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The Book Lounge Triumphs at the Sefika/SABA Awards

David & Michelle Grobler & Mervyn SlomanPress release from our friends at The Book Lounge

Independent Cape Town bookshop, the Book Lounge was named the best bookshop in the country at the PASA/SABA Sefika awards dinner held just outside Durban on Tuesday night. The Book Lounge collected three awards – best independent bookshop in the general trade category, a special award for the “bookseller that went the extra mile” worth R5000 as well as the award for the best overall bookshop in the country.

Owner Mervyn Sloman, collected the awards “on behalf of the best collection of booksellers imaginable whom I am proud to call my colleagues”. He later also paid tribute to “our wonderful customers who are incredibly supportive of what we’re trying to do here and continue to buy the kinds of books that we want to sell. I know that many of our customers will take as much joy from these awards as we do and that is a lovely feeling.”

Sloman also thanked the many publishers who have given fantastic support to the Book Lounge from day one. “To receive this kind of affirmation from publishers, our partners in the industry, just twenty months in to our existence is very rewarding.”

The Book Lounge can be found at 71 Roeland st Cape Town and contacted on 021 462 2425 or booklounge@gmail.com.

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  • <a href="http://henriettaroseinnes.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Henrietta</a>
    Henrietta
    August 23rd, 2009 @13:50 #
     
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    Many congratulations, to Mervyn and all at the Book Lounge. Wonderful news!

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  • <a href="http://www.michellematthews.co.za" rel="nofollow">Michelle</a>
    Michelle
    August 23rd, 2009 @20:06 #
     
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    LOVE your work *mwah* Guys, do take a moment to celebrate: you really deserve this and it is something to be proud of.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    August 24th, 2009 @16:54 #
     
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    I'm with Michelle here. Book babysitters and go and book into a spa for the day. Or go wild with bubbly. You're all fabulous, and you deserve every accolade you get.

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  • <a href="http://ingridandersen.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Ingrid Andersen</a>
    Ingrid Andersen
    August 24th, 2009 @21:27 #
     
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    Helen! We missed you..

    I really wished you'd been around to commiserate on Saturday. My beautiful beloved voluptous Minka cat, who was the most affectionate cat I've ever known died in my arms from biliary - it moved so quickly, the vet could do nothing.

    I have no little furry person padding down the driveway to greet me when I get home, or hopping up to drink my bathwater or snuggling in at bedtime.

    We're all heartbroken.

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  • <a href="http://fionasnyckers.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    Fiona
    August 24th, 2009 @21:51 #
     
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    I'm so sorry, Ingrid. I went through it in April and it was utterly horrible. Many, many commiserations.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    August 24th, 2009 @22:54 #
     
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    Oh Ingrid, I feel awful for you. I know the kind BL peeps won't mind me using their post to offer you very sincere condolences. When my darling Pushkin died at 18, even though she'd lived to a ripe age, I was beside myself. It leaves such a gaping hole, and the world just expects you to get on with things. And condolences, again, to Fiona too.

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  • <a href="http://ingridandersen.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Ingrid Andersen</a>
    Ingrid Andersen
    August 25th, 2009 @07:34 #
     
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    Fiona,you have my great sympathies, I know what you went through. Thanks, Helen - Minks was only four, so she didn't get to have a good, long Pushkin life :-(

    Thanks for letting us hijack the post for a moment, Mervyn. We really need more Book Lounges elsewhere in the country. KZN would be good! :-) Anything we can do to induce you to expand?

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  • Mervyn
    Mervyn
    August 25th, 2009 @09:01 #
     
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    Don't worry about the hijacking. Have had two cats die in my arms, it is bloody dreadful. And no, I'm afraid there's nothing you can do to induce us to open another branch. We've got our hands more than full trying to keep some semblance of sanity here. I usually give up on Tuesday afternoons and embrace the madness for the rest of the week before doing a sober to do list on a Sunday night in a desperate attempt to impose some order on my life. And then comes the next Tuesday afternoon...

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  • Mervyn
    Mervyn
    August 25th, 2009 @09:05 #
     
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    and while we're tangentialising, please let me remind those of you within a 5000km radius of Cape Town, that the birthday party we're hosting for Faber and Faber on Friday night is going to rock. We've got loads of Faber stuff to give away, a great dj, a double celebration to enjoy...and we're really in need of a party.

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    August 25th, 2009 @09:07 #
     
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    Good for you, Mervyn - that's the secret to your success. It's such a wonderfully counter-corporate success, it gives us hope that the Machine can sometimes be beaten by the Will of the People - in this case, book-lovers. Your shop is symbolic of a whole lot.

    PS, Ingrid, I'm not sure if I sent you this link of my cat stories: http://louisgreenberg.book.co.za/blog/2009/06/25/confessions-of-a-closet-cat-lover - but maybe it will help in some empathetic way.

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  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    August 25th, 2009 @09:08 #
     
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    Just to say here too, Viva Book Lounge Viva. The brilliant thing about you all is that you set such a good example of what is possible if booksellers really, truly, madly, deeply care about what they are doing. Thanks so much for setting up shop in Cape Town and making our city the sexiest, vibiest, bookiest city in the country.

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  • <a href="http://ingridandersen.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Ingrid Andersen</a>
    Ingrid Andersen
    August 25th, 2009 @13:46 #
     
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    Well, Mervyn, we are just going to have to clone you. Nothing else will do.

    We need a book lounge culture here in Maritzburg, and that justifies breaking all sorts of research ethics boundaries. Sorry, but can't be helped. While we're about it, shall I have Igor make you a spare Mervyn for your Cape Town branch?

    @Louis - THAT's where that thread was. Hiding in the closet. I remember reading it at the time.

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  • Mervyn
    Mervyn
    August 26th, 2009 @10:12 #
     
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    ok, now you're freaking me out. And while all the love is great for my ego, we're not that incredibly amazing. We love books, we're passionate about some of the amazing writing coming out of SA and we work damn hard. For that, we've received wonderful support from people. There's no reason why others can't do the same, be it in Maritzburg or anywhere else for that matter.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    August 26th, 2009 @17:11 #
     
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    Dear M and co, you are indeed amazing. Worldwide, most book-selling chains would fail your three criteria: 1) love books; 2) passionate about local writing; 3) work damn hard. Esp No 1. I lived opposite Dillons in London for two years, and it never failed to amaze me that their floor staff actively seemed to dislike (a) books and (b) customers.

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