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Happy World Book Day – and Happy Birthday, BOOK SA!

BOOK SA

Alert! Today, 23 April, is World Book and Copyright Day, which people ’round the world celebrate with books and roses. (Except in the UK and Ireland, where people mark the day in early March. No books and roses for the islanders today.) It’s also BOOK SA’s fifth birthday – happy birthday to us! (Hmm, Books ‘n Roses, maybe there ought to be a band…) To mark the occasion, correspondent Liesl Jobson presents a rattle bag of links and speculation. Enjoy!

In the beginning was the word, swirling in southern African nebulousness, waiting for the geeks and gurus to make a space, create a place, where word lovers might congregate to ponder and perceive the beauty, the bravery, the brilliance of books.

BOOK SA Launch Invitation

In the beginning was an invitation to BOOK SA. It was the “Alpha Launch”. Whatever that means. Once upon a time.

When I was one I had just begun.

But how do you get to one, when the actual start is somewhat veiled among posts published long before? The earliest post in the archives occurred back in November 2006: click here to read the first act of gestation.

Back on 5 December of that year, BOOK SA was back! Back from where? Archivists will have to prod and poke some more.

When I was two? A year after announcing we were one, we were three.

Then BOOK SA, suddenly, was four. Young Mr Penny, at his mother, Sarah’s recent launch, at four, is clearly a competent reader:

A four year old

Your Four-Year-Old Child
* Enjoys counting up to twenty, and understands the concept of numbers up to three.
* Talks about things in the past and future.
* Can sort objects into groups.
* Has increased memory skills for e.g. he can remember a particular event, such as when his aunties and uncles visited several months previously.
* Can give reasons and solve problems.
* Often confuses fact with fiction.

We got reading, we got writing, so our rithmatic is a little ropy…

Moving right along: we got bought out, briefly, by a fierce competitor – though some weren’t sold on that idea.

And then there was the new look. Look! – Followed by Not the London Book Fair and Open Book Cape Town, announced at a separate, but not unrelated third birthday (hello, Book Lounge!).

Now the network is five – or in its fifth year at any rate. What steps does a five-year-old take toward the future? Watch this space, dear reader, watch this space.

 

Recent comments:

  • <a href="http://www.darlingtonrichards.com/" rel="nofollow">moi</a>
    moi
    April 23rd, 2011 @10:22 #
     
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    well, Happy Birthday and congratulations on a vision well-realised xx

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  • <a href="http://tiahbeautement.typepad.com/quotidian/" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    tiah
    April 23rd, 2011 @10:38 #
     
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    Happy Birthday! If Thing 1 is anything to go by, 5 was a much nicer year than 4.

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  • Mervyn
    Mervyn
    April 23rd, 2011 @11:33 #
     
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    Yappy Yappy to the entire BookSA gang.

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  • <a href="http://www.amillionmilesfromnormal.blogspot.com" rel="nofollow">Paige</a>
    Paige
    April 23rd, 2011 @11:49 #
     
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    Yay, happy birthday. Hope you eat a ton of sugar and run around like a lunatic, like all good 5 year olds do on their birthday. Congrats guys.

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  • <a href="http://www.brainwavez.org/" rel="nofollow">Mandy J Watson</a>
    Mandy J Watson
    April 23rd, 2011 @13:22 #
     
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    Congratulations!

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    April 23rd, 2011 @23:46 #
     
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    Doesn't Ben look scarily young in those launch photos? Congratulations all, and here's to many more. Can't imagine my life without you.

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    April 24th, 2011 @08:33 #
     
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    Congratulations, Ben and all the team. What stands out in all this ancient history is the admirable focus and regularity of the BOOK SA programme, which I think is a great ingredient in its success. Thanks for taking it on yourselves to forge an identity from our alphabet soup.

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    April 24th, 2011 @08:33 #
     
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    If you can forge things from soup.

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  • <a href="http://www.darlingtonrichards.com/" rel="nofollow">moi</a>
    moi
    April 24th, 2011 @13:10 #
     
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    squirt, perhaps...?

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    April 26th, 2011 @14:01 #
     
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    Thanks, all :)

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