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Book Launch: Songbird : and other stories by FunDza

Songbird : and other stories Love short stories? Join writers Bealetsi Tsatsi and Morena Maoka, two of the contributors to Songbird and other stories. The collection has been compiled by the FunDza Literacy Trust.
The stories have already been given the thumbs up by thousands of writers on the FunDza mobi site:
“Wow! This story is too true coz that’s what I am experiencing in my life ryt now!”
“Lovely and shocking at the same time … Love Love!”

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Book Launch: Amagama Enkululeko! Words for freedom: Writing life under Apartheid by Equal Education



Please join us to launch this collection of “words for freedom”, edited by Equal Education.

Panelists Tshepo Motsepe (General Secretary of Equal Education), Dinga Sikwebu (Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education and United Front), Zfikile Mbewu (Equaliser) and Daniel Sher (Researcher/ Co-Editor of Amagama Enkululeko!) will read and reflect on the book.

Amagama Unkululeko! is a collection of fiction, poetry, narrative journalism and extracts from novels and memoirs which frames local literature as a lens through which to engage with South Africa’s past.

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  • Date: 10 August 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Book Lounge , cnr Buitenkant and Roeland Streets Cape Town
  • Refreshments
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Don’t miss the launch of Powers of the Knife by Bontle Senne at Love Books

Invitation to the launch of Powers of the Knife


Powers of the KnifeYou are invited to the launch of Powers of the Knife, the debut novel from Bontle Senne.

Senne will be in conversation with Joanne Macgregor and introduced by Elinor Sisulu.

Don’t miss it!

Fast, fun, and a blast to read. – Sarah Lotz

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  • Date: Thursday, 14 April 2016
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Love Books
    53 Rustenburg Rd
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Introduction: Elinor Sisulu
  • Refreshments: Refreshments will be served
  • RSVP: Love Book,, 011 726 7408

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Sicelo Kula – the new writer on the block

Sicelo Kula with Cover2Cover directors Dorothy Dyer and Rosamund Haden
Taking ChancesWe at Cover2Cover Books are very excited to announce our 10th Harmony High, Taking Chances, by young writer Sicelo Kula.

Don’t miss our launch at The Book Lounge on Thursday, 18 February at 5.30 for 6 PM, where Sicelo will be chatting to legendary crime write Deon Meyer:

Join us for the launch of the latest Harmony High title Taking Chances at The Book Lounge – with Deon Meyer

We first met Sicelo through our partner organisation FunDza Literacy Trust, which ran a writing competition asking for descriptions of the difficulties of being new at university. His entry made me laugh out loud and I read a line for my colleagues: “I was no Brad Pitt; and … the only thing that kept me from being barefoot were shoes that looked like they had been patched by a blind man.” He so obviously had a fresh and original voice.

He won the writing competition, and went on to write a commissioned story for FunDza, and then to write a regular blog for FunDza called “What’s poppin, ekasi”, with topics such as “Yellow-bones rule!” Or “Where’s your swag, dawg?”

Sicelo was a fantastic writer to work with: he could take criticisms and suggestions and learn from them, but was certainly no pushover, sometimes disagreeing with us and explaining why very coherently and persuasively (it’s no surprise that he’s just completed a law degree …). He would be happy to make changes he agreed with, but never wanted our heavy hands in his work – he did the changes his way, and they were often better than our suggestions. Because of this, his style has grown and developed, and we are incredibly proud of him.

So when we were looking for a writer for this last Harmony High, with a boy as a main character, we didn’t have to look far. Sicelo took on the task with enthusiasm. And although we did work with him quite closely to keep the Harmony High feel, it is perhaps slightly different from the others with its unique Sicelo voice – including the fact that it is written in the present tense, unlike all the others which are written in the past tense.

So we are delighted to launch Taking Chances into the world, about a young boy Fundile who is making his way in the world with the help of Ta Siks, his uncle. But when Ta Siks gets involved in shady business with Fundile’s ex-best friend Sakhe, and Nosiphiwo, a girl from Fundile’s past arrives on the scene with a secret of her own, things get very very complicated, and it’s up to Fundile to sort things out …

Sicelo told his teacher at school that one day he would write a book. We are honoured that we are the publishers of his first one, and have no doubt that there will be others to follow.

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Join us for the launch of the latest Harmony High title Taking Chances at The Book Lounge – with Deon Meyer

Upcoming author Sicelo Kula will be interviewed by Deon Meyer.

Don’t miss it!

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 18 February 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge
    71 Roeland Street, Cape Town

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Join Njabulo Ndebele in conversation with Zimkhitha Mlanzeli about the new Harmony High title Blood Ties

Date: 11 February
Time: 5.30 for 6
Place: Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Corner Buitenkant and Roeland Streets, Cape Town

On 11 February 2015, Professor Njabulo Ndebele will be in conversation with author Zimkhitha Mlanzeli at the Book Lounge. We can’t wait to hear what this eminent man of letters has to say about Cover2Cover’s latest feisty page-turner! We hope you’ll join us there.

Cover2Cover produces exciting South African fiction, aimed at persuading students that reading can be a pleasure. Cover2Cover believes – and has witnessed – that it is profoundly empowering for students to recognise their own worlds in the books they read and aims to publish books that students can’t put down. The narratives are gripping and pacy; the messages positive without being preachy.

Cover2Cover is proud to have discovered Zimkitha Mlanzeni’s literary talent though its partnership with FunDza Literacy Trust.

Invite - Blood ties launch at Book Lounge - Jan15

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