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Wednesday 6 May – 6:00 for 6:30 pm – We launch 101 Detectives Ivan Vladislavic’s new collection of short stories. Ivan will be in conversation with author Dominique Botha. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 13 May - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We are very excited to be hosting bestselling French author Romain Puertolas, who made his name with his wonderful debut The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe. He’ll be in conversation with Michele Magwood. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 14 May - 5:30 for 6:00 pm - Award-winning poet, Kobus Moolman, reads from his new collection as we launch A Book of Rooms. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 20 May - REGRETTABLY, EVENT CANCELLED - We host children’s author Chris Bradford, who’s famous for his charisma, and of course his Young Samurai and Bodyguard series. We’d love to see lots of boys and girls at this event. Please RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 21 May - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Our heads are spinning as we prepare to host bestselling international author John Boyne. John has written many novels for both adults and children, but is most famous for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 26 May - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We honour the life of Sheena Duncan and celebrate 60 years of the Black Sash, as we launch Sheena Duncan by Annemarie Hendrickz. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 27 May - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Henrietta Rose-Innes, another great South African writer, launches her new book Green Lion. 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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May must-reads

101 Detectives, by Ivan Vladislavic (R220.00)
A new collection of short stories from this South African literary giant is always something to look forward to. Quirky, sardonic and never disappointing, Vladislavic shines a precise light on our human weaknesses. Always unexpected, these stories take you from a strange journey to see a strange uncle in Oklahoma, to a conversation between two cops about fugu fish to a wonderful story about an absurd piece of industrial theatre.
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More must-reads

The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro (R285.00)
The long-awaited new novel from Kazuo Ishiguro takes us into a world of magic, fantasy and ancient Saxon myths. In this hugely original work, we follow the story of Beatrice and Axl as they journey to find their son. As always with a writer like Ishiguro, this is a journey of the heart as well as a physical journey. The sceptic will find something that resonates, as will those looking for something deeper. Beautifully written.

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Mrs Hemingway, by Naomi Wood, (R168.00)
Just out in paperback, this wonderful read tells the story of what it was to be loved by, and to be in love with, Ernest Hemingway, the magnetic, womanising intellectual of the early 20th century. The story is narrated, in sequence, by Ernest’s four wives. We start in 1920s literary Paris with Hadley, his demure first wife, then move to Key West with sexy, fiery Fife. Martha Gellhorn, fiercely independent and his third wife, takes us to Cuba, Spain and the Spanish Civil War. We finish in Idaho with Mary and an old, bad-tempered Ernest contemplating his suicide in 1961. The novel is based on real love-letters and telegrams - it will have you riveted throughout and leave you wanting to find out more of what really happened.

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A Slim Green Silence, by Beverly Rycroft (R189.00)
Beverly Rycroft won the Ingrid Jonker prize in 2012 for Missing, her beautiful volume of poetry. A Slim Green Silence is her first novel, written with a poet’s lyricism. Magical, poetic images of Cape Parrots and yellowwood trees in the small town of Scheepersdorp form the backdrop to the unfolding story of Constance West. Constance is the dead narrator of the story, and she tells it as she sees it just after her death, from her hovering, unearthly perch above her former hometown. A lovely, satisfying read with an interesting cast of small-town characters.

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Children’s must-read

The Wild Beyond, by Piers Torday (R225.00)
We are huge fans of Piers Torday’s award winning series about Kester Jaynes and the animals who are out to save the planet. This is the third and final in the series and here we meet a mouse and get a message from the last blue whale … can Kester save our world? Cliff-hanging stuff. Age 9-12

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