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@BOOKSA Twitter Weekly Updates 2009-06-14

  • M NET prizes, that is #
  • Next up, the M NET pR #
  • - http://twitpic.com/7at1i #
  • - http://twitpic.com/7ar00 #
  • At M NET literary awards, will be covering the winners #
  • RT @CTBF Posted a pic using the new #ctbf Twitter widget on our front page http://bookslive.co.za #
  • RT @CTBF – Join team #ctbf and Livetweet the Cape Town Book Fair http://bookslive.co.za/6tqy #
  • RT @ CTBF New blog post: #ctbf Gallery: Photos from the Opening Function http://bookslive.co.za/qJwY #
  • Put #ctbf in your tweets to appear in our front page Twitter feed – http://bookslive.co.za #
  • #ctbf – Follow the Cape Town Book Fair via Twitter on our front page – http://bookslive.co.za #
  • Michael Thomas, US debut novelist, wins EUR100k IMPAC Dublin Award for “Man Gone Down” – http://is.gd/Ze61 #
  • RT @Laughitoffblog Buy the 2010 Corpowit Calendar Online http://bit.ly/x7Hmu #
  • Abdulrazak Gurnah’s wrap up/review of Palestinian Lit Fest (interrupted by Israeli police) – http://is.gd/YLmP #
  • RT @RandomStruik #ctbf TOUCH LAUNCH UPDATE: The venue has been moved to the Roof Terrace at the CTICC. 13 June 4pm http://bookslive.co.za/HP12 #
  • RT @CTBF RT @electricbook New blog post: Visit EBW at Cape Town Book Fair, Stall M1a http://bookslive.co.za/oATn #
  • RT @CTBF RT @PenguinbooksSA Adele Parks is visiting the Penguin SA office watch out for pics later on the Penguin Blog! #
  • RT @CTBF New blog post: Michelle Matthews on the State of the SA Book Industry http://bookslive.co.za/tNUV #
  • @Laughitoffblog Skop, Skiet en Donner Launch Party for Corpowit Calendar http://bit.ly/Z8enA in reply to Laughitoffblog #
  • RT @PenguinbooksSA John van de Ruit launches Spud- Learning to Fly to a cold but cheerful crowd! | Penguin Books Blog – http://bit.ly/N47Uz #
  • RT @JacanaMedia – Satire party – @laurenbeukes @laughitoffblog Zapiro Hayibo & more! 12 June 8pm. SMS ‘bookfair’ to 34599 for the venue #
  • @RandomStruik #tp – And that’s it! We’re done here. Now on to the canapes. Nice work, RHS team. #
  • @Random Struik #tp …or just click here – http://bookslive.co.za/2ZRq #
  • @Random Struik #tp …and We are All Zimbabweans Now. “James Kilgore – remember the name. Google it.” #
  • @Random Struik #tp Next – BIG NEWS – a new book by Andrew Brown… All Things Pleasurable… but first we pause on James Kilgore… #
  • @Random Struik #tp “…a delicious and deadly 21st century ghost story” #
  • @Random Struik #tp Now we pause on Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger – a book about twins #
  • @Random Struik #tp Summertime covers the period when Coetzee was finding his feet as a writer – with “vulnerability” to an unusual degree #
  • @Random Struik #tp …writing a book about the late SA novelist, JM Coetzee”, who comes off as an awkward, bookish individual #
  • @Random Struik #tp Ah, here we go – BIG NEWS REPRISE – we pause on JM Coetzee’s Summertime, “the chronicle of a young English writer… #
  • @Random Struik #tp We see a brief flash of a new Pynchon book – too brief for me to catch the title #
  • @Random Struik #tp Now on to The Selected Works of TS Spivet by Reif Larsen, “a literary gem” #
  • @Random Struik #tp Strangely, though, we pause on a new AS Byatt book, The Children’s Book #
  • @Random Struik #tp Next – BIG NEWS – PERHAPS THE BIGGEST – new title from JM Coetzee (prev seen on BOOK SA) – Summertime #
  • @Random Struik #tp …which will also be published in Afrikaans, under the title “Dwaars” (then a subtitle involving “umlungu”) #
  • @Random Struik #tp Next up – BIG NEWS – new book from Max du Preez, a revised and updated edition of Pale Native… #
  • @Random Struik #tp …the Random House Struik imprint (as opposed to Umuzi, Zebra, etc) #
  • @Random Struik #tp …and progressed with Krog’s A Change of Tongue. This will be the first “and perhaps only” book to be published under… #
  • @Random Struik #tp Stephen Johnson calls it the third book in the “unwitting trilogy” that started with Krog’s Country of My Skull… #
  • @Random Struik #tp …and we’re up to speed again with – BIG NEWS – a new book by Antjie Krog, Begging to be Black #
  • @Random Struik #tp Then a pause to feature the new short story collection, “Touch”… #
  • @Random Struik #tp …a new travel book by Sihle Khumalo, “Heart of Africa”. Public transport figures once again. #
  • @Random Struik #tp …BIG NEWS – a book by Kingsley Holgate, “Afrika”; then SA’s Greatest Golf Destinations; then BIG NEWS… #
  • @Random Struik #tp …South Africa Through the Seasons by Denise Slabbert; a series of “Picturesque” books covering southern Africa… #
  • @Random Struik #tp …Dinosaurs, Diamonds and Democracy by Francis Wilson; The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins… #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Eish! Momentary twitter blackout during which we say: Dangerous Creatures of Africa by Chris and Mathilde Stuart… #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Rather appropriate that I’m tweeting about birds here. Did I hear right? Over 2000 photos in this book! #
  • @RandomStruik #tp And we pause on Birds of Southern Africa: The complete photographic field guide by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Up next: a natural history montage. Birds! The Earth! Wildlife! Wild Flowers! #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Back to cookbooks, Myrna Robins Franschhoek Food among them #
  • @RandomStruik #tp “The ultimate symbiosis of indoors and outside.” #
  • @RandomStruik #tp And we pause on A Sense of Space: The Gardens of Jan Blok, one of SA’s most exquisite garden designers #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Now a cookbook montage, including “BRAAI” w/a big hunk o’ meat on the cover. Looks scrumptious. #
  • @RandomStruik #tp The book is by Callie Maritz and Mari-Louis Guy. “The challenge is not to drool on the pages.” #
  • @RandomStruik #tp The Cakes to Celebrate Love and Life photos, meanwhile, cause much twittering in the crowd #
  • @RandomStruik #tp …then get Wild Romance! #
  • @RandomStruik #tp “Would you like to return from a game drive in Kenya to find your tent’s bed sprinkled with rose petals?” #
  • @RandomStruik #tp …the pictures bring gasps from the audience. The book is about luxury safaris #
  • @RandomStruik #tp …and we land on Wild Romance by Marsel van Oosten and Daniella Sibbing #
  • @RandomStruik #tp …or rather Struik Lifestyle, Nature and Travel & Heritage books #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Now we move into Struik Lifestyle books…. #
  • @RandomStruik #tp 210 000 copies of The Da Vinci Code sold in SA last year; this book launched in SA on 15 Sep 09 #
  • @RandomStruik #tp The novel is set over 12 hours, involving Prof Robert Langdon once again #
  • @RandomStruik #tp “An extraordinary, action-packed thriller” by Dan Brown called The Lost Symbol #
  • @RandomStruik #tp …which metamorphoses into a Dan Brown montage… and which is where we land: “the sales event of this financial year”… #
  • @RandomStruik #tp …which metamorphoses into a Terry Pratchett montage #
  • @RandomStruik #tp The thriller montage continues… and metamorphoses into a Danielle Steel montage #
  • @RandomStruik #tp …which sees two of her most famous characters come together to find a serial murderer #
  • @RandomStruik #tp …followed by a montage of Patterson thrillers, which ends with a new Karin Slaughter book: Genesis… #
  • @RandomStruik #tp James Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Terry Pratchett, Lee Child introduced as RHS stalwarts #
  • @RandomStruik #tp “Trollope at her most intuitive and entertaining” #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Now on to Joanna Trollope, who’s coming out with The Other Family in 2010 #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Stengel was Mandela’s ghostwriter (one of many?) when Long Walk to Freedom was being written #
  • @RandomStruik #tp …and we pause on Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life by Richard Stengel, “a manual for living” containing 12 lessons #
  • @RandomStruik #tp A few 2010 titles now: SA House Plans 1 & 2, Mandela’s Way, Joanna Trollope, From Witblits to Vuvuzelas #
  • @RandomStruik #tp …and Christopher Paolini #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Another montage with a sci-fi inflection that rounds up with jacqueline Wilson #
  • @RandomStruik #tp And we move on to If I Stay by Gayle Forman, a Doubleday book about how dreams can be stolen away instantly #
  • @RandomStruik #tp …and which has text in no fewer than four languages. Did you know that crickets have ears on their front legs? #
  • @RandomStruik #tp We stop to feature My First book of Southern African Insects by Charmaine Uys, illustrated by Sally Maclarty… #
  • @RandomStruik #tp A montage of new titles plays with everything from Where’s Waldo to Ripley’s Believe it or Not to animated caterpillars #
  • @RandomStruik #tp …which is about Big Biz, Big Life… and the Big Fall #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Now we’re talking about Carel van der Merwe’s recently released Shark / Geldwolf #
  • @RandomStruik #tp …a thriller that will reach out and grab you by the throat. “Sleep with the light on after reading” #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Now on to the new books. BIG NEWS – new book from Jassy Mackenzie coming up: My Brother’s Keeper #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Pass Your Learner’s – in Afrikaans! Much chuckling over here at the Mount Nelson #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Vikas Swarup again, Brisingr, Zhoozsh!, Steve Hofmeyr…. and the number one seller is… #
  • @RandomStruik #tp The Book Thief, Kathy Reichs, Pass Your Learners (of course), Harris, Pienaar, Branson, Neethling, Vikas Swarup… #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Jake White, Brian Pottinger, Danielle Steele, self-help books, relatively few cookbooks, Grisham #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Patterson, Pratchett, Field Guides to African Mammals, Making Money out of Property, several health titles… #
  • @RandomStruik #tp We begin with a look over the shoulder to the bestsellers of last year #
  • @RandomStruik #tp The books that will be featured tonight are just a smattering of the number of titles of RHS will publish this year #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Stephen Johnson: RHS is neither highbrow nor lowbrow – “we are nowbrow” #
  • @RandomStruik #tp …has just as much place on a book shelf as a great work of literature. #
  • @RandomStruik #tp Stephen Johnson makes the case for well-made books, saying a beautifully created commercial success… #
  • @RandomStruik #tp RHS head Stephen Johnson makes the opening remarks, saying that the theme of the evening is “metamorphosis” #
  • @RandomStruik #tp At the Random House Struik Trade presentation, will be livetweeting it #
  • RT @TallStoriesBook Coetzee (J.M.) SLOW MAN (Signed by the author) http://www.auctionexplorerbooks.com/home.html Auction ends Thursday #
  • RT @byronloker – Ongoing photo essay: This surfing life (with apologies to Rustum Kozain aka @grondwerk) http://bit.ly/dJb5n #
  • RT @PanMacmillanSA New blog post: The R10 000 Citizen Book Prize is Back – http://bookslive.co.za/paq4 #
  • RT @mailandguardian RT @MediawebSA: 24.com’s @ChrisRoperZA moves to M&G Online #
  • RT @PenguinbooksSA Tonight’s the night: Spud – Learning to Fly launch at Melrose Arch Piazza – meet John van de Ruit! http://bookslive.co.za/xLov #
  • http://bookslive.co.za/xLov #
  • RT @nytimes China Requires Censoring Software on New PCs http://bit.ly/X8HyA #
  • @laurenbeukes Last time I parked at CPT for a day trip to JNB it cost me about R130, I think. in reply to laurenbeukes #
  • RT @RandomStruik Random House Struik Programme at the 2009 Cape Town Book Fair http://bookslive.co.za/7D0t #
  • Donald Powers wins the Imago Poetry Competition: http://bookslive.co.za/1Kjj #
  • Donald Powers wins the Imago Poetry Competition: #
  • RT @Laughitoffblog New blog post: Sneak preview of Calendar in You Magazine http://bit.ly/P4GQQ in reply to Laughitoffblog #
  • @urbanrenewal If we didn’t have registration on our network, we’d get 400+ spam comments/day. Unmoderatable, alas (even w/Akismet) in reply to urbanrenewal #
  • RT @BTrovato #kommetjie – Beached whales: Capetonians capitalise on free entertainment http://bookslive.co.za/YhPl – hectic #
  • RT @TallStoriesBook RT @TheBookAbyss: Disgrace movie to hit the screens this month – http://tinyurl.com/kmqt7k #
 

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