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Alastair Bruce: Wall of Days

Thursday, September 30th 2010 at 5:30 PM

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30 September 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Alastair Bruce: Wall of Days
In a world all but drowned, a man called Bran has been living on an island for ten years. He was sent there in exile by those whose leader he was, and he tallies on the wall of his cave the days as they pass. Until the day when something happens that kindles in Bran such memories and longing that he persuades himself to return, even if it means execution. His reception is so unexpected, so mystifying that he casts about unsure of what is real and what imaginary. Only the friendship of a child consoles him as he retraces the terrible deeds for which he is answerable, and as he tries to reach back, over his biggest betrayal, to the one he loved. Wall of Days is a moving parable about guilt, loss and remembering.
Alatair Bruce will be in conversation with Karina Magdalena Szczurek, who said of the book – ‘Brilliant! Wall of Days will rank among my all-time most memorable books.’
Published by Umuzi at Random House.


@ CIFA – Sound Space Design: The Architecture of Don Albert & Partners

Thursday, September 30th 2010 at 5:30 PM

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30 September 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

@ CIFA – Sound Space Design: The Architecture of Don Albert & Partners
Please note this event will take place at CIFA, 71 Hout Street, Cape Town
This monograph enacts the carefully considered genre-breaking irreverence at the core of Don Albert & Partners internationally recognised work. At once didactic yet reflexive, Sound Space Design challenges the restrained tradition of the typical architectural publication through an original taxonomy that explains the theory behind some of South Africa’s most striking buildings since democracy. As a collection of both award-winning buildings and forward-looking theoretical projects, this book operates as an archive of carefully selected drawings, renderings and photographs that illustrate the firm’s most beautiful and inspiring creativity to date – an essential resource for the academy, practitioners, and all those passionate about innovative design.
There will be a champagne reception and preview of the book and accompanying DVD, and a brief presentation by author Don Albert.
Speakers for a panel discussion: Prof. Iain Low, Editor DIGEST of South African Architecture, Mokena Makeka, Makeka Design Lab, Cape Town, Sean O’Toole, Former editor, Art South Africa, Nic Coetzer, Senior Lecturer, University of Cape Town
Please RSVP to:
Published by Stephan Philips.


Celebrating Damon Galgut

Wednesday, September 29th 2010 at 5:30 PM


29 September 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Celebrating Damon Galgut

Please join us to help celebrate the work of one of our favourite authros Damon Galgut, and the wonderful news of his being selected for the Shortlist of the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, for his most recent work In a Strange Room.

There will be a reading by Damon, and we will be raising a glass of sparkling wine to his success!
Damon is proudly published by Penguin Books.


@ Café Nood – Raymond Ackerman: A Sprat to Catch a Mackerel

Tuesday, September 28th 2010 at 7:30 PM


28 September 2010 @ 7.30 for 8am

@ Caf̩ Nood РRaymond Ackerman: A Sprat to Catch a Mackerel
Join Café Nood and The Book Lounge for a canapé breakfast with Raymond Ackerman, who will share his key business principles at the launch of his latest book A Sprat to Catch a Mackerel.
The cost of the breakfast is R90 – of which R30 will go to Equal Education for the ‘Library in Every School’ Project
Please book on 021 671 4475 or email on Booking essential. 48 hour cancellation required.
Please note the event will take place at Café Nood, The Quadrant Square, Wilderness Road, Claremont and will start at 7.30 for 8am
In association with The Cape Times, Jonathan Ball, First Fruit and Origin Coffee.


Rochelle Le Roux & Alan Rycroft: Harassment in the Workplace

Tuesday, September 28th 2010 at 5:30 PM

28 September 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Rochelle Le Roux & Alan Rycroft: Harassment in the Workplace
This book is designed to address the persistent problems surrounding harassment in the workplace, and includes the 5 major forms of harassment.
It addresses the pertinent issues, the employer’s responsibilities and liability, and how the employer should conduct themselves.
The authors are experts in labour law and dispute resolution, and combine their expertise and practical experience in a comprehensive look as all aspects of harassment in the workplace.
Rochelle Le Roux is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at UCT.
Alan Rycroft is a Professor and the Chair of Commercial Law in the Faculty of Law at UCT.
The guest speaker will be renowned sociologist Deborah Posel.
Published by Lexis Nexis.


Don DeLillo wins PEN/Saul Bellow award

Tuesday, September 28th 2010 at 1:56 PM


Judges including Philip Roth acclaim writer “in the highest rank.
The “combination of terror and comedy and sheer song” in his writing means that “everyone wants to give Don DeLillo an award“, according to Philip Roth and his fellow judges on the panel for the PEN/Saul Bellow award for achievement in American fiction. This weekend “it’s our turn”, their statement added.
The Underworld author has been named winner of the $25,000 (£16,000) prize, which goes to an American fiction writer whose work “possesses qualities of excellence, ambition, and scale of achievement over a sustained career which place him or her in the highest rank of American literature“. Roth, a previous winner, and his fellow judges Nathan Englander and Joan Acocella said it was “fitting” that an award honouring Bellow should go to DeLillo, as “both men were historical novelists who, in their most ambitious works, dealt with American life in the mid to late 20th century, after World War II, and with the dark knowledge we acquired therein“.
In DeLillo, though, because of his later place in time – he was born in 1936 – the knowledge is graver, and crazier,” the judges said.
Author of 15 novels and four plays, DeLillo told PEN that it was a “special honour” to be given a prize bearing Bellow’s name. “I still have my old paperback copy of Herzog, a novel I recall reading with great pleasure,” said the author, answering questions by fax. “It wasn’t the first Bellow novel I encountered – that was The Victim, whose opening sentence (‘On some nights New York is as hot as Bangkok’) seemed a novel in itself, at least to a New Yorker. Bellow was a strong force in our literature, making leaps from one book to the next. He was one of the writers who expanded my sense of the American novel’s range, or, maybe a better word for Bellow – its clutch, its grasp.”
DeLillo has always had “special admiration” for American fiction which “attempts to be equal to the sweep of American experience“, he said. “Sinclair Lewis called for ‘a literature worthy of our vastness’. A novelist tends to feel this spread and breadth in his fingertips (or not) and I’ve tried to bring a sense of our strange and dangerous times into my work.”
Asked how technology is changing fiction, the author speculated that novels would become “user-generated”, and wondered if the “human need for narrative” would be reduced. “The world is becoming increasingly customised, altered to individual specifications. This shrinking context will necessarily change the language that people speak, write, and read,” he said. “Here’s a stray question (or a metaphysical leap): Will language have the same depth and richness in electronic form that it can reach on the printed page? Does the beauty and variability of our language depend to an important degree on the medium that carries the words? Does poetry need paper?
An active member of PEN, protesting recently against the imprisonment of Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo, DeLillo said that “writers who are subjected to state censorship, threatened with imprisonment or menaced by violent forces in their society clearly merit the support of those of us who enjoy freedom of expression“.
There are things a writer never takes for granted, like the long life he will need to live in order to write the long novel he is trying to write,” said the author. “Maybe freedom to write belongs at the top of the list, on behalf of those writers who face the grim reality of being enemies of the state.”
This article first appeared in the Guardian

Megan  Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Storytime: Science

Saturday, September 25th 2010 at 11:00 AM


25 September 2010 @ 11am

Storytime: Science
Two young undercover geniuses, Professor Jody and Doctor Helen, are two brainy scientists who would like to tell you all about the weird and wonderful world of all things scientific. What equals when is divided by Saturday fun! Lab coats not compulsory.


Lindsay Bremner: Writing the City into Being: Essays on Johannesburg 1998-2008

Thursday, September 23rd 2010 at 5:30 PM


23 September 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Lindsay Bremner: Writing the City into Being: Essays on Johannesburg 1998-2008
Writing the City into Being is Lindsay Bremner’s long-awaited collection of essays, spanning more than a decade of work on Johannesburg. It is both an unflinching analysis of the characteristics of an extraordinary city and a work of imagination – a bringing of the evasive city into being through writing.
Johannesburg has become a touchstone in critical thinking on the development of the twenty-first-century city, attracting scholars from around the world who seek to understand how cities are changing in the face of urban migration in all its myriad forms and the inflow of foreign capital and interest. Bremner is at the forefront of this scholarship.
Her intimate knowledge of the city makes this a deeply personal but authoritative collection of essays. Writing the City into Being is an important book for those seeking to understand cities in a rapidly changing and fragmenting world. Lindsay Bremner is an extraordinary guide to the city of Johannesburg, and one of its most incisive commentators.
Lindsay Bremner is Professor of Architecture in the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. She was formerly Chair of Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She holds a B.Arch degree from the University of Cape Town and M.Arch and D.Arch degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Bremner is an award-winning architect and has published, lectured and exhibited widely on the transformation of Johannesburg after the end of apartheid. Her work on the city includes the Sans Souci Rebuilding Project in Kliptown, Soweto (with 26’10 South Architects), her previous book Johannesburg: One City Colliding  Worlds (2004), and contributions to the Rotterdam and Venice Architecture Biennales in 2005 and 2006.
Published by Fourth Wall Books.


@ La Cuccina: Justice Kamanga – Tastes of Africa

Tuesday, September 21st 2010 at 6:30 PM


21 September 2010 @ 18.30 for 19.00

@ La Cuccina: Justice Kamanga – Tastes of Africa

Please note that this event will take place at La Cuccina Restaurant, Victoria Mall, Hout Bay, and is pre-booking only at R150 per head.

To book please call 021 790 8008, or email


Debra Kaminer and Gillian Eagle: Traumatic Stress

Tuesday, September 21st 2010 at 5:30 PM


21 September 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Debra Kaminer and Gillian Eagle: Traumatic Stress
Given the history of political violence in South Africa, extremely high levels of violence against women and children and the prevalence of violent crime, South Africa has the unfortunate distinction of being considered a real life laboratory in which to study traumatic stress. Taking both a historical and contemporary perspective, the book covers the extent of and manner in which traumatic stress manifests, including the way in which exposure to such extremely threatening events impacts on people’s meaning and belief systems.
This book deals with the topic of traumatic stress from a number of angles. Traumatic stress, and posttraumatic stress more particularly, has gained international prominence as a condition or disorder that affects people across the globe in the wake of exposure to extreme life events, be these collective or individual.
 Therapeutic and community strategies for addressing and healing the effects of trauma exposure are comprehensively covered, as well as the particular needs of traumatised children and adolescents. Illustrative case material is used to render ideas accessible and engaging.
The book also provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of theory and practice in the field of traumatic stress studies, incorporating both international and South African specific findings. The particular value of the text lies in the integration of global and local material and attention to context related challenges, such as how trauma presentation and intervention is coloured by cultural systems and class disparities.
The book also highlights both psychological and sociopolitical dimensions of traumatic stress.
Debra Kaminer is a senior lecturer in the Psychology Department at the University of Cape Town. Gillian Eagle is a professor and Head of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Published by Wits University Press.