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Storytime: Halloween

Saturday, October 31st 2009 at 11:00 AM

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31 October 2009 @ 11am

Storytime: Halloween
Big-eyed monsters and floating ghosts and witches with crooked noses and black cats and pumpkins can only mean Halloween. Come and have a fun morning with us, who knows what kind of surprises there could be if you say, ‘Trick or Treat?’
And the very lovely Niki Daly will be joining us for an extra special Halloween treat!

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Sonia and Alexandre Poussin: Africa Trek – In the Footsteps of Mankind from the Cape of Good Hope to Mount Kilimanjaro

Thursday, October 29th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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29 October 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Sonia and Alexandre Poussin: Africa Trek – In the Footsteps of Mankind from the Cape of Good Hope to Mount Kilimanjaro
Alexandre and Sonia Poussin undertook to walk the length of Africa entirely on foot, from the Cape of Good Hope to the Sea of Galilee. In a three-year trek along the great Rift Valley of East Africa, their goal was to symbolically retrace the passage of early man, from Australopithecus to Modern Man. Travelling without sponsors or a support team, Alexandre and Sonia’s slow pace and humble approach triggers generosity, enthusiasm and new perspectives of the African continent.
 
Africa Trek has been a bestseller in the US and France and has won many awards, as has the film made by Sonia on their travels. This is the first edition published on the African continent.

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Ten Years of the Caine Prize for African Writing

Wednesday, October 28th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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28 October 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Ten Years of the Caine Prize for African Writing
Celebrating 10 years of the leading literary prize for African fiction, the 10 winning stories are brought together in one book along with a story each from Chinua Achebe, J M Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer and Ben Okri. It includes authors for whom the Caine Prize has been the springboard to successful publishing deals – including Helon Habila and Segun Afolabi, and underlines the Caine Prize as the ‘African Booker’ by including a story each from the four African Booker Prize winners: Chinua Achebe, J M Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer and Ben Okri.
The Caine Prize for African Writing is named in memory of the late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker plc. He was Chairman of Africa 95, and Chairman of the Booker Prize management committee for almost 25 years.

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Eben Venter: Santa Gamka

Tuesday, October 27th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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27 October 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Eben Venter: Santa Gamka
The Karoo has become too hot for Lucky Marês. In the most literal way imaginable. Neither his quick-wittedness nor his good looks will save him. Luck has run out for this native of the town Santa Gamka, son of a farmworker. Just seven minutes and everything will be over. That his last adventure on earth is to be locked in a potter’s kiln!
It is from this hellhole, the threshold of death, that Lucky takes stock of his short but adventurous life: His birth and sensual awakening on the farm Bethesda, his introduction to the world of words and books by Mr D’Oliviera, his sexual initiation with his aunt Diané and his exploration of new horizons following the enigmatic nomadic couple Eddy and Eamonn. But he actually tells of his seven big adventures, his seven clients.
 
Ebenhaezer (Eben) Venter was born in Burgersdorp and grew up on a sheep farm. He matriculated at Grey College in Bloemfontein. He first studied at Potchefstroom and later obtained a BA Honours degree at RAU and an MA degree in Philosophy at the University of Port Elizabeth. He was a junior lecturer in philosophy at RAU and also worked as a journalist and a copywriter. His debut short story collection, Witblitz, appeared in 1986. His novels Foxtrot van die vleiseters, Ek stamel, ek sterwe and Begeerte all received the WA Hofmeyr Prize for best Afrikaans novel of the year. His books have been translated into English, German and Dutch.

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Wor(L)ds

Saturday, October 24th 2009 at 3:00 PM

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24 October 2009 @ 3pm

Wor(L)ds
Following the lettercarving collaboration between South African and Belgian artists and poets from 2008, we are very pleased to be hosting the launch of Wor[l]ds, the beautiful book that was put together to showcase this collaboration, in which a number of different stonecarvers set their craft to work on different poems. This project also included the training of a number of local carvers whose work will be available to view at the studio of the Number One Lettercarvers at the Castle from 1.45 to 2.45. We will then start the book launch at the Book Lounge at 3.00pm which will also include a short graduation ceremony for the carvers that have passed their training course.

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Storytime: Things that Go

Saturday, October 24th 2009 at 11:00 AM

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24 October 2009 @ 11am

Storytime: Things that Go
Things that Go. Brrmm. Let’s read some tales of flying, driving, sailing, even maybe a train story. We can simply add wheels to our stories and see where the road takes us.

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South African Horrorfest at the Book Lounge!

Friday, October 23rd 2009 at 5:30 PM

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23 October 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

South African Horrorfest at the Book Lounge!

Feel like a good scare in the run-up to Hallowe’en? Come and hear the best of local horror writing from thje likes of Lauren Beukes, Sarah Lotz, Werner Pretorius and more. Bring your jack o’ lanterns!

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Andrew Brown: Refuge

Thursday, October 22nd 2009 at 5:00 PM

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22 October 2009 @ 5pm for 5.30

Andrew Brown: Refuge

Please note: the launch of this marvellous new novel will take place at the Centre for the Book.

When a criminal lawyer meets a beautiful Nigerian immigrant, his life starts to spiral out of control. Disillusioned with his marriage and the path his life has taken, Richard finds respite in Abayomi’s exotic and sensual world. But as his involvement in Cape Town’s refugee community deepens, he is drawn into a murky underworld of deception, brutality and corruption. Not even his professional dealings with a notorious Russian ganglord have prepared him for the dangers that await.
Provocative, shocking and unflinchingly honest, Refuge explores the plight of refugees in South Africa, the entanglements of the criminal justice system and the pervasiveness of organised crime. With this gripping tale of prejudice, desire and betrayal, award-winning author Andrew Brown has again produced and intelligent page-turner.

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I've just finished reading The Last Resort by Douglas Rogers…

Thursday, October 22nd 2009 at 2:14 PM

…and absolutely loved it. Douglas is a Zimbabwean born journalist who, bored with farm life, moved to London and then New York in search of adventure. Little did he know that the extraordinary events unfolding on his parents farm and lodge would be the adventure he sought – and then some!

As the backpackers and tourists were replaced with prostitutes, diamond dealers and homeless white farmers, and the greedy paranoia of the Mugabe regime closed in, his parents were constantly adapting and surviving, through drastic and devastating changes to the country, to hold on to their land.
Beautifully told, with an almost wide-eyed wonder at the events taking place in his homeland and around his parents, this book is by turns funny, moving and breathtakingly shocking. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get an idea of just what it is like to try and get by in the craziness that is Zimbabwe.
 
Happily, Douglas will be here at the Book Lounge to launch the book, in conversation with Max du Preez, on November 25th. Not to be missed!

Megan  Thursday, October 22, 2009

Danie Marais: As Almal Ver Is: Suid Afrikaners Skryf Huis Toe

Wednesday, October 21st 2009 at 5:30 PM

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21 October 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Danie Marais: As Almal Ver Is: Suid Afrikaners Skryf Huis Toe
Popular authors, including Antjie Krog, Achmat Dangor, Eben Venter and Sindiwe Magona, explore the realities of living overseas. Following the initial excitement, the longing for home sets in and they discover what really binds them to their motherland. Their experiences will resonate with every South African who has ever lived abroad or whose family is living there.
Danie Marais was born in Kimberley. He completed school in 1989 at the Menlopark High School and in 1993 he completed a B. Com. Degree with law subjects at the University of Stellenbosch.
He studied teaching at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität in Oldenburg, Germany, where he majored in German, mathematics and philosophy.
In 2002, after nine years abroad, he returned to South Africa. His first volume of Poetry, In die buitenste ruimte, was published in 2006 and consequently received the Eugène Marais, Ingrid Jonker and UJ Debut Prizes.
In 2007 he was invited to the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He also participated in Poetry Africa in Durban in 2007. He is currently a freelance journalist in Cape Town.

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