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Simon Schama: Story of the Jews Vol I and II – 20% pre-order discount!

Tuesday, September 30th 2014 at 2:00 PM

We have a NEW DOUBLE Special Offer to announce. We are offering 20% off the forthcoming Simon SchamaStory of the Jews II: When Words Fail (1492-present day), as well as 20% off the paperback of the first volume Story of the Jews I: Finding the Words (1000 BCE-1492).
Story of the Jews II: When Words Fail (1492-present day) will retail at R315, but you can pre-order for just R252

Story of the Jews I: Finding the Words (1000 BCE-1492) will retail at R210, but you can pre-order for just R168


To take advantage of either of these special offers, please mail us on
Offer open till 1st September – see below for further info on the books.

Story of the Jews Volumes I and II by Simon Schama – 20% discount.

Story of the Jews I: Finding the Words (1000 BCE-1492)

It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds. And a great story unfolds. Not – as often imagined – of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians. Which makes the story of the Jews everyone’s story, too.

In The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000BCE – 1492CE, Simon Schama has done a splendid job in challenging the stereotypes. Spirited, immensely enjoyable and wide-ranging account. Schama has expressed both the triumphs and the tragedies with irrepressible enthusiasm and his customary eloquence” (David Abulafia Financial Times)

Retails at R210 – available for pre-order at R168

Story of the Jews II: When Words Fail (1492-present day)

The words that failed were words of hope. But they did not fail at all times and everywhere.
These gripping pages teem with words of defiance and optimism, sounds and images of tenacious life and adventurous modernism, music and drama, business and philosophy, poetry and politics. The second part of Simon Schama’s epic Story of the Jews is neither overwhelmed by hopelessness nor shrouded in the smoke of the crematoria. As much as it gives full weight to the magnitude of the disaster that befell the Jews, it is a story of hope vindicated rather than wiped out.
At the heart of the story is the budding belief that peoples of different faiths, customs and cultures can be fellow-citizens of a common country.
And amidst all the brutality, somehow the light of Jewish endurance is never extinguished. The odyssey is unforgettable, the storyteller impassioned, the words unfailing.
Retail at R315, but you can pre-order for just R252


Happy Birthday, Kipper!

Saturday, September 27th 2014 at 11:00 AM

kipperGoodness, Kipper is having another birthday and we are celebrating with him! Today we are reading some of the classic Kipper stories and we will colour in and have a great time.

Join us for a story time with an old legend 🙂



Open Book Festival: Come and meet Japanese illustrator and author, Satoshi Kitamura at our afternoon Story Time

Saturday, September 20th 2014 at 2:00 PM

satoshi picSatoshi-Kitamura-010We are so excited to welcome  Satoshi Kitamura and his wife, Motoko to our Open Book Festival this year. This afternoon Satoshi will read some of his stories and then we will all be creative together. Satoshi likes making things with paper and glue, so he is actually already a Book Lounger, because paper and gluesticks are some of our favourite things! Please join us for this great experience.



20% off pre-orders of the new Yotam Ottolenghi!

Saturday, September 20th 2014 at 12:32 PM

ottolenghiWe are delighted to be able to offer our customers a 20% discount on the delicious forthcoming Yotam Ottolenghi book – Plenty More – a follow-up to his bestselling title Plenty.

All orders placed and paid for before October 1st 2014 will pay only R456, rather than the retail price of R570.

To order please mail us on, or call on 021 462 2425.


Yotam Ottolenghi completed a Masters degree in philosophy and literature whilst working on the news desk of an Israeli daily, before coming to London in 1997. He started as an assistant pastry chef at the Capital and then worked at Kensington Place, Launceston Place, Maison Blanc and Baker and Spice, before starting his own eponymous group of restaurants/food shops, with branches in Notting Hill, Islington and Belgravia. He opened the restaurant NOPI in Piccadilly in 2011. Yotam is the author of the bestselling Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, Plenty and Jerusalem. He has presented two series of Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast on More 4 and Channel 4. Plenty More is his fourth book.

Published by Penguin Random House.


Open Book Festival: Come and meet British illustrator and author, Adam Stower at Story Time

Saturday, September 20th 2014 at 11:00 AM

adamstower 2Today we are so lucky to have Adam Stower read at our Story Time. Adam is visiting us as part of our Open Book Festival and he will bring his great sense of humour and attention to detail to story time today.

He will be reading from his new book, Troll and the Olivier and then we will all learn to draw our own trolls.

Come along and enjoy the excitement of meeting a new author!


Open Book Festival 2014 – 17th to 21st September

Wednesday, September 17th 2014 at 10:00 AM

Don’t miss this year’s fantastic Open Book Festival at the Fugard Theatre and the Book Lounge.

Click here for the full programme and to book tickets to see all these wonderful authors!



Olivier Tallec Story Time

Saturday, September 13th 2014 at 11:00 AM

olivier tallec twoolivier tallecOur Open Book Festival is coming up again this month 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 glorious illustrations of Olivier Tallec. Olivier studied art and worked as a graphic designer in advertising. He grew up in France and now lives in Paris, but likes to travel a lot and see new places. Today he spends all his time illustrating. He mostly illustrates for other authors and believes that the text and the illustration each tell a bit of the story, to give you the bigger picture together.

We are so excited  to have Olivier at the Festival this year, so you can all get to meet him and see him draw.


The 2014 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

Tuesday, September 9th 2014 at 3:21 PM


To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris


The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler


J: A Novel by Howard Jacobson


The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee


How to be Both by Ali Smith

I Love Turtles Book launch and Puppet Show Story Time

Saturday, September 6th 2014 at 11:00 AM

turtlesThe Two Oceans Aquarium has done a new book in their series about our great oceans and how we can help to keep them safe and clean.

The new book looks at turtles. Please join us today for a great puppet show and a chance to hear the new story.


Down in the Basement: Movie Night

Thursday, September 4th 2014 at 5:30 PM

la lectriceFor this month’s Down in the Basement we thought we would do it in celebration of an iconic Capetonian we love and respect, The Labia Theatre.

We hosting a screening of La Lectrice on the 4th, the day before The Labia Theatre campaign ends: All proceeds from your R40 ticket donation go towards the Labia Cinema’s #digitalGold Campaign.
La Lectrice” A seductive comedy for those who like to read in bed 

based on the novel by Raymond Jean. A french classic from  1988, directed by Michel Deville and starring Miou-Miou: Inspired by the story of Marie, a woman who advertises her services as a reader of literature, Constance decides to do the same.

Over the last year there has been a massive shift in the Global FIlm industry: worldwide, film distribution has moved to digital. Independent cinemas using celluloid film projectors are operating on borrowed time: Spare parts and accessories are no longer being made for film projectors, and almost no new films are being distributed on Celluloid. Our 65 year old Princess of independent cinema: The Labia Theatre faced a choice –  Go Digital or Go Dark.  
Instead, with the support of her fans and friends The Labia Theatre is choosing to go DigitalGOLD with a Thundafund crowdfunding campaign, and your pledges!  With your help this 65-year old princess is looking to move into her golden years upgraded and sparkling.

Tickets are limited and are R40 cash only, please come into the Book Lounge and buy your tickets at the counter. The screening will start at 6 sharp.