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Don Garrard: Anecdotage

Friday, July 31st 2009 at 5:30 PM

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31 July 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Don Garrard: Anecdotage
An evening of anecdotes from the world of opera (with a bit of music too) in the company of Dan Garrard, to celebrate his book Anecdotage.
Don Garrard has had a wonderfully distinguished international career as a bass, with a staggering repertoire of over 100 operatic roles – from Boris to Bluebeard, from Sarastro to Wotan. He has appeared with such eminent conductors as Barenboim, Abbado, Solti, Haitink and Sargent; and sung lead bass at Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, Aldburgh, Ottawa, Paris and Santa Fe (to name but a few). He was already described, in 1969, as ‘Probably the greatest bass ever to come from [Canada]’.
Along the way, of course, he has picked up a great many observations and stories, which are gathered together for the first time here in his book Anecdotage, which is a collection of musical limericks to amuse and/or surprise; composed of fluffs, bluffs and gaffes in Opera and Concert.

 

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Drucilla Cornell: Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity

Thursday, July 30th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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30 July 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Drucilla Cornell: Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity

In this book, a major feminist philosopher engages in the work of the actor and director who has progressed from being the stereotypical ‘man’s man’ to pushing the boundaries of the very genres—the Western, the police thriller, the war or boxing movie—most associated with American masculinity. Cornell’s highly appreciative encounter with the films directed by Clint Eastwood revolve around the questions ‘What is it to be a good man?’ and ‘What is it to be, not just an ethical person, but specifically an ethical man?’ Focusing on Eastwood as a director rather than as an actor or cultural icon, she studies Eastwood in relation to major philosophical and ethical themes that have been articulated in her own life’s work. In her fresh and revealing readings of the films, Cornell takes up pressing issues of masculinity as it is caught up in the very definition of ideas of revenge, violence, moral repair, and justice. Cornell discusses films from across Eastwood’s career, from his directorial debut with Play Misty for Me to Million Dollar Baby. Cornell’s book is a work of social commentary and ethical philosophy. In a world in which we seem to be losing our grip on shared symbols, along with community itself, Eastwood’s films work with the fragmented symbols that remain to us in order to engage masculinity with the most profound moral and ethical issues facing us today.

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Storytime: Harry with his Bucketful of Dinosuars

Saturday, July 25th 2009 at 11:00 AM

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25 July 2009 @ 11am

Storytime: Harry with his Bucketful of Dinosuars
Harry and his bucketful of Dinosaurs will be having a bit of a party as they have been around ten years this year. We will be reading some of the best Harry stories and will definitely need your help pronouncing all the difficult dinosaur names.

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Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg: The Murmuring Deep

Thursday, July 23rd 2009 at 12:00 AM

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23 July 2009

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg: The Murmuring Deep
From one of the most innovative and acclaimed biblical commentators at work today, here is a revolutionary analysis of the intersection between religion and psychoanalysis in the stories of the men and women of the Bible.

For centuries scholars and rabbis have wrestled with the biblical narrative, attempting to answer the questions that arise from a plain reading of the text. In The Murmuring Deep, Avivah Zornberg informs her literary analysis of the text with concepts drawn from Freud, Winnicott, Laplanche, and other psychoanalytic thinkers to give us a new understanding of the desires and motivations of the men and women whose stories form the basis of the Bible. Through close readings of the biblical and midrashic texts, Zornberg makes a powerful argument for the idea that the creators of the midrashic commentary, the med­ieval rabbinic commentators, and the Hassidic commentators were themselves on some level aware of the complex interplay between conscious and unconscious levels of experience and used this knowledge in their interpretations.

In her analysis of the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, Jonah, Abraham, Rebecca, Isaac, Joseph and his brothers, Ruth, and Esther-how they communicated with the world around them, with God, and with the various parts of their selves-Zornberg offers fascinating insights into the interaction between consciousness and unconsciousness. In discussing why God has to ‘seduce’ Adam into entering the Garden of Eden or why Jonah thinks he can hide from God by getting on a ship, Zornberg enhances our appreciation of the Bible as the foundational text in our quest to understand what it means to be human.

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Bun Booyens: Sonbrand en Braaiboud – Die Beste van Weg Vol 2

Tuesday, July 21st 2009 at 5:30 PM

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21 July 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Bun Booyens: Sonbrand en Braaiboud – Die Beste van Weg Vol 2
Sonbrand en Braaiboud: die beste van Weg! 2 brings together the best travel writing from Weg magazine. It covers all aspects of travelling in this beautiful country: the dirt roads, the destinations, the gear, the people you travel with and even padkos. This book follows the success of Waar die leeus Afrikaans verstaan, the magazine’s first collection of stories. Much loved Afrikaans authors, including Dana Snyman and Jaco Kirsten, will take you on a trip down memory lane and make you laugh out loud.

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Storytime: Circus Day!

Saturday, July 18th 2009 at 11:00 AM

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18 July 2009 @ 11am

Storytime: Circus Day!
The circus is in town! Or at The Book Lounge! Well, at least circus stories about silly clowns and roaring lions, jugglers and crazy monkeys. Come and listen to stories from the arena and smell the popcorn.

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Yvette Christiansë: Imprendehora

Thursday, July 16th 2009 at 12:00 AM

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16 July 2009

Yvette Christiansë: Imprendehora

Yvette Christiansë’s debut poetry collection, Castaway, was published by Duke University Press in the US in 1999 to high critical acclaim. This collection presented an epic yet fragmented story on the island of St Helena – a port of call for the slave trade in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and also Napoleon’s final place of exile.

This new collection echoes the landscape of Castaway.
At the heart of this exquisitely crafted collection we hear the voices of those carried by slavers in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans after Britain’s Abolition Act of 1807. Imprendehora is the recorded name of one such vessel, seized and delivered to St. Helena. Christiansë invokes those ‘liberated’ from prize vessels only to be sent to the West Indies, the Cape Colony, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Brazil as ‘Liberated Africans’.

These voices endure, resist, and curse, their present. On St. Helena, they listen to the island’s past and present: the mutilated sixteenth-century Fernão Lopez – the island’s sole inhabitant for thirty years – and the furiously devotional nineteenth-century convert, Sister Thomas. In the Seychelles, they are still newly stunned and caught between two worlds.

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Albie Sachs: The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law

Wednesday, July 15th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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15 July 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Albie Sachs: The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law
From a young age Albie Sachs played a prominent part in the struggle for justice in South Africa. As a result he was detained in solitary confinement, tortured by sleep deprivation and eventually blown up by a car bomb which cost him his right arm and the sight of an eye. His experiences provoked an outpouring of creative thought on the role of law as a protector of human dignity in the modern world, and a lifelong commitment to seeing a new era of justice established in South Africa. After playing an important part in drafting South Africa’s post-apartheid Constitution, he was appointed by Nelson Mandela to be a member of the country’s first Constitutional Court. Over the course of his fifteen year term on the Court he has grappled with the major issues confronting modern South Africa, and the challenges posed to the fledgling democracy as it sought to overcome the injustices of the apartheid regime. As his term on the Court approaches its end, Sachs here conveys in intimate fashion what it has been like to be a judge in these unique circumstances, how his extraordinary life has influenced his approach to the cases before him, and his views on the nature of justice and its achievement through law. The book provides unique access to an insider’s perspective on modern South Africa, and a rare glimpse into the working of a judicial mind. By juxtaposing life experiences and extracts from judgments, Sachs enables the reader to see the complex and surprising ways in which legal culture transforms subjective experience into objectively reasoned decisions. With rare candour he tells of the difficulties he has when preparing a judgment, of how every judgment is a lie. Rejecting purely formal notions of the judicial role he shows how both reason and passion (concern for protecting human dignity) are required for law to work in the service of justice.

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An evening of poetry with Seni Seneviratne

Tuesday, July 14th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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14 July 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

An evening of poetry with Seni Seneviratne

Seni Seneviratne is a writer, singer, photographer and performer. She was born in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1951 to an English mother and Sri Lankan father. She has been writing poetry since her early teens and was first published in 1989.

Her poetry and prose is published in the UK, Denmark, Canada and South Africa. Publications include: Flora Poetica, The Redbeck Anthology of British South Asian Poetry, Healing Strategies for Women at War, Language of Water, Language of Fire, Talking Black, Bad Reputation, Miscegenation Blues and children’s anthologies – Masala: Poems from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan & Sri Lanka, Free My Mind.

She won second prize in the Margot Jane Memorial Poetry Prize. She has given readings and performances in Vancouver, Cape Town, and around England. Her poetry was broadcast on radio and recorded as Climbing Mountains and Seven Sisters. Her photography appeared in Feminist Arts News, Autograph Open Photography Show, Signals Changing exhibition and in a solo exhibition Moving Words.

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Storytime: Colour day

Saturday, July 11th 2009 at 11:00 AM

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11 July 2009 @ 11am

Storytime: Colour day
The rainbow has seven colours, the South African flag six and a soccer ball two. Colour is everywhere in our every day, also in many stories. Come along and listen to stories about different colours and what they could mean to us. Yes, there will be colouring in.

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