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Launch of Kontax, an M-Book, in association with the Shuttleworth Foundation

Wednesday, September 30th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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30 September 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Launch of Kontax, an M-Book, in association with the Shuttleworth Foundation
South Africa’s latest mobile novel – or m-novel – is called Kontax, and it launches on 30 September. Steve Vosloo of the Shuttleworth Foundation will present on why they are funding this m4Lit (mobile phones for literacy) project, and provide insights into the process of creating an m-novel for teens. Sam Wilson, the author of Kontax, will talk about the story and how he researched and wrote it. They are hoping to have a lively discussion about the place of m-novels in the context of books.

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Sue Williamson: South African Art Now

Tuesday, September 29th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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29 September 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Sue Williamson: South African Art Now
A richly illustrated collection combining moving history with stunning contemporary art, South African Art Now is the first book to document the role of art and artists in the evolution of today’s post-apartheid South Africa. Artist and author Sue Williamson explores five decades of South African art, from early political art in the 1960s (during the apartheid years) to the thought-provoking works that grabbed the international art market’s interest a generation later. Featuring the work of 90 artists and more than 500 color images, and with an insightful foreword from Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, South African Art Now is a valuable resource for collectors, curators, and contemporary art enthusiasts.

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Storytime: Unicorns

Saturday, September 26th 2009 at 11:00 AM

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26 September 2009 @ 11am

Storytime: Unicorns
Local Capetonians Rosemary Kahn and Annie Pigott created a beautiful story about unicorns. Annie did all the illustrations on silk and will bring the originals along to show the children. Join us for a magical morning.

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The Blackheart Gang: The Tale of How

Thursday, September 24th 2009 at 4:00 PM

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24 September 2009 @ 4pm

The Blackheart Gang: The Tale of How
If we were to imagine that a coffee table was a person, then the Tale of How coffee table book should be considered to be some sort of fabulous wig or magical hat that the above-mentioned person could wear out to parties and things. These Parties will probably share very little resemblance to your average ‘birthday-cake-and-balloon’ jobs.
The Tale of How is a bitter dark fantasy. Following the success of the Tale of How animation, The Blackheart Gang finally got round to finish the final stage of the project by creating a coffee table book. The 40 page book includes a DVD with the animation, the print series and a biography of the author and the never before heard account of how the Blackheart gang murdered the above mentioned author and stole his story.
The Tale of How coffee table book makes for a great present for children and widows alike.

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Storytime: Bugs in a Blanket

Saturday, September 19th 2009 at 11:00 AM

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19 September 2009 @ 11am

Storytime: Bugs in a Blanket

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Patrick Bond in conversation with Muna Lakhani on Climate Change and Social Change

Friday, September 18th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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18 September 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Patrick Bond in conversation with Muna Lakhani on Climate Change and Social Change
Will global elites generate a meaningful deal at the Copenhagen Climate Sumit in December? Will African leaders demanding ecological debt repayment walk out of Copenhagen, and will climate activists recreate “Seattle 1999” by disrupting negotiations? Will carbon trading continue to play a central role in elite emissions mitigation strategies? What grassroots, shopfloor alternatives are being developed to halt the planetary eco-system’s destruction?
Join Patrick Bond, author of Climate Change: Carbon Trading and Civil Society in discussion with Muna Lakhani , National Co-ordinator of the Institute for Zero Waste.
Check out more on http://www.goinggreen.co.za/directory/institute-for-zero-waste-in-africa.html
Climate Change: Carbon Trading and Civil Society
With climate change posing perhaps the gravest threat to humanity in coming decades, and with free market economics still hegemonic, it is little wonder so much effort has gone into creating a carbon market, no matter how much evidence has recently emerged about its flaws.
South Africa, a pilot site, has initiated a variety of carbon trading projects with adverse economic, environmental and social impacts. South Africa pollutes at a rate 20 times higher than even the USA, measured by CO2 emissions generated by each GDP dollar per person, so the idea of trading for carbon reductions is seductive – and potentially lucrative. Current state policy is supportive, and a former environment minister is a promoter, along with the World Bank, the Dutch governments and big oil companies.  
This book is a collection of essays by leading academics and collectives in the field of climate change, sustainable energy and social ecology, assembled by Patrick Bond, Rehana Dada and Graham Erion of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the TransNational Institute, to highlight this urgent situation; and asks – ‘Can global warming be mitigated by carbon trading?’ 

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Carol Drinkwater: The Olive Tree

Thursday, September 17th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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17 September 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Carol Drinkwater: The Olive Tree
The Olive Tree charts Carol Drinkwater’s colourful and often dangerous journey in search of the routes that olive cultivation has taken over the centuries. Set during a springtime Mediterranean that is evocative and perennial, it is above all a tale of our time. Troubled by challenges her own South of France farm is experiencing, Carol realises new approaches to farming are becoming essential. Her quest takes her south through Spain, Morocco, Algeria and Italy before she finally returns to her farm. Through her travels and vivid encounters, Carol confronts some of the critical issues of our time – land-care and the harsh realities of diminishing water reserves – and ends her momentous journey in the company of olive growers whose vision for the future is remarkable and ingenious.

Her writing captures the true spirit of the people and places she visits…Drinkwater’s passion and curiosity are contagious…lively prose holds unexpectedly poetic bursts and an insightful account of how the Mediterranean treats a woman travelling alone‘ The Times

Carol Drinkwater has gone in search of olive growers in the west Mediterranean, documenting her travels and travails with good humour and not a little fortitude.’ Choice Magazine

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Dave Chislett: A Body Remembered

Wednesday, September 16th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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16 September 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Dave Chislett: A Body Remembered
We are delighted to be launching A Body Remembered, the debut collection of short stories from author David Chislett.

Chislett previously created and edited the Urban series of short stories which showcased new and previously unpublished authors from 2001 until 2003. A Body Remembered is his first collection of entirely his own work.

The book contains fifteen stories that range from straight-out horror tales to curious slice of life vignettes from the underbelly of South African urban life. ‘My primary concern with most of my writing is the exploration of identity and the meaning it either creates or doesn’t‘ said Chislett of the work, ‘This I explore in most of the stories either through structural or thematic devices. But on the surface, I hope that they are just plain good stories that are fun to read.

Short stories are the fiction of today: bite sized, easy to digest and perfect for reading on the hoof. I hope that lots of people agree with me!’


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Storytime: The Little Prince with Tania van Schalkwyk

Saturday, September 12th 2009 at 11:00 AM

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12 September 2009 @ 11am

Storytime: The Little Prince with Tania van Schalkwyk
The Cape Town poet, Tania van Schalkwyk, recently admitted her love for a certain Little Prince. Who better to come and read this beautiful story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which can be experienced on so many levels, and talk to the little ones about the use of words to create their own planets to live on. And then we will make our own planets on paper.

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Dawn Garisch: Trespass

Tuesday, September 8th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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08 September 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Dawn Garisch: Trespass
We are delighted to welcome Dawn Garisch (whose lovely novel Once Two Islands we launched here last year) back to The Book Lounge, to discuss her latest book, Trespass. This poignant novel is set in 1950’s Cape Town where narrator Phyllis at last resumes her long-interrupted journal, which brings her face to face with her longings and disappointments. Dawn will be in conversation with poet Tania van Schalkwyk.

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