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Archive for the ‘Cape Town Book Fair’ Category

Podcast and Interview with Spud – Learning to Fly Author John van de Ruit

Share photos on twitter with TwitpicSpud“Recently his mother told him how ‘terrible’ it was when he was suspended from school – to which the bemused Van de Ruit could only reply, ‘Mom, that was in Spud 2. I was a good boy in school’.”

The Sunday Times’ Tymon Smith spends some time with John van de Ruit: read the interview, then listen to the podcast – both below.

If you scanned the programme of events at the [Cape Town Book Fair] last week, the one that jumped out most often would have simply read “John van de Ruit signs books at the Penguin stand”.

And if you went past “the penguins” at the designated time, you would have seen long queues of avid Spud fans waiting patiently to have their books signed and grab a minute with a happy-faced, spiky haired young man sitting at a table developing premature arthritis in his hand.

With reports claiming an increase in traffic for this year’s fair, it’s hard not to think that the Spud factor played a significant part, with the release of the third book in the boarding school trilogy, Spud — Learning to Fly.

The dedication and loyalty of Spud fans is surprising and encouraging even to the author, a one-time successful actor who has turned to writing full time and is in negotiations with lanky funnyman John Cleese to play the part of the irrepressible Guv in a forthcoming film.


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Penguin Books Programme at the 2009 Cape Town Book Fair

SpudLove LiesCool Spaces for KidsGoing GreenChoice, not Fate

Exhibit ATsamma SeasonLittle Ice Cream BoyMoney AlchemyWho Moved My Ladder?

African AnimalsPeter Rabbit and the Easter Egg Hunt

Please join Penguin Books for these exciting events at the 2009 Cape Town Book Fair (including plenty for the kids!):

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Random House Struik Programme at the 2009 Cape Town Book Fair

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Please join us for these exciting RHS events at the 2009 Cape Town Book Fair.


Ways of Staying: A country that will not be forsaken
F6 – DALRO Forum

Ways of StayingA Fork in the RoadOf Tricksters, Tyrants and Turncoats
A discussion with Kevin Bloom, André Brink & Max du Preez chaired by Prof Leon de Kock. (In collaboration with Pan Macmillan)


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Book Launch: Tsamma Season by Rosemund Handler

Tsamma Season - Launch Invite

Penguin Books is delighted to invite you to the launch of Rosemund Handler‘s latest novel, Tsamma Season, at this year’s Cape Town Book Fair.

In Tsamma Season, Handler’s prose vividly evokes the limitless horizons and rugged beauty of the Kalahari. It’s a novel not to miss.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Book Launch: Touch: Stories of Contact by South African Writers Edited by Karina Magdalena Szczurek

Touch - Stories of Contact - Launch Invite

Random House Struik and Zebra Press invite you to the cocktail launch of Touch: Stories of Contact by South African Writers edited by Karina Magdalena Szczurek.

The launch will take place at the Cape Town Book Fair: to reserve your spot, please RSVP and we’ll keep a ticket aside for you at the Random House Struik stand,

The event will feature readings by Zackie Achmat, André Brink, Henrietta Rose-Innes and Ivan Vladislavić.

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Book Launch: Exhibit A by Sarah Lotz

Exhibit A - CTBF Launch Invite

Sarah Lotz Penguin Books is delighted to invite you to the launch of Sarah Lotz‘s second novel, Exhibit A, at this year’s Cape Town Book Fair.

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