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Launch – Pride and Prejudice: African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality

Pride and Prejudice: The Gerald Kraak Anthology African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality

    The Other Foundation and the Jacana Literary Foundation invite you to be our guest at the presentation of the inaugural Gerald Kraak Prize and the launch of Pride and Prejudice, the inaugural edition of the Gerald Kraak Anthology of African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice, and Sexuality. RSVP by Thursday, 25 May at 12PM.

    Pride and Prejudice is a collection of the short-listed entries to the inaugural award, named after Gerald Kraak (1956–2014), who was a passionate champion of social justice and an anti-apartheid activist.

    “This book is a shelter, a place where slums are not art, they are simply where we live. It’s a place where albinos are not unicorns, they are only beautiful and ordinary. And it’s a place where gays are pained and also completely conventional. In this book, strange choppers fly and Africa is a landscape not simply for the past but for projections of the future,” says Sisonke Msimang, Editor in Chief and Head Judge.

    The Gerald Kraak Award is a joint initiative between The Other Foundation and the Jacana Literary Foundation.

    A judging panel made up of distinguished gender activist Sisonke Msimang, prominent social and political analyst Eusebius McKaiser and leading African feminist Sylvia Tamale selected thirteen finalists.

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Cape Town launch: Son by Neil Sonnekus

Melinda Ferguson Books invites you to the launch of Son by Neil Sonnekus. Sonnekus will be in conversation with Jonathan Ancer, the best-selling author of Spy – Uncovering Craig Williamson.

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Book launch: Apartheid Guns and Money by Hennie van Vuuren

Join Exclusive Books and Jacana Media as we lift the embargo on the much-anticipated book Apartheid Guns and Money: A tale of Profit.

The author, Hennie van Vuuren, talk-show host Redi Thlabi and David Lewis from Corruption Watch will discuss the implications of this book for dealing with our past and what it means for our troubled past.

This is necessary reading for anyone wanting to navigate the long shadow of state capture.

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Joburg launch: Son by Neil Sonnekus

Son is a stunning achievement in post-apartheid writing.

The debut novel by South African writer, Neil Sonnekus, Son brims with brio, verve and swagger. Though laugh-out-loud funny at times, it is also achingly poignant and deeply moving.

In Son, Sonnekus brilliantly captures the so-called Noughties with his tragi-comic creation Len Bezuidenhout, a recent divorcee whose quest for sex is as funny as his attempts to tease a hungover narrative fromhis father, a puritanical old curmudgeon. The two couldn’t be more different – or similar. They are both storytellers, but when the tale Len starts extracting from his old man is slowly revealed, it is everything but funny.

Through scalding humour, caustic wit and brutally frank interrogation into the country’s ‘post Rainbow Nation’ pathology, this stylistically imposing work is one of hilarity, bitter warmth and eventual grace.

Son is at times uproarious and unremittingly frank as it exposes politics as a tragic farce. It is both self-deprecating and sensual as it traverses the dark arts of sexual conquest and desire while it simultaneously unearths brutal anxieties around crime, alienation and aging.

As the author carves out an archaeological excavation of trauma, the fallout of war, masculinity, inter-generational memory and grief is unloaded. Central to Son is the brutal mirror of what it means to be a white man in South Africa, confronting a rapid loss of power while struggling to come to terms with stark socio-political change and the possibilities of living an unfulfilled and alienated life.

While it hums and whirs with sound, movement and humour, Son seamlessly takes the reader on a profound journey of compassion and self-understanding. In a dark and disturbing turn, it argues that the dominant colour of the rainbow has become not white nor black, but red. Blood red.

Son ultimately triumphs in laying to rest its personal and political ghosts.

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  • Date: Thursday, 04 May 2017
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Love Books, The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Bridget Hilton Barber
  • RSVP: Savannah Lucas, rsvp@jacana.co.za, 011 628 3200

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Book launch – Spy: Uncovering Craig Williamson by Jonathan Ancer


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Join author Jonathan Ancer in conversation with author, journalist and tweet writer, Gus Silber discussing Craig Williamson, the apartheid ‘super-spy’ turned killer.

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  • Date: Wednesday, 26 April 2017
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Love Books, The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg. | Map
  • RSVP: Savannah Lucas, Jacana Media, rsvp@jacana.co.za, 011 628 3200

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Book launch: Sibanda and the Black Sparrowhawk by C.M. Elliott

C.M. Elliott will be in conversation with Jenny Crwys-Williams on the continued adventures of Detective Inspector Jabulani Sibanda.

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  • Date: Thursday, 20 April 2017
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Love Books, The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Jenny Crwys-Williams
  • RSVP: Savannah Lucas, rsvp@jacana.co.za, 011 628 3200

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Listen to Lindiwe Hani discuss her father and the aftermath of his death at the launch of Being Chris Hani’s Daughter

This was a different launch. It was live on air – on Kaya FM. John Perlman interviewed Lindiwe Hani at the launch of her book Being Chris Hani’s Daughter, written with Melinda Ferguson. The crowd came to hear her talk about her life – dealing with the loss of her father, bearing the burden of his legacy, her addiction to cocaine and alcohol, and eventually coming face to face with the two men that murdered her father – Janusz Waluś and Clive Derby-Lewis.

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Book launch and exhibition: Traces and Tracks: A Thirty-Year Journey with the San by Paul Weinberg

Jacana Media and Origins Centre invite you to the launch and exhibition of Traces and Tracks – A Thirty-Year Journey with the San.

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Book launch: Being Chris Hani’s Daughter


 
 
MFBooks Joburg and The Mall of Rosebank in partnership with Zebra Square invite you to the launch of Being Chris Hani’s Daughter, by Lindiwe Hani and Melinda Ferguson.

In this intimate and searingly honest memoir, Lindiwe Hani recalls the 12 years she shared with her father, Chris, her hero, and the toll that his untimely death took on the Hani family. When she comes face-to-face with her father’s killers, she is finally able to confront her demons.

 
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Launch of It’s Me, Marah even livelier than expected!

Relatives, close friends and staunch admirers of iconic South African musician and actress, Marah Louw, recently congregated at Soweto’s Vilakazi Restaurant for the launch of Louw’s autobiography It’s Me, Marah.

Menus which read ‘Welcome to Mara’s Book Launch’ were positioned on exquisitely set tables. (In no way did the typo distract from the delicious authentic African dishes the attendees were treated to.)

The MC opened his introduction of Marah by stating that “today we celebrate a woman we haven’t had the opportunity to celebrate.”

And believe you me, celebrate we did…

Before the starter arrived, guests were treated to a live performance of a capella group The Harmony Singers; “they’re all my husbands,” Louw quipped during her surprise performance with the group at the end of the evening. (Eager to see the queen in action? Click here!)

The performance was followed by a poignant and meaningful speech by Thabiso Mahlaphe, founder of BlackBird Books, the publishers of It’s Me, Marah.

Two statements which stood out during Mahlape’s speech included her mentioning that she has heard many stories during her career as publisher, “yet Marah’s story will always stay with me. The reason I’m so fat is because so many stories stay with me,” she laughed.

Mahlape earnestly added that “I stand here with mixed emotions. As a young black woman I shouldn’t have waited this long for Marah to approach me; I should have approached her.”

The golden couple of South Africa’s musical theatre scene and age-old friends of Marah Louw, Des and Dawn Lindberg, were among the event-goers. The Lindbergs have known, travelled, and performed with Louw since the 1980s. Des entertained his fellow table members with stories of Dawn and Marah dancing with Mandela and De Klerk during the Newsmaker of the Year ceremony, and how Marah lost an entire suitcase during a cruise tour and had to dress in Dawn’s clothes for the remainder of their travels.

Guest speaker Elinor Sisulu initiated her discussion with Louw by asking her about the parts of her autobiography dedicated to her youth.

Louw candidly spoke about falling pregnant at 18, emphasising the significant role her high school principle played in supporting and urging her parents to allow her to continue her schooling..

Marah added that a lack of sexual education contributed to her unplanned pregnancy.

Whilst on the topic of education, Sisulu stated that “this book is about education. Our musicians are educators; it should be in every school in the country.”

Marah’s daughter Moratuwa spoke honestly about her mother’s past, asserting that “I’ve witnessed her abuse … She’s been through a lot. I watched her go on; she has no time for pity parties.”

Moratuwa also recalled her mother’s writing process, mentioning how Marah went through “many breakdowns, yet writing this book was a process of healing.

“I don’t think there’s a better shrink than what you did with this book,” Moratuwa concluded.

Nee, kyk. Judging by Louw’s fabulous attire, delightful demeanour and powerful mini-performance, this is one queen whose reign is far from over…

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