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Ettie, eintlik Juliet Seven, is nie ’n spesiale meisie met supervermoëns wat die wêreld gaan red van hierdie bose Elite nie. Sy is ’n niemand, ’n Drudge wat bestem is om die vuil werk van die Elite te doen. So het die Masjien dit bestem en haar getatoeerde nommer is die bewys. Maar Ettie is nie tevrede met wat vooraf bepaal is nie…
’n Boeiende lees tot op die laaste bladsy.
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Does the very idea of Christmas make you break out in a cold sweat? Is your festive season countdown calendar an endless list of futile ideas (because really, how many creative gifts can you buy someone you’ve known for years now?) Or do you simply avoid the issue until Christmas Eve, and then pray for Groundhog Day?
However you approach the holiday that inevitably turns into a time of giving – and more giving – the 2015 Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue will take the guesswork out of gift-shopping.
There is something for everyone in the Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue – from fiction to poetry, children’s books to young adult, even books for inspired home cooks or avid gardeners.
For all that the Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue has to offer, have a look at the contents page (click to see the entire list):
Here are a few of the local books in the 2015 Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue:
The catalogue was launched last week Friday at Exclusive Books Rosebank, with special presentations and activities by Suzelle DIY (SuzelleDIY: The Book), Lucy Corne (Beer Safari), Jane Griffiths (Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening) and Rico of Madame & Eve (Shed Happens).
Read Monique Bernic’s blog post on the event:
We were then able to select our next activity between container gardening with Jane Griffiths, learning to draw the characters from Madam & Eve with Rico, tasting craft beer with Lucy Corne and decorating cookies with Elli Saayman in celebration of the release of the special edition of Alice in Wonderland.
I opted for the container gardening due to my background in Conservation and got to put together and take home an upside-down potted parsley which now graces my front door. We learned about the water-holding properties of peat (an essential in this drought!) and the soil enriching characteristics of earthworms.
Annetjie van Wynegaard (@Annetjievw) live tweeted the festivities:
Exclusive Books Christmas Catalogue Event
Exclusive Books was delighted to have hosted media, publishers and clients at this year’s Christmas Catalogue Event at the Rosebank Exclusive Books store this past Friday.
As part of the festivities, Exclusive Books announced the 2015 Christmas Catalogue titles, among which were highly esteemed authors and one very special anniversary. CEO of Exclusive Books, Benjamin Trisk delivered a warm welcome to all attending guests and spoke heartily about the industry and Exclusive Books’ mission to keep the legacy of print books alive. After his speech guests quickly moved on to an exciting ‘make your own handbag’ activity with the comical and energetic Suzelle DIY.
After Suzelle’s hilarious delivery, the order of events continued and Rico Schacherl, Jane Griffiths, Lucy Corne and Elli Saayman kept the crowd thoroughly entertained with their activities. Publishers and media were invited to gather around the specially designed activity tables. All were in for a treat! Rico taught his guests a thing or two about cartoon drawing. Some of his guests’ attempts were dismal but Rico kept his students going, encouraging them to focus more on the pleasure of the creative exercise. Lucy Corne’s beer tasting table was a popular draw card, especially amongst the gents. The result? Great conversation, plenty of laughs and quite a few interesting facts about beer. Jane was not at all phased by her mall surrounding. She immediately set to work and got her hands (quite) dirty. Inspired by her enthusiasm, Jane’s table of guests all did their best at urban gardening and made their very own upside down pot plants. The final thrill of the afternoon was Elli Saayman’s cookie designs. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland, Elli’s table designed the most exquisite Alice in Wonderland cookies using glitter, icing, frosting and a rainbow of other sweets.
The Christmas Catalogue Event was a great success. The hosts went all out with the food and drinks menu too. The beautifully displayed tables of cheese boards, macaroons and other desserts were mouth-wateringly gorgeous. The endless supply of flat white coffees from the Exclusive Books cafe was certainly a win with guests, especially those who’d burnt through the midnight oil to ensure they didn’t miss out on this exclusive event.
All guests thoroughly appreciated the joys and spoils that the Exclusive Books team put together. We wait with childish anticipation on what the team will put together for 2016!
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Alert! Nal’ibali has announced the shortlist for their “Story Bosso” storytelling competition.
The nationwide talent search was launched during the Literacy and Heritage Month in September this year in an attempt to identify undiscovered storytellers across the country. The campaign received 2 000 entries, and the shortlist of 15 storytellers between the ages of five and 15 was announced yesterday.
The authors on the judging panel that will help to choose South Africa’s Story Bosso are Lebogang Mashile, Sindiwe Magona, Shaka Sisulu, Nik Rabinowitz, Bonnie Henna and Alan Glass.
The winner will be announced on Monday, 30 November, and will walk away with a R5 000 cash prize, a R1 000 Ackermans voucher and a home library courtesy of Bargain Books, Exclusive Books and local publishers. The winner will also get to hang out with one of the participating celebrity judges. The runners-up will each receive R2 500 in cash, a R500 Ackermans voucher and a home library.
Carole Bloch, the Executive Director of PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa) which is driving the Nal’ibali campaign, said: “As people living in South Africa, we have a deep history of storytelling which reflects our diversity and our common cultural heritage. And, reading and storytelling are, of course, keys that unlock children’s literacy learning potential.”
For the competition, contestants had to submit video clips of themselves showcasing their storytelling talents. Have a look at a few of the shortlisted videos, and visit Nal’ibali on YouTube for more:
(Scroll down for the complete shortlist)
Funeka Soga’s “Lucy learns her ABC’s”:
Athandiwe Skade’s “Umboleki”:
Nozipho Thsabalala’s “The Lion and the Mouse”:
Sihle Mncwabe’s “Everything is Rosy”:
Olwethu Peter’s “The Hyena and the Seven Little Kids”:
Kholeka Gwendolien Nojilawa’s “The Granny with her Grandchildren Living in the Big Forest”:
The Bright Sparks Dancing Pencils Writing Club’s “The golden thread”:
Kerrin Kokot and Jayne Batzofin’s “The Lonely Frog”:
Horacio Ngovene’s “The Lion and the Little Mouse”:
Lisa Gebe’s “The Lion and the Mouse”:
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NAL’IBALI ANNOUNCES STORY BOSSO STORYTELLING COMPETITION SHORTLIST
Monday, 2 November
Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has announced the shortlist of nominees for its “Story Bosso” storytelling competition. Running throughout Literacy and Heritage Month in September this year, and in conjunction with media partner Times Media, the competition has been designed as a nationwide talent search to excite people about reading and telling stories; identify undiscovered storytellers across the country and connect members of the public with a range of local stories as well as tips and ideas on how to become better storytellers.
Carole Bloch, Executive Director of PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa) which is driving the Nal’ibali campaign, said: “As people living in South Africa, we have a deep history of storytelling which reflects our diversity and our common cultural heritage. And, reading and storytelling are, of course, keys that unlock children’s literacy learning potential.”
Having invited all South Africans, young and old, to tell their favourite family-friendly story in their home languages, the campaign has collected over 2 000 stories from a full cross section of South African society. Now, whittled down to just 15 candidates, celebrity judges will assist Nal’ibali literacy activists in deciding South Africa’s first Story Bosso and two runners-up.
Celebrity judges include actress and writer, Lebogang Mashile; author and retired teacher, Sindiwe Magona; social activist and writer, Shaka Sisulu; comedian and author, Nik Rabinowitz; actress and author Bonnie Henna; children’s author, Alan Glass; new-age performance poet and singer, Busiswa and TV presenter and radio personality, Elana Afrika.
The winner will be announced on Monday, 30 November, and he or she will take home not only the title, a R5 000 cash prize, a R 1 000 Ackermans voucher and home library courtesy of Bargain Books, Exclusive Books and local publishers, but will also receive a visit from a participating celebrity judge. The runners-up will each receive R2 500 in cash, a R500 Ackermans voucher and a home library.
Members of the public will be able to access and enjoy all 15 shortlisted stories in the form of audio and video clips on the Nal’ibali website for the month of November. Stories include original stories, retold stories and stories that have been read aloud by some of South Africa’s most animated storytellers between the ages of five and 51.
Nal’ibali 2015 Story Bosso Shortlist Nominees:
1. Lisa Gebe
Story title: The Lion and the Mouse. Category: Read aloud. Language: English. Age: 11
2. Chiara Dover
Story title: Probleme in die Droombos. Category: Read aloud. Language: Afrikaans. Age: 9
3. Atang Makgata
Story title: A Dream About the Enchanted Forest. Category: Original. Language: English. Age: 12
4. Busisiwe Smith
Story title: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Category: Retelling. Language: isiZulu. Age: 30
5. Edith Makola
Story title: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Category: Retelling. Language: English
6. Olwethu Peter
Story title: The Hyena and the Seven Little Kids. Category: Read aloud. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 9
7. Sihle Mncwabe
Story title: Everything is Rosy. Category: Read aloud. Language: English
8. Nozipho Thsabalala
Story title: The Lion and the Mouse. Category: Retelling. Language: isiZulu. Age: 5
9. Athandiwe Skade
Story title: Umboleki. Category: Retelling. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 7
10. Kholeka Gwendolien Nojilawa
Story title: The Granny with her Grandchildren Living in the Big Forest. Category: Retelling. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 51
11. Nyameka Combi
Story title: Lisa’s First Day at Harare Library. Category: Original. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 33
12. The Bright Sparks Dancing Pencils Writing Club (team entry)
Story title: The Golden Thread by Aaliyah Monga (club member). Category: Read aloud. Language: English
Club leader: Maimoonah Asiya Gori, 51. Club members: Muhammad Kaamil Bux, 11; Fathima Mohammed, 9; Husna Adam, 8; Yumna Bux, 8; Haadiya Monga, 9; Tasneem Sheriff, 9; Mahdiyah Moola, 10; Aaliyah Monga, 8; Yusrah Seja, 10; Mohammed Ameen Yousoof, 10; Mariam Seedat, 12.
13. Kerrin Kokot and Jayne Batzofin (team entry)
Story title: The Lonely Frog. Category: Original. Language: English & Sign. Age: 33 and 31
14. Funeka Soga
Story title: Lucy learns her ABC’s. Category: Original. Language: English Age: 24
15. Horacio Ngovene
Story title: The Lion and the Little Mouse. Category: Re-telling. Language: English. Age: 21
For more information about the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign as well as reading tips and stories in a range of South African languages, visit www.nalibali.org, www.nalibali.mobi or find them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Nal’ibali is driven by PRAESA, 2015 laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial award for children’s literature and reading promotion.
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Die program vir die derde RSG Kunstefees is pas bekendgemaak en bied vanjaar besonderse pitkos vir boek- en kunsliefhebbers!
Die radio-kunstefees vind plaas vanaf Sondag, 15 November tot Vrydag, 20 November (en nie die 19′e soos in die opskrif aangedui word nie) en word regstreeks uitgesaai vanuit die M1-ouditorium in Auckland Park.
Die RSG Kunstefees beloof om iets van alles aan luisteraars te bied – van storieverteltyd met Elias P Nel en “Die woordketting” met Ilse Salzwedel en die digters Diana Ferrus, Andries Bezuidenhout en Philip de Vos tot die hervertelling van ou gunstelinge deur André P Brink, Chris Barnard en Leon van Nierop.
Enkele hoogtepunte op die program is die verskyning van radiodebute deur Adam Small ( Maria – Moeder van God, Sondag om 18:30), Ingrid Jonker (Korreltjie kantel, Maandag om 19:10) en Hennie Aucamp (Wolf-wolf hoe laat is dit? Maandag om 20:00).
Nog ‘n debuut om na uit te sien is Atropos deur Hendrik J Botha.
Bly ingeskakel op RSG vir vars nuwe stemme, geliefde ou woorde, klankeksperimente en nóg meer:
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Loer na die program:
In die video vertel Magdaleen Krüger, RSG se stasiebestuurder, en Kobus Burger, uitvoerende regisseur: drama, wat luisteraars kan verwag van vanjaar se fees:
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Uitspraak: wortel met enkele punte van kritiek
Maar ten spyte van hierdie kritiek kan ek Spooksoene steeds aanbeveel vir almal wat van spookstories hou. Dit sal veral gewild wees by jonger lesers van so tussen tien en dertien – dis nie heeltemal vir ouer kinders nie.
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Een van die vernaamste vereistes vir ‘n jeugroman, is dat ‘n sterk spanningslyn gehandhaaf moet word. Pieter Verwey se Clint Eastwood van Wyk en die moordenaarsklok slaag telkens daarin om, net soos die leser begin dink dat die verhaal nou ‘n voorspelbare verloop gaan volg, ‘n nuwe wending te bring, vol verrassings.
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Liefde is ‘n sprokie is ‘n lekker versameling liefdesverhale geskep deur die Fynbos-skrywers, ‘n groep skrywers wat sedert 2010 al saamskryf onder die wakende oog van die sameroeper en administrateur, Santie Nel. Hierdie groepie is saamgestel uit mense wat saam ‘n kinderboekskryfkursus bygewoon het en toe begin saam skryf het met die doel om ‘n liefde vir lees by kinders te kweek. Die stories in Liefde is ‘n sprokie is geskryf deur 12 van die 30 Fynbos-skrywers en is 22 kort liefdesverhale wat op bekende sprokies geskoei is. Bydraer Elsabè van der Colff het ook pas die ATKV-prys vir die selfleeskategorie (gr 4–5) vir Nina en die funky eksperiment ontvang, so beslis nie ‘n klompie wat lig in die broek is nie.
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1. Irish literature is flourishing: Justine Jordan looks at the post-crash stars of fiction
From The Guardian: ““Money kills the imagination,” says the narrator of Claire Kilroy’s 2012 novel The Devil I Know, a fiendishly good satire of the moment the Irish boom went bust. “It makes us want the same thing.” The book is set in 2016 and takes the form of one man’s testimony to a tribunal intended to uncover the sleaze and short-termism that enabled a giant property bubble to inflate in the years leading up to the global financial crash of 2008. In the autumn of 2015, we have not yet caught up with Kilroy’s future setting, but as the real-world aftershocks of the Celtic Tiger’s downfall continue, one Irish sector is booming: with the rise of a new wave of writers, from Paul Murray, Kevin Barry and Donal Ryan to first-time authors such as Eimear McBride, Sara Baume, Lisa McInerney and Colin Barrett, there is a palpable energy to Irish fiction.”
2. Rediscover the classics by reading 30 great opening lines in literature
From The Telegraph: “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.” – J.D Salinger: The Catcher In The Rye (1951)
3. Neil Gaiman believes our future depends on libraries, reading, daydreaming and ultimately – our imaginations
From The Guardian: “It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that libraries are important. I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do.”
4. On Audiobooks: 10 Voices will make you love literature, even if you’re listening to it instead of reading it
From io9: “Do you ever outgrow the pleasure of having a story read to you? Not if you’re listening to these books. From A-list celebrities to talented voice actors with multiple pseudonyms, these voices will make you love literature, even if you’re listening to it instead of reading it.”
5. A short story on the cruelty of children by Ben Marcus: “Cold Little Bird”
From The New Yorker: ” It tarted with bedtime. A coldness. A formality.
Martin and Rachel tucked the boy in, as was their habit, then stooped to kiss him good night.
“Please don’t do that,” he said, turning to face the wall.
They took it as teasing, flopped onto his bed to nuzzle and tickle him.”
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Alert! Books LIVE can exclusively reveal the nominees for the 10th annual South African Literary Awards (SALAs).
The SALAs honour writing and writers in all official languages across 10 categories, and include the K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award, the First-time Published Author Award and the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award.
The SALAs were founded in 2005 by the wRite associates and the Department of Arts and Culture.
This year, Antjie Krog, Achmat Dangor and the late Thokozani Mandlenkosi Nene will receive Lifetime Achievement Literary Awards, while RRR Dhlomo and HIE Dhlomo will receive Literary Posthumous Awards.
Michele Magwood of the Sunday Times will receive the Literary Journalism Award.
The SALA ceremony will be held at the Tshwane Events Centre on November 7, 2015.
The full list of this year’s SALA nominees are:
Congratulations to all the nominees!
Sala Celebrates 10 Years of Advancing Our Literary Heritage
Celebrating 10 years of growth and exhilarating success, the South African Literary Awards (SALA) will honour over 10 South African authors at a celebratory awards ceremony to be held at Tshwane Events Centre, Tshwane, Gauteng Province on November 7, 2015.
The prestigious South African Literary Awards were founded in 2005 by the wRite associates, in partnership with the national Department of Arts and Culture, as a platform to honour authors, writers, poets and literary practitioners who made and continue to make a contribution in the literary landscape in South Africa.
More than 100 luminaries have been honoured over the last decade, among them Nobel Award winner Nadine Gordimer, multi-award winning novelist Kgebetli Moele, literary journalists Bongani Madondo and Sabata-Mpho Mokae, poet Kobus Moolman, book critics Karabo Kgoleng and Jenny Crwys-Williams, short story writers Makhosazana Xaba and Reneilwe Malatji, scholars and prolific writers Zakes Mda, Mbulelo Mzamane, Ashraaf Kagee, Nhlanhla Maake, Imraan Coovadia, translator, poet, novelist and children’s writer Chris van Wyk, and many others.
The list of nominees reflects the transformative nature not only of SALA, but the country’s literary community. The potpourri nature of the country provides a canvas on which writers manage to paint beautiful pictures without needing to look over their shoulders.
SALA honours writing and writers in all official languages and writers across 10 categories. They are K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award, which is a celebration of one of the country’s most prolific authors of his generation, K Sello Duiker. First-time published writers are also acknowledged and honoured by the Awards. The other is the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Literary Award, honouring thespians in the genre, across all languages. In addition, there are:
1. Poetry Award
2. Literary Translators Award
3. Lifetime Achievement Literary Award
4. Posthumous Literary Award
5. Literary Journalism Award
6. Creative Non-Fiction Award and
7. Chairperson’s Award
As writers are given an equal opportunity to contest any of the awards categories, this year’s winners reflect that elevated state of South African literature, which has seen some of the local works adapted into screen- and stage-plays. South African literature is, indeed, on an upward spiral.
2015′s nominees are:
1. Jannie Malan
2. Carol Campbell
3. Matebello Innocentia Masasa
4. Nekhavhambe Khalirendwe
5. Zukiswa Wanner, LS Mokoena
6. Edwin Cameron
7. Ruth Carneson
8. Antjie Krog
9. Achmat Dangor
10. Thokozani Mandlenkosi Nene
11. Charl-Pierre Naudé
12. Mangaliso Buzani
13. Bishop MT Makobe
14. Karen Press
15. Johann de Lange
16. RRR and HIE Dhlomo
17. Michele Magwood and
18. Abraham H de Vries
The SALA has grown in leaps and bounds from when it started with only one category: the National Poet Laureate Prize and later followed by the Lifetime Achievement Literary Award, bestowed on luminaries across the land.
This year’s instalment will be outstanding and celebratory, as SALA will be preceded by a one-night live show, titled “AfreeLitMarts”, must-see exciting expertly choreographed multimedia live performance comprising music intersecting and interspersing storytelling, poetry, other literary performances, live painting, art, book, exhibitions and more.
For enquiries and more information:
Please visit www.sala.org.za and www.africacenturyconference.co.za OR write to email@example.com
OR call: 011 791 4102
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Horrorfest would like to invite you to a this year’s Bloody Parchment, South Africa’s favourite Halloween literary event.
SA Partridge has taken over Bloody Parchment this year, and will chair the event, which will feature 10 other writers: Alex van Tonder, Cat Hellisen, Diane Awerbuck, Joanne Hichens, Karina M Szczurek, Kathryn White, Rae Rivers, Nathan Trantraal Jungle Jim founder Jenna Bass and international special guest Calum Waddell.
Bloody Parchment will be held at the Labia Cinema on Thursday, 29 October from 6 to 8 PM, with prizes for the best dressed and copies of James Patterson books and SL Grey’s Under Ground up for grabs.
See you there!
- Date: Thursday, 29 October 2015
- Time: 6 PM to 8 PM
- Venue: Labia Cinema
68 Orange Street
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- Panel: SA Partridge (chair), Alex van Tonder, Cat Hellisen, Diane Awerbuck, Joanne Hichens, Karina M Szczurek, Kathryn White, Rae Rivers, Jenna Bass and Calum Wadell
- Refreshments: Snacks will be served
- More information: Bloody Parchment
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