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Damon Galgut: In a Strange Room

Wednesday, March 31st 2010 at 5:30 PM


31 March 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Damon Galgut: In a Strange Room
A new book by Damon Galgut is always a big event, but the anticipation for his latest, In a Strange Room, has been simply immense, not least because the buzz is that he is just getting better and better.
In his latest, a young man makes three journeys that take him through Greece, India and Africa. He travels lightly, simply. To those who travel with him and those whom he meets on the way – including a handsome, enigmatic stranger, a group of careless backpackers and a woman on the edge – he is the Follower, the Lover and the Guardian. Yet, despite the man’s best intentions, each journey ends in disaster. Together, these three journeys will change his whole life. A novel of longing and thwarted desire, rage and compassion, In a Strange Room is the hauntingly beautiful evocation of one man’s search for love, and a place to call home.
Damon will be in conversation with Book SA editor Ben Williams


Easter Opening

Wednesday, March 31st 2010 at 1:07 PM

Please note that we will be closed on Good Friday (2nd April) and Easter Monday (5th April). Open as usual on Saturday (9.30-6pm) and Sunday (10-4).
Megan  31 March 2010

Panel Discussion on The Energy Crisis with Amandla Magazine

Tuesday, March 30th 2010 at 5:30 PM


30 March 2010 @ 5.30 for 6.00pm

Panel Discussion on The Energy Crisis with Amandla Magazine
The new issue of Amandla magazine has just hit the shelves, and one of the pressing issues they cover therein is a discussion of the energy crisis, both in the context of the controversial rate hikes Eskom are implementing soon, and in the related context of the need for exploring alternative energy sources and means as necessitated by the global struggle for climate justice.
The editorial collective have put together a panel to discuss this ‘hot’ topic – come hear what they have to say, and feel free to contribute!


On the Couch with Don Pinnock and Justin Fox

Monday, March 29th 2010 at 5:30 PM

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29 March 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

On the Couch with Don Pinnock and Justin Fox
Don Pinnock and Justin Fox will be ‘On the Couch’ to talk about their books The Woman Who Lived in a Tree and Africa Lens: 20 Years of Getaway Photography.
Please note: this event will take place at The Rainbow Experience, Mandela Rhodes Place, 23 Church Street


Diagram Prize Winner announced!

Monday, March 29th 2010 at 1:03 PM

The annual prize for the oddest book title has been won by the splendidly eccentric Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes, by Dr Daina Taimina. Last year’s winner was The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais.

This year’s winner is in fact a serious work by a mathematician at Cornell University in New York state. As David Henderson, Taimina’s husband, has explained, a hyperbolic plane “is a simply connected Riemannian manifold with negative Gaussian curvature“. Hyperbolic planes – surfaces with constant negative curvature – which are studied as a branch of non-Euclidian geometry, have traditionally been hard to visualise: Taimina’s breakthrough was to use crochet to create such shapes. Dr Taimina’s work has appeared in an exhibition titled Not The Knitting You Know.

A new book Baboon Metaphysics and other Implausibly Titled Books (available now at the Book Lounge) features some of the best of the illustrious Diagram Prize since it’s inception in 1978.

Although he once said he preferred to be thought of as a poet rather than a novelist, it was his prose that attracted the more critical success.

Megan  29 March 2010

Storytime: Spot

Saturday, March 27th 2010 at 11:00 AM


27 March 2010 @ 11am

Storytime: Spot
Spot the little yellow dog is having his birthday and would love for you to come and join in the fun. Spot the lovable dog created by Eric Hill, comes to live at the Book Lounge, well for today anyway. Definitely a ‘paw print’ day!
Die geliefde geel hond, Otto, vier vandag sy 30ste verjaarsdag en hy wil so graag hê dat jy moet kom saam luister na sy stories by die Book Lounge. Woef woef hoera vir Otto!


Rainmaker by Don Pinnock

Thursday, March 25th 2010 at 5:30 PM

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25 March 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Rainmaker by Don Pinnock
Don Pinnock has established himself as one of South Africa’s foremost journalists, not least in the field of travel journalism. Having recently retired from the position of editor for Getaway magazine, it seems he is now finally free to venture into fiction.
His debut novel, Rainmaker, was shortlisted for the 2008/2009 EU Literary Award, and has now also been published by Jacana.
Rainmaker documents the extraordinary coming-of-age journey of a youth from Bonteheuwel. Ky, a young gangster, knows that township power is in the hand that cocks a 9mm gun. But one day this power gets him into more trouble than he can handle and he is forced to flee his community and the way of life he knows.
Saved from certain death in the gutter by a man who recognises ancient strands in a dream the young man has had, Ky is spirited away deep into the forbidding mountains and into the care of Zimry, a /Xam shaman. Zimry is a Bushman, but the reason Ky pulled the trigger on a gang boss was because he was taunted as being one.
Rainmaker is a novel, but it is also an exploration of identity and a re-evaluation of the centrality of the Coloured people in South Africa’s history.
Don Pinnock will be in conversation with John Parkington, Professor of Archaeology at UCT


Bury Me at the Marketplace: Es'kia Mphahlele and Company – Letters 1943-2006

Wednesday, March 24th 2010 at 5:30 PM


24 March 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Bury Me at the Marketplace: Es’kia Mphahlele and Company – Letters 1943-2006
We are delighted to welcome Professor Harry Garuba and Chabani Manganyi to discuss Bury Me at the Marketplace – the letters of Es’kia Mphahlele.
When Chabani Manganyi published the first edition of selected letters twenty-five years ago as a companion volume to Exiles and Homecomings: A Biography of Es’kia Mphahlele, the idea of Mphahlele’s death was remote and poetic. The title, Bury Me at the Marketplace, suggested that immortality of a kind awaited Mphahlele, in the very coming and going of those who remember him and whose lives he touched. It suggested, too, the energy and magnanimity of Mphahlele the man, whose personality and intellect as a writer and educator would carve an indelible place for him in South Africa’s public sphere.
That death has now come and we mourn it. Manganyi’s words at the time have acquired a new significance: in the symbolic marketplace, he noted, ‘the drama of life continues relentlessly and the silence of death is unmasked for all time‘. The silence of death is certainly unmasked in this volume, in its record of Mphahlele’s rich and varied life: his private words, his passions and obsessions, his arguments, his loves, hopes, achievements, and yes, even some of his failures. Here the reader will find many facets of the private man translated back into the marketplace of public memory.
Despite the personal nature of the letters, the further horizons of this volume are the contours of South Africa’s literary and cultural history, the international affiliations out of which it has been formed, particularly in the diaspora that connects South Africa to the rest of the African continent and to the black presence in Europe and the United States.
This selection of Mphahlele’s own letters has been greatly expanded; it has also been augmented by the addition of letters from Mphahlele’s correspondents, among them such luminaries as Langston Hughes and Nadine Gordimer. It seeks to illustrate the networks that shaped Mphahlele’s personal and intellectual life, the circuits of intimacy, intellectual inquiry, of friendship, scholarship and solidarity that he created and nurtured over the years. The letters cover the period from November 1943 to April 1987, forty-four of Mphahlele’s mature years and most of his active professional life. The correspondence is supplemented by introductory essays from the two editors, by two interviews conducted with Mphahlele by Manganyi and by Attwell’s insightful explanatory notes.
Correspondents include:
Lionel Abrahams, Chinua Achebe, Andre Brink, Adrian Donker, C J (Jonty) Driver, Nadine Gordimer, Andrew Gurr, Langston Hughes, Stuart James, Chabani Manganyi, Njabulo Ndebele, Isidore Okpewho, James Olney, William Plomer, Jenny Stein, Peter Thuynsma, Norah Taylor, Phillip Tobias, Charles van Onselen and Nick Visser.


Storytime: Being Brave

Saturday, March 20th 2010 at 11:00 AM


20 March 2010 @ 11am

Storytime: Being Brave
It is not always easy being brave. It takes a lot of courage and believing in yourself. It takes a tricky situation and seeing how you can make it work best. Today we are reading stories about bravery and we will have a special guest, William Moultrie, who will share with us how being young is no reason not to be brave.


An Evening with Mike Nicol

Friday, March 19th 2010 at 5:30 PM

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19 March 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

An Evening with Mike Nicol
Mike Nicol is a journalist and writer, a denizen of Cape Town’s peninsular city. He teaches a course at the Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town and has been a writer-in-residence both at UCT and the University of Essen, Germany. In 1997 he was a recipient of a German Academic Exchange Service’s Artists-in-Berlin grant. Mike also works occasionally as an editor.
Although his crime novels are set in his home town, he has a soft spot for Johannesburg and everything in between, particularly the dry reaches of the Karoo, that strange heart of the country.
Following the publication of Payback in 2008, the second book in the Revenge Trilogy featuring Mace and Pylon, Killer Country, is now available.
Mike will be in conversation with our very own Mervyn Sloman, and we will have a copy each of Payback and Killer Country to give to one lucky Lounger on the night.