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Caine Prize Winner Femi Terry at Lobby Books

Thursday, July 22nd 2010 at 5:30 PM

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22 July 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Caine Prize Winner Femi Terry at Lobby Books
Please note this event will take place at Lobby Books (IDASA), 6 Spin Street. Please rsvp to aspath@idasa.org.za
Olufemi (or Femi) Terry was born in Sierra Leone of Sierra Leonean and Vincentian parentage. He grew up in Nigeria, Britain and Cote d’Ivoire before attending University in New York City. He holds a B.A degree in Political Science, a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University’s Tisch School and a Creative Writing M.A. from the University of Cape Town.   He lives in Cape Town, South Africa, where he writes fiction and works as a freelance writer, analyst and editor of African political and economic trends.  
Terry was awarded The Caine Prize for African Writing for his story Stickfighting Days from Chimurenga vol 12/13, at a ceremony at the Bodleian Library in Oxford on July 5th. (5th July).
 Chair of judges, Economist literary editor Fiammetta Rocco, said ‘ambitious, brave and hugely imaginative, Olufemi Terry’s Stickfighting Days presents a heroic culture that is Homeric in its scale and conception. The execution of this story is so tight and the presentation so cinematic, it confirms Olufemi Terry as a talent with an enormous future.’

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Charles van Onselen: Masked Raiders – Irish Banditry in South Africa

Thursday, July 22nd 2010 at 5:30 PM

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22 July 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Charles van Onselen: Masked Raiders – Irish Banditry in South Africa
For two decades before a railway system linked southern Africa’s principal cities in the mid-1890s, the world’s richest supplies of diamonds and gold were transported by coach and horses to distant ports for export. For Irish soldiers based at Fort Napier, Pietermaritzburg, the temptation of this fabulous wealth proved irresistible: they deserted by the score and, as members of the criminal ‘Irish Brigade’, embarked on a spree of bank, safe and highway robberies.
Masked Raiders follows the wild exploits of legendary brigands like the McKeone brothers and ‘One-Armed Jack’ McLaughlin, who ravaged the subcontinent, from the mining towns of Barberton, Kimberley and Johannesburg to the borders of Basotholand, Bechuanaland, Mozambique and Rhodesia. With tales of heists, safe-cracking, illegal gold dealings, prison breaks and hidden roadside treasure, the book reveals the potency of the highveld’s ‘criminal heroes’, a force – until now – largely hidden from history.
Startling new insights reveal how the hidden grammar of brigandage informed political actions of the day, such as the Jameson Raid, and how the movement of bandits across the interior helped shape the borders of what was to become modern South Africa. With inimitable storytelling flair, Charles van Onselen illuminates the intrigue and influence of a secretive, oath-bound brotherhood.
Charles van Onselen will be in conversation with Nigel Penn, author of Forgotten Frontier and Rogues, Rebels and Runaways.

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Bill Nasson: The War for South Africa – The Anglo-Boer War of 1899

Wednesday, July 21st 2010 at 5:30 PM

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21 July 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Bill Nasson: The War for South Africa – The Anglo-Boer War of 1899
When historian Bill Nasson describes battle scenes from the Anglo-Boer War, it is as if you can hear the bullets fly past. Nasson provides a gripping overview of the war and integrates the military, political and social dimensions of a war that continues to fascinate.

The book was first commissioned by Arnold for their ‘Modern Wars’ series and published in the UK in 1999, but never published locally. This expanded and updated edition draws on new scholarly writing since the centenary of the war. Nasson explores how the Anglo-Boer War shaped South Africa’s future and how it has come to be remembered in a post-apartheid South Africa.

Praise for the first edition:
Vivid . . . his ability to drop down in the middle of a battle. He can even turn statistics back into reality.’      Times Literary Supplement

Magnificent and fresh‘     The Independent

Charles van Onselen will be in conversation with Nigel Penn, author of Forgotten Frontier and Rogues, Rebels and Runaways.

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Lynn Carneson: Red in the Rainbow

Tuesday, July 20th 2010 at 5:30 PM

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20 July 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Lynn Carneson: Red in the Rainbow
Fred and Sarah Carneson were fiercely committed members of the Communist Party from the 1930s onwards. Dedicated activists in brutal times, theirs is a story of political persecution and torture, prolonged separation and enduring love.
Lynn Carneson, their daughter, candidly narrates the joy, the terror, the pain and the impact of her extraordinary life as the child of such devoted protestors, revealing how, despite endless campaigning, financial difficulty, emotional breakdown and her father’s seven-year imprisonment, the family managed to stay together. Based on personal recollection as well as official records, newspaper articles and Fred and Sarah’s prison letters, Lynn describes her parents’ underground work, their involvement in watershed events such as the Treason Trial, and the family’s constant surveillance by security police. She vividly recounts their life as exiles in London and their long-awaited return to South Africa in 199
Red in the Rainbow not only invokes Fred and Sarah’s lifelong political struggles and triumphs in gripping detail, but also tells a poignant human story of endurance, breakdown, courage and the survival of a marriage against all odds.
Lynn Carneson will be in conversation with Mervyn Sloman.

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‘Milos’ by Anis Mojgani

Tuesday, July 20th 2010 at 11:36 AM

Some of you might have seen Anis Mojgani when he was here for the Badilisha Poetry X-Change earlier this year – if so, lucky you!

On the strength of that I bought his wonderful collection Over the Anvil We Stretch, and the following poem from it is possibly the best single thing I’ve read this year! (This is a bit of a rough transcription of a live reading, but I don’t have the time to type it all up again! Thanks to the following blog where I pulled it from… http://madman-ramblings.blogspot.com/2009/03/milos-by-anis-mojgani.html)

Here’s the poem – enjoy!

Milos by Anis Mojgani

Let us take a sack of spray paint and spray paint over the paintings.
Let dance through Paris;
kiss in the shadow of the louve,
crawl inside its windows,
scroll manifesto’s over its canvas’,
write morris’ code on the sculputers,
roll a sleeping bag on the floors to sleep inside of, tell one another a story by flashlight,
unearth everything from before,
burry each other inside the other,
feed grapes to the ants,
light fireworks in the fists of sleeping kings; kill a monach.
Break back outside and find a world to do all these same things to;
up and upon against break the bricks, climb over them,
and when the sirens scream,
laugh aloud,hold my hand and run fast.
Run through the streets with me with a bunch of bottles,
a bucket of gasoline,
a mouthful of matches,
a pocket full of paintings and fresh faced batch of policemen to chase the fires we are lighting,
laugh on a shoulder of gold.
And i thought that the museums where cemetaries where the dead paid the wall to hold what we had so that we could walk through what we once were,
And children take their sculls to turn into gardens,
to pluck for forefathers and farther stars,
that on some nights resemble an armless mother praying for her arms to return.
Every tooth that we tear from our jaw to fling at the black gloved riot soldiers as another shadow that we are trying to lose.
Let every giggle be filled with lust; let us laugh this night away and i will fuck you like you were a prayer.
I could save me by having my mouth around you,

JohaN  Friday, July 09, 2010

Storytime: Things We Don't Eat

Saturday, July 17th 2010 at 11:00 AM

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17 July 2010 @ 11am

Storytime: Things We Don’t Eat
We normally only eat food. Good meals that make us stronger. What would happen if we ate other things too? What is rumbling in your tummy? Great stories about adventurous eaters. We promise you don’t have to eat anything weird!

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Henrietta Rose-Innes: Homing

Thursday, July 15th 2010 at 5:30 PM

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15 July 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Henrietta Rose-Innes: Homing
We are delighted to welcome Henrietta Rose-Innes, former winner of the Caine Prize and the SA PEN Literary Award, to the Book Lounge to launch her debut collection of short stories, Homing.
A wife lies to her husband, seeking refuge from her dowdy life in the plush hotel that overlooks their home. A man ascends the glass-topped dome of a mall in search of a lost childhood memory. History comes to life for a young boy trapped in the city library. An elderly woman nurses a football star back to health …
    In these evocative and exquisitely crafted short stories, Henrietta Rose-Innes gives us an extraordinary glimpse into a selection of ordinary lives. Diverse characters – a teenager learning to be a boyfriend, an ageing copywriter, a girl on the brink of womanhood – are animated in sparse, sparkling prose. The Cape Town they mostly inhabit is both a playground and an obstacle course, filled with menace and delight. Through this landscape, like the pigeons in the title story, they find new paths home – and are themselves transformed by the journey.
Henrietta Rose-Innes will be in conversation with Diane Awerbuck, author of Gardening at Night.

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Justin Fox: Marginal Safari

Tuesday, July 13th 2010 at 5:30 PM

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13 July 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Justin Fox: Marginal Safari

We are delighted to welcome Justin Fox back to the Book Lounge to discuss his new title Marginal Safari: Scouting the Edge of South Africa.

He will be in conversation with Henrietta Rose-Innes.

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Storytime: Dorothy Cowen Gift of Gold

Saturday, July 10th 2010 at 11:00 AM

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10 July 2010 @ 11am

Storytime: Dorothy Cowen Gift of Gold
The lovely Dorothy Kowen has written a new story about the magic of Africa. She will come along today to read her book, Gift of Gold, to us. It is always a treasure to hear an author read her own book. We will be drawing Dorothy some pictures for her fridge and who knows what other gifts we will share?

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Storytime: Dorothy Kowen

Saturday, July 10th 2010 at 11:00 AM

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10 July 2010 @ 11am

Storytime: Dorothy Kowen
The lovely Dorothy Kowen has written a new story about the magic of Africa. She will come along today to read her book, Gift of Gold, to us. It is always a treasure to hear an author read her own book. We will be drawing Dorothy some pictures for her fridge.

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