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Launch: The Lion & The Thespian by David Bloomberg (27 September)

Margaretha van Hulsteyn (also known as Scrappy) is the daughter of respected Pretoria attorney Sir Willem van Hulsteyn, and she’s an aspiring actress. While studying in London after the Great War, Scrappy changes her name to Marda Vanne and enters into a relationship with one of the foremost actresses of her day, Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies.

However, on a visit to her parents in the Union of South Africa, Marda meets Hans Strydom, an attorney and uncompromising radical politician with the soubriquet ‘The Lion of the North’. Their meeting changes the course of her life, at least temporarily… Strydom went on to become a principal progenitor of the harshest discriminatory legislation which endured for decades until his nephew, President FW de Klerk, in a volte-face, dismantled the laws of apartheid.

A work of biographical fiction, The Lion & The Thespian is based on the true story of the marriage of Hans Strydom, prime minister of South Africa from 1954 to 1958, to the actress Marda Vanne. Veteran author David Bloomberg (former executive mayor of Cape Town, and founder of Metropolitan Life), following extensive reading and research, has adhered faithfully to the chronology of the lives of the main protagonists, their personalities and the historical facts with which they were associated. Creative license has allowed Bloomberg to recreate appropriate scenes and dialogue, complemented by reported sources and recorded speeches.

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Join some of our greatest social entrepreneurs for the launch of The Disruptors in Port Elizabeth

Invitation to the launch of The Disruptors

The Disruptors: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business and SocietyThe Gordon Institute of Business Science and Bookstorm invite you to the Port Elizabeth launch of Kerryn Krige and Gus Silber’s new book, The Disruptors: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business and Society.

Join the authors and some of South Africa’s greatest social entrepreneurs as they share insight into their organisations, what drives them and sustains them.

The event will take place on Friday, 28 October at the GFI Art Gallery. Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Friday, 28 October 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: GFI Art Gallery (previously known as Ron Belling)
    30 Park Dr.
    Port Elizabeth | Map
  • RSVP: Kovashni Gordhan,, 083 222 5781

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Stephen Grootes quizzes Patrick Craven at the launch of The Battle For Cosatu: An Insider’s View

The Battle For CosatuThere were many contentious and interesting discussions at the launch of former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) spokesperson Patrick Craven’s book The Battle for Cosatu at Exclusive Books in Rosebank recently.

Stephen Grootes was the suitable choice to interview Craven, as what was clearly visible from the get go was the deep admiration and respect between the two men, despite the fact that they have different worldviews on what the best economic system is.

As Grootes explained, “This is where [Craven] and I differ: I believe in well-regulated capitalism I see capitalism as the only way to get people out of poverty.”

He continued: “Patrick Craven, why am I wrong?”

Craven replied that there has never been a better time in history to show how capitalism has failed.

In the book, Craven writes about the last five tumultuous years of Cosatu, leading up to the expulsion of Numsa and Zwelinzima Vavi.

Grootes asked many other hard-hitting questions, including “What happened to Cosatu?” and “Why did you resign?”, which Craven tackled with honesty and forthrightness.

Specifically of interest was Craven’s political analysis of what is going to happen in the local elections. “Sadly,” he said, “there will be no fundamental shift.”

Jennifer Platt (@Jenniferdplatt) tweeted live from the event:

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Don’t miss the Bloody Quiz Night with legendary quizmaster Larry Benjamin

Don’t miss the Bloody Quiz Night with legendary quizmaster Larry Benjamin

The Sunday Times Big Pub Quiz BookThe Bloody Book Week and Bookstorm are delighted to invite you to The Bloody Quiz Night.

The Quiz will be hosted by legendary quizmaster Larry Benjamin, author of The Sunday Times Big Pub Quiz Book.

International thriller superstar Stephen Leather will also be throwing some questions around!

The quiz will take place at the Stanley Beer Yard in Joburg on Thursday, 28 July. Tickets are R250.

Don’t miss it!

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 28 July 2016
  • Time: 6:30 for 7 PM
  • Venue: Stanley Beer Yard
    44 Stanley
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Guest: Stephen Leather
  • Refreshments: Great craft beer, prego roll and a glass of wine
  • Cover charge: R250
  • RSVP:

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Don’t miss the launch of The Battle For Cosatu: An Insider’s View by Patrick Craven with Stephen Grootes

Invitation to the launch of The Battle For Cosatu: An Insider’s View by Patrick Craven

The Battle For Cosatu: An Insider's ViewBookstorm and Exclusive Books are delighted to invite you to the launch of The Battle For Cosatu: An Insider’s View by Patrick Craven.

In the book, Craven recounts happenings of the last five tumultuous years of the biggest and most powerful labour federation, leading up to the expulsion of Numsa and Zwelinzima Vavi.

Craven will be in conversation with Stephen Grootes at Exclusive Books Rosebank Mall on Thursday, 14 July.

See you there!

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 14 July 2016
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Rosebank Mall
    Shop C332 & C333, Rosebank Mall
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Interviewer: Stephen Grootes
  • Refreshments: Come and join us for a glass of wine
  • RSVP:, 011 478 6020

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Don’t miss the launch of The Disruptors: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business and Society

Invitation to the launch of The Disruptors: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business And Society

The Disruptors: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business And SocietyThe UJ Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Social Economy (CSESE) and the UJ Library in partnership with Bookstorm Publishers invite you to a discussion with Kerryn Krige and Gus Silber the authors of The Disruptors: Social Entrepreneurs Reinventing Business and Society.

The event will take place at the University of Johannesburg on Thursday, 12 May.

The authors will be joined Adelaide Sheik of CSESE.

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 12 May 2016
  • Time: 4:30 PM for 5:00 PM
  • Venue: APK Library Auditorium
    Cnr Kingsway & University Road
    Auckland Park
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Panelist: Adelaide Sheik
  • RSVP: Theodorah Modise,, 011 559 2264

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Don’t miss the Sunday Times quiz night with Larry Benjamin

Don’t miss the Sunday Times quiz night with by Larry Benjamin

The Sunday Times Big Pub Quiz BookJoin quizmaster Larry Benjamin for an exclusive quiz evening with the Sunday Times

The ticket includes a quiz, dinner, wine and a copy of the The Sunday Times Big Pub Quiz Book – the only South African quiz book on the market!

There is a maximum of six people per table and seating is limited, so book your tickets soon to avoid disappointment.

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  • Date: Thursday, 21 April 2016
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Full Stop Cafe
    50 7th Ave
    Parktown North
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Quizmaster: Larry Benjamin
  • Refreshments: Catered supper
  • Cover charge: R300
  • RSVP: Sunday Times Books,

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Don’t miss the launch of Eusebius McKaiser’s new book Run Racist Run at Rhodes

Invitation to the launch of Run Racist Run

Run Racist Run: Journeys Into The Heart Of RacismThe Unit for Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU) invites you to the launch of Eusebius McKaiser’s Run Racist Run: Journeys Into The Heart Of Racism.

McKaiser’s latest book has been described by Pumla Gqola as “remarkable”, “beautiful, brave and raw” and “refined, risk-taking and funny”.

The event will take place on Thursday, 25 February, at 5 PM. Masters student and UHURU fellow Mikaela Erskog will be the discussant.

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Time to start thinking about the 2016 National Braai Tour with Jan Braai

The 2016 National Braai Tour with Jan Braai and friends is around the corner!

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Jan – the author of incredible cookbooks such as The Democratic Republic of Braai and Fireworks – is the man behind the National Braai Day initiative, which he started in 2005 with the aim of creating a national celebration of the one activity all South Africans have in common, regardless of race, language, gender or wealth: cooking over a fire.

He holds the world record for the longest braai and his TV series Jan Braai for Erfenis has run each year on kykNET since 2011.

2016 will see the third National Braai Tour take place. For more information, including dates and entry rules, read the statement released by Jan’s dynamic team:

Enter the National Braai Tour 2016

After the success and global appeal of the 2014 and 2015 versions of the National Braai Tour, we are very excited and looking forward to 2016. Our simple aim is to take a group of proud and passionate South Africans (mostly) on a weeklong tour through beautiful parts of South Africa. During this week participants will join us to visit significant and interesting heritage sites, we’ll unite around fires, braai a few times per day and wave the South African flag.

There is a huge public demand for entries and participation in the tour and we literally have had 100’s of email and social media requests over the past few months from interested parties. The 2016 tour will feature 40 teams (as opposed to the 60 teams we had in 2015) thus space is limited and we will unfortunately not be able to accommodate all interested parties, both old and new. Please take your time to complete the application form and provide us with as much information as you can in order to increase your chances of a successful team entry.

If you need to know every minute detail of the tour before being able to enter, you’re probably not the right person for this adventure. Below however are the things we can share with you at this stage. If this looks like your cup of beer, complete the application form and good luck!

Saturday 10 September 2016 – Saturday 17 September 2016.

The tour will start in Cape Town on Saturday 10 September 2016.
The rest of route will be in South Africa. There will be reasonable distances of driving per day (our aim is 2 – 3 hours) and picturesque landscapes. The tour will finish somewhere in South Africa from where you can then make your own way back to anywhere else in the country in one day. If you need more specific information before you are willing to make the commitment to enter, you are probably not the right person to take part in the National Braai Tour. We might share the rest of the route with you later, we might keep it secret until the start of the actual tour.

You can only enter as a team of four.

Entry fee is R20 000 per team of four and needs to be paid in full to reserve your entry. Each team member change requested after confirmation of a successful entry will be charged at R2,500 admin fee per change. If for some reason your team cannot take part anymore and pull out after successfully entering, we will replace it with a team on our waiting list and it will be dealt with as 4 team member changes and you will receive a R10,000 refund [20,000 – (4 x 2,500)]. The last day for any such changes will be 1 June 2016.

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Tim Noakes Joins Paige Nick for the Launch of Her Satirical Novel Death By Carbs at The Book Lounge

Tim Noakes and Paige Nick

The line in the sand – or rather across the centre of the table – had been drawn! Downstairs at The Book Lounge, earlier this month, the edibles were neatly laid out. On one side of the red tape were the Banting-friendly nuts. (One wit suggested off camera that the Banting-friendly nuts were all upstairs filling up the seats with their newly slimmed down derrières …) On the other side the sweet potato pastries and brownies. As always, the Leopards Leap wine flowed generously, but for those who care, no carb-free wine was available …

The event was the launch of the latest book from the pen of the multi-talented author Paige Nick. Death By Carbs is a satirical novel inspired by Tim Noakes’ controversial cookbook The Real Meal Revolution. In the words of Mervyn Sloman, who welcomed an eager crowd to the Book Lounge, “the cover bears a remarkable resemblance …”
Paige NickDeath By CarbsHe described Death By Carbs as: “Marvellous, scary, sick, slightly twisted, terribly funny and extremely smart!”

Nick got the idea for the book after hearing about The Real Meal Revolution everywhere she went. “In the queue at the chemist, at dinner parties … wherever I went somebody was obsessing about this book.” When Nick mentioned Tim Noakes’ name to a friend of hers she sighed in exasperation, saying, “I could just kill him!” Nick replied, “Pick a number and stand in line …” The idea was born of writing a crime spoof, and her creative process kicked into action.

Once the book was completed, Nick “stalked” Noakes, begging for his private email address from friends and acquaintances. She sent him messages on five or six different platforms, and then spammed him. She finally got him on the phone and said, “I’ve written a book about you and I want this book to go out into the world with good karma. I really want your blessing.”

“Did you really say karma!?” Sloman interrupted. “I did!” said Nick. Noakes picked up the story, saying, “I told her I would never stand in your way. Go … publish your book.” Nick advised Noakes he might want to read it first, “Seeing as you die on the first page …”

At that stage the manuscript’s working title was Who Killed Tim Noakes?. “It came at rather a difficult time in my life,” said the professor, who read it regardless. “I thought she’s put so much effort into it and it’s such a good book that I’m not going to stand in her way. But at the time I was feeling fragile. I’m less fragile now. I’m very happy to support this book because it introduces Banting to even more people.”Tim Noakes, Paige Nick and Mervyn Sloman

While doing her research for this book, Nick discovered a rich vein of gold on Facebook, where some Banting support groups have as many as 140 000 members, some of which are “moer of an active”. She described them as being eternally online. “I do not know when they eat! I do not know when they sleep!”

Much of the interactions are positive, folk sharing recipes and encouraging each others’ weight loss, but much is mean-spirited fighting which is like an addictive soap opera. Nick described the hilarious comment thread where a member of the group confessed to falling off the wagon by having had a Whopper Burger. She proceeded to describe the misery of her bowels and was harangued mercilessly – not for oversharing but for forgetting that she was part of the “Banting for Life” group. She was warned by one of the more self-righteous compadres that this was not a Banting-for-when-you-feel-like-it group!

On a more serious note, Noakes spoke about the vested interests of commercial enterprises that keep people eating in an unhealthy manner and consuming medications to remedy this. He recalled a visit to clinic at Delft where many people have been treated for high blood pressure for many years. They have not, however, received any kind of nutritional counselling that would facilitate their recovery. Noakes is adamant about one thing: “I just want people to know the truth,” he said. “There has been a massive cover up.”

Those who attended the event engaged in a vigorous question and answer session with Nick and Noakes. They queued patiently afterwards, despite the heat, waiting for the celebrity duo to sign their copies of Death By Carbs and The Real Meal Revolution.


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Liesl Jobson (@LieslJobson) live tweeted the event using #livebooks:



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