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Tuesday 10 February – 8:00 for 8:30 am – Starting the year off on a terribly high note, we will have the pleasure of Barbara Kingsolver talking to Anna Trapido in Love Books. Please note that seating is limited and on a first come first serve basis and that we are unable to accept any more replies.

Wednesday 11 February – 6:00 for 6:30 pm – Journalist Nia Magoulianiti-McGregor will be in conversation with actress Pamele Nomvete around her first book How to Marry a Politician and Survive. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 25 February – 6:00 for 6:30 pm – We launch girl on the edge, Ruth Carneson’s stirring memoir of growing up a child of activists in the 50s and 60s. Ruth will be in conversation with author Mandla Langa. RSVP essential to 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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February must-haves

A Man of Good Hope, by Jonny Steinberg (R230.00)
An extraordinary telling of the journey of Asad Abdullahi, a Somali boy uprooted from his home in Mogadishu by war. After 13 years of travelling, Asad finds himself in the African city of promise - Johannesburg. This is the completely absorbing story of a life lived in limbo, a tragic observation of the life of an immigrant in South Africa, and an unnerving portrait of violence in this country. Especially pertinent in the light of the recent attacks on foreign shopkeepers. A must-read for everyone.
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More must-reads

I’m Not Here to Give a Speech, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (R220.00)
This collection of speeches by Marquez is something truly special. From a speech as a teenager to his high school class, to his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, these are wonderful and inspiring words. You’ll find yourself smiling as you read things like his musing on poetry ‘Poetry, in short, the secret energy of daily life that cooks garbanzos in the kitchen and spreads love like a contagion and repeats images in mirrors.’ Grab a pen and notebook and write it all down! .

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The Opposite of Loneliness, by Marina Keegan (R299.00)
Taking its title from the last essay Marina Keegan wrote, this is a posthumous collection of stories and essays by this talented young woman who, at 22 years old, was killed in a car accident - just five days after graduating magna cum laude from Yale. She had been published in the New York Times and on NewYorker.com, had written a play and had a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Her writing struck a chord with her generation, and this book is a tribute to her incredible talent.

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Unbroken, by Lauren Hillenbrand (R173.00)
An incredible story of survival, we thought we’d remind you of this one now that the movie is out. Louis Zamperini is the hero of Unbroken, and the book describes his life from troublesome youth to Olympic athlete to World War 11 bombardier, and finally the incredible story of his survival after he finds himself adrift on the Pacific and is taken captive by the Japanese. Louis Zamperini was a force of nature, and this is a heart-stopping story of resilience.

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Children’s must-read

Once Upon an Alphabet, by Oliver Jeffers (R330.00)
This is something very special – an A to Z by Oliver Jeffers. Beautifully illustrated and whimsically written, it’s a book for everyone and in particular, collectors of children’s books.

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