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The Book Lounge Turns One!

Book Lounge Turns One - Party Invite

Alert! Our own beloved Book Lounge – independent bookshop of the year – is turning one on Monday, 1 December – and you’re invited to the party.

Says owner Mervyn Sloman, “It promises to be an amazing evening with a presentation of our favourite books of the year by some of our favourite authors and Lounge friends.

“We will also be auctioning the signed Book Lounge bag [ed's note: signed by every author who visited the BL during the year!] to the highest bidder with the biggest heart. The money raised will go towards a mobile libary run by SAMLA [The South African Mobile Library Association]. We have gotten to know these guys and they do such amazing work in their community in Gugulethu, but are in need of a good selection of books for the children to read. The Book Lounge have decided to get involved and help them establish a great library for the children.”

Here’s a piece by Alex Smith on the Lounge’s opening, all those months ago:

The opening of The Book Lounge last week was a triumph for every man with dreams and the spirit of an independent bookseller. There was not a parking spot to be had along Roeland and Buitenkant Streets, all were occupied by the cars of bibliophiles come to celebrate Mervyn Sloman’s big gamble after years of being a cog in the book-trade wheel. (Mervyn’s pictured here with Odidi Mfenyana and Pieter-Dirk Uys.)

It’s going to be a terrific party – don’t miss it!

 

Recent comments:

  • <a href="http://liesljobson.bookslive.co.za" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    Liesl
    November 25th, 2008 @10:31 #
     
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    President Ben-Editor,

    Don't you think it would be remiss of the Joburg editor not to attend this prestigious event?

    Can we at least motivate the Minister of Finance to fly the Lady Veep in for this occasion?

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    November 25th, 2008 @10:35 #
     
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    Last I checked, we still don't have a Minister of Finance. Louis???

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    November 25th, 2008 @10:48 #
     
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    At your service, Pres: I'll gladly fly down to the party to scout for talent. As soon as we unfreeze some of Mobuto Sese Seko's 800 000 000 (that's right, 800 million) Euros in Switzerland, the whole cabinet will afford to fly in style.

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    November 25th, 2008 @10:49 #
     
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    On second thoughts, if the Swiss just send us the interest we can cure Aids, but that's a matter for the health ministry.

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  • <a href="http://electricbookworks.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Silma</a>
    Silma
    November 25th, 2008 @11:03 #
     
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    Happy Birthday Book Lounge :)

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    November 25th, 2008 @15:43 #
     
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    No, no Louis, you were meant to find me a Finance Minister. You're Minister in the Presidency, I believe. Once we find him/her, we can get to all that moulah. Finance Ministers know where it's kept, right?

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  • <a href="http://liesljobson.bookslive.co.za" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    Liesl
    November 26th, 2008 @12:07 #
     
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    As Silma said, Happy Birthday Book Lounge.

    Minister Louis, you still have a few days to come up with a plan...

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    November 26th, 2008 @12:43 #
     
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    As I understand it, the Minister in the Presidency's job is to take lavish trips to parties to "scout for talent" and "network" and to develop evasive responses to queries and crises. As I say, I'm happy to oblige.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    November 26th, 2008 @13:02 #
     
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    The Minister of Foreign Affairs hereby formally requests permission to accompany the Minister of Finance on his "fact-finding" mission.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    November 26th, 2008 @13:29 #
     
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    Granted, naturally.

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