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Join Hazel Crampton, with Nancy Richards, for the Launch of Dagga: A Short History at Kalk Bay Books

Dagga: A Short HistoryJacana and Kalk Bay Books would like to invite you to the launch of Dagga: A Short History by Hazel Crampton.

Crampton will be speaking about her new book, a witty and thought-provoking overview of dagga in South Africa, with Nancy Richards.

The event will be on Tuesday, 29 September, at 6 for 6:30 PM at Kalk Bay Books.

Don’t miss out!

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  • Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2015
  • Time: 6 for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Kalk Bay Books
    124 Main Road
    Kalk Bay | Map
  • Interviewer: Nancy Richards
  • RSVP:, 021 788 2266

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Join Mary Burton for the Launch of The Black Sash: Women for Justice and Peace in Durban

Invitation to the launch of The Black Sash: Women for Justice and Peace

The Black Sash: Women for Justice and PeaceThe Black Sash Durban Regional Office and Jacana Media invite you to the launch of The Black Sash: Women for Justice and Peace by Mary Ingouville Burton.

Burton will talk about her book, which captures the fascinating slice of South Africa’s struggle history, on Monday, 21 September, at Archies Café in the Diakonia Centre in Durban.

The conversation will start at 12:30 for 1 PM, and afterwards books will be on sale, courtesy of Cedric of Adams Books.

The Black Sash tells the story of how privileged, white women contributed to the fall of apartheid.

Don’t miss it!

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An Interview with Nakhane Toure, Musician and Novelist, About Ways and Whys of Working with Words

Piggy Boy's BluesNakhane Touré is a musician who, already having a much coveted SAMA award to his name, has now stepped into the world of literature.

Touré was recently interviewed by Glamour about his debut novel Piggy Boy’s Blues.

In the interview, Touré speaks about the differences between writing songs and writing a novel, how he deals with writer’s block and where he finds inspiration for his writing.

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Your song lyrics seem to be quite personal, is your novel the same?

Nakhane: The novel is different in that these are created characters, and I, like a puppeteer, have given them life, emotions, things to love, things to hate, bad and good habits, etc. But as much as that is true, I wanted the story to be quite intimate, and in that respect, one could say that it is personal.

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Don’t Miss the Launch of Elleke Boehmer’s Enthralling New Novel, The Shouting in the Dark, in Joburg

Shouting in the DarkJacana Media and David Krut Projects invite you to the launch of The Shouting in the Dark by Elleke Boehmer.

JM Coetzee had this to say about the novel: “The story, as disturbing as it is enthralling, of a girl’s struggle to emerge from under the dead weight of her father’s oppression while at the same time searching for a secure footing in the moral chaos of South Africa of the apartheid era.”

Boehmer’s acclaimed biography of Nelson Mandela (2008) has been translated into Arabic, Malaysian, Thai, Kurdish, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese. She has published several other books, and was a judge of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize.

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“Not Banting for Kids” – Tim Noakes’ Raising Superheroes Launched in Cape Town

Jonno Proudfoot, Bridget Surtees and Tim Noakes

Tim NoakesRaising SuperheroesRaising Superheroes, the widely anticipated sequel to the remarkable best-seller The Real Meal Revolution, was officially launched at an evening function at The Sports Science Institute in Newlands, Cape Town, on Monday, 14 September. Available in bookstores nationwide, the book is co-authored by chef and entrepreneur, Jonno Proudfoot; scientist, author and athlete, Professor Tim Noakes; and paediatric dietician, Bridget Surtees. Bailey Schneider of SmileFM MC’d the event, and shared her own low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) story of losing 27kgs through banting.

Raising Superheroes’ focus is on giving children the best possible chance of avoiding obesity and diabetes. The diabetes epidemic is described as a “tsunami” by Noakes – “one that will consume and destroy populations and bankrupt governments within the next 10 years if not halted”. The book aims to provide tools and information to continue The Real Meal Revolution’s mission to educate “from the ground-up”.

Says Proudfoot: “Consumers have all the power, we need to build on the revolution that was created with the first book in order to get industry and corporates to open their eyes and make the change. We aren’t promoting anything that isn’t natural, real or wholesome.”

“People have to take their own health into their hands and educate their doctors and communities,” continued Noakes. “There is significant science behind the recipes and suggestions and it’s in every individual’s best interest to take the time to understanding our own human biology. It’s an investment in their future health.”

Surtees – whose career includes extended spells working at University College Hospital in London and Sydney Children’s Hospital in Australia – offers workable evidence- based advice underscored by the practicalities of parenthood. According to Surtees, Raising Superheroes is “a practical, balanced and simple guide for parents that focuses on nutrition and positive food choices. It’s not ‘banting for kids’ and does include some of the carbohydrates that are not suggested for insulin-resistant adults.”

Proudfoot has produced over 120 lipsmacking recipes designed to give children a love for real food and a hunger for greatness. As Proudfoot says: “Real Meal Revolution, the company, started as a partnership between a business, an NGO and a team of researchers. The aim was to make a sustainable success of changing consumer behaviour. As a parent myself, the next logical step was to start looking at what our children are eating – starting in the womb! And to prevent, rather than cure.”

Throughout the book, parents are shown how to eliminate (or drastically reduce) sugar and refined carbohydrates from their children’s diets and to include more real, non-processed whole foods. The chapters explain and demonstrate what children (and mothers) should be eating at every stage in life. From pregnancy to weaning, from toddlers to teens – the book is a step-by-step guide to raising a family in a healthy, practical way that will result in the next generation having a healthy relationship with food. “There are more obese people in the world today than the entire global population 100 years ago. And is there any wonder when there’s up to eight-and-a-quarter teaspoons of sugar in your kids’ favourite cereal, never mind all the added sugar in juice-boxes and treats,” says Proudfoot. “All we’re saying is, rather than trying to turn overweight, unhealthy people into slimmer, healthier versions of themselves, what about stopping them from becoming overweight and unhealthy in the first place?”

One of the age-old beliefs, countered in this book, is that carbohydrates are essential for a child’s growth and brain development. Carbs are also often called a source of dietary fibre and other “essential nutrients” (although consumers are never really told what exactly those nutrients are). Says Noakes: “It is important to remember that there are no essential carbohydrates and that there are only three uses for carbohydrates in the human body. They can be stored as glycogen – the human equivalent of starch – in the liver and muscles; they can be used as an energy fuel; or they must be turned into fat. There are no other alternatives. A growing baby cannot build muscles and bones from carbohydrates nor, for that matter, brains.”

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“We Have to Know Each Others’ Histories”: Mary Burton Launches The Black Sash: Women for Justice and Peace

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A large audience gathered at The Book Lounge on a chilly August evening to listen to Mary Ingouville Burton, long-time president of the Black Sash and a former commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Mervyn Sloman, who owns the shop, suggested that the spontaneous and uncharacteristic hush that fell upon those gathered was a mark of incredible respect for the author on the occasion of the launch of her book, The Black Sash: Women for Justice and Peace.

Sloman said the book told the history of the organisation that Nelson Mandela described as “the conscience of white South Africa”. Many who had known and admired Burton – and some who had stood beside her in the quest for justice and peace in South Africa’s relatively recent history – were there to raise a glass to the book’s successful publication.

Mary Burton and Mervyn SlomanThe Black Sash“I found it incredibly informative. The anecdotal style that permeates the writing makes for easy reading. It’s a book that enables you to get a sense of witnessing a lot of what went on in the Sash. I recommend it very highly,” Sloman said.

Sloman noted that Burton had recently been appointed an honorary research fellow at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for African Studies, which had created the space that facilitated the author to write the book which had taken more than a dozen years of research.

Burton recalled first thinking about writing the book when the Black Sash changed its structure and became a different kind of organisation. Having perceived the need for the history to be recorded, she then felt it as a duty. She mentioned the enormous repository of archival material she had in her home, confessing that she was “a terrible hoarder!”

She discussed the fascinating research that went into writing the book, including recorded interviews with former members of the organisation and combing the archives at Wits University where the personal papers of some of the founding members are stored. “I thought it would be an easy book to write because I knew the organisation so well, but it became progressively more difficult because as I gathered a huge amount of material I became more anxious about my capacity to tell the story of the organisation,” she said.

Burton travelled widely to talk to those who had been active in the organisation. She recalled doing a group interview in the home of Judy Chalmers in Port Elizabeth. “All the wonderful stories and the memories came tumbling out. Those voice recordings are now available for future researchers,” she said.

Describing the papers in the Wits archive as “a fantastic load of South African history” she reflected on the privilege and gift of the Black Sash history: “We were working with people who were literate and who were interested, many of them writers or journalists, or people who studied what we were working on. The documents are valuable and are part of our history. Many other organisations were on the run and couldn’t keep their documents safe. This is part of the contribution we make to South African history.”

Sloman asked about how she had known when to stop. “There were so many wonderful stories – of great ingenuity and great courage – that I had to gather, and then prune. I think there is a bias in the book towards the early members. I ran out of space and time to use more information on the members from the later years,” she said. Sloman’s only criticism was that there was not much of the author in the book. He said, “I expected more of Mary in it!”

For her, the intention was to focus on the women who made the organisation what it was. Initially her goal was to write an academic treatise about the history. “It was not about me,” she said and yet the group of writers who met at the Grail insisted that she put her own voice into the book. This was not an easy process, but one she did to enable the reader to connect with the text more fully.

Burton commented on the new generation of South Africans who know very little about the country’s history of the last 60 years. “It’s only now starting to be taught in schools. If we are going to build a more united country, we have to know each others’ histories,” she said.

The audience engaged with the author in a deep and penetrating question and answer session, followed by a long queue of readers who waited for Burton to sign their copies of The Black Sash: Women for Justice and Peace.

For those of you who missed the launch, download and listen to the podcast, made available by The Book Lounge.

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Liesl Jobson (@LieslJobson) tweeted live from the event using the hashtag #livebooks:



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Join Pumla Dineo Gqola and Melinda Ferguson for the Launch of Rape: A South African Nightmare at Love Books

Invitation to the launch of Rape

Rape: A South African NightmareJacana and Love Books would like to invite you to the launch of Rape: A South African Nightmare by Pumla Dineo Gqola.

This is a conclusive book on rape in South Africa, illuminating aspects of South Africa’s rape problem and contributing to shifting the conversation forward. Gqola will be speaking about the book with Melinda Ferguson.

The launch is at Love Books on Thursday, 17 September, at 5:30 for 6 PM.

See you there!

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  • Date: Thursday, 17 September 2015
  • Time: 5:30 for 6 PM
  • Venue: Love Books
    The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre
    53 Rustenburg Road
    Melville | Map
  • Interviewer: Melinda Ferguson
  • RSVP: Nomzamo Buyani,, 011 628 3200

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South Africa’s Fusion Father, Shane Sauvage, is Back with More Innovative Cuisine in Cape Fusion

Cape FusionJacana is proud to present Cape Fusion, Shane Sauvage’s third book of innovative home cuisine:

South Africa’s fusion father, Shane Sauvage, is back with an ocean-inspired, all-new take on South African regional ingredients and flavours. Owner of La Pentola restaurant, Sauvage is the winner of the American Express Platinum Fine Dinning Award for the 11th year running, only one of 89 restaurants country wide to carry this honour. Chef Shane is taking food creation and wine pairing to another level.

With combinations to tempt the palate and fill your table with a feast of innovative and delicious cuisine made easy for the home cook, Cape Fusion is a sensory journey amplified by world-class, step-by-step food photography and scenic photography capturing the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.

A unique feature of this recipe book that raises it a notch above the rest is the interactive food and wine pairing chapter. Here with the use of videography and QR coding you can experience first-hand interaction between Chef Shane and multi award-winning wine maker Johann Fourie of KWV. All created to further your understanding of “Terrior” cultivars, regionality and how they influence the pairing process.

Three decades of dedication to his passion and a fresh adventurous lust for life are the base ingredients that make this book. A must for every kitchen where creativity knows no bounds and the celebration of life rules supreme.

Cape Fusion is Chef Shane’s third book. His second book In Fusion (2009) won the best South African chefs book published at the Gourmand Awards in 2009. His first book Edge of Fusion, was published in 2007.

About the Author

Shane Sauvage started out in the restaurant business over 30 years ago from bus boy to head waiter, from prep chef to executive chef working in some of Gauteng’s top restaurants until opening La Pentola in 1995. With La Pentola as a platform Sauvage’s career soared to new heights. With the invention of Aztec Mushrooms, Sauvage’s television career became a reality working on ETV in the mornings along side South Africa’s top comedians. With television exposure La Pentola exploded from a 40-seater restaurant into a hundred seats buzzing with energy and creativity. He was also asked to represent South African chefs at the prestigious Good Food and Wine Show where he shared the stage with all the big names in BBC Food (From Brian Turner to James Martin). Sauvage is the proud holder of a blazon awarded by the Chaines Des Rotiseurs of France. Now with his second restaurant in Hermanus, he continues to delight locals and tourists alike with his unique home grown South African fusion cuisine.

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A Country Made of Oil and Goodwill – Ricardo Soares de Oliveira Launches Magnificent and Beggar Land

Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

The launch of Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola since the Civil War by Ricardo Soares de Oliveira was a magnificent event. The author’s profoundly interesting discussion kept guests enthralled for the better part of an hour as he spoke about Angola, the extensive research he undertook to write the book, how he sees the country now and what he envisions for its future.

Antonio Tomas and Ricardo Soares de OliveiraMagnificent and Beggar LandAngolan anthropologist Antonio Tomas, who is currently at Stellenbosch University, joined De Oliveira in conversation. Tomas invited the author to give those present an idea of the whole project.

De Oliveira reflected on his first-hand experience of Angola in the late war years, and immediately after it had ended. He said, “Angola went through a war that lasted, in one shape or another, for about 41 years: the anti-colonial war, the cold war proximum that South Africa was intimately involved with and, finally, the last years of the 20th Century. This period destroyed much of the country and left a legacy. We don’t know how many people died, but up to a million Angolans are said to have died during this period. The country was entirely destroyed.”

He said the reconstruction mode didn’t start immediately after the war, partly because of the low oil price. “Oil had been the lifeline for the Angolan regime which had been the second largest oil producer in Africa, and this had enabled the regime to win the war.” Because of the enormous resources expended to win the war, he says, “the regime was cash strapped at the beginning of the peace period. For a few years the situation was unsettled”. However, he says, by 2007 the political project of reconstruction was afoot, and it was surprisingly full.

De Oliveira cited three conditions that allowed Angola to pursue an autonomous and somewhat eccentric path to national reconstruction:

“The first one is that this wasn’t a woolly peace process, unlike many others in post-Cold War Africa that ended with power sharing and UN-brokered peace accords. Angola was an old-fashioned destruction of the rebels by the government which allowed it to define the terms of the peace in its own uncompromising terms. It allowed it to think about peace as a rebuilding of the country in its own image. This was an important prerequisite for the project that ensued,” he said.

The second aspect relates to the country’s oil production. De Oliveira says, “In 2002 Angola was already a major oil producer, producing just less than a million barrels a day. By 2008, Angola was producing about two million barrels a day. In 2002, the oil price was at $22/barrel. By 2008, it was $147/barrel. The Angolan GDP went from $12 billion in 2002 to somewhere near $130 billion last year. The growth and development that this allows for is obvious. During the decade that the book explores, the Angolan economy has become the third largest in sub-Saharan Africa, three times larger than the Kenyan economy and larger than the whole of east Africa together.

“We’re thinking of a very different scale to the usual post-war reconstruction trajectory in Africa or elsewhere. Yet another number that gives you an inkling of what was made available by these numbers. From 2006 until 2014, every year the Angolan budget was larger than the OECD Aid to Africa as a whole. With the amounts that were conjured out of the ground during this period, if you add the war victory to the autonomy, you can start to see why Angola, especially after 2005, was able to define the peace in its own way.

The third factor contributing to Angola’s national reconstruction was the coming of China. “Until 2004 Angola was trying to negotiate with the traditional western governments for some sort of aid. Western donors were not forthcoming. They argued that corruption was rife in Angola and that the oil institutions had to be reformed before any meaningful donor money could be brought into the country. By 2004 China entered the picture, providing Angola with an estimated $20 billion in credit loans, building another wall of autonomy enabling the regime to further its national project of reconstruction.

The book tries to understand the project of national reconstruction. It tries to understand the victor’s vision, what they tried to bring about, and what has actually happened in the last decade.

Tomas and De Oliveira engaged in the topic further, leading to a fascinating and in-depth question and answer session. Those who attended were well rewarded with an insightful presentation on this incompletely understood country. The author signed copies of his book bought by interested members of the audience, and accepted their well wishes and congratulations.


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Get Your Copy of A City Refracted Signed by Graeme Williams at the FNB Joburg Art Fair

A City RefractedGraeme Williams will be signing copies of his book A City Refracted at the FNB Joburg Art Fair at 2 PM on Saturday, 12 September.

Johannesburg is a unique city. It is made up of separate communities that differ greatly in terms of wealth, education, race and cultural background. The city is a stark reflection of the country’s social polarisation and in many ways refutes the dream of a rainbow nation. In his book, Williams documents the changes evident over time and through space in the city.

Don’t miss the chance to get your copy signed!

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  • Date: Saturday, 12 September 2015
  • Time: 2 PM
  • Venue: FNB Joburg Art Fair
    Sandton Convention Centre
    161 Maude St
    Sandton | Map

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