Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Next Week @ the Book Lounge

The Book Lounge
Hello Loungers,
Something for everyone next week, and we still have some tickets left for this Friday's Down in the Basement.
Don't forget to take advantage of our two specials - 20% off the new collection of essays by Tony Judt, and the new novel from Harper Lee! See below for details.
Friday 17th April, 5.30 for 6pm - Down in the Basement: Poetica

DITB PoeticaFor our next Down in the Basement we thought we would dabble on the poetry side. To help celebrate our Open Book Poetica Stage we have asked five local poets, some written, some spoken word, to share their work with us.Winslow Schalkwyk will host the evening for us and the poets will be Khadija Heeger, Genna Gardini, Shirmoney Rhode and Siyabonga Njica.
Please join us for a night of beautiful words.
Tickets are R45 cash only (paper money) at the counter. Tickets are as always limited, so please come and buy it straight away and support a local poet.


Saturday 18th Apil, 11am - Storytime: Launch of Rhinocephants on the Roof by Dale Blankenaar and Marita van der Vyver
Rhinocephants-invite-bookloungeDaniel is sleeping over at his grandparents' house for the very first time. But when it is bedtime and the lights go oot, Damiel hears some very strange and terrifying noises. They are coming closer and closer. What can they be?
A fun morning that includes meeting the illustrator, listening to the story and a drawing activity.
Also available in Afrikaans.

Published by Tafelberg, an imprint of NB.

Please remember to rsvp to all adult events for catering purposes. RSVP to booklounge@gmail.com.


Wednesday 22nd April, 5.30 for 6pm - Launch of Homegrown by Christine Coates

Christine Coates is a poet and writer from Cape Town who spends many hours walking on the mountain or besides the sea. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. She has an interest in life-writing or memoir, and the recovery of personal history through public and private imagery. She translated her great-grandfather's Boer War journals and presented them in parallel text as a handmade, leather-bound book. She has undertaken the 800km pilgrimage across Spain, on the Camino de Compostela. Her stories and poems have been published in various literary journals: New Contrast, New Coin, Deep Water Literary Journal, scrutiny2, and the Cambridge Conference of Contemporary Poetry Review. Her poems were selected for the EU Sol Plaatje Poetry anthologies 2011 - 2014.
Christine will be in conversation with Finuala Dowling.

Published by Modjaji Books.

Thursday 23rd April, 5.30 for 6pm - Launch of The Raft by Fred Strydom
Fred StrydomOne man's odyssey across a world without memory.

"The day every person on earth lost his and her memory was not a day at all. In people's minds there was no actual event ... and thus it could be followed by no period of shock or mourning. There could be no catharsis. Everyone was simply reset to zero."

On Day Zero, humankind collectively lost its memory. The collapse of civilisation was as instantaneous as it was inevitable. For a man named Kayle Jenner, confined by a regime to a commune on a remote beach, all that remains is the vague and haunting vision of a son ...

That, and a wooden raft. It is a raft that will set Kayle on a journey across a broken world to find his son.

Braving a landscape of elusive encounters, a maze of other people's dreams, and muddled memories, Kayle will discover more than just his lost past. He will discover the truth behind Day Zero – a truth that makes both fools and gods of men.
Fred will be in conversation with novelist Máire Fischer.
Published by Umuzi, an imprint of Penguin Random.

Pre-order special - 20% off the new Harper Lee!

As you will know, after a 50 year hiaitus, Harper Lee, author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is publishing a new title. Thought lost for many years, it was recently discovered within the manuscript of Mockingbird, and will be released this July.

We are offering a 20% discount to any customer who orders and pays for the title before publication. The published price will be R330, but if you pre-order you will pay only R264. To order please mail us on booklounge@gmail.com.

Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood. An instant classic.

Pre-order Special - 20% off When the Facts Change: Essays 1995-2010 by Tony Judt

The book retails at R525, but if you order and pay before the publication date of 25th April, you will pay only R420. To take advantage of this deal, just mail us on booklounge@gmail.com.

A great thinker’s final testament: a characteristically wise and forthright collection of essays from the author of Postwar and Thinking the Twentieth Century, spanning a career of extraordinary intellectual engagement. Edited and introduced by Jennifer Homans.
Tony Judt’s first collection of essays, Reappraisals, was centred on twentieth-century Europe in history and memory. Some of Judt’s most prominent and indeed controversial essays felt outside of the scope of Reappraisals, most notably his writings on the state of Israel and its relationship to Palestine. There would be time, it was thought, to fit these essays into a larger frame. Sadly, this would not be the case, at least during the author’s own life.
Now, in When the Facts Change, Tony Judt’s widow and fellow historian, Jennifer Homans, has found the frame, gathering together important essays from the span of Judt’s career that chronicle both the evolution of his thought and the remarkable consistency of his passionate engagement and intellectual élan.  An emphatic demonstration of the power of a great historian to connect us more deeply to the world as it was, as it is, and as it should be, it is a fitting capstone to an extraordinary body of work.

Happy Reading!

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