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Launch of The Courage to Lead by Daphna Horowitz at Hollard, Johannesburg

The Courage to Lead: Leadership Lessons from KilimanjaroJacana Media invites you to the launch of Courage to Lead: Leadership Lessons from Kilimanjaro by Daphna Horowitz.

Do you find that leadership is an abstract concept, difficult to define and grasp? Or do you think it is a collection of simple, practical steps that can be applied with relative ease?

Daphna Horowitz will answer your questions and tell you more about her life-transforming journey climbing Kilimanjaro. With every step she took, she was drawn to the parallels between the climb and leadership. The summit is a metaphor for the vision every leader needs to hold, the mountain a metaphor for the largest obstacles standing in a leader’s way.

The launch will take place on 20 August at the Great Hall, Hollard Villa in Johannesburg. See you there.

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 20 August 2014
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Great Hall,
    Hollard Villa,
    22 Oxford Road,
    Parktown | Map
  • RSVP:, 011 628 3250

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Join Joanne Hichens and Contributors for the Launch of Adults Only at The Book Lounge

Adults Only: Stories of love, lust, sex and sexualityThe Book Lounge invites you to the launch of Adults Only, this year’s sexiest, most provocative fiction title.

Editor Joanne Hichens will be in discussion with a selection of Adults Only contributors, including Wamuwi Mbao, Dudumalingani Mqombothi, Donve Lee, Christine Coates, Kagure Tiffany Mugo, Eugene Yiga and Alex Smith.

The event is happening on Thursday, 21 August 2014 and starts at 5:30 for 6 PM.

Don’t miss out!

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 21 August 2014
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: The Book Lounge
    71 Roeland St
    Cape Town | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Wamuwi Mbao
  • Refreshments: Snacks and wine
  • RSVP:, 02 462 2425

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Join The New Radicals Author Glenn Moss for Dinner at the Troyeville Hotel

The New Radicals: A generational memoir of the 1970sYou are invited to join Antony Altbeker in conversation with Glenn Moss, author of The New Radicals: A generational memoir of the 1970s, at the Troyeville Hotel Dinner and Book Club.

The event will take place on Tuesday, 19 August 2014, and costs R199 (plus drinks). Booking is essential. Don’t miss it!

Parking: There are guards at the front and back of the hotel. To get to the back of the hotel turn into the small lane running along side Portugal Fisheries. Turn left and park. The guard will direct you to the stairs which take you directly to the restaurant.

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 19 August 2014
  • Time: 7:00 PM for 7:30 PM
  • Venue: The Troyeville Hotel
    1403 Albertina Sisulu Road
    Corner Wilhemeina Street (formerly 25 Bezuidenhout Street)
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Antony Altbeker
  • Refreshments: Catered supper
  • Cover charge: R199
  • RSVP:, 011 402 7709

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Gaiutra Bahadur to Launch Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture in Johannesburg and Durban

Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of IndentureJacana Media invites you to two launches of Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture by Gaiutra Bahadur, following the first launch at the Wits Origin Centre.

The second Johannesburg event takes place on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 at Swad Restaurant, Melrose Arch. There will be limited seating available, and dinner will be for the guests’ own account. This event starts at 6:30 PM.

The Durban launch is hosted by Adams Books and takes place at Ike’s Books and Collectables on Thursday, 14 August. The event starts at 6 PM.

Don’t miss these opportunities to meet and listen to Bahadur!


  • Date: Wednesday, 13 August 2014
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Swad Melrose Arch,
    Melrose Arch
    Entrance 3
    Melrose Arch Square
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Refreshments: Dinner for guests’ own account
  • RSVP:, 011 628 3250


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Excerpt: Browse Through a Preview of Ken Barris and Michael Cope’s Sunderland

SunderlandJacana Media has shared a flipping preview of Sunderland by Ken Barris and Michael Cope.

In the preview, we get introduced to Arthur, one of the main characters in the story, writing a letter to his wife, who is slicing vegetables in the kitchen. He tells her about receiving his 27th rejection letter from a publisher, and proclaims his novel “dead in the water”. After the letter and an entry in Arthur’s diary, things get meta, as Arthur transcribes an obituary he has found in journal New Contrast, by Michael Cope, for the poet Charles de Villiers.

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Podcast: Cyril Karabus Discusses Blood Money and the Events that Led to His Arrest

Blood MoneyProfessor Cyril Karabus recently joined Pippa Hudson in the 567 Cape Talk studio to talk about the ordeals he endured in the UAE, as related in Blood Money: The Cyril Karabus Story by Suzanne Belling.

77-year-old Karabus, a world-renowned paediatric oncologist, was arrested en route home to Cape Town with his wife and family after attending his son’s wedding in Toronto. Without his knowledge, he had been tried in absentia in 2004 in Abu Dhabi and found guilty of manslaughter after the death of a three-year-old Yemeni girl, who had died from acute myeloblastic leukaemia.

In the interview Karabus shares his story with Hudson. Listen to the podcast:

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Join Gaiutra Bahadur for the Launch of Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture at the Origins Centre

Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of IndentureJacana Media and Wits University invite you to the launch of the newly released Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture by Gaiutra Bahadur.

This gripping book is about the repressed history of some quarter-of-a-million female “coolies”. Disparaged as fallen, many were runaways, widows or outcasts, and many migrated alone. Coolie Woman chronicles their epic passage from Calcutta to the Caribbean, from departures akin either to kidnap or escape, through sea voyages rife with sexual exploitation, to new worlds where women were in short supply.

The launch takes place on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 at the Origins Centre and is set to start at 5 PM. Bahadur will be in discussion with Professor Shireen Hassim, Professor Isabel Hofmeyer and Dr Nafisa Essop Sheik.

See you there!

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 12 August 2014
  • Time: 5:00 PM
  • Venue: Origins Centre,
    Tapestry Room
    Corner Yale and Enoch Sontonga
    Wits University
    Braamfontein | Map
  • Guest Speakers: Shireen Hassim, Isabel Hofmeyer and Nafisa Essop Sheik
  • RSVP:, 011 628 3250

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Join Paul O’Sullivan for a Literary Dinner at The Troyeville Hotel

To Catch A Cop: The Paul O'Sullivan StoryJoin Paul O’Sullivan, the crusading investigator who’s been central to so many of SA’s most explosive trials, for dinner at The Troyeville Hotel.

O’Sullivan’s role in the arrest of South Africa’s most powerful policeman, and the world’s top cop, Jackie Selebi is elucidated in Marianne Thamm’s To Catch A Cop: The Paul O’Sullivan Story.

The event will take place on Thursday, 7 August, and Ray White from the Talk Radio 702 news team will be in conversation with O’Sullivan.

This event is presented in conjunction with Jenny Crwys-Williams’s Bloody Book Week.

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Podcast: Michele Magwood Chats to Hazel Crampton About Her New Book The Side of the Sun at Noon

The Side of the Sun at NoonHazel Crampton recently followed up her best-selling book The Sunburnt Queen with another fascinating historical study: The Side Of The Sun At Noon.

Sunday Times contributing editor Michele Magwood spoke to Crampton about her search for evidence of the mythical Chobona tribe, first mentioned at the Cape of Good Hope in the 1600s.

Magwood’s TM LIVE Book Show streams online every Thursday at 2 PM.

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Video: Malaika wa Azania Asserts She Uses the Term “Born Free” Ironically in Memoirs of a Born Free

Memoirs of a Born FreeMalaika wa Azania, author of Memoirs of a Born Free: Reflections on the Rainbow Nation, says she uses the term “born free” ironically, and that her book in fact rejects the notion.

In an interview with Polity, Wa Azania is asked whether she considers herself a born free, a term used to describe young South Africans born after the first “free and fair” elections in 1994.

“I certainly reject the notion,” Wa Azania says. “Even in the book I speak about how I feel the term born free is a false thesis. The entire narrative around what born frees are is itself a false thesis. I don’t believe there is such a group of people called born frees.”

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