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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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  • RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com

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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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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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  • RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com

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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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