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Cape Town launch: Everyone is Present by Terry Kurgan (22 November)

In this book, Terry Kurgan begins with a family snapshot made by her Polish grandfather in 1939 on the eve of the war.

Presenting this evocative image as a repository of multiple histories – public, private, domestic, familial and generational – she sets off on a series of meditations on photography that give us startling insights into how photographs work: what they conceal, how they mislead, what provocations they contain.

Each essay takes up the thread of the story of her family’s epic journey across Europe as they flee – country by country – Nazi occupation, until they reach Cape Town, South Africa.

But Kurgan takes detours, circles back, diverts attention elsewhere, enriching and also disrupting the narrative with digressions on the way Google has changed our relationship to photography, on her grandfather’s eloquent daily journals, on the shipboard flirtations of her fascinating grandmother, on vanity, on self representation, on loss and return, home and exile.

Kurgan’s richly satisfying essays are part memoir, part travelogue, part analysis and they demonstrate her sophisticated understanding of a medium that has long engaged her as an artist.

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Jacana Media Launches Staging Post, a Division to Assist Writers with Self-Publishing

Jacana Media is delighted to announce the launch of Staging Post – The Stories We Tell. It is a publishing division devoted to assisting writers to self-publish their books. The growth of self-published books is not news. Self-publishing has existed for many years, but has been more on the margins of the publishing and bookselling world. Established publishing houses’ catalogues reflect their particular interests and concerns, and these limitations frequently close the door on some books.

Self-publishing has resolutely moved from the margins and is certainly a major contributor to overall sales. Staging Post – The Stories We Tell exists for authors to publish their own work. Authors can make use of our skills and resources to edit, typeset and design their book and thereafter to convert it to the various electronic platforms and print. At Jacana Media we have a particular interest in making beautiful books, ones to which we can bring as much craft as possible, and we hope to be able to spread this design element to those who choose to go it alone.

Staging Post has been conceived with simplicity in mind. To get started, simply contact our Custom Publishing manager, Leigh-Ann Harris.


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