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Join Trevor Romain for the Launch of Blind Date at a Funeral at Love Books

Blind Date at a Funeral by Trevor Romain

Blind Date at a FuneralPenguin Books would like to invite you to the launch of Blind Date at a Funeral by Trevor Romain.

The South African-born author has been based in America for almost 30 years and will join his readers on Thursday, 4 June, at Love Books for an evening of fun, wine and conversation.

Blind Date at a Funeral is a collection of coming-of-age stories which the author recorded in journals, notebooks and on beer-stained bar napkins over the years.

The event will start at 6 for 6:30 PM. RSVP before Tuesday, 2 July, to ensure a seat and a glass of wine.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Thursday, 4 June 2015
  • Time: 6 for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Love Books
    The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre
    53 Rustenburg Road
    Melville | Map
  • RSVP:, 011 726 7408

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Gareth Crocker Chats about Jongo – A Superhero Show Rooted in the Stories of Jozi

“On our show we focus on typical Joburg stories that the main characters go through and the special effects don’t dominate the story but enhance it.”

These are the words of Gareth Crocker in an interview with Munya Vomo about his new superhero television show, Jongo.

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The author of the recently released The Last Road Trip describes the setting for the show: “The story is set in present day Joburg and we hope to spread it to Durban, Cape Town and the rest of the continent. We start in The Cradle Of Humankind and take it from there.”

Crocker chats about the challenges of the project, the exciting cast that includes hip-hop dancer Pacou Mutombo, and the importance of putting the best story forward.

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“The biggest challenge was to get the cash to push something like this. One of our friends is an investor and when we showed some of the test footage the guy gave us R5 million to kickstart the project so we don’t have to rely on a channel commissioning us and we have full creative control,” explained the co-creator.

So how will this differ from other superhero shows we have seen?

“One of my problems with big productions like the Marvel films is that they are so focused on the action scenes they forget about the story. You don’t get the human aspect of the content and we try to push that. On our show we focus on typical Joburg stories that the main characters go through and the special effects don’t dominate the story but enhance it.”

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Boas Mei is verward deur Tinus Horn: Waarheid en verdigsel is selde meer as ’n paar duim uit mekaar

Boas Mei is verwardTinus Horn, skrywer van onder meer Bomskok, se nuwe roman, Boas Mei is verward, verskyn vandeesmaand by Penguin.

Die roman vertel die verhaal van Boas Mei wie se lewe so in duie stort dat hy in die hospitaal beland. Hier drom ’n span dokters diep bekommerd om hom saam om die resultate van sy breinskandering te bekyk. Om alles te kroon, blyk dit dat die vrou wat hy liefhet, hom verlaat het.

Wanneer Boas besef dat hy verward is – nie alleen as gevolg van sy hede nie, maar veral oor sy verlede – en dat die dokters se behandeling nie sy diepgewortelde hartseer aanspreek nie, besluit hy om ’n splinternuwe verlede te skep – een wat sy gewete sal kan hanteer.

Hy begin sy verhaal met ’n koki-pen teen die kamermuur skryf. Sy poging neem ’n skokkende wending wanneer hy hom skielik in ’n pantservoertuig tydens ’n nagmerrierit deur ’n township bevind. Die volgende oomblik is hy in ’n woestyn in Noord-Afrika, midde-in die Slag van El Alamein, wat dekades voor sy geboorte plaasgevind het.

Waarheid en verdigsel is selde meer as ’n paar duim uit mekaar in Tinus Horn se skreeusnaakse, aangrypende derde roman.

Ook as ’n e-boek beskikbaar.

Oor die outeur

Tinus Horn is die skrywer van die romans Droster en Bomskok en die grafiese roman Hemel op aarde. Hy is ’n kunstenaar en maak ook kort animasie­flieks. Hy woon op Stanford.


Don’t Call Yourself Chubby – Adriaan Liebenberg Shares His Weight-loss Tips (Podcast)

The Brain Surgeon's DietDie Breinchirurg se dieetAdriaan Liebenberg, neurosurgeon and author of The Brain Surgeon’s Diet, recently spoke to Yolanda Maartens on the Mommy Matters show on OFM about losing weight and keeping in off for good.

The Brain Surgeon’s Diet is also available in Afrikaans as Die Breinchirurg se dieet and provides a personal and sometimes painful account of Liebenberg’s weight-loss struggle.

Liebenberg says that the photo on the cover of his book doesn’t do him justice – he gained another 30 kilograms after it was taken. “My weight was destroying my whole life,” he says.

At this point Liebenberg decided to make a change. He says that the first step is to acknowledge that you are fat – don’t use euphemisms like chubby or pretend like you’re okay with being obese.

Listen to the podcast for more tips and guidelines on losing weight:

In the second part of the podcast the doctor explains why fad diets are so popular: “The problem is that fat people are easy targets and it’s very easy to make money out of them because they’re desperate.” He says that “as a former fat person” he takes exception to this behaviour and argues that people need to protect each other.

Liebenberg also explains the coping mechanisms employed by people who are overweight, for example making fun of themselves or pretending to be happy – acting like a clown or a politician.

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“Like Being in Love with the Wrong Person” – Christopher Hope Describes Life in South Africa (Video)

JimfishPolity’s Shannon de Ryhove recently interviewed Christopher Hope about Jimfish, his new novel, which is set in South Africa in the 1980s and features a young man who couldn’t be classified by the apartheid system.

Hope describes the anger, “mixed with fierce affection”, that he feels towards South Africa: “It’s like being in love with the wrong person and you never know if you should push the object of your affection over a cliff or marry her, and you know that neither will help.”

In Jimfish Hope combined a mix of gentleness and terror, wit and tragedy to depict the inexplicable nature of our country. Despite the calamities, Jimfish remains a story of hope: “Jimfish survives because he, in a sense, is devoted to things that matter, in this case preserving the coelacanth or preserving life as we know it.”

Watch the video for more on Hope’s fascination with the coelacanth as a symbol of both the innocence and resilience of life:


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Join Our New Penguin Book Club and You Could Win a R5 000 Book Hamper!

There’s a new book club in town and we want to give you the chance of winning a book hamper to the value of R5 000!

For all the latest news on books, competitions and unmissable events join the Penguin Book Club for free and you could be the lucky winner of the grand prize.

To stand a chance of winning, register online before Tuesday, 30 June, and answer a few easy questions. Join the Penguin Book Club on Facebook for more information and daily updates on your favourite books and authors.

Join Gareth Crocker for Coffee and a Discussion of The Last Road Trip in Johannesburg

The Last Road TripExclusive Books Killarney and Penguin Books would like to invite you to a Coffee Morning with the author of The Last Road Trip, Gareth Crocker.

Come and join Crocker at Pizza Del Forno on Thursday, 28 May, for a discussion of the philosophy that inspired his latest novel: You only live once. The Last Road Trip tells the story of four pensioners who decide to cast their cosy but boring retirement village life aside to embark on one last hurrah – a trek across the landscape of South Africa.

The coffee morning costs R20 per person and will start at 10:30 AM.

Don’t miss it!

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Riaan Cruywagen: Boererate deur Danie Smuts is heerlike en insiggewende leesstof

Boererate“Ek is verheug dat dié stukkie kosbare kultuurgoed nou heruitgegee word, want dit is van belang vir die versamelaars van Africana wat die vorige uitgawes misgeloop het. Bowendien is dit heerlike en insiggewende leesstof, want dit gee mens ’n kykie in die gebruike van toeka se dae.”

Só skryf Riaan Cruywagen (Wat’s nuus?) oor Boererate deur Danie Smuts en Anna Vimercati wat onlangs by Penguin verskyn het. Hierdie boek bevat ’n keur van die tradisionele advies wat luisteraars oor die jare vir Smuts se radioprogram ingestuur het. ‘n Byna vergete era in die Afrikaanse kultuurgeskiedenis word in herinnering geroep deur dié vreemdsoortige en dikwels skreeusnaakse wenke.

Lees Afrikaans se grootste lewende legende se volledige opsomming van hierdie nostalgiese publikasie:

Verreweg die meeste boererate het ontstaan lank voor die koms van moderne geneesmiddels soos chemiese pynstillers en antibiotika, en is van geslag tot geslag oorgedra. Ek is een van diegene wat verkies om my heil by die moderne geneeskunde te soek, maar ek kan my goed voorstel dat ’n mens by gebrek daaraan nie sal skroom om boererate vir die verligting van jou pyn of siektetoestand op die proef te stel nie.


Join Sarah Waters and Christopher Hope for Dinner at The Local Grill in Johannesburg

Sarah Waters and Christopher Hope

The Paying GuestsJimfishJenny & Co will be hosting Sarah Waters and Christopher Hope for a fabulous dinner at The Local Grill.

Waters, author of The Paying Guests, and Hope, who wrote Jimfish, are both international authors who were at the Franschhoek Literary Festival last weekend.

The event costs R325 per person, and includes dinner, wine and the opportunity to meet two bestselling authors.

Don’t miss out!

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Win One of Three Copies of Relentlessly Relevant: 50 Ways to Innovate by Douglas Kruger

Relentlessly RelevantPenguin Random House South Africa is giving away three copies of Douglas Kruger’s new book Relentlessly Relevant: 50 Ways to Innovate.

In Relentlessly Relevant Kruger shows how the rules of consumers have changed forever. He explores the field of innovation and provides practical advice of how to become a trendsetter in your industry.

To stand a chance of winning one of three copies of Relentlessly Relevant visit Penguin Random House on Facebook and answer one really easy question: “Who is the dynamic author of Relentlessly Relevant?”

The winner will be chosen at random from the comments section on Facebook. Enter now!

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