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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, books@sundaytimes.co.za

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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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Join Paige Nick and Tim Noakes for the Launch of Death By Carbs at The Book Lounge

Invitation to the launch of Death by Carbs

 
Death By CarbsBookstorm would like to invite you to the launch of Paige Nick‘s hilarious new novel, Death By Carbs.

The critically acclaimed author and Sunday Times columnist will be in conversation with Professor Tim Noakes, the author of The Real Meal Revolution (Quivertree), who introduced South Africans to Banting – the low-carb, high-fat lifestyle. Noakes is also, incidentally, the victim in Death By Carbs:

When someone kills dieting guru Professor Tim Noakes, Detective Bennie September has more suspects than solutions.

Join Nick and her real-life inspiration on Thursday, 10 December, at The Book Lounge at 5:30 for 6 PM.

See you there!

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  • Date: Thursday, 10 December 2015
  • Time: 5:30 for 6 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge
    71 Roeland Street
    Corner of Buitenkant and Roeland Street
    Cape Town | Map
  • Interviewer: Tim Noakes
  • RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com, 021 462 2425

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Join Eusebius McKaiser with Adam Haupt for the Launch of Run Racist Run at the District Six Museum

Invitation to the launch of Run Racist Run

 
Run Racist Run: Journeys Into The Heart Of RacismBookstorm and the Cape Argus would like to invite you to the launch of Run Racist Run: Journeys Into The Heart Of Racism by Eusebius McKaiser.

The event will take place at the District Six Museum on Tuesday, 8 December, at 6 for 6:30 PM. McKaiser will be speaking about his book with Adam Haupt, associate professor of media studies at the University of Cape Town.

See you there!

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“Racism is a Big Challenge; It’s Even Bigger than We Think” – Eusebius McKaiser Launches Run Racist Run

Eusebius McKaiser

 
Eusebius McKaiser and Redi TlhabiRun Racist RunThere is only one word to describe the recent launch of Run Racist Run: Journeys Into The Heart Of Racism by Eusebius McKaiser – explosive.

Redi Tlhabi joined McKaiser in conversation at Exclusive Books Rosebank, and people arrived in droves to hear the two political trendsetters speak.

CEO and publisher of Bookstorm, Louise Grantham, welcomed over 200 guests to the biggest Bookstorm launch ever, and those who were unable to attend the event participated actively on social media.

Before the launch began, McKaiser sent out a challenge to the racists and bigots of the world (scroll down for more tweets):

 
McKaiser’s provocative new book explores the long-overdue conversation of race and racism in South Africa that was ignited this year by the #RhodesMustFall debates and its spin-offs.

Why this book? Why now? “If you work consciously as a writer you can’t ignore the context in which you live,” McKaiser said about the deep racial injustices in South Africa. “Part of white privilege is that you can afford to give race a break and I couldn’t.”

“When I saw the title of your book I had expectations. It’s funny but you’re not joking,” Tlhabi said. She commented on the distinction McKaiser makes in the book between violent, overt racism and insidious, hidden racism. McKaiser said it’s interesting to grapple with racism that is more difficult to label and presented the crowd with a philosophical problem: “If Max du Preez tells Steve Hofmeyr to fuck off, does it make him less of a racist?”

Eusebius McKaiser“What interests me are acts of racism that don’t announce themselves as racism,” McKaiser said, adding that he’s more curious about English liberals than Afrikaans ones. There’s a chapter in Run Racist Run entitled “Reporting from the racist heart” which deals with these non-bloody forms of racism. Whatever shape it comes in, however, “racism is a big challenge; it’s even bigger than we think”.

Speaking of liberalism, Tlhabi said that the theme permeates the text. “You’ve fucked up the idea of liberalism,” she said, “almost like you’re telling us we’ve missed the project”.

“I feel compelled to write about my lived racial experiences,” McKaiser said. The author grew up in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape where he attended St Mary’s – a school “on the wrong side of Grahamstown’s inequality divide” – and later the wealthier Graeme College. In his book, McKaiser reflects on the violence against black bodies in private schools.

“I don’t think our generation of coconuts were unaware,” McKaiser said, but “we didn’t have the sharp language of the students today”. There’s also a chapter that deals with his memories and perceptions – then and now – of his experience at Rhodes University. “I thought I was self-aware but I walked around Rhodes campus with blinkers on,” McKaiser said, explaining that he remembers a Rhodes that never existed. “These spaces were always violent,” he said.

On the issue of whiteness, McKaiser said: “Whiteness is so ubiquitous; I even started writing Run Racist Run with an apology to white people on why I’m writing about race.” One of the chapters in the book deals with the question that white people ask: “What am I supposed to do?”

“It’s a moral failure to ask that question, what must I do? It’s lazy and it means you haven’t done introspection,” McKaiser said. “The biggest volume of racism is committed by white people, so they have to deal.” The author shared the titles of the two essays in the book that were most painful to write: “For coloured people only” and “Black people and Xenophobia”.

“Has your anger dissipated?” Tlhabi asked towards the end of the conversation. “No!” McKaiser exclaimed, “it’s important to get angry”. Reflecting on the instrumental usefulness of anger, he said: “I was pissed off that I had to justify my anger and I’m not more calm now.”

“If you’ve lived with underprivilege all your life, even those of us who are brave are quite tame,” McKaiser said in conclusion. “We are required as writers to engage with these realities; you can’t write poetry about what’s in your garden.”

 

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In between signing books and meeting old friends, McKaiser tweeted pictures of the star-studded audience:

 

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Annetjie van Wynegaard (@Annetjievw) live tweeted the event using #livebooks:


 

 

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During and after the launch, the #RunRacistRun hashtag trended! Have a look at what the Twitterati have to say about McKaiser’s new book:
 


 

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Join Eusebius McKaiser, with Redi Thlabi, for the Launch of Run Racist Run at Exclusive Books Rosebank

Invitation to the launch of Run Racist Run

 
Run Racist Run: Journeys Into The Heart Of RacismBookstorm and Exclusive Books Rosebank would like to invite you to the launch of Run Racist Run: Journeys Into The Heart Of Racism by Eusebius McKaiser.

McKaiser will be speaking about his new book, which unpacks race and race relations in South Africa in the aftermath of the #RhodesMustFall debates and its spin-offs, with Redi Thlabi.

The event will take place at Exclusive Books Rosebank on Tuesday, 10 November, at 5:30 for 6 PM.

Don’t miss it!

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Join Gareth Crocker, Author of Ka-Boom, for a Coffee Morning at Exclusive Books The Glen

Ka-BoomExclusive Books The Glen would like to invite you to a coffee morning with Gareth Crocker.

Crocker, who is the bestselling author of five novels, will be speaking about his newly published memoir Ka-Boom.

The coffee morning will take place at Exclusive Books The Glen on Thursday, 29 October, at 9:30 for 10 AM. There is a cover charge of R20.

Don’t miss out!

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Join Gareth Crocker, Author of Ka-Boom, for a Coffee Morning at Exclusive Books Greenstone

Ka-BoomExclusive Books Greenstone would like to invite you to a coffee morning with Gareth Crocker.

Crocker will be speaking about his new book, a memoir called Ka-Boom. The event will take place on Wednesday, 28 October, at 10 for 10:30 AM at Caffe Magnifico at Greenstone Shopping Centre.

For more details and to secure you spot, RSVP to Exclusive Books Greenstone.

Don’t miss out!

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 28 October 2015
  • Time: 10 for 10:30 AM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Greenstone
    Greenstone Shopping Centre
    Corner Van Riebeeck Avenue and Modderfontein Road
    Greenstone Hill | Map
  • RSVP: greenstone@exclusivebooks.co.za, 011 553 5560

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