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Storytime: Maurice Sendak

Saturday, February 27th 2010 at 11:00 AM

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27 February 2010 @ 11am

Storytime: Maurice Sendak
Today we will be reading great stories by the legendary Maurice Sendak who blessed us all with the book we love, Where the Wild Things Are. He has written and illustrated lots and lots of amazing stories. Wouldn’t it have been amazing to have him read to us, oh well, we can always dream…


Independent Designers' Network at the Book Lounge

Thursday, February 25th 2010 at 6:00 PM


25 February 2010 @ 6 for 6.30pm

Independent Designers’ Network at the Book Lounge
Angi Law from the Independent designers’ Network magazine (IdN) is jetting in from Hong Kong, and on Thursday, 25 February, she will help us launch the 15th Anniversary Edition of their book What Do You Love?, ( featuring specially commissioned work from 250+ of the highly talented creators who have collaborated with them over the last decade and a half, and including a 154-minute DVD.
Angi will be joined by Dylan Culhane,  editor of Vice Magazine and former editor of One Small Seed.
Please note that this event will start at 6:00 for 6:30pm


Storytime: Aliens

Saturday, February 20th 2010 at 11:00 AM


20 February 2010 @ 11am

Storytime: Aliens
We haven’t seen an alien yet at the Book Lounge, maybe today? There are some great stories about creatures and little strange men from other planets. Hmmm, think Martian suits and rockets and space rocks… bring your imagination and who knows on which planet we might end up on.


Looking Inside: Five South African Stories of People living with Albinism

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.


All agog as we await the Shortlist of the 2010 Diagram Prize

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

Plough Music

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

Sam Umukoro: Heartstrings

Sunday, February 14th 2010 at 2:30 PM

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14 February 2010 @ 2.30pm

Sam Umukoro: Heartstrings
Sunday, 14 February is, of course, Valentine’s Day – and what better way to celebrate it than with poetry? We are therefore delighted to welcome Nigerian poet Sam Umukoro for the launch of his new collection of love poetry, Heartstrings. . Sam will be introduced by Professor Harry Garuba, and Jessicah Olivier will be here to talk about the illustrations that adorn the collection.
Please note that this launch will start at 2:30pm


Storytime: Love

Saturday, February 13th 2010 at 11:00 AM


13 February 2010 @ 11am

Storytime: Love
A day to tell someone you love them. That you appreciate them in your life and that you can’t believe how lucky you are to share special days with them. A day full of hearts 🙂 and of course stories.


Stop Press! New Peter Carey novel just in…

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.

“[An] exhilarating tour de force…Fizzing with the fictional panache that has twice won him the Booker prize.”    Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

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

Megan  11 February 2010

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



John Linnegar: Engleish our Engleish

Wednesday, February 10th 2010 at 5:30 PM


10 February 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

John Linnegar: Engleish our Engleish
Join us to launch Engleish, our Engleish: Common Errors in South African English and how to resolve them by well-known local editor, John Linnegar. This is set to become a standard reference work on proper English usage in South Africa, especially for those for whom it is not a first language. John will be in conversation with Mbuyisazwe Hector Tshabalala, the Editor-in-Chief: Language Services Section of Parliament.


Hester Se Brood deur Hester van der Walt

Tuesday, February 9th 2010 at 5:30 PM


09 February 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Hester Se Brood deur Hester van der Walt
Hester van der Walt sal in gesprek wees met Peter Veldsman, restauranteur van die befaamde Emily’s by die Kloktoring in die Kaapse Waterfront, bekende skrywer, en internasionaal bekroonde chef. 
Kom geniet saam met ons ʼn stukkie van Hester se heerlike brood en ʼn glasie Leopard’s Leap wyn, geborg deur Leopard’s Leap.
Hester van der Walt sal gesels oor die boek en daaruit voorlees.  
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Meer oor die boek:
     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, intuïtiewe 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.

Meer oor die skrywer:

Na ʼn 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.