Alert! 2012 is kicking off on a rather grim note – SA-lit-wise, at least.
Despite the best efforts of writers and journalists to halt the closure of venerated Johannesburg bookshop Boekehuis – a move announced by its owners, Media24, late last year – the final shuttering is set to happen this month. There will be no Boekehuis in February.
Corina van der Spoel, the shop’s manager, writes with the news in her first missive of the year:
Dear Friends of BOEKEHUIS
BOEKEHUIS wishes you health, happiness and lots of reading time for 2012!
It is with sadness that I have to announce that BOEKEHUIS Bookshop will be finally closing its doors on Saturday 28 January 2012. It has been decided by its owner, Media24 that the shop will close down.
We have received so many encouraging messages and phone calls supporting and expressing appreciation for the project that was BOEKEHUIS, too many to thank each individually. Thank you for demonstrating your solidarity with everything BOEKEHUIS stands for so eloquently. It has been very heartening, both personally and, more importantly, in terms of arguing for the continuation of public culture and public intellectual life. Do know your voice has not been a solitary one but that the friends of BOEKEHUIS form a network from Joburg to Cape Town, Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam and further afield.
The life of ideas and letters continues regardless.
May your reading journey be interesting and inspiring!
With very best wishes and thanks,
Corina van der Spoel
& the BOEKEHUIS team: Leandri, Bettie, and Eunice
The shop, which opened its doors in 2000, will trade during its normal business hours, Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm, from Tuesday 4 January to Saturday the 28th – and will hold its final sale from 17 to 28 Jan:
BOEKEHUIS Closing down Book Sale starts Tuesday 17 January 2012
The SALE not to be missed. All stock will be marked down 50%-60% and will be marked down even more after a week. Come pick your long-coveted books from the best selection in town!
This sale must end 28 January 2012!!
There will undoubtedly be some fantastic reads to pick up at fantastic prices – but it will also feel a bit like going to a fire sale. Click here for a map to the Boekhuis nook, just down from the corner of Lothbury Road and Fawley Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.
Long live the spirit of Boekehuis, long live!