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Launch of When Zuma Goes by Ralph Mathekga

Wednesday, November 9th 2016 at 5:30 PM




When Jacob Zuma retires to Nkandla, what will be left behind?

South Africa has been in the grip of the “Zunami” since May 2009: Scandal, corruption and allegations of state capture have become synonymous with the Zuma era, leaving the country and its people disheartened.

But Jacob Zuma’s time is running out. Whether he leaves the presidency after the ANC’s national conference in 2017, stays on until 2019, or is forced to retire much sooner, the question is: what impact will his departure have on South Africa, its people and on the ruling party? Can we fix the damage, and how?

Ralph Mathekga answers these questions and more as he puts Zumaʼs leadership, and what will come after, in the spotlight.


American author Jay McInerney visits the Lounge! Launch of Bright Precious Days

Tuesday, November 8th 2016 at 5:30 PM


Russell and Corrine Calloway have spent half their lives in the bright lights of New York. Theirs is the generation that flew too close to the sun on wings of cocaine – and whose lives changed irrevocably when planes crashed into the Twin Towers. Now, in 2008, Russell runs his own publishing house and Corrine manages a food redistribution programme. He clings to their loft and the illusion of downtown bohemia, while she longs to have more space for their twelve-year-old twins.

Although they try to forget each other’s past indiscretions, when Jeff Pierce’s posthumous, autobiographical novel garners a new cult following, the memory of their friend begins to haunt the couple, and their marriage feels increasingly unstable. Not helped by the reappearance of Corrine’s former lover, Luke McGavock, whose ardour seems no cooler despite having a beautiful new wife in tow.

Acutely observed and brilliantly told, Bright, Precious Days dissects the moral complexities of relationships, while painting a portrait of New York as Obama and Clinton battle for leadership and the collapse of Lehman Brothers looms. A moving, deeply humane novel about the mistakes we make, persistence in struggle and love’s ability to adapt and survive, it confirms McInerney as a great chronicler of our times.


Storytime: The Bostik Book of Unbelievable Beasties

Saturday, November 5th 2016 at 11:00 AM

Lauren Beukes to introduce her latest kids book at the Book Lounge on 5 November

 Award-winning author Lauren Beukes will be reading from her latest book, The Bostik Book of Unbelievable Beasties, on Saturday 5 November at the Book Lounge in Cape Town.

This year, Lauren Beukes embarked on an awesome collaboration with household stationery brand, Bostik, to create a children’s book designed specifically to nurture the creativity and imagination of kids across South Africa. She created 20 rhymes describing 20 of the weirdest and wildest creatures to star in The Bostik Book of Unbelievable Beasties.  All that was missing, however, was the Beasties themselves. Over a two-month period, children took crayons, scissors and glue to paper to create some of the most amazing looking Beasties, drawn from their own imaginations after listening to the rhymes describing each of them.  Entries were then collected and the best of each Beastie bunch were chosen to feature in the final book which is due to be published later in October.

A limited number of books will be printed and will be available for sale at the Book Lounge from 5 November as well as at “Love Books” in Johannesburg, for around R100 a copy.  It is also available as a free downloadable e-book from the Bostik website.

So bring your kids along to Lauren’s reading where you will be introduced to the wonderful land of Unbelievia!


Launch of Travels with My Father by Karen Jennings

Thursday, November 3rd 2016 at 5:30 PM