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February 2017
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Launch of Consistent or Confused by Oscar van Heerden

Tuesday, February 28th 2017 at 5:30 PM


Mbeki’s vision of an African Renaissance was a mammoth undertaking. At the centre of this was the determination that the continent needed to demonstrate that Africa’s challenges could, and indeed would, be solved by Africans themselves. South Africa’s Foreign Policy choices were not so easily discernible, however. There were several hot topics pertaining to South African foreign policy at this time: Zimbabwe, South Africa’s role in the UN Security Council, and the way in which South Africa positioned itself on the continent. The brinkmanship between Mbeki and Mugabe to find a lasting solution to the difficulties in Zimbabwe was easier said than done during the mediation process. A newly democratic South Africa was also elected as a non-permanent member to the UN Security Council; however, an unreformed United Nations system presented numerous complexities in this regard, especially in the realm of the often obvious and logical rhetoric by the five permanent members. Furthermore, a globalised world also meant that trade relations are not obvious and straightforward when negotiating a massive trade deal with the European Union and its implications for the immediate region of SADC. The intricacies of Foreign Policy meanderings and game theory are all but certain when you are dealing with sophisticated objectives and your own national interests as a country. This book attempts to navigate these complexities and illustrate the difficulties that bureaucrats have to contend with while satisfying the clear objectives of advancing the ‘National Interest’ of the Republic, sometimes at great cost.


Launch of Thungachi poems by Francine Simon

Wednesday, March 1st 2017 at 5:30 PM


With expert, elegant and economical verse, Thungachi blends ancestral Catholic mysticism and ancient folk Hinduism to create new and essential portraits of modern South African-Indian identity and womanhood. Unflinching and meditative, the collection tracks the journeys, migrations and maturations of peoples, families and the self, all the while deftly innovating with form, language and style – ultimately marking Simon out as one of South Africa’s most unexpectedly excellent poetic debutantes.

“An ambitious and sophisticated collection that blends formal invention with deeply felt experience.” – Kobus Moolman

Francine Simon was born in Durban in 1990 to Indian Catholic parents. Her poems have been published widely in South African literary journals, such as New Contrast, New Coin, Aerodrome and Type/Cast, as well as three volumes of the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award Anthology.

Currently, she is a PhD candidate in the English department of Stellenbosch University.


Launch of You Lost Me by Marita van der Vyver @ Alliance Francaise du Cup

Wednesday, March 1st 2017 at 6:00 PM





Launch of Unlikely by Colleen Crawford Cousins

Thursday, March 2nd 2017 at 5:30 PM

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Storytime and launch: Florence & Watson Trilingual Editon

Saturday, March 4th 2017 at 11:00 AM



Bekendstelling van HemelBesem: God Praat Afrikaans deur Simon Witbooi

Tuesday, March 7th 2017 at 5:30 PM


Luister na die braste,
wat kruisbeen oppie trap sit.
Behalwe entertainment, kry ’n taste wat Afrikaaps is!
Aitsa, sy boots het stars ..
Aitsa, hy’s soe die star …
Aitsa, gloe dis waar ..
Hy’s John Wayne in Afrikaans!
Sy kop in die wolke … en sy voete stewig op die aarde.
Dit is HemelBesem.
In hierdie boek nooi dié gewilde kletsrymer jou om saam te stap op sy lewenspad. Hy gesels reguit oor die dinge wat hom gevorm het, die sake wat hom na aan die hart lê … en hy doen dit in die taal van sy hart.
Oor sý Afrikaans sê hy: “Afrikaans is ’n groot deel van wie ek is. Dis die taal waarin ek my in oomblikke van woede kras uitgedruk het. Dis die taal waarin ek goed gesê het terwyl ek baklei het, waaroor ek agterna spyt was. Dis die taal waarin ek liefkosing uitgedruk en ontvang het … As Ma geskel het, of jy bang was … dis alles momente, en alle momente vorm my bestaan.”
Daarom nooi hy met hierdie boek lesers om ’n ander Afrikaans te leer ken. Elke hoofstuk het Afrikaanse uitdrukkings uit sy grootword- en leefwêreld as vertrekpunt, en dit is vervleg met sy bekende kletsrym-lirieke waarmee hy vlymskerp kommentaar lewer op maatskaplike kwessies en dinge wat hom na aan die hart lê.

Simon Witbooi (bekend onder sy verhoognaam HemelBesem) is alombekend as kletsrymer, TV-aanbieder, rubriekskrywer en motiveringspreker. Ná sy arm grootwordjare in die suidelike voorstede van Kaapstad was hy ná matriek ’n tyd lank ’n pastoor op Worcester, voordat hy teruggekeer het Kaap toe om op sy hip-hoploopbaan te fokus. Hy is deesdae een van die bekendste hip-hopkunstenaars in die land, en ook ’n gereelde ankeraanbieder van die gewilde joernaalprogram Pasella op SABC2.
Simon het ’n passie vir Afrikaans en hy is onder meer betrokke by die ATKV se projek Woorde Open Wêrelde (WOW), wat daarop gemik is om ’n liefde vir lees by skoolkinders te kweek. Hy is ook betrokke by die ATKV se jaarlikse Liedjieslypskool, wat daarop gemik is om nuwe Afrikaanse liedjieskryftalent te ontwikkel.
Simon is met die hip-hopkunstenaar YOMA getroud, en hy is die trotse pa van twee dogters, Simile en Halo.


Launch of Easy Motion Tourist by Leye Adenle

Wednesday, March 8th 2017 at 5:30 PM

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Easy Motion Tourist is a compelling crime novel set in contemporary Lagos. It features Guy Collins, a British hack who stumbles into the murky underworld of the city. A woman’s mutilated body is discarded by the side of a club near one of the main hotels in Victoria Island. Collins is a bystander and is picked up by the police, as a potential suspect. After experiencing the unpleasant realities of a Nigerian police cell, he is rescued by Amaka, a Pam Grier-esque Blaxploitation heroine with a saintly streak. As Collins discovers more of the darker aspects of what makes Lagos tick – including the clandestine trade in organs – he also slowly falls for Amaka. Little do they realise just how much organ trafficking is wrapped up in the power and politics of the city. The novel features a motley cast of supporting characters, including a memorable duo of low-level Lagos gangsters: Knockout and Go-Slow. Easy Motion Tourist pulsates with the rhythms of Lagos and entertains from beginning to end.

A modern thriller featuring a strong female protagonist, prepared to take on the Nigerian criminal world on her own.


Boekbekendstelling van Alles het niet kom Wod deur Nathan Trantraal

Thursday, March 9th 2017 at 5:30 PM



Women in Dark Times an Evening with Jacqueline Rose

Friday, March 10th 2017 at 5:30 PM

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Jacqueline Rose’s book begins with three remarkable women: revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg; German–Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon, persecuted by family tragedy and Nazism; film icon and consummate performer Marilyn Monroe.

Together these women have a shared story to tell, as they blaze a trail across some of the most dramatic events of the last century – revolution, totalitarianism, the American dream. Enraged by injustice, they are each in touch with what is most painful about being human, bound together by their willingness to bring the unspeakable to light.

Taking the argument into the present are today’s women, courageous individuals involved in some of the cruellest realities of our times. Grappling with the reality of honour killing – notably through the stories of Shafilea Ahmed, Fadime Sahindal and Heshu Yones – Rose argues that the work of feminism is far from done. In the final three chapters, she celebrates the work of three brilliant contemporary artists – Esther Shalev-Gerz, Yael Bartana and Thérèse Oulton – whose work grows out of an unflinching engagement with all that is darkest in the modern world.

Women in Dark Times shows us how these visionary women offer a new template for feminism. Taking their stand against the iniquities of our times, they tread a path between public and private pain, confronting us with what we need most urgently, but also often, cannot bear to see.


Launch of Men of the Mendi by Brenda Shepherd

Wednesday, March 15th 2017 at 5:30 PM

Men of the Mendi

This is the story of the sinking of the SS Mendi during WW1, the bravery of the men on board and the ensuing inquiry conducted by the Board of Trade in London. The story follows the small band of survivors to France where they complete their tour of duty.
The First World War rages in Europe, it is a white man s war, but when the British government calls for 10 000 black soldiers to be sent to France as a labour force, men from around South Africa volunteer for service. In the foothills of the Drakensberg, Kula Hlongwane, an amaNgwane prince steps forward, followed by a group of his tribesmen. Madondo is ordered to accompany them. For him it is a nightmare from which there is no escape.

When crossing the English Channel on the troopship, the SS Mendi, lights loom out of the thick black fog, then a siren blasts. With no time to avoid the collision, the Mendi is struck a devastating blow on the starboard side where Kula and his men lie sleeping. Within minutes, the Mendi begins to sink. The book makes use of various historical documents and the transcripts from the inquiry held in London by the Board of Trade to establish causality for the large loss of life. On conclusion of the inquiry, these transcripts were declared secret and concealed from view for the next 50 years. Men of the Mendi gives an in depth account of the inquiry and the apparent reason for the cover-up.


Bekendstelling van Elders deur Erns Grundling

Thursday, March 16th 2017 at 5:30 PM



Launch of Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse by Antjie Krog

Wednesday, March 22nd 2017 at 5:30 PM



Boekbekendstelling van As in die Mond deur Nicole Jaekel Strauss

Thursday, March 23rd 2017 at 5:30 PM



Launch of Spy: Uncovering Craig Williamson by Jonathan Ancer

Wednesday, March 29th 2017 at 5:30 PM



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