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Get Your Copy of Good Morning, Mr Mandela Signed at Exclusive Books Cavendish

Good Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. MandelaZelda la Grange, the author of Good Morning, Mr Mandela (available in Afrikaans as Goeiemore, Mnr. Mandela), will be signing books at Exclusive Books Cavendish on Friday, 19 September, between 12 PM and 1 PM.

Don’t miss it!

La Grange will also be speaking about her book at the Open Book Festival, on Sunday 21 September.

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Podcast: The Authors of Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex Discuss the Real World Implications of Online Activities

Don't Film Yourself Having SexDon’t Film Yourself Having Sex authors Emma Sadleir and Tamsyn de Beer spoke to Rian van Heerden on The Complimentary Breakfast on Jacaranda FM about their how-to guide for navigating social media in the digital age.

The social media lawyers explained that they have seen numerous cases in South Africa of people being fired for what they have said online. They said they have seen more and more people ending up in the High Courts because of defamation and infringements of privacy.

They have also seen many complaints to the South African Human Rights Commission because of hate speech. A crucial issue, they argue, is deciding the boundaries between one person’s right to freedom of expression, and another person’s right to privacy and dignity.

Think before posting / sexting
Did you know that your Facebook postings could get you fired? Your posting could lead to some serious legal consequences that could be considered to be slander and/or defamation and this could land you in the High Court.

What people don’t realise is that what’s said online has huge real-world implications to both reputational damage and financial damage of any company or person, and at the end of the day, as soon any content exists in a digital format, it has to go somewhere …

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Penguin Authors at Open Book Festival 2014 (17 – 21 September)

The 2014 Open Book Festival will take place in Cape Town from Wednesday 17 to Sunday 21 September. Penguin authors to look forward to are Marguerite Poland, Melissa Siebert, Fiona Leonard, Sampie Terreblanche, Mzilikazi wa Afrika, Jeremy Nell (Jerm), and Zelda la Grange.

The KeeperGarden of DreamsThe Chicken ThiefWestern EmpiresNothing Left to Steal

Jerm WarfareGood Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. Mandela


Wednesday 17 September

Venue: Book Lounge
Time: 10 AM
Price: Free
Philip Hensher, Marguerite Poland and Melissa Siebert. Chaired by Michele Magwood.

Venue: Fugard Annexe 2
Time: 6 PM
Price: R40
Andrew Brown, Justin Fox and Fiona Leonard discuss their entertaining, issue driven novels with Diane Awerbuck.

Thursday 18 September

Venue: Book Lounge
Time: 10 AM
Price: Free
Sefi Atta, Fiona Leonard and Zukiswa Wanner. Chaired by Kgomotso Matsunyane

Venue: Fugard Annexe 1
Time: 4 PM
Price: R40
Kader Abdolah, Damon Galgut and Marguerite Poland discuss constructing the literary foundations of their respective novels. Chaired by Jacqui L’Ange.

Venue: Hiddingh Hall
Time: 5:30 PM
Price: Free
Fiona Leonard sits on panel with four MA students from University of Cape Town’s Creative Writing MA Programme to discuss all things writing. Presented by the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts and UCT Creative Writing Programme.

Friday 19 September

Venue: Fugard Annexe 1
Time: 4 PM
Price: R40
Kader Abdolah, Rabih Alameddine, Tiah Beautement, Philip Hensher and Fiona Leonard read from their work.

Venue: Fugard Annexe 2
Time: 6 PM
Price: R40
Sampie Terreblanche launches his magnum opus: Western Empires, Christianity and the Inequalities Between the West and the Rest 1500-2010.

Saturday 20 September

Venue: Fugard Theatre
Time: 12 PM
Price: R40
Charles King gets the lowdown from Mzilikazi wa Afrika, Antony Loewenstein and Songezo Zibi.

Venue: Fugard Annexe 2
Time: 12 PM
Price: R40
Sheng Keyi, Fiona Leonard and Niq Mhlongo discuss their respective novels with Derrick Higginbotham.

Sunday 21 September

Venue: Fugard Theatre
Time: 10 AM
Price: R40
Zelda la Grange talks to Marianne Thamm.

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Join Zelda la Grange in KwaZulu-Natal for the Launch and Signing of Good Morning, Mr Mandela

Good Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. MandelaZelda la Grange, author of Good Morning, Mr Mandela and Goeiemore, Mnr. Mandela, will take KwaZulu-Natal by storm with two book events on Wednesday, 17 September 2014.

Join La Grange on Wednesday morning at Exclusive Books in the Midlands Mall in Pietermaritzburg where she will sign copies of her book from 10 to 10:30 AM.

Following the morning’s festivities La Grange will drive to Durban for the launch of her book at Exclusive Books Westville at 5 PM.

Don’t miss out!

Pietermaritzburg (Book Signing)

Durban (Book Launch)

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Join Marguerite Poland for the Launch of The Keeper at Kalk Bay Books

Book Launch: The Keeper


The KeeperPenguin invites you to the launch of Marguerite Poland’s latest book The Keeper at Kalk Bay Books on Wednesday, 17 September 2014.

The launch will start at 6 for 6:30 PM. The Keeper is the story of two generations of lighthouse keepers obsessed with their duty to the light and how their family comes to terms with the isolation.

See you there!

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Podcast: PJ Powers Speaks to Ian Bredenkamp about her Battle with Alcoholism

Here I AmPJ Powers spoke to Ian Bredenkamp on K FM about Here I Am, her new biography.

Powers speaks about her battle with alcoholism, and the moment when she realised that she wanted to win the fight for her life. She has been sober for five years, and says it has been one of the most amazing journeys of her life.

Bredenkamp reflects on Robin Williams, and the tragedy that would have been avoided had he had a similar realisation. In many ways, his depression parallels Powers’.

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Video: Coenie de Villiers gesels met Zelda la Grange oor Goeiemore, Mnr Mandela

Goeiemore, Mnr. MandelaGood Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. Mandela is Zelda la Grange se verhaal van haar jarelange werksverhouding, en later persoonlike vriendskapsverhouding, met Nelson Mandela. La Grange het op Coenie de Villiers se bekende groen bank gaan sit om met hom te gesels oor hierdie boek.

“Iemand het my aangehaal en om te sê, ‘Jy het gesê jy gaan nooit ‘n boek oor Madiba skryf nie,’ – dis nié ‘n boek oor Madiba nie. Dis ‘n boek oor my. My opinies, my ervaringe saam met hom en hoe dit my lewe verandering het,” sê La Grange en noem dat die skryfproses haar baie geleer het. Na sy die boek weer self gelees het, het sy tot die gevolgtrekking gekom dat mense “wesens van teenstrydigheid” is en besef Madiba het haar geleer om tevrede te wees met haarself.

Kyk na die Kwêla-onderhoud waar La Grange ook die raad wat sy aan ‘n baie jonger self sou wou gee met kykers deel en verklap wat sy graag na die boekbohaai met haar tyd wil doen:

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Join PJ Powers in Conversation With Jenny Crwys-Williams at Theatre On The Square

PJ Powers In Conversation with Jenny Crwys-Williams


Here I AmNote: This event has unfortunately been cancelled

Crwys-Williams will be in conversation with PJ Powers about her latest book, Here I am, which she co-authored with Marianne Thamm.

Crwys-Williams will find out more about the legend that is PJ Powers, and there may even be some singing! Tickets cost R140 per person and booking is essential.

See you there!

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  • Date: Monday, 15 September 2014
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Venue: Theatre On The Square,
    Nelson Mandela Square,
    West Street, off Rivonia Road,
    Sandton | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Jenny Crwys-Williams
  • Cost: R140
  • RSVP:, 011 883 8606, 082 553 5901

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Excerpt from Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex: What You Retweet Could Land You in Prison

Don't Film Yourself Having SexEmma Sadleir and Tamsyn de Beer are admitted attorneys who spend most of their time creating social media strategies and policies, speaking at conferences and consulting on matters such as defamation, privacy, data protection, revenge porn and online reputation management.

In their recently published book Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex, De Beer and Sadleir share legal advice gained from their experience in running one of South Africa’s leading social media law consultancies. In the excerpt below, taken from the first chapter, they explain in simple terms why it is imperative to read their book (which does not rely on legal jargon) whether you are young or old, as social media has become an inevitable part of our daily lives.

Read the excerpt:

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You live in the digital age. Computers, the Internet, social media: all these things are an inescapable fact of life for you. Lucky you! Because living in the digital age is awesome. Google has the answer to every question, GPS means you will never get lost, Skype makes it possible for you to have a chat over a glass of wine with friends living all over the world, and your smartphone allows you to have it all at your fingertips. The digital age is incredible because it allows us to connect with the world, and share experiences, in a way that we never could have imagined.

But the digital age is also terrifying. Why? For exactly the same reason it is so wonderful. It is terrifying because it allows us to connect with the world, and share experiences, in a way that we never could have imagined.

Let’s explain: before Web 2.0, the only way you could have your voice heard on a public platform was to send a letter to the editor of a newspaper. Now think about what the process of sending that letter involved: sitting down to write it; putting it in an envelope; buying a stamp; and walking to the postbox to post it. Each and every step affording you the luxury of time to satisfy yourself entirely that the content of the letter was not only something that you wanted to say, but something that you wanted to say publicly. Even then, it remained possible for the editor to choose not to publish your letter, because he or she thought it defamatory, abusive, otherwise inappropriate, or simply not worthy of publication. Every stage in the process conspired to a protect you from getting it wrong.

In the digital age, every single person who has an Internet connection or a smartphone has access to a public, often permanent platform, with a potential readership well beyond any newspaper. Worryingly, this access is instantaneous: there is no drafting, no thinking, no contemplating.

This is access at the push of a button; access that can have the same consequences as that tedious letter to the editor.

But, really, how bad can those consequences be?

Well, this book will show that what you say and do online – and even what you retweet, share or like – has the potential (for both you and your children) to:

  • land you in prison;
  • see you sued and having to cough up tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of rands;
  • seriously jeopardise your safety;
  • result in the loss of your job, or expulsion from school or university;
  • do significant damage to the brand and reputation of a company; and
  • most importantly, do irreparable damage to your personal reputation.

Now there are two possible reactions to this … If you’re older, you’re probably terrified and want to go and lie under a rock and wait for it to pass. But before you do that, you should know that it’s not ‘going to pass’. You see, the world is not in the habit of undoing innovation. And you should also know that, without doubt, someone is going to walk past you and your rock and take a photo. They will then, of course, post that photo online. And you will then, of course, become the latest in a long line of Internet laughing stocks. If you’re young, your reaction is probably to virtually high-five all your Facebook friends and wonder how on earth your parents survived without an iPad. Either way, you’re in it.

Either way, you need to carry on reading. Because as wonderful as the digital age is, getting it wrong online has the potential to get you into some very serious trouble. Every status update, every tweet, every picture, is stored in a digital dossier of your life, and has the potential to bring about life-changing legal, reputational and disciplinary consequences for you. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen.

So why bother?

You’re probably wondering whether you should even bother reading to the end, or just throw away your computer and smartphone now and be done with it.

Not so fast.

You see, this book is not intended to scare you offline. We’ll admit, it is intended to scare you. But we want to scare you just enough to make you conscious of the risks of living your life online. We want to scare you just enough to make you stop for a second and think before you post. We want to put you in a position where you can reap the immeasurable benefits of the digital age – personal, professional, social, reputational – without compromising yourself in any way.

How we’re going to do that is by setting out some important dos and don’ts of living in the digital age. Some are really obvious, while others will surprise you. We’ve tried to make it fun, but please remember that we are very nerdy lawyers, so our definition of ‘fun’ might not necessarily align with yours. So, yes, you might come across some boring lawyer stuff, but we promise that every word is very important in achieving the end goal of getting you through the very murky waters of the digital age in one piece, with your life and reputation intact.

What you won’t come across in this book is footnotes. There are no footnotes (because we know you’re not going to read them); it isn’t littered with case references or sections of long and boring Acts; and there aren’t any long technical explanations of the law. Mostly, this is because you haven’t paid us to be your lawyers, and if this book should teach you anything, it is that there is no such thing as a free lunch. But it’s also because we don’t want to put you into a book coma. We actually want you to make it to the last page without giving up, tweeting about how boring it is, and googling the ending.

So you’re going to have to assume that what we’re saying is accurate – we promise, it is (well, at least at the time of going to print). Or pay us, and we’ll tell you the same thing in legalese and in exchange for lots and lots of money. Or, if you’re feeling particularly stupid, you can go and test out some of our theories and see whether or not you land up in jail/being sued/fired/changing your name. If you choose that last option, please do let us know, because we’d love to include your story as a funny anecdote in the next edition.

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Be the Best of the Bunch for Braai Day with Penguin Random House

Cooked in the KarooWeber Braai BibleWeber Braai Bybel

Cooked in the Karoo by Justin Bonello and Jamie Purviance’s Weber Braai Bible, which is also available in Afrikaans as Weber Braai Bybel, contain everything you need to master the braai this Heritage Day.

Bonello’s book draws from big, bold spirit of the Karoo and while Purviance covers all kinds of outdoor cooking, icluding gas, coals and alternative methods.

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