Monday, May 25, 2015

Joburg's Literary Fest - Kingsmead Book Fair 2015

Now in its fourth year, Kingsmead Book Fair has fast become Joburg's Literary Festival. This is where authors, publishers, booksellers, and book lovers can be found rubbing shoulders, wine glasses in their hands and piles of signed books being passed around.

It all started in 2011 when a group of Kingsmead College, based in Rosebank, hosted a small book fair for the surrounding community. This event only hosted SA's top eight authors. It was the incredible support and response that grew this tiny community book fair to one of the Book Trade's biggest events next to Franschhoek Literary Festival.

This year was my first year, having heard all the things about wine and books being shared all at once with some of the world's biggest authors, I had to make an appearance. (Not to mention that Lood du Plessis was chairing a panel).

Kingsmead hosted mounds of food stalls, book stalls and let's not mention the likes of Toby Shapshak, Khaya Dlanga, Alex van Tonder, Sarah Waters, John Boyne, Chris Bradford, and Olivier Truc, and that is actually only naming a mere few authors that stamped their way through the book fair.

I managed to squeeze in two talks, one on the art of translation (Gained in Translation: Chaired by Lood du Plessis. Authors: Karin Brynard, Carol Campbell, Jaco van Schalkwyk & Olivier Truc); and a digital one (Digital Overload: Chaired by Ben Williams. Authors: Emma Sadleir & Tamsyn de Beer, techno guru Toby Shapshak and Alex van Tonder).

You have to get to next year's one, no doubt it'll be bigger, better and boasting tons more literary gems. So keep looking for updates on their website.

We even took a selfie

Monday, May 18, 2015

Vlog #2: My To-Be Read Pile

To kick off Monday, I spent the weekend doing a vlog (rather than bashing away at my research project). 

This month's blog is my To-Be Read Pile. It's a mixture of Young Adult, Fiction, and a Local Non-Fiction book. I really hope you enjoy it. 

If you happened to miss the last vlog you can check out the Book Rut Un-Rutters here.

Don't forget to subscribe, follow, tweet, tag or email me any suggestions. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Colouring Craze

I have been neglecting you. I have taken up a health column on Daily Planet and trying to make it out alive while doing an Honours Degree in Creative Writing at Wits. So my reading time has halved, well my 'relaxing-reading-time' - I really do read ALOT but not the reviewing kind. 

So it is all now the craze to colour-in. As a holey-letter colourer myself and on-the-phone-doodler I find this new fad fascinating. Oh, don't get me wrong, I hold myself to the high standard that is the cover and it stresses me out. So with not much reading time under my belt each day, I gave it a bash. Before I knew it an hour had gone past and I had created a semi-idyllic-Van-Gogh, ok maybe not a Van Gogh, but it was as close as I was going to get.

I went looking around the net. IOL reported that the colouring in book called The Secret Garden has now sold over 1.5 million copies! And illustrator Johanna Bashford is outselling Harper Lee and George R.R. Martin on the Amazon charts. 

It is a craze that is hitting Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter; pulling families together, destressing the stressed and making booksellers a new fad to bulk up on.

See my attempt at colouring...

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