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Get your claws to Bibliophilia

Join us at Bibliophilia on Friday October 20th at 5:30pm for the launch of the incredible novel Sunset Claws by Brent Meersman.

 

Sunset Launch

This must read novel follows a generation of South Africans from 1976 to the millennium as they struggle to come to terms with what the birth of a nation has both given and taken from them.

Told in three parts, the action moves from Cape Town in the turbulent 1980s to the civil war in KwaZulu-Natal in the interregnum of the early 90s and burgeoning post-apartheid Johannesburg, where an optimistic new middle class is being forged as the country enters the 21st century. But the cracks in reconciliation are already beginning to show.

Covers The story starts in 1968, when Mfundi, a township teenager, sets off to join Umkhonto we Sizwe, later to return on a deadly mission that will have unforeseen repercussions. Two brothers from a poor white family choose very different paths – Frans joins the military and is slowly sucked into the darkest corners of the apartheid security forces, while Joe dodges the draft and flees to London in the hope of becoming an artist and escaping his unwanted destiny. Zukiswa, a young black woman battling to advance herself in the shacklands, will also go into exile and return to her native land almost a stranger. Bertie is the rich white kid who rebels against his conservative parents to become a human rights lawyer, a journey that will shake his idealistic beliefs to the core. Unexpected connections between them will set them on a collision course of war, romance, love and hate.

The story sheds light on the current state of the nation, painting a vivid yet subtle portrait of the nascent “New South Africa” with all its contradictions as its characters traverse the pivotal events that shaped a generation – from the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale to the killing fields of KwaZulu-Natal; from the release of Nelson Mandela and the first democratic election to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the writing of the new Constitution and the first steps to black economic empowerment.

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Get your claws to this launch!

Sunset Claws Launch

 

Sunset Claws follows a generation of South Africans from 1976 to the millennium as they struggle to come to terms with  what the birth of a nation has both given and taken from them.

Told in three parts, the action moves from Cape Town in the turbulent 1980s to the civil war in KwaZulu-Natal in the  interregnum of the early 90s and burgeoning post-apartheid Johannesburg, where an optimistic new middle class is  being forged as the country enters the 21st century. But the cracks in reconciliation are already beginning to show.

The story sheds light on the current state of the nation, painting a vivid yet subtle portrait of the nascent “New South Africa” with all its contradictions as its characters traverse the pivotal events that shaped a generation – from the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale to the killing fields of KwaZulu-Natal; from the release of Nelson Mandela and the first democratic election to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the writing of the new Constitution and the first steps to black economic empowerment.

Sunset Claws is an epic, well-observed psychological thriller set on a vast canvas. It is a monumental novel.

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The Initiation is initiated!

Browsing through today’sMogorosi Review 29.09.2017 Mail and Guardian you may have come across this gem.

It’s a brilliant review of Mogorosi Motshumi’s graphic autobiography which has been written in three parts. The first book is The Initiation and is the first graphic autobiography by a black South African.

Set against the turbulent backdrop of a nation in transition, the first book of Motshumi’s autobiographic trilogy begins with his childhood in Batho township, Bloemfontein, in the early 1960s, and runs through to the late 1970s when he arrives in Johannesburg as a budding political cartoonist on the run from the security police.

It’s a unique and compelling document of township life at the height of Apartheid, providing a first-hand glimpse into the rising political consciousness amongst black youth that culminated in the Soweto Uprising on 16 June 1976.

 

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The Dark Seed is planted.

“There was a dark, threatening cloud hanging over me. I was on a train hurtling in a direction that I did not want to go. I needed to change pace, alter the trajectory. I needed to slow down, park for a while and choose a new path. I knew that to accomplish this I would need to do the most unexpected and crazy thing and I would also have to take the biggest risk of my life. But sometimes, to get yourself off the road to nowhere and onto the road to somewhere, you need to be a little more than brave. When chasing a dream that leads you into darkness before it shows you the light, you have to close your eyes and just jump in, feet first, hoping for the best. I thought that the journey into the dark would be so tough that it would be a natural catalyst for change. Instead, what I found was that the journey back to the light would be more grueling, painful and punishing and that the true catalyst was finding the ability to hold on tight and not fall into the abyss.” – Lily Reed, Author

Dark Seed

This book is for all who have been pushed off course. For anyone who is clinging onto the cliff, looking down at the abyss and wondering how to get out.

This is the most compelling, real life story of the horrific rape and subsequent healing of the human spirit. This book will take you on a journey of adventure, courage and insight into a very private world often ignored and swept under the carpet. The author seamlessly weaves the story of her life with heart-wrenching honesty, humour and raw emotion.

 

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A truly African theme runs through the entire novel, with local phrases and vivid descriptions of her travels through this mesmerizing continent. You will feel like to you have travelled with her and endured this roller coaster right by her side.

 

A non-fiction true-life drama that will have you riveted to your seat and leave you breathless from the first page to the last.

 

Follow the link below to listen to Lily’s interview with Gareth Cliff:

Lily Reed

 

Follow the link below to listen to Lily’s interview on Cape Talk:

https://omny.fm/shows/capetalk/the-dark-seed

 

Follow the link below to read more about her story covered in the False Bay Echo:

https://www.iol.co.za/false-bay-echo/news/life-after-rape-captured-in-book-10720905

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Meer as ‘n Metafoor is launching!!

Don’t miss the launch of the incredible work Meer as ‘n Metafoor written by Maryna Blomerus taking place this Saturday.

 

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Moderne wetenskap bevestig vandag wat filosowe vir eeue reeds verkondig, naamlik dat die wêreld ‘daar buite’ en die beelde wat ons in ons koppe daarvan ronddra, totaal verskillende werklikhede is. Hoe hulle verskil, is die reis waarop Maryna Blomerus haar lesers in Meer as ’n Metafoor wil neem.

 

Die verstommende gevolgtrekking waartoe Meer as ’n Metafoor kom, naamlik dat die heelal ’n rekenaar-gegenereerde hologram is, word deur die teorieë en eksperimente van sommige van die grootste geeste in die wetenskap ondersteun. Die rekenaar-metafoor verskaf ’n nuttige analogie om te demonsteer hoe baie van die natuur se ‘paranormale’ eienskappe as ‘doodnormaal’ verduidelik kan word aan die hand van hierdie metafoor. Die vraag waarmee die leser egter gekonfronteer word, is of die analogie nie meer is as ’n metafoor nie, en of die heelal nie reeds die soort superintelligente, kunsmatige intelligensie is wat trans- en poshumaniste vandag glo in die nabye toekoms gebou sal word nie.

Meer as 'n MetafoorMeer as ’n Metafoor ontsluit die diepte en krag van ’n heelal wat volgens die beginsels van selfverwysing en holisme, soos uitgelê deur Jan Smuts in Holism and Evolution, in beheer is van sy eie ewolusie, en redeneer dat die mens die kollektiewe oog is waarmee hierdie heelal homself ken, waarneem en voortdurend herskep.

 

 

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The Coffee Route 2018 is brewing!

Do not miss the launch of The Coffee Route 2018 next week. Loaded with more coffee shops and incredible maps, photos and information this book is a must have for all coffee lovers!!

 

Coffee Route 2018

 

“There is a real coffee culture in and around Cape Town.

Coffee shops are where Capetonians meet up with friends, catch up on emails, read, write, contemplate the view, contemplate the carrot cake, contemplate life…”

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National Women’s Day

On 9 August 1956 one of the most historic events in the struggle for freedom and women’s rights in South Africa, took place in Pretoria. It was on this day that more than 20 000 women of different races staged a march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act (commonly known as the pass laws) of 1950.

 

They left petitions containing more than 100 000 signatures at prime minister J.G. Strijdom’s office doors. Outside they stood silently for 30 minutes, many with their children on their backs. The women sang a protest song that was composed in honour of the occasion: Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo!(Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock.). In the 58 years since, the phrase (or its latest incarnation: “you strike a woman, you strike a rock“) has come to represent women’s courage and strength in South Africa.

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Womans Day March

The march was organised by the Federation of South African Women (FSAW) and was led by four remarkable women: Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophie Williams De Bruyn.

The march was a resounding success and South Africa recognises the bravery of these women who risked arrest, detention and banning by declaring 9 August National Women’s Day.

 

Today, we also use the public holiday to celebrate the remarkable achievements and the tenacious spirits of the fearless females who continue to advocate for change, defy norms and stand up for what they believe in.

 

We are women from every part of South Africa.
We are women of every race, we come from the cities and the towns, from the reserves and the villages.
We come as women united in our purpose to save the African women from the degradation of passes…
In the name of women of South Africa, we say to you, each one of us, African, European, Indian, Coloured, that we are opposed to the pass system. We voters and voteless, call upon your Government not to issue passes to African women.
We shall not rest until ALL pass laws and all forms of permits restricting our freedom have been abolished.
We shall not rest until we have won for our children their fundamental rights of freedom, justice, and security.

– Taken from a Petition presented to the Prime Minister on 9 August 1956.

Join us on August 12th as we celebrate South African women  

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Celebrate Women’s month in Woodstock

August is women’s month. Xavier Nagel Agencies and Bibliophilia Bookstore have joined forces to bring you an amazing event taking place in Woodstock on August 12th. Join us for an evening of art, music, food, poetry and an opportunity to celebrate local women who are not only talented, but are beacons of inspiration for women everywhere.

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Latest Prufrock is out now!

Prufrock is South Africa’s best magazine of new writing. In it you will find fiction, non-fiction and poetry in all of South Africa’s languages. It was first launched in May 2013 and continues to be an amazing source for new talent.

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The latest edition is titled Sol Plaaitjie: Two articles and it includes the work of  a few of the contributors mentioned below.

 

 

 

 

Andre Sales is a bookseller at Clarke’s Bookshop, and hosts occasional dinner parties at his home in the Bo-Kaap as La Petite Mort. To come to one of these dinner parties, email him at andre@lapetitemort.co.za

 

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Genna Gardini is the author of Matric Rage (uHlanga, 2015), a collection of poetry from which her contribution in this issue is taken. She currently lives in Cape Town, where she works as a teacher and critic.

 

Phil Kramer is a musician, dj and very infrequent animator. he is currently at work on his first studio album, end of an era. you can reach him at philipdkramer@gmail.com

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Rosa Lyster is a writer living in Cape Town. Her first book of poems, Modern Rasputin, will be published later this year.

 

 

Helen sullivan is the editor of Prufrock and writes a monthly column at Casimirtv.com