Booktown Richmond
 


 

 

July 12, 2018.

 

 

Greetings Karoosters,

 

 

The winds of winter have hit the bowels of the Karoo and shiver me timbers it has been cold in the dorp, all from the Cape of Storms. Snow on the highlands, and burst pipes in the village, the sun behind grey clouds it has been a harsh winter; but spring is in the soul if not the air, as we look forward to BookBedonnerd XI which is really not that far away.

 

 

We are passing through the valley of the shadow of death in South Africa these days. There just seems to be no end to the stink of corruption in every level of government, civil service and SOE’s. We are however fortunate that we do have some functional and highly motivated civil society groups and organisations as well as one or two governmental sectors which are doing the job for all of us; trying to get this wonderful country back on tract. We must though do our part and not accept that it is normal to offer a traffic cop a two hundred spot to make a speeding fine “go away”. We are then as bad as the cop.

 

 

Without getting into the finer detail I think that it high time that we have a new government, or at a minimum a coalition one in which the correct and proper running of the country and all that entails are done with a high calibre, honest, incorruptible and efficient government at all levels; from municipal to federal and including all State-Owned Enterprises which are at present huge leeches sucking the country dry. The government is a parasite on the population. The only thing which these outfits are good and efficient at is stealing the taxpayers’ money. Sometimes you need change just for the sake of change; like in government you need opposition for the sake of opposition. A basic rule in all functional democracies.

 

 

We have a programme in the making and some wonderful books and speakers……..lined up.

 

 

On Wednesday October 24 we shall be honoured to host the Independent-Publishers presentations starting at 10am until 1 o’clock and an afternoon session capped off with the annual Independent-Publishers Awards Banquet. In the past is has been a superb evening, so we are looking forward to it.

 

 

Just in case you have not noticed there is a very recently published and beautiful book titled Book Towns Forty-five Paradises of the Printed Word. It is written by Alex Johnson and published by Frances Lincoln and sells for a couple hundred bucks and is available at Exclusive. I battled to locate a copy as it was sold out twice….so the written word is still in demand. It is a pretty little book and Booktown Richmond is right up there with the Hay-on Wye’s and Wigtowns.

 

 

It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of Prof Kay DeVilliers who spoke at Richmond last year and did a Deelfontein walk about at eth age of 90. What a great man of all ages. Following it Rose Willis’ write up in her Karoo Round Up…

 

 

FAREWELL, DEAR FRIEND

 

 

Internationally known, highly respected Professor Kay (Jacques Charl) de Villiers died on Tuesday, June 5, after spending some time in hospital.  He was 90. Kay was an esteemed author (Healers, Helpers and Hospitals as well as Dwarstrekkers, Dwepers en Dokters) and writer on medical and historic  matters for the S A Medical and British Journals and other medical publications.  He visited Richmond, last year, when Yeomen of the Karoo was awarded two prizes at the Independent Publishers Awards Competition. In essence, however, he was more than a co-author of this book on the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital, at Deelfontein.  Both Arnold van Dyk and I found him to be a guiding light throughout the project – mostly we will miss his immense wisdom and infectious chuckle. Widely known in the world of history, medicine and military medicine, in particular, Kay was an expert on the Anglo-Boer War, the doctors, the outbreak and treatment of diseases, such as typhoid,, and the way in which both armies treated their sick and wounded.  He was an authority on Red Cross Societies, and international foreign aid during the Anglo-Boer War. His contribution to the world of neurosurgery was immense, as was his contribution to South African and international universities and institutes of learning. He served on many local and world medical and educational societies. He was honorary life vice-president of the World Federation of Neurosurgery Societies and life president of Pan African Neurosurgery Association.  He was a key role player in the establishment of the Cape Medical Museum and for this he was awarded a gold medal by the Simon van der Stel Foundation, Cape Town honoured his contribution to cultural affairs by granting him Freedom of the City.  Always willing to help and share information, Kay was a unique person. He will be greatly missed.

 

 

PCB 

 


 It's been a roller coaster month of emotions. First we got news that Kay de Villiers, who spoke at Richmond last year at the tender age of 90 something, had passed away. He was a giant in the medical fraternity and an expert on medical history. His book, Yeomen of the Karoo, co- authored with Rose Willis and Arnold van Wyk, was one of 3 books to win the BookBedonnerd Prize for the best of the best of the self-published books in our SA INDEPENDENT-PUBLISHERS AWARDS.  I will always remember how he cried on receiving the award. A man who had achieved so much. And his hallmark chuckle even though his facial muscles struggled to play along. May his soul rest in peace. Read the tribute by Rose Willis below.

And then soon after I got news that my good friend Louise Heckl had also passed away suddenly. Louise was the author of the book Die Oervlaktes and more recently The House that Jack Built. Louise was a master printer with years of experience in the industry. The House that Jack Built was acquired by the Tate Gallery and I have no doubt it will become a collector’s item. But Louise was so much more to me. Together we plotted a Dalene Matthee Festival in Uniondale only for the George Municipality to have a bout of amnesia at the 11th hour about the promised funding. May they rot in hell. Moreover, when I organised the first literary festival in history in Soweto, it was Louise, together with a few other friends, who lent me the money to pay for PJ Powers. But the abiding memory I have of Louise is one of a chain smoker who brought her beloved dog (forgot his name) to all our festivals. Luckily he passed on a few months before Louise. May her soul rest in peace. 


 

 But then the Soccer World Cup has been such a joyous occasion. Probably the greatest World Cup in modern memory. Russia almost pulled off the impossible. Belgium broke Japanese hearts to come from two goals down and beat Japan in the dying seconds. Croatia was magnificent. It was a World Cup of upsets. Games that captured the imagination of the world.

And then yesterday, Kevin Anderson pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in the history of Wimbledon to down the great Roger Federer.

Even if he wins Wimbledon, this match will define his career. To come back from match point and on the brink of being defeated in three straight sets...wow, that is the stuff of legend

But this was baby stuff compared to his knowing away at John Isner for over 6 hours to get the first South African into the final in over 9 decades. We live in great and interesting times there is no doubt.

On the literary front, I was thrilled to see Harry Kalmer, who was in Richmond a few years ago, won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize for his novel One Thousand Tales of Johannesburg. What an honour for one of the journeymen of SA Literature.

On the SA INDEPENDENT-PUBLISHERS AWARDS front, the entries are trickling in. Below is a list of authors who have entered their books in this year’s competition. The Asterisks indicates that I have received a copy of the book.


SAIPA 2018

1.      NICOLA HAYWARD – MASTER JACK *

2.      KYLE ALLAN

3.      LUTHANDO LUCAS

4.      ED OSTROSKY need 2 more copies*

5.      MARK DE WET

6.      TOD COLLINS

7.       HELENA DAVIS THE WIND IN THE WHEAT FIELDS*

8.      VYGIE MENTOR

9.       JOHN CLARKE

10.  NICKI VON DE HEYDE

11.  DAVID ROBBINS

12.  LOUISE HECKL

13.  LOUIS BOTHA

14.  GILLIS VAN SCHALKWYK

15.  JOHN COOMBE

16.  CAL KENNEDY - I'M THE PATIENT NOT THE SHRINK- BIPOLAR

17.  BRONWYN MULROONEY ZOONIVERSE

18.  SABINE LEHMACHER – MOONLING

19.  FIONA KHAN

20.  LINZE BRANDON ???

21.  TUMELO MOLELEKI – HER HEART*

22.  SORAYA HENDRICKS???

23.  LEBOHANG MASANGO

24.  SANDHIR SEWMUNGAL

25.  SAM NGOKATSE

26.  SIMON O’ CALLAGHAN

27.  LORNA M. NTULI – GIVING BIRTH TO MY FATHERS*

28.  HELENA DOLNY – BEFORE FOREVER AFTER PHILOSOPHY*

29.  MEHLULI NXUMALO - THE FABULISTS BINDLE *

30.  WENDY ROUX – PARENTING CHECKLIST*

31.  CHRIS MARAIS & JULIENNE DU TOIT – MOVING TO THE PLATTELAND

32.  JOSH CRICKMAY - JOSH'S BIG YEAR*

33.  CECILIA DE CECCO/ WERNER ADENDORFF/ ANDREA GIAMPICCOLI – CUCINA IN SOUTH AFRICA*

34.  TINA SCOTFORD- A FROG AND A WHALE IN A PRINCESS TALE*

35.  B.E. MAGDALENA – INNOCENCE AT WAR*

36.  DOMINIQUE MALHERBE- FROM COURTROOMS TO CUPCAKES* 

As far as our line-up for BookBedonnerd goes here is a preliminary list of speakers. Many of the authors from SAIPA will join this list once judging begins and we get a better sense of the literary merit of these books…..

SPEAKERS BOOKBEDONNERD 2018

·        ANTONY OSLER - INSPIRATIONAL

·        TRACY GOING BRUTAL LEGACY

·        CHRIS MARAIS & JULIENNE DU TOIT- MOVING TO THE PLATTELAND

·        DAVID ROBBINS – WALKING TO AUSTRALIA

·        LOUIS BOTHA – COFFEE TABLE BOOK ON THE KAROO

·        LOUISE HECKL – THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

·        VERNON HEAD – BIRDING

·        TOD COLLINS – THE ART OF BEING…AN AWFUL ANGLER

·        JOHN CLARKE – WILD COAST MINING CONTROVERSY

·        VYTJIE MENTOR – NO HOLY COWS

·        MARK DE WET – A CAPE RUBAIYAT

·        ERROL MOORCROFT- THE WOOL CLASSER, THE SHEARERS AND THE GOLDEN FLEECE

·        RAJENDRA CHETTY – MOUNTAINEERING & A BIOGRAPHY OF PLAYWRIGHT RONNIE GOVENDER

·        IZAK DU PLESSIS BOEREVERNEUKERS & RALPH HAYNES- GODFATHER VAN DIE WES- RAND

·        JAMES-BRENT STYAN T.B.C

·        ALMERO WELGEMOED T.B.C

·        ANZIL KULSEN T.B.C.

·        SIMON CALLAGHAN - COFFEE TABLE BOOK ON AFRIKABURN 

Following is a wonderfully well written story of her, Jo Rushby, trip to Nepal and trek into the Himalayas. If this does not add one more item on your bucket list……… 

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