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!