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Book Blogger and Bookstagrammer Meet Up

Saturday, April 29th 2017 at 2:00 PM


Our first meet up was such a great success that we decided it would only be fitting to do it all again!

We’re calling all Cape Town’s bibliophiles, whether you’re a Book Blogger, Bookstagrammer, BookTuber or even just a literature enthusiast!

There’s nothing better than getting together as a bookish community and we want to do so with all of you.

So join us at the Book Lounge on Saturday the 29th of April from 2-4pm. There will be tea and coffee and loads of bookish discussions. Come along, make a couple of new friends, and share some neat bookish ideas!
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Launch of Fatima Meer: Memories of Love and Struggle edited by Shamim Meer

Wednesday, April 12th 2017 at 5:30 PM

fatima meer

At just 17, Fatima Meer threw herself into resisting racism, her first public act of defiance in a long and pioneering political life. Despite assassination attempts, she persevered on the courageous path she had chosen.

In this intimate memoir, Fatima Meer shares her story of growing up and of love, joy, longing and loss. As Meer open-heartedly reflects on her regrets as well as her triumphs, an enchanting tale emerges of a rebellious, revolutionary woman who never shied away from the truth.


Launch of Dreams, Betrayal & Hope by Mamphela Ramphele

Tuesday, April 11th 2017 at 5:30 PM

Mamphela Ramphele

Systematically since 1994 the ANC government has betrayed the dream of democracy. A dream that imagined equality, the end of poverty, a thriving economy, and a just and prosperous future for all. Most devastatingly this betrayal can be seen in the failure of educational institutions to develop the talents and skills of the young generations. The country needs to hope again. In this searing critique of what s gone wrong in the public and private sectors, Mamphela Ramphele turns to the tenets of black consciousness and argues for an emotional settlement to heal the trauma of colonialism and apartheid that still ravages both black and white communities. Emotional settlement would unlock empathy for others and unleash the potential of all citizens to work together for a socio-economic settlement to promote social justice and equality for all. It is time, she says, to re imagine the country and its future. We owe this to our children s children. We dare not fail.


Launch of Short Story Day Africa: Migrations

Monday, April 10th 2017 at 5:30 PM

SSDA migrations


Launch of Asylum by Marcus Low

Wednesday, April 5th 2017 at 5:30 PM

marcus low new

Barry James is detained in a quarantine facility in the blistering heat of the Great Karoo. Here he exists in two worlds: the discordant and unforgiving reality of his incarceration and the lyrical, snowy landscapes of his dreams. He has cut all ties with his previous life, his health is failing, and he has given up all hope. All he has to cling to are the meanderings of his restless mind, the daily round of pills and the journals he reluctantly keeps as testimony to a life once lived.

And then there’s an opportunity to escape. But to escape what? And where to? Can there be a life to go back to? Is there still a world out there in the barren wasteland beyond the fence?

I was sitting in the train looking out at the falling snow. I knew then that I was not going home … I was going to an unknown place on a train full of unknown people. And even though I knew I would not be coming back, that the factories that whooshed by were instantly hundreds of kilometres behind us, that the train would not deliver us anywhere where we’d want to be, I still felt grateful for the snow, the impossible snow. For it seems to me that even in the most bleak of worlds we’ll find something to hold on to … even if that is something as impossible as snow in this god-forsaken wasteland.


Launch of Change by Jay Naidoo

Tuesday, April 4th 2017 at 5:30 PM

jay naidoo
Unless there is significant change, the world is heading for an explosion. The growing gap between rich and poor is dangerous and unsustainable. The plundering of resources is damaging our planet. Something has to be done.
In this book, Jay Naidoo harnesses his experience as a labour union organiser, government minister, social entrepreneur and global thought leader, and explores ways of solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Drawing from his experiences in South Africa, Nigeria, Brazil, Bangladesh and other countries, he presents a variety of options for ending poverty and global warming, with a focus on organising in our communities and building change from below and beyond borders.
Naidoo’s message is unequivocal: significant action must be taken immediately if we want future generations to live in a world that we take for granted today.


Launch of Change by Jay Naidoo at Isivivana Centre

Monday, April 3rd 2017 at 4:00 PM



jay at isi


Pre-order special – ‘From Bacteria to Bach & Back’ by Daniel C. Dennett

Saturday, April 1st 2017 at 10:48 AM

From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds by Daniel Dennett
Image result for from bacteria to bach and back‘One of the world’s most original and provocative thinkers’ Daily Telegraph

What is human consciousness and how is it possible? These questions fascinate thinking people from poets and painters to physicists, psychologists, and philosophers.

This is Daniel C. Dennett’s brilliant answer, extending perspectives from his earlier work in surprising directions, exploring the deep interactions of evolution, brains and human culture. Part philosophical whodunnit, part bold scientific conjecture, Dennett shows how culture enables reflection by installing a profusion of thinking tools, or memes, in our brains, and how language turbocharges this process. The result: a mind that can comprehend the questions it poses, has emerged from a process of cultural evolution. From Bacteria to Bach and Back is essential for anyone who hopes to understand human creativity in all its applications.

The book retails at R570, but if you order and pay before publication of 1st April 2017, you will get a 20% discount and pay only R456! To order email us on or call 021 462 2425.

Published by Penguin Random House

Pre-order special – ‘Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls’

Saturday, April 1st 2017 at 10:46 AM

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
What if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.

The book will retail at R385, but if you order and pay before publication date of 1st April 2017, you will get a 20% discount and pay only R308. To order email us on or call 021 462 2425.

Published by Penguin Random House