . So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed brings together all of Ronson’s virtues as a writer, to a more serious purpose than hitherto . . . Ronson is a true virtuoso of the faux-naive style. He is so good at it that it’s not irritating . . . Ronson has beautiful comic-prose skills . . . but Ronson’s self-description as a “humorous journalist” is not the whole story. Comedy is his disguise and also his weapon. He is a moralist. Some of his best lines seem casual but contain fierce social diagnoses . . . towards the end of his new book, someone accuses him of “prurient curiosity”. This prompts what may be taken as a statement of the moral approach behind all his work. “I didn’t want to write a book that advocated for a less curious world. Prurient curiosity may not be great. But curiosity is. People’s flaws need to be written about. The flaws of some people lead to horrors inflicted on to others. And then there are the more human flaws that, when you shine a light on to them, de-demonise people that might otherwise be seen as ogres.” At its best, this is exactly what his writing can do . . . relentlessly entertaining and thought-provoking.” Steven Poole, Guardian