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Book Launch: A hat, a kayak and dreams of Dar by Terry Bell

A hat, a kayak and dreams of DarAdventurer Don Pinnock talks misadventure with author Terry Bell. Join us for the Cape Town launch of this hilarious memoir about an ill-fated kayaking trip.

In December 1965, in a smoke-filled hotel room in Morocco, South African journalist Terry Bell accepted a challenge: to paddle a kayak from London to Tangier.

At the time, Terry and his wife Barbara were living as political exiles in London. By August 1967, they agreed it was time to get back to Africa. But they decided to up the ante.

Their plan: paddle 11 000 kilometres from England to Dar es Salaam in a 5-metre glass fibre kayak.

“A terrific, uproarious story about the pluckiest, most ham-fisted, naïve, fun-loving and articulate couple ever to set off in a kayak.” – John Platter

“You will paddle across waters high and low, cruise French canals, scrabble around the back streets of the Mediterranean world, hitchhike and travel in improbable vehicles across miles of desert before reaching the destination …” – Sholto Cross

The book includes a section on culinary kayaking – the recipes that Barbara cooked along the way.

About the author: A journalist and labour commentator, Terry Bell is author of several books, including Unfinished Business: South Africa, Apartheid and Truth. He co-authored Fordsburg Fighter: the journey of an MK volunteer (ISBN 9780994674425) with Amin Cajee in 2016.

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Book Launch: Flame of Truth: Shadow Chasers Book 3 by Bontle Senne

Flame of Truth: Shadow Chasers Book 3 Join us for the launch of the third book in this fantastically creepy local fantasy adventure series for tweens. Bring the kids to meet Bonte Senne and find out what happens when the Shadow Chasers meet the orisha Oyo and head off again into the dreamworld … Fast-paced, fabulous fun!

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Jonathan Jansen in conversation at the launch of Playing with Fire, by Sello Mahapeletsa

Playing with FireJonathan Jansen talks writing for teens with Harmony High author, Sello Mahapeletsa. Come and find out about the Harmony High series – the series that’s getting young South Africans reading.

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  • Date: Wednesday, 04 October 2017
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Book Lounge , 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
  • Guest Speaker: Jonathan Jansen
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Book Launch: Shadow Chasers Book 2: Lake of Memories by Bontle Senne

Shadow Chasers Book 2: Lake of Memories Bring tweenies along to have fun and win prizes with local author Bontle Senne … and meet some things that go bump in the night! The Shadow Chasers series is perfect holiday reading for kids. Lake of Memories is Book 2 of this contemporary Afrocentric fantasy adventure series. It’s every bit as good as the fabulously scary Book 1: Powers of the Knife. 128 pages, with line illustrations.

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Cover2Cover presents Shadow Chasers Book 2: Lake of Memories by Bontle Senne

Deliciously creepy, fast, fun and a blast to read. Get this for the reluctant reader in your life right now!

Praise for Powers of the Knife – Sarah Lotz, author of Day Four and The Three

Shadow Chasers Book 2: Lake of Memories Zithembe has to find his knife to rescue his mother from the evil Army of Shadows. The only way to find it is to go to the Lake of Memories in the dreamworld, where it guarded by the evil Mama Wati water spirits. Without a knife of his own, Zithembe can’t go to the dreamworld, so his friend Nom and his cousin Rosy have to take their lives in their hands to help him …

Lake of Memories is the second book in the Shadow Chasers trilogy. It’s an African fantasy adventure – one part family saga, one part hero’s quest.

About the author

Bontle Senne is a book blogger and literacy advocate. She is a former managing director at the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation, a trustee of READ Educational Trust and a part owner of feminist trade publishing house Modjaji Books.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Book Launch: #LoveReading: Short stories, poems, blogs and more! meet our young authors – with guest speaker Nancy Richards

#LoveReading: Short stories, poems, blogs and more!A collection of blogs, stories, poems and articles. to get you thinking, talking, laughing – and crying.

Join Nancy Richards and meet some of the young writers whose disparate voices have already got the nod from over 60 000 readers on FunDza’s mobi website. FunDza’s mobi site is an online platform visited regularly by young South Africans looking for something fresh to feed their reading habit – and Cover2Cover’s anthology is a selection of the FunDza writing. It’s a way of spreading the love of reading even further.

Cover2Cover and FunDza have already published four Big Ups! anthologies of short stories, with #LoveReading being anthology number 5. But we’ve noticed that non-fiction articles have sparked a lot of virtual discussion among readers on FunDza’s mobi site, and poetry is popular too – which is where the idea of a selection of mixed writing came from. There’s a mix of new and previously published writers to enjoy – and we’re are hoping that this collection will inspire young people all over the country to #LoveReading!

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

Amagama Enkululeko!Join Zakes Mda, Tracey Malawana (Deputy Chairperson of EE), Nana Moloto (Equaliser), Daniel Sher (Researcher EE) in a discussion about the book Amagama Enkululeko!: Words for freedom: Writing life under Apartheid.

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

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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
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An excellent teaching tool to chronicle South Africa’s journey to freedom

The life story of an Eastern Cape community figurehead during Apartheid, Connie Manse Ngcaba, looks set to find readers in schools and libraries across the USA. May I have this dance …. has been selected as an Honor Book for 2016 by the Children’s Africana Book Awards Committee, based in the United States.

Read an edited version of a review by Rosetta Codling, originally published as a contributer pick on www.readafricanbooks.com:

“I was absolutely mesmerized by this book. May I have this Dance? Yes, I decided to partake in the lessons and the whirlwind dance through the life of Connie Ngcaba. I assumed, wrongly, that this book for children. I released myself from this notion. And I took the hand of the author and danced from Apartheid to freedom. I paused during intervals of strife and disappointment experienced by the author. The dance resumed when others joined in. Children, colleagues, and relatives of Ngcaba helped when the steps became too cumbersome. I was uplifted at the end of the book….and thankfully…. not the end of Ngcaba’s life.

Educators will find this book to be an excellent teaching tool to chronicle the journey of South Africa to freedom. History is best taught as a lesson regarding the impact of events upon the people. I am certain that Connie Ngcaba’s lessons are many and we must teach these lessons to every generation to come.”

The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are given under the auspices of the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA).

For information about where May I have this dance … is stocked, email info@cover2cover.co.za

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Book Launch: The Rules by Dianne Case

The Rules

Relentless, compelling storytelling of sheer style
There are local teenage novels full of rape and resentment, and before you’re halfway through you know the end is going to be bitter sad. There are other stories echoing the “real” township South Africa, but aching to end happily with hope for the future. And now there is The Rules by Dianne Case. She doesn’t shrink from any of the reality, from gang-war killing, bloody dog-fights, school vandalism, theft, poverty, even Auntie whose shortage of proper toilet paper gives her “the best-read bum in the world”. Blunt yet elegant writing. I trust that this excellent youth novel will have the impact it deserves.
- Jay Heale, Bookchat

A compelling read, memorable way beyond the last pages – Jean Williams, Executive Director, Biblionef South Africa

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  • Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge , 71 Roeland Street Cape Town
  • Guest Speaker: Genevieve Hart
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