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Karamu, Fiesta, Ban'quet!

Ben's four-page speech Kathryn White Arthur Attwell & Michelle Matthews Mike Nicol & Barbara Erasmus

Joanne Hichens, Gill Nicol Diane Awerbuck, Helen Moffett & Lauren Beukes Sophy Kohler & Karen Jennings Sean Badal & Partner, Rustum Kozain & Peter

Alert! My, but did we have a fine time at the first annual BOOK SA Ban’quet, held on Saturday at the Kelvin Grove Country Club, while Lionel Richie entertained the rest of Cape Town at Newlands Stadium next door.

Kathryn White organised the do, ably assisted by Helen Moffett and Sophy Kohler. Upwards of thirty BOOK SA bloggers, plus a smattering of partners attended – from as far afield as Johannesburg (Kathryn, Liesl Jobson and Sean Badal) and, even more impressively, East London (Amitabh Mitra).

We had elder statesmen, we had young guns, we had major prizewinners, we had pseudonyms, we had fun.

Following a 30-minute multimedia presentation on the latest advances in literary blogging, I gave the BOOK SA annual report, duly audited, which was seconded by some drunk writer or other and passed by general acclamation, and then we all sat down for some serious ban’queting.

Arthur and Michelle snuck outside to dance to All Night Long – they win the “best dressed couple” award – and then we broke off into brainstorming groups around the major literary questions of the day, but neglected to report back, ordering, instead, more bottles of champagne.

The after-party was hosted by Helen and her cats, and will no doubt be the source of the unofficial photographs that Fiona so desperately wants to see. Meanwhile, here are more of the official ones:

More BOOK SA Bloggers Kathryn White & Ben Williams BOOK SA Bloggers Hugh Hodge Liesl Jobson, Ben Williams & Sophy Kohler Karina Magdalena Szczurek Alex Smith, Karina Magdalena Szczurek & Dawn Garisch Barbara Erasmus Mike Nicol Rosemund Handler Hugh Hodge & Sonja Wilker Sophy Kohler & Karen Jennings Derek Muller SA Partridge & Dale Halvorsen Mark Peddle & Bridget McNultyBarbara Erasmus, Rosemund & Frank HandlerBen Williams & Kathryn WhiteAmitabh Mitra & Dawn GarischPaula & Peter ChurchMike Nicol & Henrietta Rose-Innes

Thanks to everyone who came, it was brilliant. For those who couldn’t make it – pencil us in for next year!

 

Recent comments:

  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    November 24th, 2008 @10:17 #
     
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    Oh it looks fabulous! You all look gorgeous. I hope you will post the 4 page speech, Ben, so that those of us who couldn't make it because of one reason or another can be uplifted by your thoughts if not by the champers.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    November 24th, 2008 @10:30 #
     
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    Fiona, the event was a schizoid one. First the formal dinner at Kelvin, all starched tablecloths and uniformed waitrons. Very elegant, civilized conversations were had, and everyone behaved impeccably. Second, a rag-tag assortment of Hemingway-esque drunkards descended upon my humble possie, and misbehaved strenuously for two hours. (I'm not complaining -- I have a dim memory of doing the flamenco to "Sweet Home Alabama" -- blush.) No wet T-shirt competitions, altho Kathryn did fall out of her dress. Ben behaved exactly like a rock star, doing a fine Mick Jagger strut with a bottle of wine in each hand, and Rustum kept repairing to my balcony to have intercourse with a goat. At least, I think that's what they kept telling me: "Where's Rustum?" "He's gone outside, he needed a goat!" Alex ate all the fruit in the house, and Karina refused to dance. I seem to remember a disgraceful episode where we decided to remedy this. Apologies, Karina, and please come back sometime, the kitties really liked you.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    November 24th, 2008 @10:44 #
     
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    Welcome home, Colleen! Can't wait to swop notes and pics on our Uganda adventure. Haven't blogged it yet cos can't download pics -- groan. Erm, Ben's four-page speech was a trick. After much unfurling and shuffling of pages, he basically said, "Thanks, folks, and enjoy." By the way, I don't think "The after-party was hosed" is a typo.

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  • <a href="http://www.sapartridge.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    Sally
    November 24th, 2008 @10:53 #
     
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    waha

    Sorry I missed it Helen but I was on danger level after four glasses of champagne and I don't know how many glasses of wine.

    I think if we stayed, I might have been dancing on the ceiling along with Lionel.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    November 24th, 2008 @11:02 #
     
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    Amster-damn, damn, damn! Looking lovely, folks. Hope to make it next year. Would it be possible to time the banquet so that it coincides with one of the literary events on the calendar?

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    November 24th, 2008 @11:10 #
     
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    Good idea, Richard - A ban'quet would sweeten a trip to the CTBF for example.

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  • <a href="http://fionasnyckers.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    Fiona
    November 24th, 2008 @11:14 #
     
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    Aargh ... jealous! Looks like such fun. I also hope to make it next year. Still hoping the unofficial flamenco photos may surface some time, though.

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  • Sven
    Sven
    November 24th, 2008 @11:22 #
     
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    Hmm, everyone scrubbed up and no signs of office party syndrome anywhere. Thanks for the photo-stream, good to put some faces to names. I may even go invest in a suit (what I have at present is something a pimp would wear to a meeting with the Triads, except cheaper).

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    November 24th, 2008 @11:26 #
     
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    Kathryn,Helen,Liesl,Sophie and Ben (for the four page speech), thank you -- it was a lovely evening. And Helen, your fruit was magnificent!

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  • <a href="http://rustumkozain.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Rustum Kozain</a>
    Rustum Kozain
    November 24th, 2008 @12:55 #
     
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    Yes, thanks to all the organisers and my apologies to the goat - it must have been the hash-flavoured chocolate sauce in which those strawberries were dipped.

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  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    November 24th, 2008 @13:32 #
     
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    Thank you Helen, still totally catching up. Seeing familiar things strangely as it were. I decided to blog while I still had impressions pouring out of me. I do feel slightly jealous (well very jealous of not getting to the Book SA banquet). I wish Kathryn and you et al had been more considerate when you organised it, tut, tut.

    I was in a minibus taxi that had taken it's time having a puncture repaired on a very long trip back from Ginja (source of the Nile)and Buganja Falls. For a while there we weren't sure where the taxi was, it was getting dark and we decided to start walking back up to the main road. What a wild ride on poor roads (understatement) and a completely Ugandan interpretation of 'the rules of the road'. Driving three abreast at times up hills on narrow roads into oncoming traffic in the dark with dodgy tire, 16 people in taxi, no seatbelts. Still I feel like a Victorian (see V Ben Trovato's post) lady adventurer.

    Am now going to download photos and phone the bank to ask them to investigate the deduction of money from my credit card when I tried unsuccessfully to draw money from a Crane Bank ATM in the Kampala Road area when I went shopping with Betty and Yemhodish.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    November 24th, 2008 @18:07 #
     
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    Did I mention that we observed a minute of silence, a the Ban'quet, for all the BOOK SA members who couldn't make it? That means you, Colleen, Richard, Louis, Nabu, Fiona, everyone. Next year I think we'll wear little paper "B"s to commemorate the "not here but not forgotten".

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    November 24th, 2008 @19:22 #
     
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    a.k.a I found a good website on pseudonyms, Karina, but, the mystery remains unsolved
    http://www.trussel.com/books/aka.htm

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  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    November 24th, 2008 @21:32 #
     
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    ah, that warms the cockles of my heart (as they say in Uganda) ... or was it in my Golden treasury of children's nursery rhymes ... or ....

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  • Maire
    Maire
    November 25th, 2008 @00:05 #
     
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    I so wish I could have made it to what must surely rate as the literary do gently or not so gently morphing into the literary bash of the year. My dear dear parents celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on the same night, a lovely occasion, but a very sedate one.

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  • <a href="http://rustumkozain.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Rustum Kozain</a>
    Rustum Kozain
    November 25th, 2008 @17:04 #
     
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    Minister of Arts and Culture anouncement: Our department has embarked on a project which will see dance practised as a fully fledged cultural activity at after-parties to future BookSA Bloggers' Ban'quets. The goat-dance, however, will not be promoted.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    November 25th, 2008 @17:12 #
     
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    The Minister of A&C will have to do something about the Minister of Sport's music collection. The Minister of Security needs to find out who stole my Bela Fleck CD. Henrietta will assume Special Portfolio for the needs of goats.

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  • <a href="http://imago.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sophy</a>
    Sophy
    November 25th, 2008 @22:25 #
     
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    And yet the chicken dance continues to blossom? I'd say that's animalist, Rustum. Let the goat-dance and the goats dance provided they don't wake the religiosos. And no sheep stealing occurs.

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  • <a href="http://karinamagdalenaszczurek.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Karina</a>
    Karina
    November 26th, 2008 @15:24 #
     
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    The reason why I couldn't dance:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/booksa/3061314654/
    How can anyone match this fabulous Mick Jagger strut, or Helen's flamenco (note the professional lower-lip-bite-concentration and the skirt-hold)?

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    November 26th, 2008 @15:32 #
     
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    BLUSH. Now to publish my own blackmail material.

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    November 26th, 2008 @15:36 #
     
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    Priceless.

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  • <a href="http://www.sapartridge.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    Sally
    November 26th, 2008 @15:58 #
     
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    Ben. Ben. Ben.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    November 26th, 2008 @16:01 #
     
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    Hey, what about "Kathryn, Kathryn, Kathryn" - ?

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  • <a href="http://www.sapartridge.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    Sally
    November 26th, 2008 @16:10 #
     
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    All you need is a pair of marakas

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  • <a href="http://poetsprintery.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Amitabh</a>
    Amitabh
    November 30th, 2008 @22:06 #
     
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    A wonderful party and it was so great meeting you all wonderful people

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