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Storytime: Oliver Jeffers Day

Saturday, May 29th 2010 at 11:00 AM


29 May 2010 @ 11am

Storytime: Oliver Jeffers Day
We love Oliver Jeffers. We loved him last year. We love him this year. He made his first story about a girl called The Heart and The Bottle which is sad and beautiful. We will read all his old ones too and maybe write him a Big Card to say he must come and visit us here in South Africa.


Encounters with André Brink

Friday, May 28th 2010 at 5:30 PM


28 May 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Encounters with André Brink
Encounters with André Brink is a collection of personal essays written by some of the men and women who have briefly or over many years shared their lives with André Brink: family members; friends and lovers; publishers and translators; colleagues, students, fellow writers and other artists.

Commissioned by his wife Karina Magdalena Szczurek, and edited by Michiel Heyns, the publication celebrates his life as witnessed through the eyes of the people he has encountered on his fascinating and eventful path. The collection forms a tapestry of unique stories from around the world which reflect on the renowned South African author as he is known by those who have been close to him.

Encounters with André Brink captures moving, funny, and nostalgic episodes from the lives of the contributors and their subject. Some remember the circumstances of their first meeting with André Brink; some deal with the nature of their relationship; others focus on key moments in their trajectories. All royalties will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.


Patricia Schonstein: Banquet at Brabazan

Thursday, May 27th 2010 at 5:30 PM


27 May 2010 @ 5.30-6pm

Patricia Schonstein: Banquet at Brabazan
We are delighted to be launching the new novel from local novelist, Patricia Schonstein. In Banquet at Brabazan, she takes us to the heart of Cape Town’s violent inner city, creating a cornucopia of events featuring superb food, romance, a cappella, an angel, Shakespearean drama, reflections on South Africa’s war in Angola, drug-money, a muti murder, visions of the Afterlife and various works of fine art with flashbacks to the wondrous A Time of Angels.
The novel is rich with her characteristic use of fabric, fine-art, poetry and magic as well as her deep and philosophical questioning of the human condition.
At core, Banquet at Brabazan is the story of an enduring, secret love affair between a boss and his secretary who create a fantastical, magical, theatrical, costumed, Italianate life for themselves within the confines of her apartment.
Outside of that contrived space, exists the real world of loneliness, xenophobia and crime that have come to mark post-apartheid South Africa.
Patricia Schonstein deftly leads us through both worlds, allowing the lives of a small group of people, who have not met before, to intersect over a period of ten days at Brabazan Bar & Lodge, in Long Street, Cape Town. Here she reveals a poignant and beautiful patina of hope and love.
With this, her sixth novel, Patricia affirms herself as one of South Africa’s leading authors and a master of magic-realism.
Patricia will be in discussion with Hugh Hodge.
In partnership with Jacana and the Cape Times, 10% of this evening’s sales of Banquet at Brabazan will be donated to Equal Education. To find out more, visit


Braam Malherbe: The Great Run – Conquering the Sleeping Dragon Within: Life's Lessons on the Run

Wednesday, May 26th 2010 at 5:30 PM

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26 May 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Braam Malherbe: The Great Run – Conquering the Sleeping Dragon Within: Life’s Lessons on the Run
Everyone said it couldn’t be done – even internationally renowned sports scientists such as Dr Tim Noakes. Certainly no-one had done it before, though many had tried: to run the Great Wall of China, end to end, non-stop. Such a run would start in the Gobi Desert, cross the jagged Taihang Shan range, and end at the Bo Sea. It would involve blood boiling heat and mummifying sandstorms, soul-numbing mountain nights, incidents with bandits and draconian officials, pig’s-head soup and bearing witness to large-scale environmental devastation.
But no-one had counted on the tenacity of South African nature-lover Braam Malherbe.
In running the main intact section of the Great Wall, 4 500 kilometres end to end, Braam and his running partner David Grier set a world first. But Braam would have to call on reserves far deeper – physically and emotionally – than even he realised he had. China was never going to let him off lightly; then again, it would not leave a worthy traveller unmoved or unchanged. What began as a running-away, from long-buried childhood trauma, family suffering and loss, as well as hurt felt for the state of the planet, would eventually become a journey towards inner peace and understanding. The journey concludes with the writer running into a new vision of healing the planet, step by small step, one person at a time.
Don’t miss Braam Malherbe’s The Great Run, the story of his Great Wall of China adventure.


Lauren Beukes: Zoo City

Tuesday, May 25th 2010 at 5:30 PM

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25 May 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Lauren Beukes: Zoo City
Zinzi has a talent for finding lost things. To save herself, she has to find the hardest thing of all…the truth.
Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit and a talent for finding lost things. But when a client turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheck, she’s forced to take on her least favourite kind of job – missing persons.
Being hired by famously reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a teenybop pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass, marked by their animals, live in the shadow of the undertow.
Instead, it catapults Zinzi deeper into the underbelly of a city twisted by crime and magic, where she’ll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former lives – including her own.
Zoo City is the intoxicating second novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Moxyland. Set in a wildly re-imagined Johannesburg, it swirls refugees, crime, the music industry, African magic and the nature of sin together into a heady brew. It’s a riveting contemporary muti noir with echoes of China Miéville and Philip Pullman.
Lauren Beukes is an author, cartoon scriptwriter, award-winning columnist and self-described recovering journalist. She’s also published a rollicking non-fiction, Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past and various short stories, most recently as part of the cell phone lit project, Novel Idea. She is head scriptwriter at SA’s largest animation studio, Clockwork Zoo.
Lauren will be in discussion with Sarah Lotz, acclaimed author of Pompidou Posse and Exhibit A.
In partnership with Jacana and the Cape Times, 10% of this evening’s sales of Zoo City will be donated to Equal Education. To find out more, visit


Open Shehuda Street Lectures: Should Israel be Boycotted?

Monday, May 24th 2010 at 5:30 PM

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24 May 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Open Shehuda Street Lectures: Should Israel be Boycotted?
The second session in the Open Shuhada Street lecture series will take place on Monday 24th May with Prof. Steven Friedman speaking on Should Israel Be Boycotted? with Judge Dennis Davis as the discussant. Open Shuhada Street ( is an organisation dedicated to giving solidarity to Palestinian and Israeli activists working together to peacefully end the Occupation and human rights abuses particularly in the West Bank with a focus on Hebron.The lecture series has been organised with the aim of educating people more about the situation in Israel and Palestine with expert speakers and engaging topics.
Steven Friedman is a research associate at Idasa and visiting professor of politics at Rhodes University. He is Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Rhodes University and University of Johannesburg. He is a newspaper columnist and a media commentator on South African politics. His academic speciality is the study of democracy. He wrote Building Tomorrow Today, a study of the trade-union movement, and edited two studies of the South African transition.
Dennis Davis is a Judge of the High Court of South Africa and Judge President of the Competition Appeal Court of South Africa. He has held professorial appointments at both the University of Cape Town and University of the Witwatersrand, where between 1991 and1997, he was also the director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies. He also held visiting appointments at Harvard and New York Law School.


Storytime: Horses

Saturday, May 22nd 2010 at 11:00 AM


22 May 2010 @ 11am

Storytime: Horses
Gallop. Trot. Canter. Run. Horses! Today we are reading stories about those magnificent animals who run wild and who can also be our great friends. Come along and listen to the magic of the horses.


Ingrid Winterbach: Benederyk

Friday, May 21st 2010 at 5:30 PM

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21 May 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Ingrid Winterbach: Benederyk
‘n Nuwe roman deur hierdie skrywer is ‘n belangrike gebeurtenis. En sy stel haar lesers nie teleur nie: Dis die verhaal van twee broers – Aaron en Stefaans Adendorff – die een ‘n skilder, die ander ‘n eks-verslaafde. Aaron se galery-eienaar, Eddie Knuvelder, laat hom lelik in die steek (nadat Aaron gehoop het Knuvelder sal van sy jongste skilderye kies vir ‘n uitstalling in Duitsland) en Bubbles Bothma, buurvrou en vriendin extraordinaire, kom met verskeie onwaarskynlike oplossings vir sy benarde situasie. Terwyl broer Stefaans deurentyd verslag lewer van sy labirintiese dwaalweë en sy soektog na die herkoms van hulle ontwykende derde oupa.  Apokalipties en burlesk!
‘Klassiek Winterbach: veelvlakkig, ongelooflik diggeweefd, vervreemdend, ironies, visioenêr, misterieus.’ – Henning Pieterse


How 2 Help – A guide to worthy causes in Cape Town

Thursday, May 20th 2010 at 5:30 PM


20 May 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

How 2 Help – A guide to worthy causes in Cape Town
How 2 Help – A guide to worthy causes in Cape Town seeks to highlight the needs and stories behind the many wonderful, easily-accessible development projects and worthy initiatives run on a volunteer basis by passionate South Africans. These pioneering programmes provide underprivileged and previously disadvantaged communities and individuals with shelter, protection, nutrition, education, employment, and, most importantly, the opportunity to rise above their difficult circumstances and realise their dreams.
While researching the Cape Town guide, the author personally visited and investigated approximately 150 projects (i.e. Non-Government Organisations and Community-based organisations, incorporating skills-based development projects, early child development programmes, HIV/AIDS support projects, shelters, support structures, schools etc.), analysing financial statements and strategic objectives where possible. Each one touched her heart, but through a careful selection process, over 50 established, well-run and sustainable projects have been included in this first edition of the h2h series. The book provides the reader with their contact details, a background story, and a needs list.
The objective of the book is to increase awareness of the incredible work that is happening right on our doorstep , and to encourage more personal involvement in these projects. Apart from the obvious benefits of financial input and support, the author highlights how discarded articles, and a little of our time, expertise, knowledge and love, can have a tremendously positive impact on the lives of those with so very little. Just an hour a week of reading with an illiterate learner can change his or her life and prospects forever . ‘You don’t have to be rich to give!’ (Bathabile).
In a nutshell, in creating the h2h guide the author is trying to make it easier for people who do not have the know-how or time to identify worthy causes, to get involved and make a difference.
The intention is to update the h2h guide on a biannual basis, incorporating 50 to 60 new projects each time. This model will hopefully be replicated in other major city centres. 100% of the royalities earned from the sale of the h2h book will be reinvested into the projects included in the guide.
For further information about the book and the projects please visit


Tina Bester at La Cuccina

Tuesday, May 18th 2010 at 6:00 PM

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18 May 2010 @ 6 for 6.30pm

Tina Bester at La Cuccina