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Na­tional Book Week

It’s that time of year again when the SA Book De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil and a host of gov­ern­ment depart­ments, celebri­ties and writ­ers take to the road to pro­mote lit­er­acy and a love for read­ing.

In ad­di­tion to a se­ries of events held through­out the year, the Book Week team will be hop­ping on its iconic tour bus and head­ing to schools and li­braries all over South Africa to spread the mes­sage.

The week will be launched on Thurs­day at the Emoyeni Es­tate in Park­town, Joburg, and will in­clude per­for­mances by po­ets and sto­ry­tellers, as well as an ad­dress by Arts and Cul­ture Deputy Min­is­ter Re­joice Mabudafhas­i.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit sa­book­coun­

Win a cameo in Lau­ren Beukes’ next book

While the men­tion of raf­fles is of­ten met with a groan, this one is cer­tainly worth en­ter­ing.

As part of the Open Book Fes­ti­val, which takes place in Cape Town from Septem­ber 9-13, raf­fle en­trants stand the chance of be­ing im­mor­talised in a cameo ap­pear­ance in famed au­thor Lau­ren Beukes’ next book.

The raf­fle also gives the win­ner two Open Book Fes­ti­val tick­ets that are valid for five years. Beukes, au­thor of Bro­ken Mon­sters, will write the lucky win­ner into lit­er­a­ture his­tory.

Tick­ets for the raf­fle are R100 and are avail­able through Webtick­ets un­til Wed­nes­day.

Grace Jones me­moir out next month

Grace Jones has been a sem­i­nal fig­ure in the mu­sic world for decades and she’s fi­nally telling her story.

In the cheeky, iron­i­cally ti­tled I’ll Never Write My Mem­oirs, Jones part­ners with leg­endary mu­sic jour­nal­ist Paul Mor­ley in a tell-all bi­og­ra­phy. Go­ing way past the mu­sic into her fab­u­lous, and some­times dan­ger­ous, per­sonal life, Jones lays bare her jour­ney to star­dom.

The book, which fea­tures a whop­ping 16 pages of iconic im­ages – some from Jones’ pri­vate archive – will be re­leased in book­stores and on­line on Septem­ber 9.

Solv­ing the fic­tional mur­der of Tim Noakes

In Paige Nick’s new novel, the premise is that Tim Noakes is dead. And in­stead of a who­dunit, the book – which pokes fun at the bant­ing guru – is de­scribed as a “who donut”.

Ti­tled Death by Carbs, the hi­lar­i­ous novel takes the reader on a Cluedo-like jour­ney to find Noakes’ killer.

With nu­mer­ous witty Sun­day Times columns un­der her belt, and some sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ence in writ­ing nov­els, Nick’s book is bound to be a goodie.

Death by Carbs will be pub­lished in Novem­ber.

Binwe Ade­bayo

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