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Join Zapiro for the Launch of DemoCrazy: SA’s Twenty-Year Trip at The Bioscope

DemoCrazy: SA's Twenty-Year TripJacana Media and The Bioscope Independent Cinema invite you to the launch of Zapiro’s new collection DemoCrazy: SA’s Twenty-Year Trip.

DemoCrazy – Zapiro’s “greatest hits” – records South Africa’s two-decade roller-coaster ride from the landmark elections in 1994 to today.

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Join Zapiro for the Launch of DemoCrazy: SA’s Twenty-Year Trip at Exclusive Books Hyde Park

DemoCrazy: SA’s Twenty-Year TripJacana Media and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of DemoCrazy: SA’s Twenty-Year Trip by Zapiro on Saturday, 2 August.

The event takes place at Exclusive Books Hyde Park and starts at noon.

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Jacana and Nal’ibali Share a Madiba-inspired Children’s Book this Mandela Day

The Herd BoyDie veewagtertjieTo celebrate Mandela Day today, Nal’ibali and Jacana Media have made the children’s book The Herd Boy, by Niki Daly, freely available to read in isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho, English and Afrikaans.

“I love playing and chatting with children … feeding and putting them to bed with a little story, and being away from the family has troubled me throughout my life.” – Nelson Mandela, 1981

The Herd Boy is a story of empowerment, self-belief and leadership, inspired by the life of former president Nelson Mandela.

The full story is available as a flip-through book on the Jacana Media website, and there is also an audio clip of the author reading the story available to download.

Nal’ibali Cluster Mentors and Story Sparkers will also be reading the story aloud at more than 300 Nal’ibali reading clubs all over South Africa.

“The life story of Nelson Mandela as reflected in Niki Daly’s book is a poignant reminder of the potential all children carry inside them – irrespective of their backgrounds,” comments Carole Bloch, director of PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), which is driving the Nal’ibali campaign that is working to spark the potential of every child in South Africa through storytelling and reading.

Children who are immersed in great and well-told stories – and in languages they understand –become inspired and are motivated to learn to read for themselves. Such personally rewarding learning is a recipe for successful literacy development, which contributes to children’s long-term educational success.

“We hope that by sharing this story widely, as many adults and children as possible will be inspired and motivated to continue reading together, long after Mandela Month,” adds Carol Broomhall, Jacana Media publisher.

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New: Election 2014 Edited by Collette Schulz-Herzenberg and Roger Southall

Election 2014Providing the latest in what is already a formidable record of the electoral history of South African democracy

As voters articulate their judgments of the parties and leaders in their fifth democratic election, Elections 2014 South Africa: The campaigns, results and future prospects provides a platform for in-depth discussion and analysis of party campaigns, voting patterns and election results of the 2014 general elections.

“South Africa witnessed a steady decline in electoral participation during its first twenty years of democracy. While the election results appear relatively stable across the five elections, particularly for the governing ANC, overall voter participation decreased.” – “Trends in electoral participation, 1994–2014″ by Collette Schulz-Herzenberg

Following the tradition of previous volumes that cover South Africa’s national and provincial elections since 1994, including Zunami! The 2009 South African elections, edited by Roger Southall and John Daniel, Election 2014 South Africa draws on the expertise of renowned authors to cover important aspects of the election, including the major political party campaigns, the media’s coverage of the campaigns, the latest trends in political participation and party fortunes, gender dynamics, the black middle class, as well as insights into the voter and public opinion on the eve of the election.

Contributors include:

Readers are presented with more than a mere study of a single election; it also provides a contemporary understanding of electoral politics and democracy in South Africa over two democratic decades and reflects on how elections strengthen the quality and prospects for democracy.

About the editors

Collette Schulz-Herzenberg is a Research Associate at the Department of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch and recently completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) at the University of Cape Town. She has worked for the Institute for Security Studies, the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), and as an elections analyst for the South African Broadcasting Corporation during elections.

Roger Southall is a Professor Emeritus in Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand, having formerly held senior positions at the Human Sciences Research Council and Rhodes University. He has published extensively on African and South African politics and political economy. He established and co-edited the State of the Nation series of collected essays on contemporary South Africa, and likewise the current New South African Review series edited out of the Department of Sociology at Wits.

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Join Jami Yeats-Kastner for the Launch of Sam and Me & the Hard Pear Tree at Stanford Hills Estate

Sam and Me and the Hard Pear TreeJacana Media invites you to the launch of Sam and Me & the Hard Pear Tree by Jami Yeats-Kastner at the Stanford Hills Estate Tasting Room on Friday, 25 July.

Yeats-Kastner will be discussing the transformative experience of seeing her writing develop from a blog into a book as she recounts the tragedy that led her to an enlightening path of self-discovery.

The event starts at 6 PM for 6:30 PM.

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Jami Yeats-Kastner Presents Sam and Me & the Hard Pear Tree: Her Memoir on the Aftermath of Her Son’s Death

Sam and Me and the Hard Pear TreeNew from Jacana Media, Sam and Me & the Hard Pear Tree by Jami Yeats-Kastner:

This is a very sad book but not a depressing one. Sam’s death forces her to confront other personal truths about herself, her life and Sam’s older special needs brother, Jack.

Jami shares her journey with searing honesty and a wry sense of humour and, as she finds her way back into the light, it becomes less about grief and more about self-discovery, about synchronicity and about following the signs that are everywhere. If this story has a message, it is that finding your own true path is the only way to personal self-fulfilment and that it is only when we are ourselves fulfilled that we can be of proper service to others. Initially an unwilling seeker, this is what Jami eventually discovers, and in doing so she draws on all her available strength and inspirational new insights to continue building a happy future for herself and her young family.

About the author

Jami Yeats-Kastner is a 39-year-old mother of three amazing boys. Her youngest son, 18-month-old Sam, tragically drowned in the family’s swimming pool at their house on Friday 8 February 2013. Jami has written about her grief on her blog on Sam and Me & the Hard Pear Tree is her first book.

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A Collection of Articles and Reviews of Thando Mgqolozana’s Unimportance

UnimportanceThando Mgqolozana launched his third novel, Unimportance, earlier this year. The stream-of-consciousness novel is an allegorical look at the way we choose our political leaders.

Charl Blignaut from City Press called the book’s release “the best literary news of the week” in April and Fikile Moya from Pretoria News wrote that the book “delivers more than the words and the images on the pages”. Read these and other articles collected by Jacana Media from print sources:

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Join JP Landman for the Launch of The Long View in Port Elizabeth

The Long ViewJacana Media, Fogarty’s Bookshop and the GFI Gallery are pleased to invite you to the launch of The Long View by JP Landman.

The event will be held on Thursday 31 July at 6:30 PM.

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  • Date: Thursday, 31 July 2014
  • Time: 6:30 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: GFI Gallery (formerly known as Ron Belling Gallery),
    30 Park Drive
    Port Elizabeth | Map
  • RSVP:, 041 368 1425

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New: Second Short Sharp Stories Anthology, Adults Only Edited by Joanne Hichens

Adults OnlyWithin the pages of Adults Only lies a wonderful range of modern sex writing; stories that are raw, dangerous and powerful, as well as those that are delicate, sensitive and poignant. This book will expose you to provocative and erotic stories that titillate the senses, as well as perverse stories that are riotously funny (but not quite pornography). Adults Only offers a sense of real characters caught in tangled webs of love and lust; the stories included run the gamut from raw and dangerous to sensitive and reserved.

Adults Only is the second of the SHORT.SHARP.STORIES annual anthologies, produced in conjunction with the National Arts Festival to showcase South African fiction-writing talent. Following 2013’s successful Bloody Satisfied, an eclectic mix of crime-thriller stories, this year’s anthology covers the fashionable theme of sex and sensuality. An anthology from established authors and rising talents, Adults Only is South African short-story writing at its best.

“Whatever you are looking for – filth, fantasy, tenderness, suspense or a grand belly laugh – you will find it here.” – Helena S Paige

About the editor

Joanne Hichens, curator of the SHORT.SHARP.STORIES awards, is an author, editor and creative-writing teacher at Rhodes University. She has edited three short-story anthologies, Bad Company, The Bed Book of Short Stories and Bloody Satisfied. Her first novel Divine Justice was published in 2011.

About the contributors

The contributors are established authors and journalists as well as previously unpublished writers. They are: Ken Barris, Efemia Chela, Christine Coates, Anthony Ehlers, Chantelle Gray van Heerden, Bobby Jordan, Aryan Kaganof, Donvé Lee, Carla Lever, Justine Loots, Alexander Matthews, Sean Mayne, Wamuwi Mbao, Dudumalingani Mqombothi, Tiffany Kagure Mugo, Nick Mulgrew, Gillian Rennie, Arja Salafranca, Alex Smith, Jo Stielau, Alan Walters, Eugene Yiga. The book features a foreword by Helena S. Paige, and an introduction by Makhosazana Xaba.

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Join The Troyeville Hotel Book Club in a Chat with Glenn Moss, Author of The New Radicals

The New Radicals: A generational memoir of the 1970sThe Troyeville Hotel Book Club invites you to a chat with Glenn Moss about his recently published book, The New Radicals.

The event will take place on Tuesday, 22 July, at 7 for 7:30 PM sharp. Booking is essential.

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