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Dogapult Book Launch: Dogs vs Birds

Saturday, August 30th 2014 at 11:00 AM

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Launch of The Gonjon Pin & Other Stories The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014

Friday, August 29th 2014 at 5:30 PM

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Bekendstelling van Draalnoot vir ‘n Janfiskaal deur Henry Jack Cloete

Thursday, August 28th 2014 at 5:30 PM

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Launch of Until Julius Comes by Richard Poplak

Wednesday, August 27th 2014 at 5:30 PM

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Book Lounge wins 2014 PASA Independent Bookseller of the Year Award!

Wednesday, August 27th 2014 at 9:31 AM

Said a representative of PASA – “The teams that won these awards are the leaders in literacy development in South Africa and it is important that the publishers are recognized for their dedication to producing works of perfection and that the booksellers are thanked for taking these works and getting them into the hands of readers country wide. Sponsored by Paarl Media, Nielsen, SAPnet, Creda Communications, Sasfin Premier Logistics, Geodis Wilson and On the Dot, the entire evening and all of the honour it bestows upon the recipients of the awards, is an annual highlight, celebrating South Africans that are advocates of literacy.”

August 2014

Monday, August 25th 2014 at 1:58 PM

Fiction

Research by Philip Kerr

rsIf you want to write a murder mystery, you have to do some research…

In a luxury flat in Monaco, John Houston’s supermodel wife lies in bed, a bullet in her skull.

Houston is the world’s most successful novelist, the playboy head of a literary empire that produces far more books than he could ever actually write. Now the man who has invented hundreds of best-selling killings is wanted for a real murder and on the run from the police, his life transformed into something out of one of his books.

And in London, the ghostwriter who is really behind those books has some questions for him too…

Witty, clever and engaging – this is a rollercoaster read. Highly recommended.

Tigerman by Nick Harkaway

TigermanLester Ferris, sergeant of the British Army, is a good man in need of a rest. He’s spent a lot of his life being shot at, and Afghanistan was the last stop on his road to exhaustion. He has no family, he’s nearly forty and burned out and about to be retired.

The island of Mancreu is the ideal place for Lester to serve out his time. It’s a former British colony in legal limbo, soon to be destroyed because of its very special version of toxic pollution – a down-at-heel, mildly larcenous backwater. Of course, that also makes Mancreu perfect for shady business, hence the Black Fleet of illicit ships lurking in the bay: listening stations, offshore hospitals, money laundering operations, drug factories and deniable torture centres. None of which should be a problem, because Lester’s brief is to sit tight and turn a blind eye.

But Lester Ferris has made a friend: a brilliant, Internet-addled street kid with a comicbook fixation who will need a home when the island dies – who might, Lester hopes, become an adopted son. Now, as Mancreu’s small society tumbles into violence, the boy needs Lester to be more than just an observer.

In the name of paternal love, Lester Ferris will do almost anything. And he’s a soldier with a knack for bad places: “almost anything” could be a very great deal – even becoming some sort of hero. But this is Mancreu, and everything here is upside down. Just exactly what sort of hero will the boy need?

Astonishing . Graham Greene would have treasured this book . Nick Harkaway has all the writerly skills to pull it off. His Tigerman lives because of his wit and daring intelligence, and his empathy. Words quiver whenever he writes.”                  Scotsman

Nick Harkaway’s novels inhabit a remarkably imaginative territory. He is J.G. Ballard’s geeky younger brother, pumped up on steam-punk and pop culture, interested in the effects of modern life on our psyches; he is J.G. Farrell’s grandson, poking at the ruins of civilization and seeing what comes out. Harkaway writes with a precision that belies the fantastical nature of his plots. Nick Harkaway manipulates and subverts conventions and archetypes. He has created something with all the hallmarks of the craftsmanship that he extols, making Tigerman a sly commentary on authorship and genre; and perhaps more importantly, a fantasia both swashbuckling and glorious.”                              Times Literary Supplement

Harkaway occupies that enviable territory where books of a speculative nature intersect with the mainstream, as evidenced by his previous novels The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker. Tigerman, his third, is his best yet, a funny, moving and thought-provoking tale. It’s brilliant.”                           Independent on Sunday

Extraordinary. The action sequences in Tigerman are some of Harkaway’s best. As ever, the writing is economical but lively, revelling in modern idiom.[Has] the cinematic scope and dynamism one has come to expect from Harkaway. The ending of Tigerman is pitch-perfect, thrilling and dramatic.” (Literary Review)

Harkaway has crafted an engaging story that examines the nature of heroes and the tropes of old-school pulp fiction, mixing sharp characterisation with an energetic portrait of a society heading for apocalypse . Often hilarious but with an undercurrent of dark violence, this is an impressive novel that conceals provocative questions inside an old-school tale of ripping adventure.”                        SFX magazine

Original, rewarding . Unexpectedly tender.”                      Daily Mail

Brilliant, full of energy and imagination.”                            Paul Cornell

 

The Emperor Waltz by Philip Hensher

EWThe new novel from Booker Prize-shortlisted Philip Hensher – his most ambitious and daring novel yet.

In a third-century desert settlement on the fringes of the Roman Empire, a new wife becomes fascinated by a cult that is persecuted by the Emperor Diocletian. In 1922, Christian, a young artist, travels to Weimar to begin his studies at the Bauhaus, where the avant-garde confronts conservative elements around it. With postwar Germany in turmoil, while the Bauhaus attempts to explore radical ways of thinking and living, Christian finds that love will change him forever. And in 1970s London Duncan uses his inheritance to establish the country’s first gay bookshop in the face of opposition from the neighbours and victimisation by the police.

Delving deep into the human spirit to explore connections between love, sanctity, commitment and virtue, Philip Hensher takes as his subject small groups of men and women, tightly bound together, trying to change the world through the example of their lives. The Emperor Waltz is an absorbing echo-chamber of a novel, innovative and compelling, that explores what it means for us to belong to each other.

Don’t miss Philip Hensher at this year’s Open Book Festival. 17-21 September.

A cause for celebration … [The narrative strands] conduct a mutual running commentary, multiplying dynamics, bridging millennia and resulting in a novel that’s almost fizzy to the touch …The effect is above all immersive … A performance of extraordinary flair and majesty from a writer who seems capable of anything.”                                Guardian

Complicated and important … Glorious … Beautiful because Hensher has an incredible eye for the things that make moments special … he might have the iconoclastic temperament of a Kandinsky, but he is an old master when he glimpses the cat asleep under the table or the curve of a woman’s neck.”                                The Times

“[A] generous, courageous firework of a novel – a Roman candle, alive and fizzing in the hand.”                                                               New Statesman

A glittering performance … A gorgeous amalgam of literary, musical and philosophical ideas … An immensely satisfying whole … The author’s exuberant humour and affection for language resonate throughout … “The Emperor Waltz” has the depth and pleasurable density of a 19th-century fiction; I loved it.”                          Evening Standard

Hensher’s most ambitious novel to date … His sense of fun bounces off the pages of a novel that is always a joy to read … Read it and allow yourself to become a better person.”                  Independent

Daring… funny, ingeniously observed and humming with revolutionary ideas.”                                Daily Mail

A mighty riddling performance, one that stayed on my mind long after reading.”                            Observer

A book as joyful as its musical source … “The Emperor Waltz” is a beautiful book, both profound and funny. It is a powerful invocation to live a life of joy, surrounded by true friends.”           Telegraph

Splendidly thought out and extraordinarily readable.”                 A S Byatt, Guardian

Rich and captivating, dizzy with memorable characters.”                            Spectator

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

cttTsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning ‘red pine’, and Oumi, ‘blue sea’, while the girls’ names were Shirane, ‘white root’, and Kurono, ‘black field’. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it.

One day Tsukuru Tazaki’s friends announced that they didn’t want to see him, or talk to him, ever again.

Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.

A rich and even brilliant piece of work. Genuinely resonant and satisfying.”                        Spectator

This is a book for both the new and experienced reader….[it] reveals another side of Murakami, one not so easy to pin down. Incurably restive, ambiguous and valiantly struggling toward a new level of maturation.”                              Patti Smith, New York Times

Murakami’s prose seamlessly fuses folksiness and profundity. A harmonious blend of naivety and riddling sophistication’”                                                 Independent

Neat, economical, even minimalist… surprisingly painful and poignant.”                             Literary Review

Murakami is like a magician who explains what he’s doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it’s the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves.”                               New York Times Book Review

 

The Girl in 6E by AR Torre

g6eDeanna Madden, aka Jessica Reilly, hasn’t touched another person in three years.

She hasn’t left her apartment.

She makes money from performing to webcams on a sex site, where her clients pay $6.99 a minute for her time.

She’s doing alright. The dollars are piling up in the bank. She’s the number 3 model on cams.com.

And she hasn’t killed anyone for years.

But when Deanna sees on the news that a little girl called Annie has gone missing, the story rattles her carefully ordered world. It’s uncomfortably similar to the dark fantasy of one of her most disturbing online clients. She’s convinced he’s responsible for the girl’s abduction – but no one will listen to her.

So, after three years, Deanna finally leaves the apartment.

And this is what happens….

 

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

toewsElf and Yoli are two smart, loving sisters.

Elf is a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die.

Yoli is divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive.

When Elf’s latest suicide attempt leaves her hospitalised weeks before her highly anticipated world tour, Yoli is forced to confront the impossible question of whether it is better to let a loved one go.

The novel she has written – so exquisitely that you’ll want to savour every word – reads as if it has been wrenched from her heart.”                  Sunday Times

“[Toews] has produced a masterly book of such precise dignity. It is, also against all the odds, at times a desperately humorous novel.”                            Daily Mail

Toews’ remarkable novel … ironic for a book with self-annihilation as its subject, bursts with ramshackle, precious life. Full of eccentricities and casual, apposite quoting of literature, its tragicomedy and humaneness recall the best of John Irving.”                                Sunday Telegraph

To write powerful fiction out of personal events of such magnitude is hard, surely almost unbearably so, but the result is a novel that reaches beyond the limits of itself.”                    Financial Times

The mixture of grief, numbness, and a sensation of being removed from one’s life and observing from above, are starkly captured … Toews captures perfectly the conflicting feelings when a loved one wants to die: sorrow, confusion, guilt, frustration and even anger. Yet, unbelievably, this book is full of humour … This is a powerful and enthralling book. Toews has previously been long-listed for the Orange (now Baileys) Prize. I hope to see this on prize lists in the near future.”                      Independent

This excellent book tells a difficult story with dazzling lightness of touch … Very smart, very funny, and completely heartbreaking.”                                Metro

 

The Great and Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms by Ian Thornton

jtJohan Thoms (pronounced Yo-han Tomes) was born in Argona, a small town twenty-three miles south of Sarajevo, during the hellish depths of winter 1894.

Little did he know that his inability to reverse a car would change the course of 20th Century History forever…

Johan Thoms is poised for greatness. A promising student at the University of Sarajevo, he is young, brilliant, and in love with the beautiful Lorelei Ribeiro. He can outwit chess masters, quote the Kama Sutra, and converse with dukes and drunkards alike. But he cannot drive a car in reverse. And as with so much in the life of Johan Thoms, this seemingly insignificant detail will prove to be much more than it appears. On the morning of June 28, 1914, Johan takes his place as the chauffeur to Franz Ferdinand and the royal entourage and, with one wrong turn, he forever alters the course of history.

A wonderful brilliant book”                                      Lewis DeSoto, author of ‘A Blade of Grass’

Smart as hell, funny as hell, poignant as hell, addictive like the opium, a wonderful, weird, oddball, circus-like tale that I enjoyed from the first word to the last – and then was sorry it was over. It is a masterpiece.”                      The Walrus

What Thornton manages to do is take one tiny player in a monumental event and focus in on Johan Thoms with the careful research of an historian and the deft touch and aplomb of a true literary artist”.
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A must. Hilarious and crude.”                  Lazyday (Canadian Blog)

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

htbWhat do you do in your teenage years when you realise what your parents taught you wasn’t enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes – and build yourself.

It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, 14, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde – fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer! She will save her poverty stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer – like Jo in Little Women, or the Brontës – but without the dying young bit.

By 16, she’s smoking cigarettes, getting drunk and working for a music paper. She’s writing pornographic letters to rock-stars, having all the kinds of sex with all the kinds of men, and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less.

But what happens when Johanna realises she’s built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters and a head full of paperbacks, enough to build a girl after all?

Imagine The Bell Jar written by Rizzo from Grease, with a soundtrack by My Bloody Valentine and Happy Mondays. As beautiful as it is funny, How To Build a Girl is a brilliant coming-of-age novel in DMs and ripped tights, that captures perfectly the terror and joy of trying to discover exactly who it is you are going to be.

Brilliantly observed, thrillingly rude and laugh-out-loud funny”                                Helen Fielding

Binge-read all of #HowToBuildAGirl in one sitting. Even missed supper. A first.”                                Nigella Lawson

Spirited coming of age novel romps from strength to strength. I’m a Moran fan.”           Lionel Shriver, The Times

She writes with breathtaking brio. Moran shows her shining soul – which is even more remarkable than her wit – when she writes about being young, looking for love and the utter vileness of the class system . . .almost every page has something on it which makes you smile, makes you sad or makes you think – often all three at once, in one sentence.”                          Julie Burchill, The Spectator

 

Upstairs at the Party by Linda Grant

upsIn the early seventies, a glamorous and androgynous couple known as Evie/Stevie appear out of nowhere on the isolated concrete campus of a new university. To a group of teenagers experimenting with radical ideas, they seem blown back from the future, unsettling everything and uncovering covert desires. But their mesmerising flamboyant self-expression hides deep anxieties and hidden histories.

For Adele, who also has something to conceal, Evie becomes an obsession – an obsession which becomes lifelong after the night of Adele’s twentieth birthday party. What happened that evening and who was complicit are questions that have haunted Adele ever since. A set of school exercise books might reveal everything, but they have been missing for the past forty years.

From summers in 1970s Cornwall to London in the twenty-first century, long after she has disappeared, Evie will go on challenging everyone’s ideas of how their lives should turn out.

With her hallmark humour, intelligence and boldness Linda Grant has written a powerful and captivating novel about secrets and the moments that shape our lives.

A hint of Brideshead . . . beautiful writing . . . [Grant] has a real knack for observation.”                               Evening Standard

“[An] excellent novel . . . Straight-talking but far from straightforward in its observations, Upstairs at the Party’s portrait of an era is convincing, its subtle cynicism regarding the pitfalls of freedom something to mull over.”                            Daily Telegraph

An enthralling coming-of-age story.”                   Good Housekeeping

Brilliantly observed . . . determinedly unsettling.”                            Daily Mail

Grant is so accomplished a novelist of recent social history . . . tender and touching.”                    Suzy Feay, Literary Review

I read this deeply felt, deeply moving, novel twice. It’s very good.”                          John Sutherland, The Times

Grant always writes with incisive elegance and here paints a compelling picture of 1970s England . . . a stunner.”                             Ian Rankin, Guardian

 

The Broken by Tamar Cohen

brokenBest friends tell you everything; about their kitchen renovation; about their little girl’s schooling. How one of them is leaving the other for a younger model.

Best friends don’t tell lies. They don’t take up residence on your couch for weeks. They don’t call lawyers. They don’t make you choose sides.

Best friends don’t keep secrets about their past. They don’t put you in danger.

Best friends don’t always stay best friends.

A chillingly real psychological drama that had me in a total reading frenzy. I absolutely loved it.”             Lisa Jewell

Darkly compelling …. a pacy story that kept me turning the pages right until the final, shocking twist. ”                                Paula Daly

A brilliant and skilfully plotted depiction of the unexpected breakdown of a friendship between two couples, with one of the most chilling twists I’ve read in a long time. I couldn’t put it down.”                   Louise Millar

A wonderfully compelling and exciting book, a storyline that had sparks flying from every page, terrific writing and a hugely exhilerating and thrilling read. I loved it!”                               Louise Douglas

 

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

miniThere is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . .

On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways . . .

Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?

Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

A fabulously gripping read that will appeal to fans of Girl With a Pearl Earringand The Goldfinch, but Burton is a genuinely new voice with her visceral take on sex, race and class . . . Burton writes great complex female characters.”                          Observer

The next big thing… Incredibly well-written, beautifully plotted.”                             Evening Standard

Burton has created a complex, feminist story with a supernatural twist.”                            Harper’s Bazaar

Mines seventeenth-century Amsterdam for a slowly closing vice of historical suspense… compared to the best of Sarah Waters and Emma Donoghue… gender issues, class struggles and a possibly clairvoyant miniature-furniture designer.”                                New York Magazine

Sumptuous… As in all good historical novels, the setting is a major character; in this case the city of Amsterdam with its waterways and warehouses… teems with period detail. Myriad plot twists.”                       Publishers Weekly

Burton’s accomplished debut novel, The Miniaturist, is a compelling, atmospheric literary thriller… While Burton’s portrait of 17th-century Amsterdam is entirely convincing, this is no more straightforward historical fiction than Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucindaor Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith…”                      Sunday Times

Rolls together feminism, prophecy and 17th-century Amsterdam into a glittering, suspense-powered plot… Like A S Byatt, Burton is very good at conveying the political nature of people’s lives through an abundance of domestic texture. This is a sumptuous book in every sense: she conjures up Amsterdam – its tapestries, food, religious iconography, unforgiving winters – with such sensual flair, you can almost taste the sugar… Burton is viscerally alert to the emotional and physical prisons in which Nella and the fascinatingly complex Marin live… She is also brilliant at generating a more earthbound tension: as the city closes in on the Brandts, the plot seems to twist and buck with every passing page. Truly, it’s thrilling.”                                Metro

 

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

gwsAs delightfully wry and witty as his bestselling debut, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, this is a tale of how one woman’s attempt to change her future ended up changing everything.

Nombeko Mayeki is on the run from the world’s most ruthless secret service – with three Chinese sisters, twins who are officially one person and an elderly potato farmer. Oh, and the fate of the King of Sweden – and the world – rests on her shoulders.

Born in a Soweto shack in 1961, Nombeko was destined for a short, hard life. When she was run over by a drunken engineer her luck changed. Alive, but blamed for the accident, she was made to work for the engineer – who happened to be in charge of a project vital to South Africa’s security. Nombeko was good at cleaning, but brilliant at understanding numbers. The drunk engineer wasn’t – and made a big mistake. And now only Nombeko knows about it …

As uproariously funny as Jonas Jonasson’s bestselling debut, this is an entrancing tale of luck, love and international relations.

As unlikely and funny as Jonas Jonasson’s 2012 debut bestseller, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared … There is no shortage of fast-paced action … Take nothing seriously is the refreshing subtext. At the heart of this very likable book is the notion that even someone from the humblest of origins can have a gigantic impact on life.”                       Observer

It’s excellent … a drily satirical tour of the world. This tour takes in Swedish liberals, Colonel Gaddafi and of course, apartheid and the South African Prime Minister B J Vorster.”                       The Times

Having had a massive international hit … Jonas Jonasson has wisely spun his second epic yarn from the same tangly stuff … As pacy and pain-free as a cartoon, Jonasson’s narrative … zips along, the backdrop of familiar international politics lending a curious realism to what is pure, ingenious fantasy … It’s “feel-good” set to stun level.”                                Guardian

The Savage Hour by Elaine Proctor

shDe Wildt, South Africa.

On an oppressively hot day, an elderly doctor is found drowned in the dam on her home farm by her sixteen-year-old granddaughter. She slipped to her death.

Bereft, her community remembers a matriarch of fierce spirit, whose talent for healing and instinct for trouble brought solace to the people yet failed her children.

But her granddaughter and detective friend come to question the cause of her death – threatening to expose the fractures in the family with one insistent doubt: she did not slip.

From this discovery, this loss, ripples of disquiet will spread beyond the family; extending to servants and to farmhands; to the police, hospital and town beyond. All must face the wave that turns them from the course of their lives, or be swept under.

Queen of the Dark Things by C. Robert Cargill

Compared by many to Neil Gaiman but also praised for establishing his own unique, powerful yet warm voice, C. Robert Cargill has now moved his brilliant contemporary fantasy into a new world, a new mythology.

Two boys, spirited away into a dark world of myth and folklore that has lived, grown and changed alongside our world, have grown into men and now make their way. But faerie has not forgotten them, it never could, they wield too much power, too much hinges on them, so it reaches out again.

And a trip to Australia becomes a terrifying adventure amongst new gods, new spirits, new embodiments of an ancient land and power.

The Gonjon Pin: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014

gpinThe Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa’s leading literary prize. For fifteen years it has supported and promoted contemporary African writing. Keeping true to its motto, “Africa will always bring something new,” the prize has helped launch the literary careers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Segun Afolabi, Leila Aboulela, Brian Chikwava, EC Osondu, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Binyavanga Wainaina, and many others.

The 2014 collection includes the five shortlisted stories and the stories written at the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop along with 12 other stories from the best new writers. Insightful, arresting and entertaining – this collection reflects the richness and range of current African writing.

A last swim in a condemned pool leads a troubled teenager and her grandmother to common ground … A young woman finds it so hard to make her way in the city that she takes a drastic decision … A couple receive relationship counselling from a strange family grouping … A boy meets two exiles from Rwanda – one of them a gorilla – with remarkable results … A woman summons her father back from the dead …

The authors shortlisted for the 2014 Caine Prize were: Diane Awerbuck (South Africa) for “Phosphorescence”; Efemia Chela (Ghana/Zambia) for “Chicken”; Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe) for “The Intervention”; Billy Kahora (Kenya) for “The Gorilla’s Apprentice”; Okwiri Oduor (Kenya) for “My Father’s Head”. The prize was won by Oduor. In addition, 12 writers took part in the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop, held this year in Zimbabwe, where each produced a special story for this volume. These 17 stories – insightful, arresting and entertaining – reflect the richness and range of current writing on the African continent.

“Africa’s most important literary award.”International Herald Tribune

“Entertaining. Deserves to be widely read.” – Sunday Independent, South Africa

“It provokes and challenges.” – Harare News, Zimbabwe

“Dazzling and splendidly diverse.”The Times, UK

“The Caine Prize continues to gather the many-varied stream of African writing.”The Mercury, South Africa

SoPhia: A Novel by Shafinaaz Hassim

sophSoPhia: a novel, is set between Johannesburg and Mauritius. It is the story of Zarreen Kader and her husband Majid Akram Noorani, or Mak. Within the bounds of an abusive marriage, Zarreen vows never to let her parents know about the abuse. Her parents are happy when she’s happy. Mostly, she denies that it has any effect on her three children. Until the cracks begin to show and her life begins to fall apart. Will they as a family be able to cope when the underlying stories reveal themselves? Zarreen travels to the island of Mauritius where her Sufi grandfather once lived, searching for answers. Akram must face the dark reality of his past or be engulfed by it. As these stories occur side by side, we see how pain and compassion are necessary companions. SoPhia is not just a romance, but it is a love story, a story of self-realisation and engaged humanity.

Harrowing, yet written with fire and poetry, this is an intriguing novel written by sociologist, Hassim.”                  Cape Times

A tribute to activism against abuse … Hassim’s talent as a writer is evident in SoPhia.”  Sunday Times

The story of abuse is written in many ways, but SoPhia looks at the hope and compassion required to alter the cycle of abuse.”                                Times Live

Hassim’s latest offering is a compelling look at domestic violence within the South African Indian community and comes at a time when media debate is focussed on violence against women; it opens the discussion on abuse, patriarchy and shifting notions of femininity and masculinity.”                  Sunday Tribune

Non-Fiction

Divided Lives: Dreams of a Mother and a Daughter by Lyndall Gordon

dl`As a child, I’m to be my mother’s “sister” because she wants one so. My part is to be there if she’s ill. At four years old, it’s a privilege to have this responsibility instead of trotting off to nursery school like other children.’

So begins the renowned and award-wining biographer’s book about her own life – particularly in relationship to her mother – an extraordinary and intensely realised tale of loyalty and division; breakdown and recovery; migration and home.

Lyndall Gordon was born in 1941 in Cape Town, a place from which `a ship takes fourteen days to reach anywhere that matters’. Born to a mother whose mysterious illness confined her for years to life indoors, Lyndall was her secret sharer, a child who grew to know life through books, story-telling and her mother’s own writings. It was an exciting, precious world, pure and rich in dreams and imagination – untainted by the demands of reality.

But a daughter grows up.

Despite her own inability to leave home for long, Lyndall’s mother believed in migration, a belief that became almost a necessity once the horrors of apartheid gripped their country. Lyndall loves the rocks, the sea, the light of Cape Town, but, struggling to achieve a life approved by her mother, she tries and makes a failure of living in Israel and then, back once again in her beloved South Africa she marries and moves with her husband to New York.

It’s in America in 1968 when suddenly Lyndall realises she cannot be, and does not want to be, the woman, the daughter and the mother her mother wants her to be.

This is a wonderfully layered memoir about the expectations of love and duty between mother and daughter. The particular time and place, the people and the situation are Lyndall’s, but the division between generations, the pain and the joy of being a daughter are everywoman’s.

Lyndall Gordon manages to avoid being undaughterly about her exciting, difficult, self-obsessed mother . . . as racy as a novel.”                  Guardian

A biographer with soul, she reaches into the hearts of those she brings alive for us. She makes the meaning of their lives sing and sweat as she invites us into their experiences, their longings, their struggles and their disappointments . . . [a] fascinating mix between memoir and biography.”                           Observer

“[A] beautifully written and troubling memoir.”                 Independent on Sunday

“[A] sensitive exploration of the complexities of motherhood and daughterhood.”           Sunday Times

This quietly devastating book takes us into many strange terrains but it is to the ‘inner life of that room’ in Cape Town that Gordon finds herself returning. It was there she fountained into one of our most sensitive writers.”                          Mail on Sunday

In Divided Lives, [Gordon] devotes to her mother the kind of care and attention she has previously devoted to the Modernists, and – goodness knows! – her mother, Rhoda, certainly deserves it.”                                Literary Review

Lyndall Gordon’s intrepid and astute biographies of writers . . . frequently yield insights that have eluded previous scholars . . . Now Gordon brings her gift for uncovering startling truths to bear on her own upbringing in 1950s and 60s South Africa.”                 Times Literary Supplement

 

 

Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture by Gaiutra Bahadur

cw** Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize**

In 1903 a Brahmin woman sailed from India to Guyana as a ‘coolie’, the name the British gave to the million indentured labourers they recruited for sugar plantations worldwide after slavery ended. The woman, who claimed no husband, was pregnant and travelling alone. A century later, her great-granddaughter embarks on a journey into the past, hoping to solve a mystery: what made her leave her country? And had she also left behind a man? Gaiutra Bahadur, an American journalist, pursues traces of her great-grandmother over three continents. She also excavates the repressed history of some quarter of a million female coolies. Disparaged as fallen, many were runaways, widows or outcasts, and many migrated alone. Coolie Woman chronicles their epic passage from Calcutta to the Caribbean, from departures akin either to kidnap or escape, through sea voyages rife with sexploitation, to new worlds where women were in short supply. When they exercised the power this gave them, some fell victim to the machete, in brutal attacks, often fatal, by men whom they spurned. Sex with overseers both empowered and imperiled other women, in equal measure. It also precipitated uprisings, as a struggle between Indian men and their women intersected with one between coolies and their overlords.

Gaiutra Bahadur has produced an intricate, thoroughly researched and beautifully written book that evokes the experience of emigrant Indians and their descendants.”                                Times Literary Supplement

“Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture is a genealogical page-turner interwoven with a compelling, radical history of empire told from the perspective of indentured women. The collective voice of the jehaji behen (ship sisters) has been barely audible across the centuries, until now … Bahadur grants us rare imaginative access to the odyssey through the experience of women’s stories she finds in the archives.”                      Guardian

In her remarkable book, Gaiutra Bahadur chronicles the extraordinary but neglected saga of indentured labour that evolved when the British began to replace slavery on their sugar plantations worldwide. But the book is more than this: it is also a highly personal account that traces the history of the author’s maternal line to the present day. As Bahadur clambers down the generations, she provides the reader with a meticulous and lushly detailed family memoir. …This is a fascinating story, which will have resonance for millions of others who are swept up and transformed by history and have to find a new way to create ‘home’.”                         Literary Review

 

Dare We Hope by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

dwh‘It is a gruesome tale – how we have moved so rapidly from the era of hope to the bleak landscape ushered in by Zuma’s ascent to power …’

Yet Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, acclaimed author and international expert on reconciliation, wants to rekindle our hope.

As a clinical psychologist who has worked for the TRC, in Rwanda and with Holocaust survivors, she offers unique perspectives on healing the wounded South African nation. In this selection of her best local and international writing, she explores our unfinished business, Afrikaner rage, the politics of revenge, why apologies are not enough and how Zuma has corrupted the soul of South Africa.

Gobodo-Madikizela offers a lucid and compelling argument that it is only in facing up to our painful past that we can find hope – and a meaningful future.

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is a South African psychologist of striking moral intelligence and clarity.”
Time Magazine

A Human Being Died that Night was Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela’s moral invitation into the inner life of a perpetrator. Suddenly, what seemed inhuman became recognisably human, and the shadow of the human that I thought I was emerged. If everyone was maimed by apartheid, then the central project of a free South Africa must be the recovery of humans. Her invitation still stands, as fresh as ever.”
Njabulo Ndebele.’

 

Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom Robbins

tppInternationally bestselling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins delivers the long awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe.

Tom Robbins’ warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels—including Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, and Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates—provide an entryway into the frontier of his singular imagination. Madcap but sincere, pulsating with strong social and philosophical undercurrents, his irreverent classics have introduced countless readers to natural born hitchhiking cowgirls, born-again monkeys, a philosophising can of beans, exiled royalty, and problematic redheads.

In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that unparalleled literary sensibility inward, stitching together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures —told in his unique voice that combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become over the course of half a century a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a radio dj, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters.

Robbins offers intimate snapshots of Appalachia during the Great Depression, the West Coast during the Sixties psychedelic revolution, international roving before homeland security monitored our travels, and New York publishing when it still relied on trees. Written with the big-hearted comedy and mesmerising linguistic invention for which he is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend.

“[Tibetan Peach Pie] bursts with enough joie de vivre to bewitch even the most present-shock-imprisoned 28-year-old and to snag the rest of us with Robbins’ far-out, feel-good sensibility and trademark helical, world-happy prose.”                     Elle

“Tibetan Peach Pie is a late, welcome gift from a philosopher-novelist who continues to believe in the transformative qualities of ‘novelty, beauty, mischief and mirth’ – qualities apparent on every page of this lively, large-hearted book.”                 Washington Post

“Tibetan Peach Pie is a gift to his fans, the story of a man who had the sense to follow where his imagination led… How lucky for his readers that we got to tag along for the ride.”                          Seattle Times

The author of such off-kilter bestsellers as Still Life with Woodpecker has written a rollicking reminiscence of his Appalachian upbringing, his spiral through the psychedelic ‘60s, and his unconventional path to literary stardom.”                          O magazine

Wacky, wonder-filled… The fiction master of our times, Thomas Pynchon, once called Robbins a brain-dazzling ‘world-class storyteller.’ Now in his 80s, he still is, even in telling his own story.”                           USA Today

Hallucinatory and conversational… intertwined with many fun and interesting tales… This is what happens when you let Tom run.”                            Slate

A perfect bookend to Tom Robbins’ oeuvre, an opportunity to finally catch a glimpse behind this magician’s curtain.”                   About.com

At his best, Robbins writes prose that flows like he’s having a blast putting it all down as fast as he can think it.”                             Houston Chronicle

Tibetan Peach Pie is vintage Robbins. It’s pyrotechnic in language, labyrinthine in logic, daunting in voice, threaded with his wonderfully esoteric wit… Authentically charming… profound. ”                          Washington Independent Review of Books

 

The Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Oceans Tell Us About Ourselves by James Nestor

dpCovering a diving championship in Greece on a hot and sticky assignment for Outside magazine, James Nestor discovered free diving. He had stumbled on one of the most extreme sports in existence: a quest to extend the frontiers of human experience, in which divers descend without breathing equipment, for hundreds of feet below the water, for minutes after they should have died from lack of oxygen. Sometimes they emerge unconscious, or bleeding from the nose and ears, and sometimes they don’t come up at all.

The free divers were Nestor’s way into an exhilarating and dangerous world of deep-sea pioneers, underwater athletes, scientists, spear fishermen, billionaires and ordinary men and women who are poised on the brink of some amazing discoveries about the ocean. Soon he was visiting the scientists who live 60ft underwater (and are permanently high on nitrous dioxide), swimming with the notorious man-eating sharks of Réunion and descending thousands of feet in a homemade submarine. And on the way down, he learnt about the amazing amphibious reflexes activated in the human body under deep-water conditions, why dolphins were injected with LSD in an attempt to teach them to talk, and why sharks like AC/DC.

The sea covers seventy per cent of Earth’s surface, and still contains answers to questions about the world we are only beginning to ask: Deep blends science and adventure to uncover its amazing secrets.

A fascinating, informative, exhilarating book.”                  Wall Street Journal

Idiosyncratic and Illuminating… Deep demonstrates that a rich, life-filled, mysterious realm of vast possibility is contained in that blackness. It will certainly enrich the thinking of anyone planning to spend time at the beach.”                     Independent

Finding my Own Way to Happy and Gay by Barbara Castle-Farmer

The book is an often amusing, often heart-breaking account of the coming out process for a lesbian in 60s South Africa. “The writer locates her life in the context of so much oppression, and the juxtaposition of the fear behind the apartheid laws, and how completely unthreatening her voice is, works powerfully,” says Jennifer Cohen former New York literary agent.

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

mexRebecca Solnit’s essay ‘Men Explain Things to Me’ has become a touchstone of the feminist movement, inspired the term ‘mansplaining’, and established Solnit as one of the leading feminist thinkers of our time – one who has inspired everyone from radical activists to Beyonce Knowles. Collected here in print for the first time is the essay itself, along with the best of Solnit’s feminist writings. From rape culture to mansplaining, from French sex scandals to marriage and the nuclear family, from Virginia Woolf to colonialism, these essays are a fierce and incisive exploration of the issues that a patriarchal culture will not necessarily acknowledge as ‘issues’ at all. With grace and energy, and in the most exquisite and inviting of prose, Rebecca Solnit proves herself a vital leading figure of the feminist movement and a radical, humane thinker.

“[Solnit’s] ability to make a landscape into a text is present in every piece of writing she’s ever done, and especially here. Solnit understands that our minds are also landscapes, that they are uncharted territory and we must constantly have something left to discover within ourselves. When men explain things to me, personally, it’s like feeling someone else draw up the borders of my brain. When “men explaining things” becomes a concept, we react so strongly because it’s a map that we can use to bring us back to ourselves. The terrain has always felt familiar, but Men Explain Things To Me is a tool that we all need in order to find something that was almost lost.”                      National Post

Another Great Day at Sea: On Board the USS George Bush (Writers in Residence) by Geoff Dyer

agd‘We were on one of the most technologically advanced places on earth but the guys in grease-smeared brown sweatshirts and float coats, draped with heavy brown chains, looked like they were ready to face the burning oil poured on them from the walls of an impregnable castle.’ Geoff Dyer’s incisive and witty voice depicts life on board the USS ship. His inventive descriptions are accompanied by photography by Chris Steele-Perkins, an award winning Magnum photographer.

This is the first title from Writers in Residence; a collectable set of books that bring together some of the greatest writers and photographers on the planet to reveal the normally faceless organisations that shape the modern world. The arresting, full-colour photography, depicting a subculture that is by turns surprising, hilarious, beautiful and insane, is by Chris Steele-Perkins, an award-winning Magnum photographer. Writers in Residence finds a third way between books and magazines, with every book in the set designed by Jeremy Leslie of magCulture.

Meeting the Captain, the F-18 pilots and the dentists, experiencing everything from a man-overboard alert to the Steel Beach Party, Dyer guides us through the most AIE (acronym intensive environment) imaginable. Underlying Dyer’s efforts to overcome the disadvantages of being the oldest, tallest (actually, second tallest), and most self-conscious person on the boat is an intense fascination with the military world. In recording daily life on board the ship, Dyer illuminates a society where discipline and conformity, dedication and optimism, become a form of self-expression.

Another Great Day at Sea is a dazzling social experiment, bringing readers behind the scenes of the world’s largest aircraft carrier in a way that has never been seen before.

Don’t miss Geoff Dyer at this year’s Open Book Festival. 17-21 September.

Dyer stows himself away on an American aircraft carrier, fortunately, with all his hilarious tics in place. A rare kind of non-fiction, with sentences that keep on giving long after your eye has sailed on.”                     Steve Martin

Geoff Dyer observes the privations and discipline of US warship life with a sharp eye… a sustained exercise in observation of which the lieutenant commander might be proud…. no writer has more fun with his own awkwardness, and in this respect you can’t help feeling he has come to exactly the right place… A well-directed opening salvo in a new publishing venture.”                             Observer

“ Dyer has a rare talent to take almost any topic… and imbue it with gravity and grace, tenderness and also tetchiness… Dyer fans will warm to his comic digressions on moustaches, deliriously sentimental reveries about what it might have been like to be a Battle of Britain pilot, semi-embarrassing stories about jokingly asking the carrier s gym boss where he might score steroids, and meditations on the similarities between writing and piloting a plane.”                              Financial Times

Geoff Dyer is the Rupert Everett of belles lettres: tall, handsome and thrillingly cavalier about saying and doing exactly as he pleases…Like Everett, he can be very funny, and writes with unsparing candour… [includes] terrific colour plates of life with the US Navy by Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins… At all events, Another Great Day at Sea is a perfect beach read, wherever your boots happen to be on the ground this summer.”                      Evening Standard

One of the myriad joys of reading Dyer is his frankness about aspects of life that many writers don’t share… The book is stuffed with wonderful anecdotes. And, of course, it wouldn’t be Dyer if there wasn’t the sharp self-awareness… A total delight.”                               Independent

Dyer himself can move from a viscerally detailed gripe about digestion and defecation to a cosmically awestruck rendering of the ship’s passage through the universe, as seen through a borrowed pair of high-grade night-vision goggles: “a multitude of stars, unimaginably dense, more light than sky, more star than non-star”. This speaks to the mysterious effect of all his best books, fiction and non-fiction. For such a worldly writer, Dyer often seems to verge on transcendence.”                      Herald Scotland

 

In the Interests of Safety: The Absurd Rules that Blight our Lives and How We Can Change Them by Tracey Brown and Michael Hanlon

iisDoes an airline pilot really need to surrender his tweezers at airport security when he’s about to board an aircraft equipped with an axe on the back of the cockpit door?
Can a mobile phone really cause a major explosion at a petrol station?
And is there really a good reason why you should be prevented from swimming in a lake more than a foot deep?

These rules exist, and they exist in the name of our own protection. But in this engrossing dissection of global safety rules and security regulations, authors Tracey Brown and Michael Hanlon dig a little deeper to discover the real reasons behind many of the instructions we obey without questioning their creators’ motives. Their conclusions range from the startling to the staggering, and in presenting them the authors seek to empower readers to question the people and organisations who come up with them in the first place.

 

Smashing Physics by Jon Butterworth

spThe discovery of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world. Two scientists, Peter Higgs and François Englert, whose theories predicted its existence, shared a Nobel Prize. The discovery was the culmination of the largest experiment ever run, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.

But what really is a Higgs boson and what does it do? How was it found? And how has its discovery changed our understanding of the fundamental laws of nature? And what did it feel like to be part of it?

Jon Butterworth is one of the leading physicists at CERN and this book is the first popular inside account of the hunt for the Higgs. It is a story of incredible scientific collaboration, inspiring technological innovation and ground-breaking science. It is also the story of what happens when the world’s most expensive experiment blows up, of neutrinos that may or may not travel faster than light, and the reality of life in an underground bunker in Switzerland.

This book will also leave you with a working knowledge of the new physics and what the discovery of the Higgs particle means for how we define the laws of nature. It will take you to the cutting edge of modern scientific thinking.

“[An] excellent account of one of the greatest intellectual adventures of modern times . . . I loved this insider’s story of the discovery of the Higgs boson.”                   Roger Highfield, Sunday Times

Something Visual…

 

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

ttwA fantastically dark and timeless graphic debut, for fans of Grimm Tales, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and the works of Neil Gaiman

‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…

Beautiful, beguiling and thrillingly eerie.”                            Michel Faber

Stunning, magical. Hauntingly gothic, it made me feel like a child again, reading Grimm fairy tales.”                      Jane Harris

Atmospheric illustrations, saturated in grey, black and slashes of red, provide a spooky backdrop to these five psychologically complex gothic stories … Carroll eschews easy endings for something darker and deliciously unresolved.”                                Metro

A graphic debut that blends the gothic strangeness of Tim Burton with the macabre illustrations of Edward Gorey to create a wonderfully chilling collection of tales … Eschewing neat endings, Carroll leaves lingering questions: how much is real and how much is imagination? … Her eerie tales will haunt you.”                      Financial Times

Properly terrifying … revenge and comeuppance are at the centre of these stories, as ghosts, monsters and demons seek to manipulate ordinary people, folk who have allowed themselves to get involved in unspeakable evil, and to hell with the consequences. Carroll delivers all of this with an understated melancholy and a creeping dread, the narrative bursting into flashes of bloody terror at just the right moment, and she shows the perfect pacing and narrative skill of an accomplished storyteller.”                        Big Issue

 

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountain by Neil Gaiman

tcbBeautifully illustrated by renowned artist Eddie Campbell, this is a four-colour edition of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novelette The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains – a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and a search for hidden treasure.

This gorgeous full-colour illustrated book version was born of a unique collaboration between writer Neil Gaiman and artist Eddie Campbell, who brought to vivid life the characters and landscape of Gaiman’s story.

In August 2010, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains was performed in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House to a sell-out crowd – Gaiman read his tale live as Campbell’s magnificent artwork was presented, scene by scene, on large screens. Narrative and art were accompanied by live music composed and performed especially for the story by the FourPlay String Quartet.

For (ever so slightly) younger readers

 

The Incomplete Book of Dragons by Cressida Cowell

ibdLong ago, the world was full of dragons. But what happened to them? Where are they now? These pages are taken from the notebooks of Viking Hero Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third when he was just a boy. A keen dragonwatcher, Hiccup paints a picture of the brilliance and fire and spirit of that lost dragon world.

Featuring dragon profiles, dragon anatomy, dragon riding tips and lots more must know info e.g. how to spot the difference between an arsenic adderwing and a glow worm (you don’t want to mix those two up) and what to do when confronted with a Hellsteether. This is a must for all keen dragonwatchers out there…

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

4Fans of the Divergent series by No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by Four: A Divergent Collection, a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories told from Tobias Eaton’s point of view.

Readers first encountered Tobias Eaton as “Four” in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character’s backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias Eaton’s life.

The first three pieces in this volume – “The Transfer,” “The Initiate,” and “The Son” – follow Tobias’s transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, and the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions.

The fourth story, “The Traitor,” runs parallel with the events of Divergent, giving readers a glimpse into the decisions of loyalty – and love – that Tobias makes in the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.

And finally…dinner

 

Cape Town Flavours and Traditions by Sophia Lindop

ctfToday, a rich tapestry of local recipes graces our tables at the Cape. Like a fine blended wine, Cape cuisine offers complexity, richness and a host of subtle and exotic nuances to delight the most discerning and adventurous of palates. For more than three centuries, the Cape has continued to provide for the needs of visitors from all parts of the world, making it truly worthy of its title of old, ‘Tavern of the Seas’. The flavours of the Cape were initially influenced by the first settlers, the Dutch who arrived in 1652. Within two weeks of arriving in South Africa, they laid out a vegetable garden and cultivated seeds that they brought with them from abroad. The Strandlopers, French Huguenots, Malay slaves, Germans and the English all contributed to the melting pot of flavours that are still in evidence today. Cape flavours and traditions is a little book of gastronomic delight. It brims with history, unique South African recipes, and will hopefully inspire you to cook flamboyantly.

Happy Reading!

Sleuth-a-noon with Judy Moody!

Saturday, August 23rd 2014 at 2:30 PM

Super Sleuth presentation

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Satoshi Kitamura Story Time

Saturday, August 23rd 2014 at 11:00 AM

satoshi picsatoshi pic 2Our Open Book Festival is coming up again in September and from the 17th to the 21st there will be dozens of authors at the shop, and this year there will again be children’s book authors to treat us with their stories and illustrations. We decided to have storytimes ahead of the Festival to introduce you to their magical work.

Today we will introduce you to the adventurous Satoshi Kitamura. Satoshi left school to become an artist and started off in graphic design. He grew up in Tokyo in Japan, but then moved to London for many years to work there. A lot of people looked at his artwork and did not want to publish his childrens books, until one man finally realised how brilliant he was and so his children’s illustration career started. He often illustrates for other authors, but has written many of his own books. Today Satoshi lives in Japan again and we are happy that he was willing to travel all that way to come and meet us.

We are thrilled  to have Satoshi at the Festival this year, so you can all get to meet him.

Please join us for a story time to hear some of his stories and start getting excited with us!

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Launch of Adults Only with editor Joanne Hichens & contributors

Thursday, August 21st 2014 at 5:30 PM

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Launch of The Solidarity Economy Alternative edited by Vishwas Satgar

Wednesday, August 20th 2014 at 5:30 PM

Solidarity Book Lounge invitation

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