Members of the SA Booksellers Association and the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA) gathered at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Parktown, Johannesburg last night to applaud and be applauded. The annual event is set to thank and celebrate both booksellers and publishers for the roles they play in promoting literacy and a culture of reading by producing and selling quality books in South Africa. The theme for this year’s gala event was 50 Shades of Colour.
Canal Walk will welcome a new Exclusive Books Café tomorrow. Be sure to refill with some coffee and a book at the EB Café.
This year’s Annual Conference will take place on the 25th to 27th of August at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Parktown, Johannesburg. By bringing booksellers from around the country together annually to discuss matters of general interest we are able to identify many concerns in the industry and work together towards solutions. Members of the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA) will at the same time come together to discuss matters of the publishing industry. Read More.
Tales of an Icthyologist by Mike Bruton, (Jacana Media)
As I have matured, so have my reading tastes. I have evolved from the magical fairy tales of Enid Blyton I so loved as a child, to the fantasy realms of JRR Tolkien and Terry Pratchett that I lived in as a teenager. In my twenties I devoured fiction titles of all genre’s, especially those with a literary and romantic bent and I revisited Jane Austin and Barbara Trapido with an obsession that was only slightly less compulsive than the Tolkien addiction of before. In my thirties I found love and circumnavigated the world. With these two revelations, I found that only poetry could fill my heart and that non-fiction, with a bent towards the natural history and science sections, scintillated my mind. This wonder that we call earth, and especially her oceans, I discovered, are endlessly intriguing. I want to learn everything I can about it all. And what better way to achieve this than through books. So imagine my glee when Jacana Media asked if I would like to review a recently published book by one of the leading fish biologists in Africa, Mike Bruton.
Over the past weekend, Johannesburg played host to the South African Book Fair 2015. The diverse programme ensured that there were something for everyone, with a whole day devoted to learners, teachers and librarians. In total the festival brought together 100 authors, 44 new small publishers and 7 publishers from across the continent. For more news on the event visit the South African Book Fair website.
The Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre invite you to Open Book Cape Town from 9 – 13 September 2015. The programme for the fifth festival has been confirmed and tickets are now available on Webtickets. The festival will include over 100 discussions, debates and workshops over the five days. These events will feature more than twenty international authors and a wealth of local talent. View the full programme on the Open Book Website.
The National FET Literature Catalogue has been developed, approved and sent to provinces. After due consultation, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has decided that Grade 11 must be implemented in 2016, Grade 12 in 2017 and Grade 10 in 2018. See Circular S13 OF 2015
The SA Booksellers annually host a breakfast for booksellers and publishers at this time of year before the Annual General Meetings. This year the speaker was Prof Tim Noakes, who enlightened us all as to his theories around carbohydrates and insulin resistance and the unbelievable success of The Real Meal Revolution. He is a very convincing speaker and also an extremely likeable man. We left wondering how we were going to resist all the glories of a grain fed and high carb existance.
Die welbekende Afrikaanse digter, letterkundige en filosoof, T.T. Cloete is Woensdag, 29 Julie in die Mooi-Med hospitaal in die ouderdom van 91 jaar oorlede. Cloete is oor die naweek in die hospitaal opgeneem vir griep. In sy loopbaan het hy verskeie mylpale bereik waaronder die Ingrid Jonkerprys vir Poësie in 1980, viermaal die WA Hofmeyerprys vir Poësie, tweemaal die Hertzogprys vir Poësie en die Andrew Murrayprys.
Lees van die huldeblyke hier:
The Booksellers Choice Awards are almost here and it is time to vote for the book you think should be chosen as the Booksellers Choice of the year. The short list is:
150 Stories by Nataniël le Roux, published by Human & Rousseau
GoeiemÔre Mnr Mandela by Zelda la Grange, published by Penguin Books South Africa
Kamphoer by Francois Smith, published by Tafelberg Publishers
Low Carb is Lekker by Ine Reynierse, published by Struik Publishers
The Keeper by Marguerite Poland, published by Penguin Books South Africa
Send us your choice by emailing: email@example.com and stand a chance to win a copy of each book.
The SA Booksellers Association members celebrated World Book Day 2015 in a way similar to the UK and Ireland. A selection of children’s books was available in participating bookstores for only R15 during the month of April. Customers were asked to buy and donate these books by putting them in the donation bins in stores and also to buy copies to share with the children in their lives and under privileged children. Over 4 000 books were collected and handed over to Project Literacy’s Run Home to Read campaign on the 17th of July. Read More.
Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi told thousands of matric pupils that a new era of quality education would begin in the province’s township and rural schools this term. The department will implement its “paperless classroom” programme, which entails a move towards digital learning through the use of tablets. It also aims to have chalkboards replaced with LED screens. Moving beyond the pilot phase that began in seven schools since January, the programme went live on Tuesday morning in 375 high schools offering grade 12, “mainly in township and rural areas”. Bongani Nkosi from the Mail and Guardian gives a full report here.
We love the concept behind and the scope of the recently launched Lire en Short (Reading in shorts) children’s literary festival in France, which has nationwide literary events taking place during the summer school holidays when children and parents are looking for entertainment.
The CNL (Centre National du Livre) released a report in March that showed that the reading habits of the French have decreased amongst the 15-24 age group, and it is hoped that this festival will address this.
We have five tickets for the South African Book Fair up for grabs. The event runs for the 31st July – 2nd August and promises to be something wonderful. We love the #discoveryourbookself campaign they are running on Facebook and encourage our readers to discover their bookself. Its easy: Share the five books that have shaped your life on Facebook and include the hashtag #DiscoverYourBookself. Let us know what they are by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and stand a chance to win.
Technology is giving UK booksellers hope in their battle against Amazon with a new web extension, Bookindy, that encourages book lovers to browse Amazon and then buy from a local bookstore. It completely reverses the trend of customers browsing in bookshops and then buying on Amazon. We wish it every success. Check out Ed Nawotka’s article on this cool extension to Google Chrome.
Join us for this year’s South African Book Fair in Johannesburg from 31 July to 2 August. Download the full programme here.
For the past two years something wonderful has been happening at Paris’ Maison de la Poésie, a public space dedicated to prose in an alley aptly named Passage Molière.
Whether it’s a gathering of poetry on the subject of exile with readings in Spanish, French and Farsi, accompanied by a musical guitar trio, a meeting with Egyptian author Sonallah Ibrahim, or most recently, a series of events built around the theme of Paris and London with authors such as Martin Amis, Nick Hornby, Zadie Smith or Jonathan Coe, accompanied by musicians and actors, La Maison de la Poésie, which used to exclusively host poetry events is now brimming with literary creativity in all shapes and forms.
Doesn’t it sound glorious? Read more about this literary hub here.
At its annual Spring conference in the US, the STM Association launched its newest version of the Technology Trends for 2015, a series of three infographics which are very interesting to all players in the global book market.
Amazon currently has an Afrikaans section spanning over 3000 titles. David Henderson takes a look at which Afrikaans authors had a presence on the world’s largest eBook store, how they are selling and what they are doing right (or wrong).
Read his article here.