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Archive for February, 2012

Sophiatown Literary Encounters Presents Afternoon Session with Siphiwo Mahala

African DelightsOn the 3rd of March, the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre will host the first event in a new series of Sophiatown Literary Encounters.

Siphiwo Mahala, author of When a Man Cries and African Delights, will read from his work, followed by an open-mic session featuring young and upcoming artists. Artists and poets interested in performing should contact Khosi (details below).

See you there!

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New Photographs from the Hammarskjold Plane Crash Surface

Who Killed Hammarskjöld?Adrian Begg was just a 20-year-old officer with the Northern Rhodesian Police when he found himself at the crash site of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane near Ndola, Zambia. Begg’s own photographs of the crash have surfaced following the publication of Susan Williams’ book, Who Killed Hammarskjöld? The UN, the Cold War and White Supremacy in Africa, along with a spate of new evidence.

Begg has supplied his personal account of what happened at the crash:

It began as a normal, quiet Sunday shift at Ndola’s central police station, where I had been stationed as a young assistant inspector since completing my training six months earlier – but it soon became obvious there was something big on the go. Officers were being called in from home, and in the early afternoon I was sent with a squad of other officers to secure Ndola Airport and put it in security lockdown in readiness for VIP arrivals. The word quickly spread among us that Dag Hammarskjöld was expected.

My job was to secure the airport car park, outside the perimeter fence, and at one point I was ordered to stop the waiting media posse from following Katanga’s rebel leader Moise Tshombe, who was being taken to a nearby government residence to await Hammarskjöld’s arrival. As Tshombe’s car swept past I used the simple tactic of driving a police Land Rover across the road, forming an effective blockade which brought the media convoy to a screeching halt. It wasn’t a popular move – a couple of the journalists were mates of mine.

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Book Launches and Signings: Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes Reality

Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes RealityIn the month of March, Jacana will partner up with Exclusive Books to host a series of book launches and signings for Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes Reality by Sean Newman, Peter Piegl and Karyn Maughan.

The series of events, which kicks off with a launch at The Mall of Rosebank this Thursday, takes place across the cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Don’t forget you can also join the authors for dinner at The Troyeville Hotel on 7 March.

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Johannesburg & Pretoria

Event Details: Book Signing – Bedford Centre

  • Date: Monday, 05 March 2012
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Bedford Centre,
    Shop U1A, Bedford Centre
    Smith Road
    Bedford Gardens | Map
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Event Details: Book Signing – Melrose Arch

  • Date: Tuesday, 06 March 2012
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Melrose Arch,
    Melrose Arch Piazza
    Melrose Boulevard, Melrose North
    Johannesburg | Map
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Event Details: Book Launch – Brooklyn Mall

  • Date: Thursday, 08 March 2012
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Brooklyn Mall,
    Shop 89, Brooklyn Mall
    338 Bronkhorst Street, Muckleneuk
    Pretoria | Map

Event Details: Book Signing – The Glen

  • Date: Friday, 09 March 2012
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books The Glen,
    Shop M13, The Glen
    Cnr Orpen and Letaba Streets Oakdene
    The Glen | Map
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Port Elizabeth

Event Details: Book Launch – Walmer Park

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Durban

Event Details: Book Launch – Adams Musgrave

  • Date: Thursday, 15 March 2012
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Adams Books Musgrave,
    Musgrave Centre,
    Musgrave Road,
    Durban | Map

Event Details: Book Signing – Gateway

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Bloemfontein

Event Details: Book Launch – Loch Logan

  • Date: Tuesday, 20 March 2012
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Loch Logan
    Shop U29/30, Loch Logan Waterfront
    Henry Street,
    Bloemfontein | Map

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Cape Town

Event Details: Book Launch – Cavendish Square

  • Date: Friday 23 March 2012
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Cavendish Square,
    Lower Mall, Cavendish Square
    Vineyard Road, Claremont
    Cape Town | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Kieno Kammies
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Event Details: Book Signing – Constantia Village

  • Date: Saturday, 24 March 2012
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Constantia,
    Shop 46, Constantia Village Shopping Centre
    Spaanschemat Road, Constantia
    Cape Town | Map

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Meeting the “Cary Grant-esque” McIntosh Polela: Wamuwi Mbao on Masculinity in Memoir

My Father, My MonsterSLiPNet’s Wamuwi Mbao attended the CCR public dialogue and launch of McIntosh Polela’s memoir, My Father, My Monster. In his report of the event, Mbao says the CCR dialogue was a notch above the usual Cape Town book launches, with panellist Maureen Isaacson discussing the ways in which masculinities are forged “under conditions of violence and displacement”.

Mbao recalls how Isaacson drew links between Polela’s memoir and the trope of “gendered violence” that emerges in the memoirs of writers like Es’kia Mphahlele, (Down Second Avenue), Fred Khumalo (Touch My Blood) and Zakes Mda (Sometimes There Is a Void).

The Cape Town book launch scene moves in ebbs and waves: there’s a certain protocol to these events: a glowing introduction from an academic compère, followed by twenty minutes of pronouncements on the matters at hand from the author whose name appears on the circulated e-fliers. Thereafter, questions dribble in from people who haven’t read the book, but wish to venture opinions anyway.

This, thankfully, was not the scene at the Centre for the Book in Cape Town, where the Centre for Conflict Resolution, an august body that dabbles in things literary and academic, hosted a panel discussion around McIntosh Polela’s recently launched memoir, My Father, My Monster (Jacana, 2011). Polela is the journalist-turned spokesperson of the Hawks, an enigma and figure of mystery to South Africans who have puzzled over his Cary Grant-esque accent. Polela’s book was launched in September 2011, and has since enjoyed a healthy run on the book-launch circuits up and down the country. This event was one of the CCR’s well-attended public dialogues, where academics, authors and those in the general know meet to break bread, as Cornel West would put it.

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Join The Troyeville Hotel for Dinner with the Authors of Lolly Jackson

Launch invite - Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes Reality at the Troyeville Hotel

Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes RealityJoin Jacana Media and The Troyeville Hotel on 7 March for a close-up view of the schemes, double-dealings and characters that made up the Lolly Jackson Empire.

Journalist and author Mandy Wiener will unpack the mystery with the authors of the newly released Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes Reality at 7 for 7:30 PM.

Dinner costs R165 per person and excludes drinks. See you there!

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Podcast: McIntosh Polela and Maureen Isaacson Discuss My Father, My Monster

My Father, My Monster

In a recent CCR public dialogue, hosted by the Centre for the Book, Maureen Isaacson joined McIntosh Polela for a discussion about his painful memoir, My Father, My Monster, released late last year by Jacana Media. The vibrant session was chaired by Garth le Pere, Senoir Partner at DAJO Associates.

The CCR has made a series of podcasts from the event available for download:

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Jacana Releases Teaser Trailer for Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes Reality

Lolly JacksonNext month, all will be revealed when the details of the Lolly Jackson murder case come to light with the launch of Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes Reality by Peter Piegl, Karyn Maughan and Sean Newman.

Jacana has released a trailer of the book, which features teaser audio clips from Lolly’s wife Sharon Fensham, Radovan Krejcir, Ricardo Fabre, and Lolly Jackson himself, who once proclaimed, “I am here to sell a fantasy. The minute that fantasy becomes a reality, I’ve got no more business.”

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Launch of Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes Reality at The Mall of Rosebank

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Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes RealityJacana Media, Exclusives Books and The Mall of Rosebank cordially invite you to the launch of Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes Reality.

Join us on Thursday, 1 March, for a close-up view of the Lolly empire, the schemes, the double-dealing and the characters who made millions. TV personality Katie Mohammed will unpack the mystery with authors Sean Newman, Peter Piegl and Karyn Maughan. Please collect your entrance wrist-band at Exclusive Books The Mall of Rosebank before the event.

See you there!

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  • Date: Thursday, 01 March 2012
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: The marquee on the rooftop
    The Mall of Rosebank
    Planet Fitness Entrance | Mall map
    Bath and Cradock Avenues, Rosebank | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Katie Mohammed
  • RSVP: matthew@jacana.co.za, 011 628 3200

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Launch of Illuminating Love by Hazel Frankel at Love Books

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Illuminating LoveJacana Media and Love Books are pleased to invite you to the launch of Illuminating Love by Hazel Frankel.

Frankel will be in conversation with the author and poet Arja Salafranca, supplement editor for the Sunday Independent, on Wednesday, 29 February, at 5:30 for 6:00 PM.

See you there!

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  • Date: Wednesday, 29 February 2012
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Love Books,
    53 Rustenburg Road,
    Cnr 9th Street
    Melville | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Arja Salafranca
  • RSVP: matthew@jacana.co.za, 011 628 3200

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Preorder Your Copy of Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes Reality

Lolly Jackson

On 1 March 2012, Jacana Media will release Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes Reality, the story behind the Lolly Jackson murder case. Preorder your copy from www.jacana.co.za now and have it delivered to you on 1 March. The first 100 copies bought off the website will be signed by all three authors!

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“I am here to sell a fantasy. The minute that fantasy becomes a reality, I’ve got no more business. So it is in my interest not to cross the line from fantasy to reality.” – Lolly Jackson

The Lolly Jackson murder case – a mix of elements that has grabbed the public’s imagination. Fast cars, fast money, murder, revenge, missing millions and smashed up Teazers clubs. With kilometres of newspaper headlines and a growing body count, the insatiably curious public is still no closer to the truth.

Amidst the confusing reports, money laundering on a grand scale, SARS investigations and the mafia-like killings, Jacana Media brings you the inside story.

The book opens on the night of Lolly’s murder and is a personal, inside track into the reality of Lolly’s private and business lives, never before made public. Intimate and detailed, it provides the reader with a fascinating view of a world that previously could only be imagined.

About the authors

Sean Newman began working for Lolly a year before his death and became his confidant. He lived the Teazers brand and became integral in not only the day-to-day operations as media, marketing and public relations manager, but also as a keen observer of everything that really happened. While others wrote about the Teazers lifestyle, Newman lived it.

Peter Piegl was the editor of Playboy South Africa until mid-2011 and is the writing power behind the book. Piegl brings a critical and textured approach to the book.

Karyn Maughan is a legal journalist at eNEWS in Johannesburg with a degree in psychology. With a keen eye for the forensic details, Maughan examines the facts. She’s no stranger to controversy and the dark side of the human psyche.

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