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Thursday 4 June – 6:00 for 6:30 pm – We launch Blind Date at a Funeral: memories of growing up in South Africa by Trevor Romain, author of the Random Kak series. Come early. Leave late. Laugh hard. Cry sweetly. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Monday 8 June - 8 am. Doors open for our annual 70% off BIRTHDAY SALE. Selected stock only.

Tuesday 9 June - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Poet Arja Salafranca is in conversation with Diedre Byrne around her new poetry collection Beyond Touch. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 10 June - 7:00 for 7:30 pm - The Troyeville Hotel Book Club hosts Rebecca Davis, author of Best White and Other Anxious Delusions. Bookings now via Quicket and queries to laurence@troyevillehotel.co.za.

Thursday 11 June - We launch Bully-Proof by Gail Dore. Bullying has become such an issue in South African schools that it was recently suggested bullies be sent to separate schools! This book is aimed at parents, teachers and children and gives tips on implementing a successful anti-bullying campaign. Please RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 17 June - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We launch 21 at 21: The Coming of Age of a Nation, by Melanie Verwoerd and Sonwabiso Ngcowa. They’ll be chatting to Justice Malala about this wonderful book. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 23 June - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Ever heard of Croc e Moses? If you haven’t (and also if you have), we suggest you come along for an evening of poetry and music as we launch Driftwood, his latest book of poetry. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 25 June - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Joostenberg wine-tasting with Philip Myburgh, the now famous brother-in-law of Joostenberg farm. Details to come but this will be a bookings only event. To secure your spot, let us know on kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

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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June must-reads

Green Lion, by Henrietta Rose-Innes (R240.00)
Henrietta Rose-Innes, by her own account, likes to write in that strip between reality and myth or fantasy, and this exciting place is exactly where you’ll find yourself in Green Lion, the wonderful new novel from one of our best local writers. A lion from a breeding project at the restored Old Rhodes Zoo in Cape Town has mauled his handler, an old friend of Con, who now steps in as the keeper of the last remaining black-maned lioness in the world. A compelling, richly imaginative and completely extraordinary story.
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More must-reads

All Involved, by Ryan Gattis (R250.00)
Set in Los Angeles on April 29, 1992, the day a jury acquitted two LAPD officers charged with using excessive force on civilian Rodney King, this novel explodes like a hand grenade! Less than two hours after the court decision, the city of LA, a powder keg of racial tension, exploded in violence as people took to the streets in a terrifying orgy of rioting. With law enforcement officers concentrated where the riots were, gangs, thugs and criminals operating on the forgotten edges of LA took the opportunity to settle scores in their neighbourhoods. A brutal, violent but quite brilliant read. Order a copy

The Girl on the Train, by Pawla Hawkins, (R299.00)
This is the book everyone is talking about, and if you haven’t read it, you’re seriously missing out on some page-turning brilliance. We’ve heard this book referred to as ‘domestic noir’ (a la Gone Girl) and as an ‘amnesia thriller’ (a la Elizabeth is Missing), but whatever it is, it is unputdownable suspense at it’s very best. Scary, but it’ll all be over very quickly we promise. (please send us your name if you’d like us to keep one aside for you - we are waiting for stock)
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The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe, by Romain Puertolas(R170.00)
You can breath a sigh of relief here – this is as light, quirky and as lovely as they come. Ajatashatru, an Indian fakir, sees an advertisement for a cut-price nail bed from Ikea. So he books an overnight ticket from India to France and makes his way to the Paris Ikea in search of the bed. He ends up in the Ikea cupboard, and a magnificent adventure begins. Written by a former policeman and border guard who wrote the book in three weeks … on his cellphone!

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Children’s must-read

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne(R170.00)
We’re mentioning this because we had the honour of hosting the great John Boyne in the shop last month, and we have a few signed copies of his books left for sale. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has become a classic of modern children’s literature, and it’s a must-read for both children and adults. And there’s big news: John’s new book for young readers, The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, is coming in October this year. Also set in World War 11, it promises to be as powerful as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

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