This next weekend marks the 5th Cape Town Book Fair, being held at the CTICC. (That’s the Cape Town International Convention Centre for those not in the know).
I can’t wait! Last year I went along with The Man and Bean in tow and I had an awful time, I had to rush past stands full of books, stands full of pamphlets, stands full of all things bookish because The Man was grumpy. This year, I am going alone. I am planning an all day event, to browse, to peruse, to gain my full enjoyment of having an entire afternoon dedicated to looking at books.
In the chefs kitchen, Tina Bester will be there at 3pm on Saturday 31st July, and in case any of you are wondering who she is, she is the author of Bake. The most delicious book on baking that one could ask for,and she has a fairly new book out called ‘Comfort’, which I am itching to get my hands on.
Amongst many other authors that I haven’t heard of, I know, bad me! Jodie Picoult will be at the fair doing Book signings. As well as staying at the Mount Nelson Hotel, you can purchase tickets at R165 for a high tea together with Jodie on the 1st August for 10.30am.
Me, I just want to look at books!
For all the info you need head on over here :
and if that doesn’t tempt you, if you use your book shop loyalty card, you can get 50% off the entry price!
See you there?!
As you all know life has been a little busy of late, but I haven’t forgotten about this post. Have you?
If you are still interested, please fill in the Parcel Partner submission form at the top of the page by the 29 July 2010 and we can get cracking on those early Christmas presents!
The Angina Monologues by Rosamund Kendal is her second novel(her first being ‘The Karma Suture’) depicting the lives of female doctors doing their first year year of community service in the rural parts of South Africa.
The story tells us of the lives of three female doctors finding love, courage and compassion as they do their residency at a rural hospital.
Pampered, spoilt Rachel struggles to establish her independence and learns to love across the cultural divide. Conservative, beautiful Seema struggles to end a relationship that has become increasingly abusive. And street-savvy Nomsa finally learns to accept a past she has spent a lifetime denying.
I really enjoyed this book, as much as I did her first one and it shows the state of rural hospitals in the ‘third world’ How AIDS is still a ‘silent death’ and how with compassion much can be overcome.
I urge you to read this book, if only for the ‘seeing’ what it is like in hospitals. I know I would not be able to be a doctor, but have huge respect for those that are and the work that they do.
Blankets by Craig Thompson is a graphic novel of great beauty with sadness in it too.
I am not averse to graphic novels, but have to say that they haven’t been high on my list of priorities when choosing a book to read but that has now changed. I discovered a review of this book near the beginning of the year and it apart from the striking cover, the review had only good things to say.
While at the library last week, I had a look in the graphic novel section on the off chance it would be there, and what luck! There it was. It wasn’t what I was expecting, in the first case, it was a thick book! I had envisioned it being thin and large, yet, it was a tome of a book. Great!
I started reading it as soon as I could, and it was another one of those,that I could not put down. I took me a day to read, in amidst looking after a busy toddler- that is one thing that graphic novels have in their favour, they have pictures and few words, perfect for when you don’t have time to concentrate.
The story line is simple and is a coming-of-age autobiography, the book tells the story of Thompson’s childhood in an Evangelical Christian family, his first love, and his early adulthood. Thompson has said that the novel grew out of a simple idea: to describe what it feels like to sleep next to someone for the first time.
The graphics are beautiful and striking, simple and effective. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend you to read it. It brings back nostalgia for reading picture books, and, that first love.