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Make way for great South African Books: Exclusive Books celebrates local books and writing this June with its 2018 Homebru Campaign and free in-store catalogue

Exclusive Books, South Africa’s leading bookseller, celebrates South African authors this June with the launch of its annual Homebru campaign. There are more than 50 books in this year’s Homebru selection, and the languages represented include, in addition to English and Afrikaans, isiZulu, seSotho, isiXhosa and Sepedi.

Homebru 2018 features great fiction, biography, history, politics and current affairs, engaging children’s books, comics for young adults, poetry, cookery and more. Fanatics members earn double points on all titles, and the official 2018 Homebru catalogue is available to all members of the public for free in stores.

The books and authors featured represent a true slice of South African writing and include Mandy Wiener’s fascinating and disturbing Ministry of Crime, Schalk Bezuidenhout’s hilarious Truitjie roer my nie, Mpho Dagada’s inspiring Mr Bitcoin, Refiloe Moahloli’s delightful new children’s book, Tullula, Lukhanyo and Abigail Calata’s sobering memoir My Father Died for This, Nozizwe Cynthia Jele’s fantastic second novel, The Ones with Purpose, and Dudu Busani-Dube’s epic romance Zulu Wedding, among dozens of other titles.

“Without local writers there would be far fewer local readers,” said Ben Williams, GM: Marketing for Exclusive Books. “It’s a great privilege to be able to promote these titles, and Homebru is always one of the most exciting times of the year for those who love great reads.”

Browse the 2018 Homebru selection at Exclusive Books Online:

https://www.exclusivebooks.co.za/page/homebru-2018-great-books-made-in-sa

Exclusive Books is planning more than 30 events during the month of June to showcase its Homebru selection: watch out for invitations to its stores in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Bloemfontein. The full list of events will be online here:

http://blog.exclusivebooks.co.za/homebru-events/.

Select Homebru 2018 events:

Gauteng

Mandy Wiener: Ministry of Crime Book Signing
EB Bedford Centre
DATE Saturday, 02 June 2018
TIME 11:00 – 12:00
RSVP email events@exclusivebooks.co.za

Schalk Bezuidenhout: Truitjie roer my nie
EB Rosebank Mall
DATE Tuesday, 05 June 2018
TIME 18:00 vir 18:30
RSVP email events@exclusivebooks.co.za

Vimla Naidoo and Sahm Venter: I remember Nelson Mandela
EB Hyde Park Corner
DATE Wednesday, 06 June 2018
TIME 18:00 for 18:30
RSVP email events@exclusivebooks.co.za

Mpho Dagada: Mr Bitcoin
EB Rosebank Mall
DATE Wednesday, 06 June 2018
TIME 18:00 for 18:30
RSVP email events@exclusivebooks.co.za

Mpho Dagada: Mr Bitcoin
EB Menlyn
DATE Thursday, 07 June 2018
TIME 18:00 for 18:30
RSVP email events@exclusivebooks.co.za

Refiloe Moahloli: Tullula – Children’s Reading
EB Mall of the South
DATE Saturday, 09 June 2018
TIME 10:00 for 10:30
RSVP email events@exclusivebooks.co.za

Lukhanyo and Abigail Calata: My Father Died for This
EB Hyde Park Corner
DATE Tuesday, 12 June 2018
TIME 18:00 for 18:30
RSVP email events@exclusivebooks.co.za

Clinton Chauke: Born in Chains
EB Menlyn Park
DATE Tuesday, 12 June 2018
TIME 18:00 for 18:30
RSVP email events@exclusivebooks.co.za

Nozizwe Cynthia Jele: The Ones with Purpose
EB Rosebank Mall
DATE Wednesday, 13 June 2018
TIME 18:00 for 18:30
RSVP email events@exclusivebooks.co.za

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Dudu Busani-Dube: Zulu Wedding
Bessie Head Library, PMB
DATE Saturday, 02 June 2018
TIME 10:00 – 12:00
RSVP email cheryln@exclusivebooks.co.za

Free State

Marinda van Zyl: Dors
NALN, Bloemfontein
DATE Wednesday, 06 June 2018
TIME 17:30 vir 18:00
RSVP email events@exclusivebooks.co.za

Western Cape

Clinton Chauke: Born in Chains
EB Cavendish Square
DATE Wednesday, 06 June 2018
TIME 18:00 for 18:30
RSVP email events@exclusivebooks.co.za

Joanne Jowell: Winging It
EB Cavendish Square
DATE Thursday, 07 June 2018
TIME 18:00 for 18:30
RSVP email events@exclusivebooks.co.za

Ministry of Crime

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Truitjie roer my nie

 
 
 

Tullula

 
 
 

My Father Died for This

 
 
 

The Ones With Purpose

 
 
 

Zulu Wedding

Bekendstelling: Truitjie roer my nie deur Schalk Bezuidenhout (5 Junie)

Wat beteken dit as ’n jong Afrikanerman jou beskryf as “nogals orraait”? Hoe trek jy die gehoor se aandag as die basaarpoeding hulle gemesmeraais het? En waar in die wêreld is die berugte Pomona Spur? In dié piepie-jou-nat-van-die-lag memoire verklap Schalk – en sy soortvan-bestuurder, Erns Grundling – die bisarre en hartroerende dinge wat hy oorgekom het op sy reise regoor die land na oral waar ’n mikrofoon en ’n gehoor hom inwag.

Besonderhede

Let My People Go latest addition to Kwela's Pocket Revolutionaries Series

Let My People Go is as much Albert Luthuli’s extraordinary story as that of the African National Congress, which he led for fifteen years. He gives a first-hand account of the repression and resistance that were to shape the South African political landscape forever: the Defiance Campaign, which marked the first mass challenge to apartheid, the drafting of the Freedom Charter, the Treason Trial, the Alexandra bus boycott and the 1959 potato boycott, as well as the tragedies of Sharpeville, Langa and Nyanga.

Albert Luthuli was also the first black man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and this book bears witness to Luthuli’s unfailing humanity, perseverance, and passionate commitment to the values of non-racialism and non-sexism. His vision, crucial to the shaping of the South Africa we live in today, continues to move and inspire.

Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli, Africa’s first Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, was President-General of the African National Congress (ANC) from December 1952 until his death in 1967. Chief Luthuli was the most widely known and respected African leader of his era. A latecomer to politics, the Chief was 54 when he assumed the leadership of the ANC.
 
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Hermanus FynArts 2018 (8 – 17 June): authors who journey to unravel issues

Festival goers can expect ten exhilarating days celebrating the arts at Hermanus FynArts, the annual arts festival and winter school that will take place from 8 – 17 June 2018. A unique and quality event on the South African Arts Calendar, this classic-feel festival showcases top South African artists, speakers, chefs, wine makers of note, and more. With something for everyone, the programme is filled with exhibitions, music, talks, demonstrations, workshops, tastings, films and events for children.

Knowing where you come from, understanding and experiencing diverse cultures and communities are topics for discussion at the sixth annual Hermanus FynArts festival, from 8 to 17 June. During the Strauss & Co lecture and presentation series, five authors will be interviewed about their books from which they will also read in a separate session.

In his newly-published book, The Café de Move-On Blues, the long-awaited sequel to White Boy Running, Christopher Hope travels to find out just who South Africans think they are and where they think they’re going. He recounts his great trek around South Africa to visit toppled and assaulted statues and monuments, ranging from Cecil Rhodes to Saartjie Baartman. Fellow-writer and journalist Bryan Rostron will talk to him about this, his latest book. In a separate session Christopher will read selected tales from an earlier work, The Love Songs of Nathan J. Swirsky, described by reviewers as a ‘little jewel-box’ of a book. These stories were originally commissioned and recorded by the BBC and read by the author.

Sindiwe Magona, writer, storyteller, actress and motivational speaker, will talk about her books and her remarkable life, with Nancy Richards, well known as a former presenter on SAfm Literature. Sindiwe’s jouney from domestic worker in the suburbs of Cape Town to the United Nations in New York where she worked for 20 years, and her substantial oeuvre of writings for both children and adults form the basis of the discussion. In a separate session, Storytime with Sindiwe Magona, children will be in for a special treat when they are invited to doss down on blankets on the stage of the Auditorium while Sindiwe reads them stories.

Small towns and the Afrikaans culture are common threads in the work of Sally Andrew and Jennifer Friedman. Sally, author of the Tannie Maria mystery series set in the Klein Karoo, and Jennifer, whose book Queen of the Free State, is about growing up Jewish in a small town in the 1950s and ’60s, will talk to Petrovna Metelerkamp, a publisher and an authority on the life of Ingrid Jonker. Sally and Jennifer will also join forces for a book reading.

The Keeper of the Kumm – Ancestral Longing and Belonging of a Boesmankind is the spiritual journey of Sylvia Vollenhoven in search of her roots, telling the story of a battle-hardened, 21st century journalist who has to journey with her 19th century ancestor to delve into the hardest story of them all: Who am I really? In the process of writing she is cured of a debilitating illness that had left her bedridden. Sylvia will be interviewed by media personality Shado Twala. In a separate session she will read extracts from her book.

Award-winning poet Alfred Schaffer, who is partly Dutch, partly Aruban and a lecturer in Afrikaans-Nederlands at Stellenbosch University, will read from his poetry in Dutch, with English and Afrikaans translations. He will also read poems by other Dutch and Belgian poets, with English translations.

The full FynArts programme, also in e-booklet format, is at hermanusfynarts.co.za. Bookings can be made at Webtickets, also at selected Pick n Pay stores and on 060 957 5371.

The Café de Move-on Blues

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White Boy Running

 
 
 

The Love Songs of Nathan J. Swirsky

 
 
 

Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery

 
 
 
Queen of the Free State

 
 
 

Keeper of the Kumm

Bekendstelling: Jeremy vannie Elsies deur Jeremy Vearey (31 Mei)

Van laaitie tot politieke kryger, bandiet tot generaal-majoor, ondergrondse operateur tot presidensiële lyfwag…

Van sy kleintyd in Elsiesrivier neem Jeremy Vearey se lewe talle onvoorspelbare wendings.

Sy eiesoortige vertelling sluit die ouere manne van sy jeug in, die ooms by die damstafel, kerkjeugkampe en die Kommuniste-manifes, skoolhou en ondergrondse werk vir MK, en sy aanhouding op Robbeneiland. As Mandela se lyfwag help hy ’n opstand in die Karoo ontlont, voor hy deel word van die nuwe SAPD, waar hy saam met die gewese vyand terrorisme en Kaapse bendes takel.

En onder alles loop ’n donker stroom.

“’n Baasspeurder met ’n vlymskerp pen.” – Jacques Pauw

“Die boek sal jou ontroer, laat lag, laat kopskud en laat nadink, maar bowenal sal dit jou elke nou en dan laat vergeet om asem te haal. ’n Outobiografie wat in die riller-afdeling hoort.” – Nathan Trantraal

“Ontstellend goed. Ek kon dit nie neersit nie; ’n bondel dinamiet.” – Riaan de Villiers

“’n Vars stem oor ’n lewe op die snykant.” – Tobie Wiese

Besonderhede

Launch: Becoming Iman by Iman Rappetti (24 May)

Iman Rappetti is an award-winning journalist who has been involved in print, radio and television.

She worked as a young journalist in South Africa and then abandoned it (along with all her worldly possessions) when she became Muslim. She lived in the Islamic Republic of Iran for two years, where she also worked on a current affairs TV show for the state broadcaster before returning to South Africa and resuming her life here.

She describes herself as ‘the youngest of five children. One Rasatafarian brother (passed away), one ex-con brother (who can dance the pants off any woman and has a wicked sense of humour), another brother who’s a big shot in the marine engineering industry (he makes a mean curry), and a sister who has the thankless task of staying at home and raising the rugrats (she has a way with words, and also makes a kick-ass briyani)’.

In this moving and entertaining memoir, Iman shares stories and what she has learned from her colourful journey through life.

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