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Happy 10th birthday, Kalk Bay Books!


Kalk Bay Books is 10 years old this month, and have a number of exciting events lined up to celebrate.

What a decade it has been – we’ve learnt a lot, laughed a lot, and cried a bit too. We’ve told stories, listened to stories, made music, made mistakes, made cake. We’ve had some tough luck including fire, flood and roadworks, but mostly we’ve had extraordinarily good luck, including Barbara Kingsolver herself right here in the shop, with the backdrop of a gorgeous full moon over the bay. She said, “How lucky you are to be here”. We agree.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to you, our customers, for keeping us in business so that we can keep on being this lucky.


The Imperfect Life of TS Eliot
I grow old … I grow old …

An evening in celebration of the life and works of TS Eliot, with Finuala Dowling, John Maytham and Lyndall Gordon.

Finuala and John’s dramatic evenings have been a constant source of delight through the years and we’re very much looking forward to this one.

We were proud to launch Gordon’s book, The Imperfect Life of TS Eliot, in 2012. Lyndall is a contributor to Faber’s brand new literary website, a wonderful resource for all things Eliot.

There will be a lucky draw at 6.50. Thanks to Fran from Pan Macmillan, and to Jaco from Jonathan Ball. And to dear Leopard’s Leap, we love you.

Event Details


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nullThroughout the day on Friday, 2 December we will be giving away all sorts of surprises. This is made possible by incredibly generous donations from businesses in Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Muizenberg; and our publishers.

From 1 to 4 PM:

Paul from Slow Life Records will be in residence with his turntables, playing favourites and taking requests.

And then at 5.30 PM we bring you:

The First Famous Kalk Bay Books Arts and Culture Quiz!

Well it isn’t famous yet. But it will be. So brush up on your Art, Film, Book and Music knowledge. Be among the lucky few to secure a table at the first edition of what we hope will become a regular festive battle of will and wit.

Entrance is R60 per person and includes two bottles of wine and a plate of snacks per team. We will seat nine teams, with a maximum of six people per team.

Booking is essential. This will fill up fast, so get your team together, give it a name, and book asap! Please RSVP to Mary-Ann at, with the word “QUIZ” in the subject line.

Please be here at 5.30 PM for a prompt start at 6 PM, to end at 8 PM. There will be a lucky draw during the break, and prizes for 1st and 2nd teams at the end.

Teamless? Never fear. There will be a team called The Loose Canons, made up of the first six brave people to reply with the subject line “QUIZ Loose Canon”.

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, 2 November 2016
  • Time: 1 PM to 4 PM and the quiz at 5.30 PM
  • Venue: Kalk Bay Books
    124 Main Rd
    Kalk Bay
    Cape Town | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Karena du Plessis
  • RSVP:, with the word “QUIZ” in the subject line

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