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Launch of Gang Town by Don Pinnock

Thursday, March 31st 2016 at 5:30 PM

Gang townGangsters, lured by wealth and drugs, are holding Cape Town to ransom. In gang-ridden areas, poverty destroys families and the police force cannot curb the violence. Government is paralyzed in the face of this scourge. In Gang Town, top-selling author Don Pinnock asks gangsters and their families why young people are drawn to gang culture.


Launch of Power Politics in Zimbabwe by Michael Bratton

Tuesday, March 29th 2016 at 5:30 PM


Zimbabwe’s July 2013 election brought the country’s “inclusive” power-sharing interlude to an end and installed Robert Mugabe and ZANU-PF for yet another – its seventh – term. Why? What explains the resilience of authoritarian rule in Zimbabwe?

Tracing the country’s elusive search for a legitimate political settlement across the decades, Bratton offers a careful analysis of the failed power-sharing experiment, an account of its institutional origins and an explanation of its demise. In the process, he explores key challenges of political transition: constitution making, elections, security-sector reform and transitional justice.



Storytime: Favourites

Saturday, March 26th 2016 at 11:00 AM

We love to share some of our favourite stories with you. Today Stuart will be reading 3 stories that he loves, maybe you’ll love them too!

Storytime: Monkey Business

Saturday, March 19th 2016 at 11:00 AM

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Friday, March 18th 2016 at 5:30 PM

If you would like to join us for this event, please purchase tickets in-store for R50, cash only!


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Launch of The Eye of the Needle by Richard Turner

Thursday, March 17th 2016 at 5:30 PM

P0001Described by Nelson Mandela as a source of inspiration, Richard Turner was a central figure in the white South African student movement and key in its radicalization. Turner acquired his doctorate at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he was inspired by the events of 1968, and returned to South Africa increasingly influenced by Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness movement. His work was forceful and revolutionary, causing him to be banned, confined to his home, and eventually assassinated by state security forces in 1978. Turner’s most influential and incendiary text, The Eye of the Needle, is being returned to print at a critical moment in South African history, when many have turned their attention once again to Black Consciousness and a reconsideration of the Durban Moment. The Eye of the Needle is a largely utopian statement, advocating for the creation of a socialist society couched in the language of Christian ideology. Against the backdrop of contemporary labor disputes and the appearance of new unions and emergent calls for the re-radicalization of South African politics, Turner’s work is newly relevant. Accompanied by Tony Morphet’s contextualizing essays, the book provides readers with an excellent entry point for both historical reflection on 1970s South Africa and critical engagement with contemporary social justice.


Launch of Flame in the Snow the Love Letters of Andre Brink & Ingrid Jonker

Wednesday, March 16th 2016 at 5:30 PM

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In a telegram dated 29 April 1963, twenty-nine-year-old Afrikaans poet Ingrid Jonker thanks André Brink, a young novelist of twenty-seven, for flowers and a letter he sent her. In the more than two hundred letters that followed this telegram, one of South African literature’s most famous love affairs unfolds. Jonker’s final letter to Brink is dated 18 April 1965. She drowned herself in the ocean at Three Anchor Bay three months later.

More than fifty years on, this poignant, often stormy relationship still grips readers’ imaginations.

In December 2014, three months before his death on 6 February 2015, André Brink offered these never-before-seen letters, as well as personal photographs, for publication.


Launch of Story of a House

Tuesday, March 15th 2016 at 5:30 PM

story_of_a_house_launch_invite_book_loungeIt took 15 years to fully restore the impressive Château de la Creuzette to her former glory. She continues to rest in her shaded park, surrounded by centuries-old trees, and welcomes her expectant guests with open arms.

The highly successful Festive France caused great excitement among Francophiles, who loved the stories and delicious recipes from the French countryside. Now, the wealth of culinary delights that emerge from the new summer kitchen at La Creuzette are enough to make any gourmand’s mouth water. Apart from the almost 90 new recipes, which the authors have categorised according to five (yes, five!) seasons, there is an additional Crookbook in which the two hosts share their easy shortcut recipes and tips – how to conjure and connive when immediate action is needed. Here, every meal is transformed into a feast. Take a seat a beautifully set table and drink from fine crystal.

The Story of a House is not only two cookbooks in one, but also a richly adorned reading book that traces the history of a manor house and follows the story of its people. Come inside, the doors are open…


Launch of The Sword & the Pen by Allister Sparks

Monday, March 14th 2016 at 6:00 PM

sparksAllister Sparks joined his first newspaper at age 17 and was pitched headlong into the vortex of South Africa’s stormy politics. The Sword and the Pen is the story of how as a journalist he observed, chronicled and participated in his country’s unfolding drama for more than 66 years, covering events from the premiership of DF Malan to the presidency of Jacob Zuma, witnessing at close range the rise and fall of apartheid and the rise and crisis of the new South Africa. In trenchant prose, Sparks has written a remarkable account of both a life lived to its full as well as the surrounding narrative of South Africa from the birth of apartheid, the rise of political opposition, the dawn of democracy, right through to the crisis we are experiencing today.


Storytime: Friends

Saturday, March 12th 2016 at 11:00 AM

Best friendsFriends are helpful, kind and fun to be around. Today we’ll read about all kinds of friends, and talk about what being a friend means to you.