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The Owl House begins to hoot

Don’t miss out on the launch of The Owl House taking place at the Book Lounge on November 28th!!

 

Owl House Launch

 

THE OWL HOUSE is a visionary outsider art environment unlike any other.

Located in the small village of Nieu Bethesda in the isolated South African Karoo, what was once the childhood home of Helen Martins was transformed into a work of uncommon originality. During her lifetime, Helen was misunderstood and was widely regarded as being ‘crazy’. Living in seclusion on a meagre pension, she created the Owl House in the face of much adversity.

The owl houseLacking any formal art training and using materials readily at hand – recycled glass bottles, builders cement, mirrors and wire – she created what is now internationally regarded as an outsider art environment of outstanding interest. Assisted by helpers – chiefly Koos Malgas who under her supervision built many of the statues in her sculpture yard – she spent more than twenty-five years creating the Owl House, increasing the complexity and density of the work by a slow process of accretion. All the while living there, she transformed the house and yard into a symbolically rich world of wonder, infused with her quirky humour, personal yearnings and mystical insights. Today, the Owl House remains a powerful testimony to the triumph of perseverance and imagination.
ANNE GRAAFF is an artist and art historian. She has a special interest in women artists and their relative absence in art history discourse. It was this interest that first brought her to study the visionary artwork of Helen Martins in the 1980s, when the Owl House was still virtually unknown and Helen’s work unacknowledged. Through firsthand interviews with the assistants who worked alongside Helen, she was able to uncover the extraordinary story of the creation of the Owl House.

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The Dark Seed will be planted at Grand Daddy tonight!

“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.Dark SeedCover

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

Join Lily Reed as she discusses her book The Dark Seed, tonight at 7pm.

Grand Daddy launch

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Mr South Africa opens his heart!

Dr. Habib Noorbhai (Mr South Africa 2017) is a Researcher in Sports Science, a presenter, speaker, humanitarian and author. He completed a BA in Sport Psychology (UJ), Honours in Biokinetics (UKZN), MPhil in Biokinetics (UCT) and a PhD in Exercise Science at UCT.

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In 2013, he was among South Africa’s top 100 brightest young minds and in 2015, he was nominated among Mail and Guardians top 200 young South Africans. He was also included in Fast Company South Africa’s Top 30 creative people in business for 2017.
Habib has been featured on a variety of television shows, both as a professional and as Mr South Africa. Some of these included: Top Billing, Mela, thrice on Expresso, eNCA and SABC News. In 2015, he had his own sport and health show on OpenViewHD and a radio show on Hashtag Radio. He is also a frequent expert guest on Cape Talk and Radio702 discussing relevant topics on sports science, exercise, health, community engagement and leadership.
Habib also founded a non-profit organisation in 2013 called The Humanitarians, a volunteer-based organisation, whereby various community projects and programmes are conducted through sport, health, education, sustainability and innovation. These programmes are also conducted through Habib’s current reign as Mr South Africa 2017 to spearhead change and making a difference in society.

 

Join us for the launch of his book Heart taking place on November 27th. Tickets are available from Quicket at the following link  http://qkt.io/VsJez1 .

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Don’t miss the launch of Horn taking place this week!

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HORN is the fast-paced story of the rhino poaching scourge in Kruger National Park. Vietnam syndicates are enticing the impoverished African locals to risk their lives for a few dollars, while they make millions. The South African government appoints Eduardo Ruiz to head the Kruger anti-poaching unit. The rhino holds a powerful lure for the anti-poaching patrol, a London journalist, a Hong Kong society lady, a syndicate boss, and an Interpol agent who are all chasing the horn; on the living beast or as a powdered placebo.

 

PETER KUHNERT immigrated with his family to Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1957. He later became a citizen. His love of Africa and the immensity of the bushveld was kindled when Professor Phillip Tobias invited Peter to join him on a Bushman Expedition to the Kalahari in 1959. Peter was the first to introduce passive microchip technology to the country. During a darting project at Pilansberg National Park, he sponsored implantation of transponders into all of the rhinos. In 1993, Peter retired to his roots in Namibia where he stayed for ten years. He managed the Ongava Lodge and sponsored the successful return of a problem rhino, Brutalis, from the Berlin Zoo into the Namibian wild. In 1997, Peter started his own safari company. In Windhoek he met his partner, and the pair moved to Cape Town in 2003, where he continues to live and write today.

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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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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…”