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Tag Archives | History

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2014

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Since its first year in 2007, the Franschhoek Literary Festival has grown in size and stature into one of South Africa’s most popular celebrations or writers, writing, and reading.       Up to 120 local and international authors will gather at this year’s festival, joined by hundreds of visitors. As the festival has grown in popularity, early booking for accommodation is recommended, and would‐be attendees are advised to reserve their tickets soon after the programme is released.     The festival offers a range of […]

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Exclusive Books: Homebru 2013
Unique Perspectives on South Africa

Homebru 2013

The Exclusive Books Homebru 2013 campaign – Unique Perspectives on South Africa – will take place in stores from 26 April to 21 June 2013. Homebru is a popular, well-loved and widely inclusive campaign that has launched the careers of several South African writers while adding another voice to the streets, plains and vistas of […]

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Dinner and Murder with Lauren Beukes, Author of The Shining Girls

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One of the best parts about working in the book industry is that one gets to meet great authors, and sometimes have dinner with them. Last night Exclus1ves went to dinner with Random House and Lauren Beukes, and we celebrated the launch of this year’s most interesting book (in this bookseller’s opinion). We were also […]

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Author Profile: Anton Walker

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History . As a school boy Anton Walker traveled with his father to India and Nepal in 1984 to view the tigers and one-horned Indian rhinos in the wild. Walker largely grew up at Lapalala Wilderness where his parents assisted the late Dale Parker in the establishment of the reserve which has become an important […]

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Author Profile: Arja Salafranca

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History . Arja Salafranca was born in Spain to a Spanish father and a South African mother. Salafranca has lived in South Africa since the age of five. In 1993 she earned a degree in African Literature and Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her fiction and poetry has been published in a number […]

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Author Profile: Ashraf Kagee

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History . Professor Ashraf Kagee is a lecturer at Stellenbosch University. He received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and a Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Cape Town. [1] . […]

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Give a Book in the Name of Love: Valentines at Exclusive Books

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As every wooing lover, dedicated spouse and love-struck individual with a secret crush knows, February 14th is Valentine’s Day. This year at Exclusive Books we’ll be celebrating love and books from 7th February until 14th February with a wide selection of love-inspired novels, sublime erotica titles and gift ideas on offer that would make the […]

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Author Profile: Sol Plaatje

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History . Solomon Tsekisho Plaatje was a politician, journalist, human rights campaigner, novelist and translator at the turn of the 19th century – one of the most gifted and versatile black South Africans of his generation. Plaatje devoted his many talents to one overriding cause: the struggle of the African people against injustice & dispossession. […]

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Gulliver’s Travels: Own it, read it, and read it again!

When Jonathan Swift‘s infamous novel Gulliver’s Travels was published in 1726 it enjoyed instant popularity. During the last hundred years, it has evolved into various feature films including more than one animated version.  For years Gulliver’s Travels has been enjoyed by children as a children’s book and it is easy to recognise its appeal. Gulliver […]

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Author Profile: Michael Cardo

History . Michael Cardo was born in Durban in 1977. In 2003 he gained a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. He has worked for the Democratic Alliance since 2003: as Director of Research; as Helen Zille’s speechwriter during the 2009 election; and currently as a policy adviser. Between 2006 and 2008, he […]

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