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All Things Wild and Wonderful – New Books to Take Along on Your Epic Holiday Get Away

Stress, smog and soul-destroying traffic – all the things we get to escape come year-end. Whether you’ll be getting away to the bush, the beach or some other wild beyond, there is a book for you.

Here is a list of some of the fine South African books devoted to enjoying wild and wonderful things. Birding, star-gazing, spotting animals are covered, and so is enjoying beautiful landscapes and local flora. Burchell and travel pioneer Geoffrey Kent will provide inspiration for the travel-timid.

So, which epic holiday get away will it be for you?
 
Sasol 300 Easy-to-see BirdsSasol 300 maklik sigbare voëls van Suider-AfrikaNew Guide for Beginner Birders: Sasol 300 Easy-to-see Birds by Chevonne Reynolds and Nicholas Tye

This practical, straightforward guide to some of the most commonly seen birds in southern Africa is aimed at beginner birders, or even juniors. Less daunting than a full-blown field guide, it’s handy and accessible, combining simple text with clear artwork and photographs to introduce 300 of the region’s easy-to-see birds.

 
100 Common Bird Calls in East AfricaNew: 100 Common Bird Calls in East Africa by Dave Richards and Brian Finch, with Accompanying CD

Recognise birds by their calls with this handy package of CD and accompanying book. These will help identify the sounds made by a range of the most common and widely distributed East African bird species.

This is the perfect starting point for those who wish to develop their knowledge of bird calls.

 
Sky Guide Africa South 2016New from the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa: Sky Guide Africa South 2016

This annual publication is an invaluable resource for anyone who has even a passing interest in the night skies of southern Africa and is “… an absolute must for first-time star-gazers and professional astronomers alike”.
 
 
 
 
Freshwater LifeCharles Griffiths, Jenny Day and Mike Picker Present Freshwater Life – The First Field Guide of its Kind

Freshwater Life – the first illustrated field guide of its kind for the wider southern African region – describes a vast range of plant and animal groups in a single volume. A ground-breaking concept that encompasses diverse groups from the large and conspicuous vertebrates to the diverse microscopic taxa, the book facilitates identification and describes the ecology of more than 1 000 freshwater organisms.

 
101 Kruger TalesPresenting Jeff Gordon’s 101 Kruger Tales: Extraordinary Stories from Ordinary Visitors to the Kruger National Park

101 Kruger Tales contains first-hand accounts of sightings, scrapes and encounters in one of Africa’s greatest National Parks. It details hair-raising experiences from the Kruger Park’s roads, camps, picnic sites and walking trails.

Wherever you are, this book will transport you directly into the bush. It’s a book to keep by your bedside in Kruger, to dip into at home when you’re missing the bush, to lend to friends who’ve never visited Kruger, or to pore over before your next trip.

 
50 Must-see Geological Sites in South AfricaEnjoy Our Rich Geological Heritage with 50 Must-see Geological Sites in South Africa by Gavin Whitfield

South Africa has just about the richest geological heritage on the planet. By showcasing 50 must-see sites, this guide describes why, where and how to enjoy it.

The book presents 50 of the most recognisable and geologically interesting sites around South Africa, including some of palaeontological or historical renown and some of mining interest.

 
Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the surrounding savannaPresenting Grasses & Grazers of Botswana and the Surrounding Savanna by Veronica Roodt

An accessible reference to the grasses and grazers of this region, Veronica Roodt’s book details the fascinating ways in which these plants and animals have evolved together.

Nature lovers, farmers, students and tourists who seek an in-depth look at the interactions between grasses and the grazers that depend on them for life need look no further than this invaluable guide.

 
The Impossible Five“Warm, Fluffy and Sexy”: Justin Fox Tells John Maytham about Searching for The Impossible Five

The well-known travel writer, novelist and photographer, Justin Fox, launched his latest book, The Impossible Five: One Man’s Search for South Africa’s Most Elusive Animals early in July at The Book Lounge.

Publishing manager, Marga Stoffer, reflected on how many visitors to the Kruger Park know about “the big five” and evaluate the success of a trip on how many of these creatures were spotted. Fox, who has gone on these kinds of trips with his parents since he was a child, wanted to go a step further and seek out animals that even the game rangers seldom get to see.

 
Pocket Guide: Wild Flowers of South AfricaDiscover Our Country’s Floral Splendour with Pocket Guide: Wild Flowers of South Africa by Braam van Wyk

Wild Flowers of South Africa covers some 260 flowers representing all of the region’s major vegetation types.

This book showcases some of the region’s diverse, strikingly beautiful floral splendours.
 
 
My first book of Southern African FrogsPresenting My First Book of Southern African Frogs by Jeanne Tarrant and Sally MacLarty (Includes CD)

Frogs are appealing and colourful creatures. Children may be familiar with stages of the frog’s curious life cycle, and see their eggs or tadpoles in local streams; and everyone has heard their calls. My First Book of Southern African Frogs introduces 55 different types of frog and includes a CD of their calls. A short introduction outlines key features and includes an illustration detailing their life cycle.

 
Zulu Plant NamesWhat’s in a Name? Adrian Koopman Explores Language, Culture and Plant Life in Zulu Plant Names

In this book Adrian Koopman details the complex relationship between plants, the Zulu language and Zulu culture.

Zulu Plant Names do not just identify plants, they tell us a lot more about the plant, or how it is perceived or used in Zulu culture.

 
Burchell's TravelsBurchell’s Travels by Susan Buchanan; Illustrated with over 100 Sketches and Paintings

Burchell’s Travels tells the story of Burchell’s journeys, bringing to life an important figure who has faded into historical obscurity. It is a fascinating account of what travel was like 200 years ago – reconstructed from the rich source of Burchell’s own writings.

Beautifully illustrated with over 100 of Burchell’s sketches and paintings, this is a perfect book for anyone interested in history, art, nature and travel.

 
SafariPresenting Safari: A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer by Geoffrey Kent

Geoffrey Kent shares his secrets as an entrepreneur always on the edge of the travel industry and will detail the most unforgettable, daredevil and entertaining moments of his 50-year career with each chapter in the book focusing on a different trip and country. He will also present an inspiring bucket list of adventures for every class of traveler, as well as reveal inside tales from tours with his most famous clients.
 

Mooiloop!Presenting Mooiloop! The Book – The People, the Places and the Recipes as Seen on TV

The essence of the award-winning programme Mooiloop! (as seen on SABC 2) is captured in this book, which invites you to take South Africa’s provincial/regional routes and experience small-town South Africa.

Stop and get out … admire some of the breathtaking, picturesque settings, take a walk down the streets and explore the shops and places of interest

 
Wildlife Southern Africa National Parks and ReservesWatch an Elephant Tackling a Buffalo in the Kruger Park, and Find Your Own Incredible Sightings (Video)

Wildlife Southern Africa National Parks & Reserves covers all the major national parks and reserves in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Lesotho.

The guide includes an overview of Southern Africa with coverage of country facts, peace parks, malaria areas, time zones, cities and towns. This handy specialty atlas provide information boxes covering park size, fauna and flora, nearest town and airport location, contact details, camp facilities, accommodation and seasonal information
 

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Herman Lategan resenseer Afrikaans vir almal en English for All deur Isabel Uys

Afrikaans vir almalEnglish for AllUitspraak: wortels

As jy van taal hou, en as jy dit geniet om daarmee te kerjakker, maak nie saak wat jou ouderdomsgroep is nie, is hierdie twee nuttige, bondige taalensiklopedieë net vir jou.

Koop en geniet dit.

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In Celebration of International Dictionary Day: 13 New and Revised Indigenous Language Dictionaries to be Published

International Dictionary Day is celebrated annually on 16 October, which is tomorrow.

This day was established in tribute to the famous American dictionary writer, Noah Webster, who was born on 16 October 1758. He is heralded as the father of the modern dictionary.

The South African National Lexicography Units, one for every official South African language, will be celebrating this important day – and the importance of dictionaries in general – by starting the release of no fewer than 13 new or revised editions of indigenous language monolingual, and indigenous language bilingual dictionaries. By the end of November all 13 new dictionaries will have been published.

The Lexicography Units were established by the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) in 2001 to focus on lexicography and terminology development in South Africa, their task being to compile monolingual explanatory dictionaries and other products to help with language development. Each unit is managed by a board of directors and registered as a Section 21 (not-for-profit) company, which allows the unit autonomy to raise funds to carry on its work.

For more information on the new dictionaries, read the press release below:

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The eleven South African National Lexicography Units (one per official language) are the structures of state Constitutionally and Legislatively mandated, in the case of our indigenous languages, to produce dictionaries and other material that will “elevate their status and advance their use”.

While the Units are national entities they are based in the province or provincial district in which their language predominates, but the result of their work benefits all speakers and learners of the language no matter where they reside.
They are located as follows:

Xitsonga – Limpopo
Tshivenda – Limpopo
Sesotho sa Leboa – Limpopo
Siswati – Mpumalanga
isiNdebele – Gauteng / Mpumalanga
isiZulu – Kwa Zulu Natal
isiXhosa and English – Eastern Cape
Sesotho – Free State
Setswana – North West
Afrikaans – Western Cape

The nine indigenous language Units have recently formed an overarching structure – The South African National Lexicography Units – in order to:

Launch and maintain an awareness creation programme to inform the public and all government departments and agencies, including schools and tertiary education institutions, of the Units, their work, achievements and our new publication development plans.
Persuade the above agencies to implement and use our dictionaries, and to involve them – - in particular Government’s other indigenous language support and development structures, tertiary institutions, National and Provincial Departments of Education – in revisions of existing dictionaries and the identification of new projects which will elevate the status and increase the use of our languages.
Remind Government agencies of their Constitutional obligation to our indigenous languages and persuade the private sector to play an active role in this regard.
Co-ordination of the Units book development activities ensuring that no indigenous language, on the basis of having fewer speakers, is disadvantaged over any other language.

Our national awareness campaign was launched about five weeks ago and saw the attached poster, together with a covering letter, being distributed to all Honourable Members of Parliament, the NCOP and as of today six of our nine provincial Legislatures. The response has been most encouraging and we hope for a similar response from both government and the private sector.

International Dictionary Day

We are pleased to announce that between International Dictionary Day – 16th October 2015 – and the end of November 2015 no fewer than thirteen new or revised editions of indigenous language monolingual, and indigenous language bilingual dictionaries will be published. A further two dictionaries will be available early in 2016. It is the largest publishing event of its kind ever undertaken in our indigenous languages.

These are:

isiZulu English Bilingual Dictionary
isiNdebele Afrikaans English Trilingual Dictionary
isiNdebele Monolingual Dictionary
Tshivenda English Bilingual Dictionary
Tshivenda Monolingual Dictionary
Sesotho sa Leboa Monolingual Dictionary
Sesotho sa Leboa English Bilingual Dictionary
Setswana Monolingual Dictionary
Setswana English Bilingual Dictionary
Setswana Maths and Science English – Setswana Dictionary for Grades 4 to 9
Sesotho English Bilingual Dictionary
Xitsonga English Bilingual Dictionary
Xitsonga Monolingual Dictionaries

Due Early 2016

Siswati Monolingual Dictionary
Siswati English Bilingual Dictionary

These will add to the published dictionaries listed below:
isiXhosa Three Volume isiXhosa – Afrikaans – English Dictionary
isiXhosa One Volume Monolingual Dictionary
isiXhosa Maths and Science isiXhosa – English Dictionary for Grades 4 to 9
isiZulu Monolingual Dictionary R 275.00

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5 Sunday Reads, Including a Review of Salman Rushdie’s Latest, a Short Story about Pancakes and Umberto Eco on the Unknowable

1. “Lemon Pancakes” by Judyanette Muchiri – short story

From The Magunga: We will have a beautiful church wedding. We will celebrate, look at the people as they look at us and think how lucky we are. We will get two chubby babies, and we will name them after our parents.
 
Norwegian WoodKafka on the ShoreThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle2. Haruki Murakami’s agony uncle answers become eight-volume book

From The Guardian: Haruki Murakami is riding high in the charts again, after a digital edition of his latest work that stretches to eight volumes has raced up the bestseller lists.

Featuring the Japanese writer’s thoughts on everything from jazz and cats to relationships.
 
The Prague Cemetery3. “Umberto Eco’s Antilibrary: Why Unread Books Are More Valuable to Our Lives than Read Ones” by Maria Popova – essay

From Brain Pickings: We tend to treat our knowledge as personal property to be protected and defended. It is an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order. So this tendency to offend Eco’s library sensibility by focusing on the known is a human bias that extends to our mental operations.
 
The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets4. “Our sweet teeth” by Anna Katharina Schaffner – review of The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

From The Times Literary Supplement: The Companion abounds with such curious theories and facts. Who knew, for example, that the familiar plastic flying toy known as the frisbee was named after the American bakery manager William Russell Frisbie, whose popular flat pies were sold in tin plates with his name imprinted in bold letters on the base?
 
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights5.
Hassan Mahamdallie reviews Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, Salman Rushdie’s new novel

From The Independent: The book’s title signposts us to the One Thousand and One Nights collection of stories. However, Rushdie’s style, testing the reader with a succession of cartoon characters, digressions and pop-culture and literary references, moves us far away from the beauty of the stripped-down storytelling of the classical fables.

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Programme for the 2015 ParkWords Parkview Literary Festival Announced

 
Alert! The programme for the ParkWords 2015, Parkview Literary Festival, has been released.

The festival, which is hosted by the Parkview Residents’ Association, is a celebration of the literary talent in the area. It features informal talks and debates, events for children and teenagers, food and entertainment, and the opportunity to buy many wonderful books!

This is is the second year of the festival, and the line-up of authors is even more exciting than last year’s programme. The authors and literati who will be taking part are: Mondli Makhanya, David Smith, William Gumede, Justice Malala, Greg Mills, Peter Bruce, Tim Cohen, Rob Rose, Chris Yelland, James Styan, Ray Hartley, Carlos Amato, Kevin McCallum, Harriet Gavshon, Sarah Emily Duff, Andrea Burgener, Richard Steyn, Tim Couzens, Jenny Crwys-Williams, Craig Higgingson, Mandla Langa, Pamela Power, Judith Ancer, Arthur Goldstuck, Maureen Isaacson, Karen Lazar, Lisa Seftel, Wayne Duvenage, Ben Williams, Achmat Dangor, Dov Fedler, David Williams, David Lewis, Didi Moyle, Bridget Hilton-Barber, Denise Slabbert, Jabulile Ngwenya and Michele Magwood.

South Africa in BRICSLet Them Eat CakeHow South Africa WorksReconciliation\'s Vengeful EchoThe Grand ScamRagged Glory
Lampedusa PieTramp RoyalThe Dream HouseThe Texture of ShadowsMs Conception
Tech-Savvy ParentingHemispheresThe E-Tolls SagaStrange PilgrimagesOut of Line
Jacques Kallis and 12 Other Great South African All-roundersThieves at the Dinner TableSpeaking Truth to PowerTravel Guide to Maputo and Southern MozambiqueOffbeat South Africa

 

Take a look at the main programme:

ParkWords 2015: Adult Programme

 

 

Here is the programme for the young and young at heart:

ParkWords 2015: Children's Programme

 

 

More information about ParkWords:

2015 ParkWords Programme

 

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2015 South African Book Fair Kicks off Today in Johannesburg

It’s happening, it’s here. The South African Book Fair kicked off this morning at the Turbine Hall in Newtown. It’s Africa’s largest book fair, and incorporates 40 events, 44 new small publishers, and seven publishers from across the continent.

With fire in their hearts and warm coffee in their hands, the Books LIVE team stepped into the book lovers’ equivalent of wonderland on this frosty Friday morning. Here are some tweets about the morning from Ben Williams (‏@benrwms), Jennifer Malec (@projectjennifer) and Annetjie van Wynegaard (@Annetjievw):
 


 

For more exciting stuff from the South African Book Fair, follow #SABF2015. Join the conversation by using the tag in your own tweets, and share your SABF experience!


 

Here is a quick roundup of a few of today’s highlights:

WastedGet published! – Mark Winkler talks about how he broke through the lit barrier and two publishers give their tips and suggestions on how to get published.

Time: 10 AM – 11 AM
Venue: Brink Room
 
 
 
 
Mhla ugogo eya kovotaThe Day Gogo Went to VoteWhy is it important to talk to children in their own language? In this insightful talk, Elinor Sisulu, NLSA & PUO discuss “Children’s literature publishing in indigenous languages: How do we achieve a quantum leap?” Facilitated by the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation.

Time: 12 PM – 1 PM
Venue: Achebe Room
 
 
Soccer SecretsEver suspected that there is more to soccer than simply soccer? Want to discover the drama beyond the pitch? Cover2Cover launches Soccer Secrets, the latest in our READALICIOUS Harmony High series, with author Jayne Bauling & a secret celebrity.

Time: 1 PM – 2 PM
Venue: Brink Room
 
 
 
The South African Oxford School DictionaryWhat is a dictionary corpus? How do new words make it into a dictionary? And why are some removed? Why make South African dictionaries? Join the Oxford University Press dictionary publishing team, Megan Hall & Dr Phillip Louw, as they chat to Sue de Groot about the fascinating process of dictionary making.

Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Venue: Brink Room
 
 
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Practical Action to Decolonise the “White Literary System”: The African Flavour Books Case Study

Bridget Impey, MD of Jacana Media, and Fortiscue Helepi, the founder and owner of African Flavour Books

 
Fortiscue Helepi, the founder and owner of African Flavour Books, an independent bookshop in the Vaal, gave a presentation at the Jacana Media offices in Johannesburg last week as the first in the publisher’s series of talks titled “Continuing the Debate – Decolonising South Africa’s Literary Landscape”.

I Write What I LikenullCoconutLondon – Cape Town – JoburgWay Back HomeRachel’s Blue

 

Bridget Impey, MD of Jacana, opened the discussion with some background, and explained why the publisher wanted to continued the conversation.

“We were in the audience when Thando [Mgqolozana] made that declaration that he was leaving white literary festivals, and it was so goddamn brilliant,” she said. “There was such a good energy, there was such a good connection with all the people that were there. So we thought we had to keep the momentum going. It would be disappointing if we had Franschhoek and then we all went home and forgot about it.

“So we want to look at the practicalities. A lot of what happened at the follow-up event at Wits was people saying, we’ve got a situation – how do we change it?

“There are certain people who think we should go in, Stalin-style, and wipe out Franschhoek in one fell swoop. I’d rather build up new things.”

Forthcoming events include a discussion around the Google Mapping of all the independent booksellers in Johannesburg – including hair salons and street vendors – which is being undertaken by journalist Griffin Shea, and a talk by Mofenyi Malepe – author of the self-published book 283: The Bad Sex Bet, which has now sold almost 5 000 copies. Contact Jacana to find out more.

When asked where he stands on the “literary apartheid” debate, Helepi says the one message he is trying to preach is that black people must not sit back and wait for change.

“There are things that are very important to us, and we cannot sit on the fence and say, ‘people are not doing this for us’, when we don’t invest in it. I took R400 000 of my family’s money, that we saved the last three years, and I invested in this thing. Because it’s very important. I’m very passionate about it. You can’t point if you didn’t try. We need to invest our money. Where are our entrepreneurs?

“We have to ask ourselves what kind of legacy we are going to leave for our kids. We can’t leave that legacy of ‘we are not readers’. That’s not right.”

The story of African Flavour Books

Helepi, a chemical engineer, entrepreneur and author, opened African Flavour Books in February this year, after three years of research.

“It was a very long journey,” he says. “We always wondered why we didn’t have bookshops with African literature. I think most people come to this continent to get to the literature, and they still find American authors and European authors in the front of our bookshops.

“The other thing is that I am staying in the Vaal, and I had to travel every weekend an hour, at least, to come to Joburg, only to get to a bookshop that doesn’t have the books that I want.”

Helepi said he and his wife researched bookshops all over the country, and decided that there were so many authors, such as Zakes Mda, Niq Mhlongo, Zukiswa Wanner, that “this country needs to know about”.

The joys of starting a bookshop

“The nice thing that we found in the Vaal is that everyone wants a bookshop in their mall,” Helepi said. “So we could really negotiate prices. Some people cut their rental by R5 000!”

Helepi said he also wanted the design of his shop to attract any young kids that were walking by: “We wanted them to think it was an ice-cream shop! We wanted beautiful colours. We also have a nice kids’ area to encourage them.”

With the international trend of bookshops closing down, Helepi says a lot of people asked him why he was opening one. “We believe that it’s going to take a long time to get our lesser known authors on Amazon. In South Africa, people are still buying books in bookshops. And everyone is very excited about our bookshop.”

The challenges of starting a bookshop: Authors

Helepi says he always tells authors: “You need to market yourself as if you are self-published.”

He says he believes book events are vital to familiarise people with the work: “Most authors were not particularly excited at first, because our events were not really sponsored by their publisher, so we struggled and we are still trying to get authors to see the value of connecting with people. It’s a very new market and it needs to be encouraged.

“In our area there are a lot of students and they are very interested in the events, and they come. But it’s very difficult to get the authors there. Self-published authors are willing to work with us more, because have invested their own money.

“For us to create demand for the books, authors need to be out their marketing their material. If you don’t do that, your book will just collect dust.”

The challenges of starting a bookshop: Publishers

Helepi says publishers should also do more to market their authors.

“People cannot believe the collection of books that we have,” he says. “But I had to study. It took three years, and I researched on each and every website. Not every customer will have that passion. We need to make information available very, very easily.”

He was also disappointed that publishers always referred him to the distributor instead of handling his queries directly.

“The distributor doesn’t understand my needs; my needs are totally different. I want to see people who are not out there. I’m not trying to look like someone else, I’m not trying to be like Exclusive Books, I want to be totally different. I want someone who published a book in 2001 and it’s sitting there collecting dust – that’s the book I want. I want the material that people don’t know about. People are still trying to sell me Grey. I don’t want Grey. I don’t want it!

“I want to get the point where I have a 100 percent African bookshop. At the moment we are sitting at around 80 percent, to 20 percent international. Because you can’t say ‘no’ to a customer. If a customer says they want Grey, you need to give it to them.”

The challenges of starting a bookshop: Distributors and Booksellers

Helepi says his main frustration was with the distributors, from hard-to-navigate websites with outdated book catalogues, to bad communication, to poor tracking of payments.

“Because I’ve only been operating for four months, I’m working on a cash basis. So if I give you money, I want to get that money back as quickly as possible. When you are an independent bookshop, time is everything. Without cash flow, you will not stay afloat.”

The challenges of starting a bookshop: Readers

“With the market that I’m targeting there is that perception that people do not read,” Helepi said. “But you will find that actually people read.”

However, Helepi says the issue of “book travelling”, where one copy of a book is shared and passed along, is something he is trying to combat – and not chiefly for his own gain.

“What I’m trying to do now, is I’m stressing to everyone that comes into the shop the importance of keeping the copy. Because, yes, you might access it easier now, but in a couple of years later you will not have it. It’s better to make sure you have your own home library and keep all these books so that your kids can access them very easily.

“I want people to understand the value of buying books and keeping them, otherwise publishers don’t think people are reading.”

Helepi says theft is a big problem too, but that he designed to shop to be a big open space, which does help.

A lack of knowledge about local authors is another challenge Helepi faces, and he says he makes a point of taking his customers through the authors, because readers can be intimidated: “sometimes people want to read, but they don’t know where to start”.

He says his mother gave him Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country and a few other volumes, “and from there, I never stopped”.

“Someone needs to introduce you to reading, and we try to do that. We make sure we invest a lot of time in teaching young people about the authors that we have. We recommend books they can relate to, Kopano Matlwa is a good example, and from there they come back for more.

“We don’t want to start everyone on Long Walk to Freedom.

“We try to make sure the budget is in the right place. If you are buying Grey, the money is taken away from buying Kopano Matlwa or someone else.”

Helepi says people are shocked at the books they are able to get at his store, but he always makes sure he has a wide variety to suit all tastes.

“Our customers buy books either because they can relate to them or because they can learn from them. They don’t buy books just for the sake of buying books.”

The bestselling book at African Flavour Books is Steve Biko’s I Write What I Like, with Gayton McKenzie’s A Hustler’s Bible coming in second.

Incredibly, Helepi says fiction is the most popular genre. “I think people find it hard to get. We have everything, and people get excited.”

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Short-Changed? South Africa since 1994Steve BikoSouth Africa at War, 1939-1945Umkhonto weSizweGovan MbekiThe Soweto UprisingSan Rock Art

The ANC Women's LeagueSouth Africa's Struggle for Human RightsShakaThe ANC Youth LeaguePlague, Pox and PandemicsThe Idea of the ANCIngrid Jonker

 

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Three Ways for Book Lovers to Celebrate Earth Day 2015

Earth Day is celebrated every year on 22 April. It is a global day of environmental observance that draws attention to the need to preserve and protect the planet’s ecological health.

The obvious way for book lovers to be more green-conscious is to curl up with a great read instead of watching television or other fossil fuel burning entertainment. With that in mind, here are some books for getting into the spirit of Earth Day:

Fresh from the Vegetarian KitchenLuscious VegetarianBecome a part-time vegetarian. By committing to Meatless Mondays, you can do a lot to curb the environmental effects of livestock farming. If you are already meatless on Mondays, try Veggie Wednesday too.

Get yourself a copy of Melissa Bushby’s Fresh from the Vegetarian Kitchen or Luscious Vegetarian by Sonia Cabano and Jade de Waal, and you might just find yourself wanting to become a full-time vegetarian.
 
Hike Cape TownGauteng Hikes and WalksExplore the your town by hiking. Not only is it an inexpensive and healthy bit of weekend fun, but you’ll also get personal experience of the natural beauty that Earth Day seeks to preserve.

Hike Cape Town: Top Day Trails on the Peninsula by Fiona McIntosh and Gauteng Hikes and Walks by Tim Hartwright are guides to the best hiking spots in Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively.
 

Kruger National Park Questions and AnswersNational Parks and Nature ReservesTouring South Africa's National ParksSouth Africa has a beautiful diversity of flora, fauna, landscape and cultural heritage. This natural heritage is preserved by South African National Parks, which manages the 19 national parks across South Africa.

Explore the best South Africa has to offer with Kruger National Park Questions and Answers by PF Fourie and Chris van der Linde, National Parks and Nature Reserves: A South African Field Guide by Chris Stuart and Mathilde Stuart and Touring South Africa’s National Parks by Michael Brett to guide you.

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“Every Child Deserves a Dictionary”: Oxford University Press SA Launches Exciting Centenary Campaign

 
In celebration of 100 years of dedication to education Oxford University Press Southern Africa (OUPSA) has launched their centenary campaign entitled: “Every child deserves a dictionary.”

The South African Oxford School DictionarySouth African Concise Oxford DictionaryOnce Upon a TimeA New University Anthology of English PoetryAfrican VoicesThe Ugly Duckling

 
The initiative aims to supply 20 000 dictionaries to schools across South Africa that cannot afford them and at the same time to create awareness around education and language.

Marian Griffin Kloot, Higher Education and Trade Director for Oxford University Press SA, spoke to Pippa Hudson about the campaign. “We want to donate a total of 20 000 dictionaries to 200 schools across all nine provinces. We’ve already donated 10 000 and we need some help to get the next 10 000 into the hands of learners,” Kloot says.

Listen to the podcast to find out how you can get involved:

 
How does it work?

During the first stage of the campaign 10 000 dictionaries are being distributed to schools in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West, Free State, Gauteng and Western Cape and for the second stage members of the public can pledge their support on the everychild.oxford.co.za website. For each pledge OUPSA will donate one dictionary to a school in need.

“We call on the public to get behind the initiative and to show their support through our ‘Every child deserves a dictionary’ campaign which reminds South Africans of the power of knowledge, the value of education and the importance of giving our learners the chance to fully realise their own potential,” Steve Cilliers, MD of Oxford University Press Southern Africa, says.

Sindiwe Magona, activist, teacher and internationally recognised author of among others The Ugly Duckling and From Robben Island to Bishopscourt, shared her views on why every child deserves a dictionary and explained how words shaped her life.

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OUPSA asked children what they think the word “thesaurus” means. Watch the super cute video:

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To pledge a dictionary go to everychild.oxford.co.za. Follow the campaign on social media using the hashtag #EveryChild, on Twitter @OxfordSAHE and @OxfordSASchools and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OxfordSAHE and www.facebook.com/OxfordSASchools.
 

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Press Release:

“Every child deserves a dictionary” – raising awareness about the value of education

25 March 2015: In celebrating 100 years of contributing to education in South Africa on 25 March 2015, Oxford University Press Southern Africa (OUPSA) has launched its flagship centenary campaign, “Every child deserves a dictionary”. The campaign will see the educational publisher donating 20 000 dictionaries to schools across South Africa that would otherwise not have the funds to buy such an important and valuable resource.

The “Every child deserves a dictionary” campaign aims to create awareness about the value of education and language. To kick-start OUPSA’s centenary, 10 000 dictionaries are currently being distributed to schools in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West, Free State, Gauteng and Western Cape. The donations are facilitated by the Adopt-a-School Foundation which has also helped select schools to receive the dictionaries, in communities where this NGO is active through educational upliftment programmes.

During the second phase of the campaign, members of the public will be encouraged to place a “pledge” – without any cost to themselves – on the everychild.oxford.co.za website. Each “pledge” will result in one dictionary being donated.

In total OUPSA aims to donate 20 000 dictionaries with a value of R2.2 million. Donations to schools in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Northern Cape take place during the second part of the campaign and additional books will be dispatched to the remaining provinces during the course of the year.

“To celebrate 100 years of making a difference to education in our beautiful country, we aim to donate 20,000 copies of our Oxford South African School Dictionary to learners and schools across the country that do not have the funds available to buy such an important resource,” says Steve Cilliers, MD of Oxford University Press Southern Africa.

“We call on the public to get behind the initiative and to show their support through our ‘Every child deserves a dictionary’ campaign which reminds South Africans of the power of knowledge, the value of education and the importance of giving our learners the chance to fully realise their own potential.”

Established in South Africa in 1915, OUPSA is a leading publisher of educational material for schools and higher education. OUPSA is especially well-known for its trusted dictionaries and excellent literacy material. The Oxford South African School Dictionary was developed in consultation with a range of South African teachers and language experts and addresses many common usage mistakes that South Africans (learners and adults alike) make. The dictionary is aligned to the curriculum and is one of the non-fiction top-sellers in the country.

“We truly believe that every child does deserve a dictionary, arming them with the resources they need to help them with their education, as education is the key to social transformation in South Africa and a way to unlock opportunities for the youth of the country,” adds Cilliers.

“This campaign is not just about giving something back to the learners of South Africa; it is fundamentally about the value of words, literacy and books.”

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The Most Shoplifted Books in South Africa: Jacana Media Launches the Hot Reads Collection

 
To combat shoplifting of their titles, Jacana Media have come up with a “Hot Reads campaign” – promoting the books that get stolen the most from South African bookshops.

Jacana shared the above photograph with the following post on their Facebook page:

It’s a familiar refrain from the bookshops. “We don’t want to order these books as they are always getting stolen.” “Not interested thanks, if I put it on the shelf it is just going to get stolen.” It gets a little heartbreaking after a while. Publishers reps, or sales executives, are a pretty hardy bunch; they need to be in this day and age, but nevertheless it can make a hardened pro cry when we are publishing the very books so many want, and want so badly that some resort to a bit of shoplifting.

How though to get around the problem? Hot Reads, a collection of the most stolen books, with bookmarks and stickers to show them off. We hope to sell very many more of this desirable bunch through this bookshop promotion.

What do you think of Jacana’s initiative? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.

The following titles are part of the Hot Reads selection:

The Idea of the ANCA Jacana Pocket Biography: Emperor Haile SelassieShakaA Jacana Pocket Biography: Chris HaniA Jacana Pocket Biography: Thomas SankaraA Jacana Pocket History: The ANC Women's LeagueSteve BikoA Jacana Pocket Biography: Patrice Lumumba
The Rise of the SecurocratsThe South African Communist PartyThe Lusaka YearsHeart, Mind and MoneyEndings and Beginnings
Liberation DiariesSouth Africa: The Present as HistoryMemoirs of a Born FreeEyebags & Dimples

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