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Storytime: Witches

Saturday, February 27th 2016 at 11:00 AM

Double, double, toil and trouble! Today we’ll turn each other into frogs with all of our favourite magic spells. So join us for some witchy witches

Launch of Mengelmoes A Graphic Novel by Willem Samuel

Thursday, February 25th 2016 at 5:30 PM

mengelmoes new newYou don’t see a lot of comics coming out of South Africa. For that matter, you don’t see a lot of comics about South Africa. Could it be that, with a history of oppression, insurrection, a leader of legendary status who survived confinement and worse, to emerge with his ethics and dignity intact, and a land of astonishing beauty where the people struggle almost daily to try to heal the wounds inflicted on a land they all love, that no one was able to find a story worth telling? Yeah. Right. Which brings us to Mengelmoes. Willem Samuel was a teenage boy, growing up in the 1990s. Like any teenager, the world is a confusing place, where you have to find your friends and discover who your enemies are. Unlike a lot of teenagers, he was growing up in South Africa. Fortunately for us, Willem is a brilliant artist and storyteller, who documented his life and times as it happened – Willem’s way of dealing with a dramatically changing world. Mengelmoes is Willem’s autobiographical story of growing up in interesting times. Over the 6 issues published, we’ll experience South Africa as he saw it, including the many and varied flights of imagination. Oh, and Mengelmoes? It means mish-mash.


Launch of The Peculiars by Jen Thorpe

Wednesday, February 24th 2016 at 5:30 PM

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Phobias abound at the Centre for Improved Living, where Nazma goes for help. She’s crazy about baking and desperately wants to become a pastry chef, but her fear of driving keeps her stuck working in a train-station kiosk, where she sells stale food to commuters while dreaming of butter croissants and fresh strudel.
The Centre is also a lifeline for Sam, who is scared to death of being robbed and spends his days in his pyjamas in front of his computer, his house alarm always armed.
Like the rest of the patients, Nazma and Sam want to face their fears, but will four weeks at the Centre be enough to change their lives? And will the two allow their budding romance to bloom without letting their phobias get in the way?
Meanwhile, the Centre risks losing its funding, a fear that Ruby, the Centre’s eccentric director, must face while she tries to manage the patients’ fears.
Set in a Cape Town as peculiar as its characters, The Peculiars is Jen Thorpe’s heart-warming and humorous debut.


Storytime: Extraordinary Cats

Saturday, February 20th 2016 at 11:00 AM

extraordinary cats Cats are pretty marvelous things. Knitting cats, tap-dancing cats, magical cats and detective cats. That’s what you can expect at today’s storytime! Come and hear about all of these wacky and wonderful cats, and maybe tell us about your own.

Launch of Taking Chances a Harmony High book by Sicelo Kula

Thursday, February 18th 2016 at 5:30 PM

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Ta Siks wants to provide for his nephew Fundile – but on a cleaner’s salary there is no chance of that. That’s why he turns to the world of crime, and gets involved in the drug trade. Fundile does not suspect that his uncle is involved in a dangerous game, but his friend Sakhe is a different story … Sakhe has no problem with moving on from being a scorer with girls and on the soccer field, to being a drug merchant. When Nosiphiwo, a girl from Fundile’s past, arrives on the scene with a secret of her own, things start getting more complicated. Fundile realises – too late – that even their lives are in danger… This is the tenth book in Cover2Cover’s Harmony High Series, which centres around the lives and real life choices facing a group of teens at Harmony High, a fictional township high school.

Sicelo Kula completed an Undergraduate LLB degree at the University of the Western Cape at the end of 2015. He writes a blog What’s Popping e-Kasi? for FunDza Literary Trust. Taking Chances is his first novel, and it brings him one step closer to achieving his ultimate goal: creating tales that amaze and educate readers. He’s planning to write a number of short stories and two or three novels over the next few years, and to get more legal essays published.


Storytime: Journey

Saturday, February 13th 2016 at 11:00 AM

JourneyI do believe it’s time for another adventure! Let’s go exploring, today we’ll go on a wonderful journey together.

SONA the Morning After @ the District 6, Homecoming Centre

Friday, February 12th 2016 at 10:00 AM



Launch of Ms Conception by Pamela Power

Wednesday, February 10th 2016 at 12:25 PM

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Launch of Letters of Stone by Steven Robins

Tuesday, February 9th 2016 at 5:30 PM

letters of stone invite (1)‘This is a most exceptional and unforgettable book’ – Antjie Krog

As a young boy growing up in Port Elizabeth in the 1960s and 1970s, Steven Robins was haunted by an old photograph of three unknown women on a table in the dining room. Only later did he learn that the women were his father’s mother and sisters, photographed in Berlin in 1937, before they were killed in the Holocaust. Steven’s father, who had fled Nazi Germany before it was too late, never spoke about the fate of his family who remained there.

Steven became obsessed with finding out what happened to the women, but had little to go on. In time he stumbled on official facts in museums in Washington DC and Berlin, and later he discovered almost one hundred letters sent to his father and uncle from the family in Berlin during the Nazi terror. The women in the photograph could now tell their story. Letters of Stone tracks Steven’s journey of discovery about the lives and fates of the Robinski family, in southern Africa, Berlin, Riga and Auschwitz. It also explores the worldwide rise of eugenics and racial science before the war, which justified the murder of Jews by the Nazis and caused South Africa and other countries to close their doors to Jewish refugees.

Most of all, this book is a poignant reconstruction of a family trapped in an increasingly terrifying and deadly Nazi state, and of the immense pressure on Steven’s father in faraway South Africa, which forced him to retreat into silence.


Storytime: Katherine Graham

Saturday, February 6th 2016 at 11:00 AM

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