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 sabookcouncil.co.za
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.