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Storytime: Eric the Baboon

Saturday, November 28th 2009 at 11:00 AM

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28 November 2009 @ 11am

Storytime: Eric the Baboon
Linda Fellowes, who wrote our beloved Percy, Pamela and Peter Penguin story has written a new book and she will come and read to us all about Eric the Baboon’s adventures in Eric and the Piece of Cake. Yeah!

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Jo Noero: The Everyday and the Extraordinary: Three Decades of Architecture

Friday, November 27th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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27 November 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Jo Noero: The Everyday and the Extraordinary: Three Decades of Architecture

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Xolela Mangcu: The Democratic Moment

Thursday, November 26th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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26 November 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Xolela Mangcu: The Democratic Moment
The Democratic Moment is, among other things, a look at the mass forces that swept Jacob Zuma to power in 2009 and put an end to the elite politics of the Thabo Mbeki era. Trenchant and provocative as always, Xolela Mangcu looks at the new configuration of power in South Africa and in the process illuminates such topics as the new black elite, the role of Julius Malema, the cartoons of Zapiro and the fortunes of COPE. His is a book that will stimulate ideas, provoke discussion, create controversy and help us understand where we are as a society and a nation.

Xolela Mangcu is well known as a newspaper columnist and public commentator. He writes regularly for Business Day. He is a non-resident Senior Scholar at the Brookings Institution, Washington, and a convener of the Platform for Public Deliberation at the University of Johannesburg. The Platform for Public Deliberation is a not-for-profit think-tank set up to promote a culture of open dialogue on political, cultural, and economic matters affecting South Africa, Africa and the world. His most recent book was entitled To the Brink: The State of Democracy in South Africa.

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Phillipa Cheifitz: South Africa Eats

Wednesday, November 25th 2009 at 6:00 PM

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25 November 2009 @ 6 for 6.30pm

Phillipa Cheifitz: South Africa Eats

Please note this event will take place at La Cuccina Restaurant, Victoria Mall (cnr Victoria and Empire Roads), Hout Bay.

 
Situated at the bottom of a continent teeming with culinary diversity, South Africa is home to a host of different cultures. Now leading South African foodie and author Phillippa Cheifitz provides a delicious sampler of the rich variety of South African culinary tradition in South Africa Eats. Phillippa has asked 13 of SA’s leading foodies, from Dorah Sitole to Mariana Esterhuizen, about their family history, roots and influences – and, most importantly, for a few of their favourite recipes. Inspired by these food traditions and contemporary South African culinary trends – ‘We like it easy to make and delicious to eat,’ says Phillippa — she has also included some of her favourite ‘modern South African’ recipes (South Africa Eats includes approximately 80 recipes in total). We are delighted to be hosting this launch at the lovely La Cuccina Restaurant in Hout Bay.

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Douglas Rogers: The Last Resort – A Memoir of Zimbabwe

Wednesday, November 25th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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25 November 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Douglas Rogers: The Last Resort – A Memoir of Zimbabwe
Walking past a chalet on the way home, I heard the moaning of people humping. For some reason I thought of Lonely Planet. The Bible for international budget travelers had written glowingly of Drifters [backpacker lodge] over the years and had helped make it the hot spot it became on the Cape to Cairo backpacker trail. I wondered what a new edition might make of the current scene: ‘Pizzas have given way to prostitutes at this rustic lodge in the beautiful Eastern Highlands. Comfortable chalets are ideal for coupling, even if the beds are a bit narrow, but the women in the bar are friendly and charge a bargain rate. Good music.”
Zimbabwean-born journalist Douglas Rogers had moved to London and then New York to escape the ‘boring’ farm life, returning to visit his parents only sporadically, watching with dismay as the farm and lodge they had built ran into disrepair. On his next visit though, things were looking distinctly better – there was a new TV and the place had been smartened up. Curious, he asked his parents about this reversal of fortune – they were understandably cagey. He discovers, to his absolute astonishment, that marijuana is growing instead of maize; prostitutes, diamond dealers and refugee white farmers prop up the loge bar; and war veterans and youth militia, loyal to Mugabe, hover outside the gates.
Having left Africa in search of adventure and excitement, he discovers that the great story he had been looking for was happening in his parents’ back yard. And in going home he discovers there is a lot more to his country, himself and his parents than he ever imagined.
Compelling, beautifully written, funny, shocking and moving, this is a very, very good read – highly recommended.

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Criminal (In)Justice in South Africa

Wednesday, November 25th 2009 at 1:00 PM

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25 November 2009 @ 1pm

Criminal (In)Justice in South Africa

Please note this event starts at 1pm
 
Criminal (In)Justice in South Africa: A Civil Society Perspective edited by Chandre Gould of the Instititue for Security Studies. The launch will feature a panel discussion looking at our criminal justice system. The panelists are Chandre Gould and the following contributers to the book: Johan Burger, Andrew Faull, Iole Matthews and Lukas Muntingh.

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Zapiro: Don't Mess with the President's Head

Tuesday, November 24th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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24 November 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Zapiro: Don’t Mess with the President’s Head

Please note: This event will take place at the Platteklip Lodge and Wash Houses, Van Riebeeck Park, Sidmouth Avenue, Oranjezicht

Zapiro returns with his signature wry satirical style to ensure that his audience hovers between shaking their heads in rueful agreement and snorting in mirth. South Africa’s sharpest cartoonist also acts as our national conscience and once again ensures that no event passes by without comment…or a laugh.

Zapiro (aka Jonathan Shapiro) is the acclaimed editorial cartoonist for Mail & Guardian and Sunday Times. His previous cartoon collection, Pirates of Polokwane, was the no. 1 bestseller for in South Africa for a record 5 weeks in a row last year. His most recent awards include the Vodacom Journalist of the year 2009 Western Region and the MISA Press Freedom Award, both awarded in September 2009.

Zapiro’s cartoons pack a punch that lands in your solar plexus … rushes up to your intellect, and bounds back down to your funny bone in an instant.”        Annie Lennox
One of the most brilliant political cartoonists in the world.”      John Pilger

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Dominique Herman: Perfect Weekend

Tuesday, November 24th 2009 at 5:30 PM

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24 November 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Dominique Herman: Perfect Weekend
52 high-profile South African newsmakers in politics, business, sport and art describe their downtime in a book that showcases them in a way they are not traditionally shown: relaxing and having fun. The portraits – taken in a wide variety of locations countrywide from the ocean to the bedroom – are shot by Durbanite Brett Florens, acknowledged by Nikon as one of the world’s most influential photographers. The interviews and words are by an ex-senior journalist for the Cape Times and published author, Dominique Herman.
Among the 52 celebs featured are Desmond Tutu, Marianne Fassler, Derek Watts, Trevor Manuel, Mandoza, Tony Leon, Helen Zille, Maria Ramos, Shaun Pollock, Billy Gundelfinger, Jonathan Shapiro, Mark Lottering, Pam Golding and many more

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Günther Komnick: Impressions

Monday, November 23rd 2009 at 5:30 PM

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23 November 2009 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Günther Komnick: Impressions
With Impressions, award-winning photographer and graphic artist Günther Komnick has brought together 50 years of masterful photography. Since the 1960s he has traveled extensively in Southern Africa, while Egypt, the Middle East and Zanzibar were more recent destinations. It is from this archive, built up over five decades, that he presents a selection for your enjoyment.

Impressions captures a quietude and timelessness that has very little to do with our modern, technologically-driven lifestyles. It is a celebration of colour and composition that is honest yet kind, thoughtful yet joyous.

Turn the pages of this book and escape into a world quite different from your own into which Günther, via his eye and his camera, welcomes you.

 
There will also be a slideshow of Mr Komnick’s remarkable images.

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Storytime: Dr Seuss Day

Saturday, November 21st 2009 at 11:00 AM

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21 November 2009 @ 11am

Storytime: Dr Seuss Day
We love all the stories that this man wrote for our enjoyment and think it is time we have some Seuss-fun again to get us in the mood for the holidays!

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