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.
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.
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.
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.