Saturday, February 27th 2010 at 11:00 AM
Thursday, February 25th 2010 at 6:00 PM
25 February 2010 @ 6 for 6.30pm
Independent Designers’ Network at the Book Lounge
Saturday, February 20th 2010 at 11:00 AM
20 February 2010 @ 11am
Wednesday, February 17th 2010 at 5:00 PM
17 February 2010 @ 5 for 5.30pm
Looking Inside: Five South African Stories of People living with Albinism
Presented by the HRMC. The life stories of Vuyiswa Kama, Vinkosi Sigwegwe, Nomonde Ngcizela, Mandisi Bangelo and Lucky Jackson courageously break the barriers in our understanding of what it is like growing up with and living with Albinism in South Africa.
Wednesday, February 17th 2010 at 1:14 PM
From Bacon: A Love Story to An Intellectual History of Cannibalism, Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich and The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin, the Bookseller magazine has announced the longest ever longlist for its annual Diagram Prize for the oddest book title of the year.
A strong leaning towards the scatological characterises many of the 49 longlisted books, with Peek-a-poo: What’s in Your Diaper?, Father Christmas Needs a Wee, Is the Rectum a Grave? and The Origin of Faeces all vying for a place on the shortlist.
The prize’s custodian, Horace Bent, said he received a total of 90 submissions for this year’s prize, almost three times as many as last year, but was forced to reject many of them for either being too old – Sketches of a Few Jellyfish was published in 1880, and On Sledge and Horseback to Outcast Siberian Lepers in 1895 – or for failing to meet his “properly published” criteria.
“The adage that everyone has a book in them may well be true, but that doesn’t mean every Tom, Dick and Harry out there can bash a few words out on a keyboard and then upload it to Scribd with a humorous title like The Historic Adventures of the Purple Waffle Iron on His Horse Made of Asparagus, and then think they have a chance at winning my prestigious award. I refuse to acknowledge such submissions” Bent said.
Titles with a strong chance of making the shortlist – which will be announced on 19 February – include Dental Management of Sleep Disorders, Mickey Mouse, Hitler and Nazi Germany and Advances in Potato Chemistry and Technology. Once the shortlist is revealed, the public will then be asked to vote for their favourite, with the winner to be announced on 26 March.
The prize, set up in 1978 during a particularly dull day at the Frankfurt book fair, has been won in the past by titles including American Bottom Archaeology and Greek Rural Postmen and their Cancellation Numbers. Last year’s award was controversially taken by The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-Milligram Containers of Fromage Frais, which was written by a computer.
The longlist in full:
100 Girls on Cheap Paper
A Tortilla is Like Life
Advances in Potato Chemistry and Technology
Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter
An Intellectual History of Cannibalism
Bacon: A Love Story
Baptist Autographs in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester 1741-1845
Bondage for Beginners
Briefs for the Reading Room
Budgeting for Infertility
Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich
Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes
Curbside Consultation in Cornea and External Disease
Cute Yummy Time
Dental Management of Sleep Disorders
Father Christmas Needs a Wee
Fluffy Little Kitten in Fluffy’s Brother
Food Digestion and Thermal Preference of Toad
Governing Lethal Behaviour in Autonomous Robots
How YOU Are Like Shampoo: For Job Seekers
I Stopped Sucking My Thumb…Why Can’t You Stop Drinking?
I’m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears
Is the Rectum a Grave?
Jokes by the Not So Famous Redneck
Map-based Comparative Genomics in Legumes
Mickey Mouse, Hitler and Nazi Germany
My Hare Line Meets the Brown Rabbit
Obama Guilty of Being President While Black
Peek-a-poo: What’s in Your Diaper?
Planet Asthma: Art and Activity Book
Plug-in Electric Vehicles: What Role for Washington?
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Bean Conference
Schoolgirl Milky Crisis
Soft Drink & Fruit Juice Problems Solved
Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing
The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
The First Home-Built Aeroplanes
The Great Dog Bottom Swap
The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin
The Origin of Faeces
The Quotable Douchebag
The True History of Tea
The Wild World of Girly Men and Masculine Women – And Why Americans Suffer from So Many Other Idiotic Syndromes!
Venus Does Adonis While Apollo Shags a Tree
What Horses Do For Us
What Kind of Bean is this Chihuahua?
Megan 17 February 2010
Sunday, February 14th 2010 at 2:30 PM
14 February 2010 @ 2.30pm
Sam Umukoro: Heartstrings
Saturday, February 13th 2010 at 11:00 AM
13 February 2010 @ 11am
Thursday, February 11th 2010 at 1:10 PM
Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatised child of survivors of the Revolution. Parrot the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Born on different sides of history, their lives will be brought together by their travels in America. When Olivier sets sail for the New World, ostensibly to study its prisons but in reality to save his neck from one more revolution – Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil. As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot and Olivier, and their picaresque travels together and apart – in love and politics, prisons and the world of art – Peter Carey explores the adventure of American democracy, in theory and in practice, with dazzling wit and inventiveness.
“One hell of a ride … there are scenes here as dramatic and as poignant as any Carey has ever written … At the same time, Parrot and Olivier contains some wonderfully funny moments.” John Preston, Sunday Telegraph
“Carey is a wily and supremely confident storyteller on a grand scale … Within the covers is a complex discussion of the philosophy of democracy, and yet Parrot and Olivier is most strikingly beautiful at its most elemental.” Russell Celyn Jones, The Times
“A brilliantly written ripsnorter of a yarn … Carey doesn’t so much reanimate history by back-projecting modern-day concerns on to the past as make it come alive in lurid living colour.” Peter Murphy, Irish Times
Wednesday, February 10th 2010 at 5:30 PM
10 February 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm
John Linnegar: Engleish our Engleish
Tuesday, February 9th 2010 at 5:30 PM
09 February 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm
Hester Se Brood deur Hester van der Walt
Hester se Brood is gesetel in ‘n dorpie in die Klein Karoo, waar Hester van der Walt brood in ‘n houtbakoond vir die plaaslike mark bak. Soos twee groot geeste van weleer, C. Louis Leipoldt en Martin Versveld, het sy ‘n diepgewortelde, intuÃ¯tiewe aanvoeling vir die konneksie tussen siel en kos; veral kos wat met sorg, volgens tradisionele beginsels en metodes, voorberei word. Saam met gulhartige porsies sielskos, verskaf hierdie eerlike (en heerlike) plat-op-die-aarde boek ook resepte wat jou gaan wys hoe om klasieke Europese brode, soos ciabatta, focaccia, kitke en baguettes te bak, asook plaaslike gustelinge, soos outydse suurdesembrood.
‘n Fyn sin vir humor, en ‘n groot waardering vir die magiese spel tussen vuur en hout, graan en sout, water en gis en tyd – die basiese elemente wat nodig is om goeie brood te bak – maak hierdie boek net so onweerstaanbaar soos die reuk van brood, kraakvars uit die oond.
Die publikasie van Hester se Brood is ruim ondersteun deur die Hiemstra Trust.
Na Å‰ loopbaan in verpleegkunde en gesondheidsnavorsing het Hester van der Walt haar in McGregor gevestig waar sy deesdae brood bak vir die plaaslike mark. Sy skryf graag poësie en kortverhale. Hester se Brood het in Desember 2009 verskyn.