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The Book Lounge's Beautiful Birthday Bash (Over 80 Pictures!)

David & Michelle Grobler & Mervyn Sloman Birthday Cake

The Book Lounge turned one on Monday night, and what a terrific occasion it was.

Literati, glitterati and papparazi gathered to celebrate as friends, authors, readers and customers paraded the best books of the year at another seriously sexy event on the corner of Buitenkant and Roeland in Cape Town.

Fred de Vries & Jo-Anne RichardsWriters and publishers, poets and novelists turned out in their finest to honour the contribution of Mervyn Sloman and his stirling team to the literary life of the city. Guests cheered for the award-winning independent book shop that has established itself as one of the city’s main cultural hot spots. Some of the savvier Joburg folk even had the good sense to dash to the bash. (See pic at left.)

Belinda OosthuizenGodfrey De Meyer & Christie HartmanThey sashayed and sauntered, they bebopped and hip-hopped, many wearing the World AIDS Day red ribbon, stark against the black Book Lounge t-shirts.

Thirty models took to the ramp wearing their BL tees and the latest high fashion accessory: a book, each one a “BL pick of the year”. Staff members took turns to announce and introduce the books and the bodies who “wore” them.

Steffi Rohrs & Piet WachtlerDavid & Michelle Grobler - the Winning BidThe highlight of the evening was the auction for charity of a Book Lounge bag signed by all the authors who visited the shop in the past twelvemonth, with the proceeds destined for a new library in Guguletu, which Si


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    December 3rd, 2008 @09:14 #

    This was a tremedously HAPPY event -- a real love-fest. One thing is clear -- books make people feel better, and so does the BL. Congratulations to all, and many, many more!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    December 3rd, 2008 @09:17 #

    Help! Where's the edit button? I've left the "n" out of "tremendously".


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