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Wednesday 8 February - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Harry Kalmer launches his first English novel A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg: A City Novel. In conversation with Ivan Vladislavic. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 9 February - 6 pm - David ‘Cuz’ Jeppe launches his first novel, Missing the Boat. RSVP to info@otterleypress.com or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 21 February - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We are delighted that Gail Schimmel is launching her new book, The Park, at Love Books. Gail will be chatting to fellow writer Kate Sidley. We’re filling up fast for this one so RSVP soon to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Coming in March:
Wednesday 1 March - Fred Khumalo launches Dancing the Death Drill.
Monday 6 March - Philippa Kabali-Kagwa launches Flame and Song.
Wednesday 15 March - Outside event with Marita van der Vyfer for her new book You Lost Me.
Thursday 16 March - Wena Coetzee et al launch Business Writing for South Africans.
Saturday 18 March - Storytime launch of How many ways can you say Hello by Refiloe Moahloli.
Thursday 23 March - Theuns Eloff launches Turning Point: South Africa at a Crossroads.
Tuesday 28 March - Irma Venter launches Sirkus.

Our launches are supported by Joostenberg, delicious organic wines from the family estate in Stellenbosch.

Story time continues as always at 10 o’clock on Saturdays. It’s for 4 to 8 year old’s (but younger are more than welcome with their parents), doesn’t cost you a cent, and earns you a punch on your Love Books Literary Punch Card. We look forward to seeing you there.

Don’t forget to use your Love Books Literary Punch Card – 10 punches = 10% discount. You get a punch for every R300 you spend, for being at a launch, for buying the book we’re launching, and for coming to storytime.

Please note that all titles are subject to availability and we are happy to order anything that might be out of stock.

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Bone Meal for Roses, by Miranda Sherry (R295)
An unputdownable coming-of-age novel from local writer Miranda Sherry. Sam, a mysterious, shy and damaged little girl, finds new life with her grandparents in their rich, nourishing country garden. She grows up, and along comes Charles. Heart-stopping unrequited love just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Swing Time, by Zadie Smith (R315)
The latest from this much-loved author, Swing Time moves from London to West Africa as it tells the story of Aimee and Tracey, two brown girls with big dreams.

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Modern Romance:An investigation, by Aziz Ansari (R215)
From digital snooping to Japanese love hotels, comedian Aziz Ansari and social scientist Eric Klinenberg guide us through the baffling and hilarious world of modern relationships. Make this your Valentine read.

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Conversations with a Gentle Soul, by Ahmed Kathrada, with Sahm Venter (R185)
If politics is dragging you down, take heart from these discussions between Ahmed Kathrada and Venter about his opinions, encounters and experiences. Wisdom packaged within layers of optimism, mischievousness and humour. Uplifting.

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The Book of Bees, by Piotr Socha (R440)
Without a doubt one of the most beautiful children’s non-fiction books we have ever seen. Tracking the history of bees from the age of the dinosaurs to their current plight, and examining along the way the role they have played in history and the natural world, this book is truly awe-inspiring.

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A Monster Calls: Special collector’s edition, by Patrick Ness (R420)
A beautiful edition of this extraordinary book, which includes exclusive interviews and essays around the making of the book and the film. Read how Patrick Ness created this modern classic and wrote the screenplay for the film, find out more about illustrator Jim Kay’s vision for the monster, and go behind the scenes of the movie. Fascinating. For fans.
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