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The Book Lounge takes over the airwaves

Sunday, August 29th 2010 at 11:33 AM

Just a short, last minute note to say that Johan, Verushka and Luc from the Book Lounge will be regaling those of you who choose to listen on The Unhappy Hour on Bush Radio this afternoon (Sunday) between 6 and 8pm.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to tune into 89.5fm and settle back to some classy melancholic Americana, folk, alt-country and perhaps even some pop.
It’s almost Spring – but that’s no reason to get too optimistic about life!
And send us messages to 32158 if you like what you hear!

JohaN  29 August 2010

Femi Terry wins 2010 Caine Prize

Saturday, August 28th 2010 at 12:49 PM

Sierra Leone’s Olufemi Terry (who now lives right here in Cape Town!) has been awarded the 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing, taking home £10,000.

Terry was awarded for his story Stickfighting Days from Chimurenga vol 12/13, Cape Town at a ceremony at the Bodleian Library in Oxford last night (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.”

Terry also wins the opportunity to take up a month’s residence at Georgetown University, Washington DC.

Thanks to The Bookseller and for the information!
And Congratulations, Femi!

JohaN  Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Storytime: Mr Men

Saturday, August 28th 2010 at 11:00 AM

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28 August 2010 @ 11am

Storytime: Mr Men
Tiny little men and women who we read about in tiny books have been around for ages. We will be reading some of the best Mr Men and Little Miss stories. Who are you? Are you Mr Grumpy or Mr Tickle? Little Miss Chatterbox or Little Miss Nosy? Come along and find out who is who in the Mr Men Zoo.


Happy Birthday to Sindiwe Magona!

Friday, August 27th 2010 at 5:30 PM


27 August 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Happy Birthday to Sindiwe Magona!

Come and help us celebrate the birthday of one of our favourite authors!


The Bed Book of Short Stories edited by Joanne Hichens and Laurie Kubuitsile

Thursday, August 26th 2010 at 5:30 PM


26 August 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

The Bed Book of Short Stories edited by Joanne Hichens and Laurie Kubuitsile
The bed, dressed in hand sewn quilt or threadbare blanket, may in and of itself be memorable, but it is what happens in the bed – the sex and lovemaking, the dreams, the reading, the nightmares, the resting, giving birth and dying – which give ‘bed’ special meaning. Whether a bed is shared with a book, a child, a pet or a partner, whether lovers lie in ecstasy or indifference, whether ‘bed’ relates to intimacy or betrayal, it is memories and recollections of bed, in whatever form, which have triggered the writing of these thirty stories by women from southern Africa. Well known writers Joanne Fedler, Sarah Lotz, Arja Salafranca, Rosemund Handler and Liesl Jobson will delight, but you will discover here new writers from Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia and Zambia, each with a unique voice as they cast light on the intimate lives of women living in this part of the world and the possibilities that are both available to and denied them. The Bed Book of Short Stories – some quirky and tender, others traumatic or macabre – is the perfect companion to take to bed with you, to keep you reading long into the night.
Cape Town contributors Sarah Lotz, Liesl Jobson, Marina Chichava (from Mozambique but in Cape Town currently), Ginny Swart, Joanne Hichens (editor and contributor), Erika Coetzee, Bronwyn McLennan, Luso Mnthali, Pamela Newham, Rose Richards, Helen Walne and Anne Woodborne will be here on the night to raise high the roofbeams


Creamy EWOK Baggends: Pimp My Poetry

Tuesday, August 24th 2010 at 5:30 PM


24 August 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Creamy EWOK Baggends: Pimp My Poetry
Join us for the return of the brilliant slam poet Ewok, and his new book Pimp My Poetry.
Spoken Word artist, MC and SLAM champion Iain EWOK Robinson finds his way back onto the page (following the success of his first Echoing Green Press title, Word: Customized Hype) with his second anthology of work, fresh from the stage. Pimp My Poetry is a call from EWOK to the minds of his generation to reclaim control of its collective creativity.
Pimp My Poetry presents EWOK’s most recent writing from his widely-acclaimed live performances.
Ewok . . . has the ability to suddenly abandon irony and hit you with sincere revelation, drawing attention to the gap between word and world while at the same time embracing the functionality of language as his tool for art.‘     Mail & Guardian.


Tuesday 24th August, 5.30 for 6pm – Creamy EWOK Baggends: Pimp My Poetry

Tuesday, August 24th 2010 at 10:27 AM

Join us for the return of the brilliant slam poet Ewok, and his new book Pimp My Poetry.
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Storytime: Sindiwe Magona

Saturday, August 21st 2010 at 11:00 AM


21 August 2010 @ 11am

Storytime: Sindiwe Magona
South Africa is rich with story tellers, and one of our favourite story ladies, have to be the beautiful Sindiwe Magona. She came to visit recently and loved it so much, she wants to do it again! She has promised to come and tell us some more stories we have not heard before. This is a real treat and not to be missed.


Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower

Friday, August 20th 2010 at 11:09 AM

 Wells Tower’s debut short story collection is a work of brooding Americana delivered in nine short, rabbit-punch chapters. His style is hard-boiled yet tender, peppered with dark humor and metaphors as profound as they are bizarre. In “Leopard” a missing leopard loose in the woods symbolizes an 11 year old boys strained relationship with his stepfather, while in the boozy, Bukowski-esque “The Brown Coast” a poisonous sea-slug devours the inhabitants of  an exiled husbands fishtank as his infedelity pollutes the waters of his marriage.  

United by the ill fortunes brought on by their wayward reckonings, the landscape peopled by his troubled and often desperate characters is that of the backwoods of the heart, the swamp creeks of teenage awkwardness and the shotgun shacks of marital woe. But the beauty of his sentences balances out the bitterness and as the title chapter concerning a bloodthirsty viking with a guilty conscience draws to a close you find yourself hungry and ready for more. Highly recommended.

 If you like this try David Foster-Wallace, Charles Bukowski, Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers.

 Luc  20 August 2010


Beverly Ryvroft: Missing

Thursday, August 19th 2010 at 5:30 PM


19 August 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Beverly Ryvroft: Missing
Modjaji Books is proud to announce the publication of Missing by Beverly Rycroft, a Cape Town poet and journalist. Missing is her first collection of poems, although her work has been published in literary magazines for some years. Bev (as she is known to her friends) writes with a dry humour, and precise observation of both her inner and outer worlds. She is a poet to keep an eye on.
In 1997 Beverly Rycroft was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. The poems in her debut collection, Missing, chart the experience of facing mortality, illness and the hope of recovery.
Finuala Dowling describes Missing
This astonishingly moving debut collection reads compellingly as one complete story. Missing covers the archetypal journey from sickness and near-death to transformation and hope. Rycroft wears her exquisite poetic technique lightly – through rich and deftly crafted images, the poems are profoundly inviting, readable and memorable. I could not put it down.
Beverly will be in conversation with Finuala Dowling, acclaimed author of What Poets Need and Notes from the Dementia Ward.