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#JacanaChallenge: how many African authors have you read?

“Anything and everything” by literary wunderkind Kopano Matlwa, NoViolet Bulawayo’s award-winning We Need New Names, and prolific Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o's first novel Weep Not, Child.

These are but three authors local bibliophiles recommend you read for this week’s #JacanaChallenge.

The challenge? Simply tweet any African author you think those participating in the challenge MUST read.

Get in on the fun! Join the challenge here.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Win with Jacana and Boekbedonnerd, the Richmond Literary Festival

Dear Ahmedbhai, Dear ZuleikhabehnThe Lahnee's PleasureBig Dan's SofieJacana Media is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring a Writers Dinner at this week’s Boekbedonnerd Richmond Literary Festival in Richmond, Northern Cape.

Four lucky people attending the festival stand a chance to share a table with the likes of Ahmed Kathrada, Ronnie Govender and Keith Cornelis-Britz.

To enter, all you have to do is email festival organiser Peter Baker on pcbaker@mweb.co.za and answer the following question:

WHAT IS THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S BOOKTOWN RICHMOND LITERARY FESTIVAL?

The first 50 people to contact Peter will go into a lucky draw, from which 4 will emerge as winners.

For a clue about the theme of this year’s fest, read the latest from Richmond:

Booktown Richmond Boekbedonnerd Press Release 20 Oct 10

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Jacana Jamboree: The Literary Bus Tour Takes Tourists Around Cape Town

Helen Moffett

The Cape Town Literary Bus Tour started at Clarke’s Books in Long Street, where guests mingled, munching on crisp cinnamon biscuits and savouring the scent of cloves rising off the jugs of fortifying gluwein.

Academic, editor, writer and poet, Helen Moffett, added a new hat to her brimful by taking on the challenge of conducting a literary bus tour around town. Patricia Schonstein, Don Pinnock, Ronnie Govender, Rustum Kozain and Sindiwe Magona engaged with visitors coming from as far away as Nigeria and Abu Dhabi to attend the Cape Town Book Fair.

Bob's Bar on Long StreetThe first port of call was Bob’s Bar in Long Street, where Patricia Schonstein, pointed out the fittings that featured in her latest novel, Banquet at Brabazan: ceiling fans and heavy billiard tables under dim lighting that created a sense of a permanent night. She read an extract that featured locals, Chris Wildman and Hugh Hodge set in the spot.

The bus headed up to the nearby ghost town of District Six where Ronnie Govender sang an ancient Hindu sacred chant. He translated it as “Life is illusory. The only certainty is death.”

Ronnie GovenderGovender said the stories he’d heard as a child within the walls of Govender’s Hotel on Cowley Street fed into his fictionalised autobiography, The Lahnee’s Pleasure. He recalled his uncle, Chin Govender, who left home, penniless after a quarrel, walking to East London and travelling on to Cape Town, where he became the first black owner of a hotel in South Africa, and possibly in Africa.

Helen Moffett urged visitors to the city to stay a mite longer in order to treat themselves to Govender’s iconic play, The Lahnee’s Pleasure, based on the book, and showing at the Baxter Theatre in August. It is being staged to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indian people in South Africa.

Rustum KozainTourists and authors got off the bus and strolled around the area. Moffett encouraged folk to “look at the mountain, which hasn’t changed and which won’t change; to look at the sea and the vista. Walk several paces up to the hill and as you walk up the quiet, overgrown weedy space, imagine you’re walking on cobbles. Try to blot out the highway and office buildings and try to imagine the narrow tenement buildings that you see in Maitland and Woodstock and Salt River. There would have been the smells of sewage and drains, the rotting fruit and incense. And there would have been the people. Try to impose all of that on this vista which otherwise hasn’t changed.”

Rustum Kozain, prize-winning poet, translator, editor and social commentator, is the author of This Carting Life. He was next to read and the poems he chose were from – and this will thrill South African poetry aficionados – a new manuscript.
Sindiwe MagonaSindiwe Magona said she didn’t quite recognise Searle Street now, which she’d frequented on the high holidays of Christmas and Easter to attend church. She said, “We trekked from Retreat, the Blouvlei Location where I grew up, to worship and to visit my father. He came here as a migrant labourer.”

She said the place had fond memories for her as she recalled the long walk to the Retreat station, the train ride and the steep haul up the hill. She read a series of poems from Please Take Photographs, her debut poetry collection that explored the darker themes of living through a dehumanising time.

Don PinnockAs the bus trundled down the narrow streets, where terraced houses perched on the side of the slopes below De Waal Drive, Don Pinnock pointed out the verandahs on every house which played a significant role in the stability of the community. With forced removals, this vital containing element of the community was lost. “In an urban area with no verandah, there’s no street control by the older people. Here, they’d sit on the stoep and say, ‘Hey! I know your father. Don’t you do that.’ This high-level of informal social control, with Babi’s general dealer on the corner and everybody knowing everybody.”

When the bus came to rest in Salt River, Pinnock read from his debut novel,
Rainmaker, which was short-listed for the EU Literary Award last year. The extract ventured into the gang culture and the tragic outcome of bored youth and social fragmentation.

Cape Town Literary Tour Bus in District Six Ronnie Govender & Malika Ndlovu Patricia Schonstein & Don Pinnock

Banquet at BrabazanRainmakerThe Lahnee's PleasureThis Carting LifePlease, Take Photographs

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The Jacana Jamboree Hits Cape Town!

Jacana Media, in association with the Cape Times and Equal Education, is thrilled to invite you to the Jacana Jamboree, a series of events running in venues all across Cape Town before, during and after the Cape Town Book Fair.

Please join us from Wednesday 28 July to Sunday 1 August – and again from 19 to 31 August – to partake in an incredible lineup of books, authors and events. The complete programme is below – we’ll see you at the Jamboree!

  • Please bring high quality children’s and young adults’ books, in good condition, to donate to Equal Education’s book drive for school libraries. 10% of all Jacana Books sold at the event will also go to Equal Education for their library book drive

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Print and download the complete programme at Scribd:

2010 Jacana Jamboree – Complete Programme

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Pick and choose the events you wish to attend in the day-by-day breakdown below:

JACANA JAMBOREE: DAY-BY-DAY PROGRAMME

Wednesday 28 July

Slow MotionBOOK LAUNCH: Andie Miller’s Slow Motion: Stories about walking

Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
Venue: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland St, Cape Town
Cost: Free
RSVP: 021 462 2425 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              021 462 2425      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, booklounge@gmail.com

The author in conversation with Damon Galgut!

Slow Motion is a collection of non-fiction stories about walking. This collection has been written over a number years, and documents transformation in South Africa through the eyes of pedestrians across the economic, racial and age spectrum. The book inevitably examines the issue of crime, and how we have moved from a race-based to a class-based society, as pedestrians of all colours continue to be marginalised in an increasingly autocentric society. It is, nevertheless, essentially an optimistic book; it tells the stories of South Africans (and visitors) who have chosen to ‘reclaim the streets’ from predators and traffic. The band of pedestrians includes writers, artists, political activists, disabled people, dogs and their owners, Walk for Life members, Jews on the Sabbath, domestic workers, refugees, babies learning to walk, and even a golfer and a caddie.

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Zimbabwe's ExodusBOOK LAUNCH: Zimbabwe’s Exodus: Crisis, Migration and Survival edited by Jonathan Crush and Daniel Tevera

Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
Venue: Lobby Books, 6 Spin St, Cape Town
Cost: Free
RSVP: 021 467 7606, aspath@idasa.org.za; or book via www.strictlytickets.com

In conversation: Jonathan Crush and Daniel Tevera, with a performance by Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala!

The ongoing crisis in Zimbabwe has led to an unprecedented exodus of over a million desperate people from all strata of Zimbabwean society. The Zimbabwean diaspora is now truly global in extent. Yet rather than turning their backs on Zimbabwe, most maintain very close links with the country, returning often and remitting billions of dollars each year. Zimbabwe’s Exodus is written by leading migration scholars, many from the Zimbabwean diaspora. The book explores the relationship between Zimbabwe’s economic and political crisis and migration as a survival strategy. It includes personal stories of ordinary Zimbabweans living and working in other countries, who describe the hostility and xenophobia they often experience.

At the launch, Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala will be performing, The Crossing, his one-man play about his journey on foot from a dusty Zimbabwean village to Cape Town.

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Thursday 29 July

HarvestOld NectarGrow to LivePINK CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST WITH GRAND DAMES OF THE GARDEN: Margaret Wasserfall, Una van der Spuy, Pat Featherstone and Christine Stevens in conversation about growing for love and growing for food

Time: 11 AM – 12:30 PM
Venue: Fraiche Ayres at Stark Ayres Nursery, Liesbeek Parkway, Rosebank Cape Town
Cost: R80
RSVP: To book: www.strictlytickets.com

Margaret Wasserfall, in conversation with Una van der Spuy, Pat Featherstone and Christine Stevens!

Margaret Wasserfall, former editor of SA Garden & Home speaks with Una van der Spuy, Pat Featherstone and Christine Stevens about their passion: growing.

Una van der Spuy is one of South Africa’s best-known gardeners, author of 11 gardening books – most recently Old Nectar, on her famous home garden, Old Nectar, which has been visited and admired for decades. Now an irrepressible 97 year old, still active and enthusiastic, Una will share the wealth of knowledge and experience she has distilled over a lifetime.

Pat Featherstone, founder of Cape Town-based NGO Soil for Life and author of Grow to Live: A simple guide to growing your own good, clean food, asks the question: “Can we grow ourselves out of the environmental problems that overwhelm the planet today?”

Christine Stevens, organic farmer, wine-maker, extraordinary cook and author of Harvest: Recipes from an Organic Farm, will share her passion for growing things and taking food straight from the garden into the kitchen, focusing on the benefits of seasonal planting and companion planting.

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SowetoBOOK LAUNCH: Soweto by Jodi Bieber

Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
Venue: Lobby Books, 6 Spin St, Cape Town
Cost: Free
RSVP: 021 467 7606, aspath@idasa.org.za; or book via www.strictlytickets.com

Jodi Bieber in conversation with Ismail Farouk!

Acclaimed home-grown photographer, Jodi Bieber, has created an open-ended essay which is a celebration and a portrait of life in Soweto today. The importance of Soweto in the collective consciousness is hard to overstate. It registers as a place born of resistance, perhaps even embodying the South African struggle for freedom. But the birth of Kwaito is attributed to Soweto too. And beyond the grand narratives, there is, and always was, a proliferation of dancing, art and fashion in this place defined by its energy and cosmopolitan nature. Labelling and un-labelling, claiming and discarding, Sowetans have created Soweto anew. This is a phenomenon that is celebrated in this photographic publication, which contemplates daily lived realities, where here, as elsewhere, South Africans are continually reinventing themselves and their urban space.

Jodi will be in conversation with Ismail Farouk, an artist and urban geographer. His work explores creative responses to racial, social, political and economic justice. He is currently employed as a researcher at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town.

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Debunking DelusionsDISCUSSION: Writing science in South Africa

Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
Venue: Central Library, The Old Drill Hall, Darling Street (opposite the Grand Parade), Cape Town
Cost: R30
Book: www.strictlytickets.com

Science writers and journalists in discussion about how to make quality science writing more accessible and exciting for the public.

Activist and writer Nathan Geffen (author of Debunking Delusions) in conversation with Marcus Low (editor of Equal Treatment magazine), Christina Scott (President of the South African Science Journalists Association), Adele Baleta and Prof. George Claassen (author and co-author of five books including, most recently Geloof, Bygeloof en Ander Wensdenkery: Perspektiewe op Ontdekkings en Irrasionaliteite, 2007).

HIV denial, global warming scepticism, fears over the Hadron collider, defences of intelligent design: How can science writers rejuvenate scientific discourse and help liberate it from the murky waters of social relativism and uninformed scepticism? How do we prevent the flame of science from being extinguished in a storm of over-hyped press releases, sensationalist headlines and short attention spans? Top South African science writers and journalists discuss these and other burning issues in the world of South African science writing.

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The ANC Underground in South AfricaThe Unlikely Secret AgentDISCUSSION: Pop, Popular, Populist: examining the relationship between the ruling party and society

Time: 7:30 PM for 8:00 PM
Venue: Lobby Books, 6 Spin St, Cape Town
Cost: Free
RSVP: 021 467 7606, aspath@idasa.org.za; or book via www.strictlytickets.com

Heavy-weight political analysts come together to look at the state of our democracy and ask: Where to from here?

Speakers: Richard Calland in conversation with Judith February, Raymond Suttner and Ronnie Kasrils

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Friday 30 July

CTBFWORKSHOP: How to make a success of NGO Publishing

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Venue: Cape Town Book Fair, Room: 1.42, CTICC
Capacity: 60 people
Promotion: Lucky Draw!

Discussions around bespoke materials for second language audiences, NGO publishing for the trade market, and packaging research for organisational outcomes and the trade market.

Facilitator: Marcus Toerien with Aadielah Maker (Soul City), Lee-Anne Smith (SAIIA) and Moira Levy (IDASA).

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CTBFDISCUSSION: Creating literature for children in Africa

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Venue: Cape Town Book Fair, Room: 1.42, CTICC
Capacity: 60 people

Librarians, educators and others concerned with creating literature for children in Africa, come and share your ideas about what books our children should be reading, what they should look like AND how we get these books to them!

Speakers: Carole Bloch (PRAESA’s Early Literacy Unit), Niki Daly (author/ illustrator), Arabella Koopman (publishing consultant), Nombulelo Baba (Centre for the Book/National Library) and Pamela Maseko (UCT).

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Banquet at BrabazanRainmakerThe Lahnee's PleasureCAPE TOWN LITERARY BUS TOUR

Time: 12:00 PM for 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Venue: Meet at Clarke’s Bookshop, 211 Long Street for a bus trip around the Cape Town CBD
Cost: R80
Catering: Mulled wine and cinnamon biscuits
Book: www.strictlytickets.com

Helen Moffett will conduct our trip around town with Patricia Schonstein, Don Pinnock, Ronnie Govender, Rustum Kozain and other writers and poets of Cape Town!

Come with us on a literary tour that will provide a chance to meet some of the writers who have created and recreated Cape Town in writing. Writers on board the bus will read extracts from their work at the places that have served as locations for scenes in their work or provided the inspiration for their writing, and there will be an opportunity to chat with them on the road. This will be followed by mulled wine and cinnamon biscuits and a chance to get books signed by the authors at Clarke’s Bookshop.

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Don't Mess with the President's HeadPappa in AfrikaDon't JokeDISCUSSION: Cannibal Ogres, Mock Europeans, Faux Tintins and the Hovering Showerhead

Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Venue: Michael Stevenson Gallery, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Cost: Free
Capacity: 50 people seated
Book: 011 628 3204, thando@jacana.co.za, or book via www.strictlytickets.com

World-class political cartoonists come together to examine symbols, stereotypes and issues of representation in South African political cartoons!

Speakers: Moderated by Dr Stella Viljoen, in conversation with Zapiro (aka Jonathan Shapiro), Andy Mason and Anton Kannemeyer.

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In The BalanceBOOK LAUNCH: In The Balance: South Africans Debate Reconciliation

Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
Venue: Lobby Books, 6 Spin St, Cape Town
Cost: Free
RSVP: 021 467 7606, aspath@idasa.org.za; or book via www.strictlytickets.com

Speakers: Editors Fanie du Toit (Director for the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation) and Erik Doxtader in conversation Raenette Taljaard and Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela.

Reconciliation is an open and urgent question. We do not agree about what reconciliation means. We do not agree about how it works. We certainly do not agree about what it has done or the ways in which it can be brought to bear on the problems that confront South Africa today. In short, reconciliation keeps us off balance. A source of strength that sits at the very heart of South Africa’s remarkable transition to democracy, reconciliation is also a frustrating fault line and a yet unfulfilled promise.

There are no simple answers. As the leading voices in this book make clear, reconciliation is a question that must be debated – together – with a candid acknowledgement that the disagreements provoked by reconciliation are an opportunity to interact and learn from one another. Only by sharing our diverging accounts of reconciliation will we come to terms with its contested legacy, its contemporary meaning and its future possibilities. Direct and thought-provoking, the essays here offer staunch defences and pointed criticisms of reconciliation. Together, they challenge the conventional wisdom and sound an important call: once again, it is time to ask after reconciliation’s meaning, practice and value.

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Spilt MilkO'Mandingo: A Poetic JourneyBitches' BrewSaracen at the GatesThe Angina MonologuesDISCUSSION: South African Writing Now

Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Societi Bistro, 50 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Cost: R180
Book: www.strictlytickets.com
Promotion: Win a hamper of books

Some of South Africa’s most exciting and innovative writers come together over dinner to talk about new directions in local literature!

Speakers: Kopano Matlwa, Eric Miyeni, Fred Khumalo, Zinaid Meeran, Rosie Kendal and Ndumiso Ngcobo.

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Saturday 31 July

Don't Mess with the President's HeadDon't JokeStrike While the Iron is HotKIDS’ TOONLAB CARTOON WORKSHOP

Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Venue: (to be confirmed) The Annex (Iziko), Govenment Ave, Company’s Garden
Cost: Free
Capacity: 60 people
Book: thando@jacana.co.za, 011 628 3204

An interactive one-day introduction to the world of cartooning, facilitated by Andy Mason and Kathy Coates, with appearances by Zapiro, Stephen Francis & Rico of Madam & Eve, and artists from Supa Strikas!

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The Cool NguniThe Long TrousersSTORYTIME READING with Maryanne and Shayle Bester

Time: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Venue: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
Cost: Free
RSVP: 021 462 2425, booklounge@gmail.com

The Bester sisters are an author-and-artist team who publish exquisite children’s books in English, Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaans.

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HarvestCTBFORGANIC COOKING with Christine Stevens

Time: 12h00 PM – 12h45 PM
Venue: Cape Town Book Fair, Demo Kitchen (F15), CTICC
Capacity: 80 people
RSVP: thando@jacana.co.za, 011 628 3204

Chef Christine Stevens will be demonstrating some of her organic recipes from Harvest.

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Counter CurrentsDISCUSSION: Sustainability: A voting issue?

Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
Venue: Lobby Books, 6 Spin St, Cape Town
Cost: Free
RSVP: 021 467 7606, aspath@idasa.org.za; or book via www.strictlytickets.com

How do we get sustainability on the political agenda for the upcoming local elections?

Speakers: Moderated by Prof. Edgar Pieterse (African Centre for Cities), in conversation with Lance Greyling (MP and Chief Whip of ID Parliamentary Caucus), Muna Lakhani (Earthlife Africa), Prof. Mark Swilling (Director, Sustainability Institute) and author Richard Calland.

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CoconutHIGH TEA AT THE MOUNT NELSON with Wole Soyinka and Kopano Matlwa

Time: 4:30 PM
Venue: The Mount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange Street
Book: Booking at the Cape Town Book Fair booking office

Prof. Wole Soyinka in conversation with Kopano Matlwa, joint winner of the prestigious Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa!

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Strike While the Iron is HotDon't Mess with the President's HeadDon't JokeO'Mandingo!Hayibo!The Red CardSATIRE SUPPER

Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Societi Bistro, 50 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Cost: R180
Book: www.strictlytickets.com
Promotion: Win a hamper of books

A selection of South Africa’s sharpest wits will join different tables for each course for some challenging, rigorous and out-of-the-ordinary dinner table conversation.

Speakers: Marianne Thamm hosts Rico Schacherl and Steve Francis (the men behind Madame & Eve), Eric Miyeni, Andy Mason, Zapiro, Ndumiso Ngcobo and Tom Eaton.

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Sunday 1 August

A Landscape of Insects and other InvertebratesBeat Around the Bush BirdsA Delight of OwlsDISCUSSION: The Eyes and Minds of the Boys behind the Birds and the Bees

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Venue: The Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Cost: R30
Book: www.strictlytickets.com
Catering: Breakfast snack buffet

How field guides and photographic reference books are made – hosted by John Ledger, with some of South Africa’s top wildlife writers and photographers.

Speakers: John Ledger (host) Peter Steyn, Trevor Carnaby and Shem Compion.

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Don't Mess with the President's HeadCTBFZAPIRO’S SPORTS COMMENTARIES 1994-2010

Time: 1:00 PM
Venue: Cape Town Book Fair, Meeting room TBC, CTICC

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Unconquerable SpiritMounting Queen VictoriaSouth African Art NowDISCUSSION: Dinosaurs or Dynamos: Is there a future for museums in South Africa?

Time: 2:00 PM for 2:30-4:00 PM
Venue: Iziko National Gallery, Government Ave, Company’s Garden
Cost: Free
Book: thando@jacana.co.za, 011 628 3204; or book via www.strictlytickets.com

Pippa Skotnes in conversation with Steven Dubin, Sue Williamson, Riason Naidoo and Andrew Lamprecht!

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EU Literary AwardANNOUNCEMENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION LITERARY AWARD WINNER and awards supper

Announcement:

Time: 6:00 PM
Venue: Old Townhouse, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town
Cost: Free, but booking essential
Book: www.strictlytickets.com
Shortlist: Click here

Awards supper:

Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: 5 Flies Restaurant & Bar, 14 –16 Keerom Street
Cost: R180
Book: www.strictlytickets.com

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Don't Mess with the President's HeadDon't JokeStrike While the Iron is HotPappa in Afrika

19 August, to run until 31 August

EXHIBITION OPENING: SA Cartooning: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The event will include the launch of the Toonlab Tabloid, a publication featuring work by South Africa’s current and future generations of political cartoonists.The exhibition will run from 19 to 31 August.

Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
Venue: (to be confirmed) The Annex (Iziko), Company’s Garden Garden
RSVP: thando@jacana.co.za, 011 628 320

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Read Jacana’s press release on the Jamboree:

Jacana Jamboree – Press Release

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Jacana Programme at the 2009 Cape Town Book Fair

Love and CourageThe ANC Underground in South AfricaPirates of PolokwaneShivas DanceTill We Can Keep An AnimalMoxylandZebra CrossingsThe Lahnee's PleasureA Fold in the MapBeat Around the Bush BirdsBeat Around the Bush MammalsNyama and the ElandHayibo!The Woman Who Lived in a TreeHarvest

Please join us for these terrific events involving Jacana authors at the Cape Town Book Fair.

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Celebrate Ronnie Govender’s 75th Birthday at the Playhouse Theatre, Durban

Ronnie Govender

Song of the AtmanThe Lahnee's Pleasure2009 marks the celebration of Ronnie Govender’s 75th birthday with a truly special evening of festivities on Saturday, 16 May at Durban’s Playhouse Theatre.

Billed by the Playhouse as a “glittering birthday bash”, the event will be hosted by Govender’s friend and associate, TV news anchor, Pat Pillai, and will include the opening performance of Thunsil, a new production featuring excerpts of Govender’s best loved works.
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Time to Braai with Miss Kwa Kwa at Mama Tembo’s

Kwa Kwa Braai InviteCome chew the funny bone with Stephen Simm on the dark side of the braai.

Join Miss Kwa Kwa and the author of the books of which she is the undisputed heavyweight champion – Miss Kwa Kwa: Traditional weapon and Miss Kwa Kwa 2: The dark side of the braai – for a Saturday afternoon braai at Mama Tembo’s in Greenside, home of the “queen of the African shebeen”.

R100 gets you supper, a sundowner, and a chance to win some wine. LIMITED SPACE, so hurry!
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Stephen Simm: Sharp! Sharp!

Stephen Simm“Behind the simple facade of rural charm, Miss Kwa Kwa has a mind as sharp as a panga, and somewhere in this Rainbow Nation there’s a pot of gold with her name on it.”

This may be true, but Miss Kwa Kwa’s creator, Stephen Simm, has a smile that’s just as deadly, and flashed it on and off at his Jacana-stand signing during the CTBF.

Miss Kwa Kwa began as a play – one of six Simm has written – starring Makgono Mamabolo, who was closely involved in the character’s development (and is from Qwa Qwa, ironically). The play, which made its debut at the 2004 National Arts Festival, was a vehicle for the two to poke fun at “everyone – black, white, coloured, yellow, green, whoever,” he said.

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