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Storytime: In Flight

Saturday, April 30th 2016 at 11:00 AM

in flightJoin us as we fly into some whimsical stories!

Launch of I’m the Girl Who Was Raped by Michelle Hattingh

Thursday, April 28th 2016 at 5:30 PM

I'm the girl who was rapedThat morning, Michelle presented her Psychology honours thesis on men’s perceptions of rape. She started her presentation like this, “A woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than learning how to read …” On that same evening, she goes to a party to celebrate attaining her degree. She and a friend go to the beach; the friend has something she wants to discuss. They are both robbed, assaulted and raped. Within minutes of getting help, Michelle realises she’ll never be herself again. She’s now “the girl who was raped.”

This book is Michelle’s fight to be herself again.  Of the taint she feels, despite the support and resources at her disposal as the loved child of a successful middle-class family. Of the fall-out to friendships, job, identity. It’s Michelle’s brave way of standing up for the women in South Africa who are raped every day.


Launch of Fighting for Mandela by Priscilla Jana

Tuesday, April 26th 2016 at 5:30 PM

fighting 2Priscilla Jana is a legendary figure in South African revolutionary politics. As an Indian woman who had experienced racial oppression first-hand, she decided to use her degree in law to fight for the rights of her fellow people and do all she could to bring down the Apartheid state – who saw her as a very real threat. At one time she represented every single political prisoner on Robben Island, including both the late Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie. Priscilla spent her days in court, fighting human rights case after human rights case, but it was at night when her real work was done. As part of an underground cell, she fought tirelessly to bring down the hated government. This activism, however, came at a price. One of South Africa’s infamous ‘banned persons’, for five years Priscilla was unable to take part in any political activities, enter any place where a large number of people were gathered, and had her movements severely restricted. Worse, her own home was attacked with petrol bombs on multiple occasions. Undeterred, Priscilla Jana continued her work, even adopting the baby daughter of a client imprisoned on Robben Island, bringing her up, educating her, and providing a loving home. Finally, upon Mandela’s release and the political revolution of her beloved country, Priscilla’s work was rewarded, as she was elected as a member of South Africa’s first democratic parliament. Later, she was to become an ambassador to both The Netherlands and Ireland. Now retired and living in Cape Town, Priscilla still works and waits for her most fervent desire: the true healing and unification of South Africa.


Storytime: Launch of I am Alex

Saturday, April 23rd 2016 at 11:00 AM


Launch of Affluenza by Niq Mhlongo

Thursday, April 21st 2016 at 5:30 PM

Affluenza Book Lounge

Niq Mhlongo returns with a collection of short stories that cover the span of our democracy: crime, xenophobia, racism and homophobia, the new black elite, land redistribution, the Zuma presidency. The stories have been published to critical acclaim in France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the USA but remain largely unknown in South Africa. A​ffluenza offers us a chance to savour Niq Mhlongo’s take on the madness of the last twenty years.


Launch of Like it Matters by David Cornwell

Wednesday, April 20th 2016 at 5:30 PM

like it matters invite bookloungeWhen Ed meets Charlotte one golden afternoon, the fourteen sleeping
pills he’s painstakingly collected don’t matter anymore: this will be the
moment he pulls things right, even though he can see Charlotte comes
with a story of her own.
They try to make a life in Muizenberg, but old habits die hard, and they
become embroiled in a scheme that soon slips out of their control.
In Like It Matters, each line of text, each mark on the page, is
meticulously crafted as the novel charts, with striking flair, the life of a
man cast adrift.


Launch of Tjieng Tjang Tjerries by Jolyn Phillips

Tuesday, April 19th 2016 at 5:30 PM

Tjieng Tjang TjerriesA strikingly written debut collection of vivid short stories set in and around Gansbaai western Cape coast of South Africa. The stories give voice to fishing folk and rural Cape people and situations that have not been heard before in literary writings in South Africa.

“An impressive debut that brings across voices never heard before in South African English – not only in rhythm and timbre, but plumbing the unspoken. With such a remarkable ear, Jolyn Philips is a young writer to watch.” – Antjie Krog

“It is rare that one encounters a debut as good as this one.  Humane, humorous and completely original, these sparkling stories gives a voice to a South African community too long ignored by the literary canon. Jolyn Phillips is a gifted young writer to watch.”  – Meg Vandermerwe (Zebra Crossing and This Place I Call Home)

“A most original new voice in South African literature” – Shaun Johnson (The Native Commissioner)


Calling all John le Carré and Philip Kerr fans!

Tuesday, April 19th 2016 at 2:43 PM

Lawton1To our delight, there is a ‘new’ author to enthuse about for fans of intelligent crime and spy thriller writing!

John Lawton is a British writer who has received favourable, and entirely justified, comparisons to Lawton2both John le Carré and Philip Kerr. His current series takes place in the early days of the Cold War, and the books have a fantastic sense of atmosphere, time and place, with finely nuanced depictions of the politics of the time.

The first in the series ‘Then We Take Berlin’ is just in at the Book Lounge, with part two – ‘The Unfortunate Englishman’ due in June. He also has a highly acclaimed series set during WWII.

Both series feature characters who occur throughout (in a similar vein to Kerr’s Bernie Gunther).

Being much enjoyed currently by Megan at the Book Lounge, who hopes to pass on her enthusiasm to all!

Storytime: Lindsay and Izak!

Saturday, April 16th 2016 at 11:00 AM

Lindsay and Izak at The Book Lounge

Launch of Bumper Cars by Athol Williams

Thursday, April 14th 2016 at 5:30 PM

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In Bumper Cars, Athol Williams continues his project, started in his book Talking to a Tree, of reflecting upon the circumstance that leads to human conflict. He appeals to both reason and intuition to paint images of a new consciousness and new institutions that offer hope of peaceful human existence. The collection speaks to the global human condition with a thread of South African and Israel-Palestine themes, the latter reflecting his participation in the international art project here, without hosted at Harvard University. Through all his social, political and philosophical reflection, Williams draws the conclusion, as poets have for centuries, that love is humanity’s greatest need and the best response to contemporary society’s challenges.