events @ Kalk Bay Books

Kalk Bay Books and Modjaji invite you to a launch for
Cry of the Hangkaka
by Anne Woodborne
Anne will be in conversation with Maire Fisher.
The Cry of the Hangkaka is the story of young Karin and her mother Irene. Shamed by a divorce, Irene seeks to flee with her daughter from post WWII South Africa. Jack, a Scotsman who works at the tin mines in Nigeria, seems to be the answer to Irene ‘s prayers. In the torrid heat of the Nigerian plateau, Karin is exposed to the lives of the colonisers, the colonised, and most of all to the dictatorship of Jack.
Anne Woodborne was born in Cape Town, where she still lives. She spent a large part of her childhood in Scotland and Nigeria. She has been widely published in women’s magazines, and in various anthologies and collections.
WHEN: Thursday the 14th of April at 6 for 6.30pm
WHERE: Kalk Bay Books, 194 Main Road, Kalk Bay
RSVP: Please call 021 788 2266 or email
Wine for the evening is generously sponsored by Leopard’s Leap

Kalk Bay Books and Jacana invite you to a launch for
The New Black Middle Class in South Africa
by Roger Southall
Roger will be in conversation with Anthony Butler.
The rise of the black middle class is one of the most striking developments in post-apartheid South Africa. Yet while this new class has been a major actor in the reshaping of the country, public attention, especially in the media, has largely focused upon the image of ‘black diamonds’ and ‘tenderpreneurs’ who use their political connections to obtain lucrative contracts.
This book provides a corrective that considers the black middle class as a key actor in the development of South African society. It recounts the history of the class prior to 1994, examines its size, shape and structure, explores the role of the ANC and education in promoting black upward social mobility, and reviews the challenges faced by the black middle class at work and in society more generally. It concludes with an analysis of the ambiguous role played by the black middle class in the shaping of a democratic society.
Roger Southall is Professor Emeritus in Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand.
WHEN: Tuesday 19 April at 6 for 6.30pm
WHERE: Kalk Bay Books, 194 Main Road, Kalk Bay
RSVP: Please call 021 788 2266 or email
Wine for the evening is generously sponsored by Leopard’s Leap.

Kalk Bay Books and Umuzi invite you to a launch for
Flame in the Snow
the love-letters of Ingrid Jonker and Andre Brink, Translated by Karin Schimke and Leon de Kock
In a telegram dated 29 April 1963, twenty-nine-year-old Afrikaans poet Ingrid Jonker thanks André Brink, a young novelist of twenty-seven, for flowers and a letter he sent her. In the more than two hundred letters that followed this telegram, one of South African literature’s most famous love affairs unfolds. Jonker’s final letter to Brink is dated 18 April 1965. She drowned herself in the ocean at Three Anchor Bay three months later.
More than fifty years on, this poignant, often stormy relationship still grips readers’ imaginations.
In December 2014, three months before his death on 6 February 2015, André Brink offered these never-before-seen letters, as well as personal photographs, for publication.
Karina Brink, Simone Venter and Joanne Hitchens will be in conversation.
WHEN: Thursday 21 April at 6.30 for 7pm
WHERE: Kalk Bay Books, 194 Main Road, Kalk Bay
RSVP: Please call 021 788 2266 or email
Wine for the evening is generously sponsored by Leopard’s Leap.

Kalk Bay Books and Jacana invite you to a launch for
Murderers, Miscreants and Mutineers
by Nigel Penn
Here is the long-awaited sequel to Nigel’s award-winning book Rogues, Rebels and Runaways, in which he entertained and informed readers with stories of remarkable characters from early Cape history.
In this new volume he brings to life an assortment of personalities from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries – Maria Mouton, for instance, who was executed for her adulterous affair with a slave and the murder of her husband. These are fascinating stories, told with erudition and humour, throwing light on our past and revealing much about social relations and human experience in the early Cape colony.
Nigel Penn is professor of History at the University of Cape Town and the author of several books, including Rogues, Rebels and Runaways and The Forgotten Frontier.
WHEN: Tuesday 26 April at 6 for 6.30pm
WHERE: Kalk Bay Books, 194 Main Road, Kalk Bay
RSVP: Please call 021 788 2266 or email
Wine for the evening is generously sponsored by Leopard’s Leap.

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Kalk Bay Books and Quivertree invite you to a launch for
Cook. Better.
by Nikki Werner and Brandon de Kock
This is not a cookbook. It is a book about cooking. Think of it as cooking between the lines… or, stuff your mother should have told you.
Here are the hows and whys behind everyday ingredients and techniques – when to use coarse or finely ground salt, best pairings for common garden herbs, extracting and building flavour, champion chopping techniques, foolproof fillet, spud’s lore and much much more.
This user-friendly book is for everyone who’s anywhere along the cookery continuum. It is the ‘ta-da’ moment for those who have been cooking, duty bound, for years, but didn’t show up for basics training.
Nikki and Brandon will be chatting to Kate Wilson.
WHEN: Thursday 23 April at 6 for 6.30
WHERE: Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay
RSVP ESSENTIAL: Email or call us on 021 788 2266
Wine for the evening is generously sponsored by Leopard’s Leap Wines

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Philosophy Café at Kalk Bay Books, hosted by Helen Douglas, counselling philosopher.
“What I propose, therefore, is very simple: it is nothing more than to think what we are doing.” Hannah Arendt
WHEN: Tuesday, 24 February 2015 at 6.45 for 7pm 
RSVP directly to Helen by emailing or by calling 021 788 4667
(Bring your own drinks, if you like)

Kalk Bay Books and Wits University Press invite you to a discussion of
Richard Rive: A Partial Biography
By Shaun Viljoen
Richard Moore Rive was a writer, scholar, literary critic and college teacher in Cape Town, South Africa. He is best known for his short stories written in the late 1950s and for his second novel, ‘Buckingham Palace’, District Six, in which he depicted the well-known cosmopolitan area of District Six, where he grew up.
In this biography Shaun Viljoen, a former colleague of Rive’s, creates the composite qualities of a man who was committed to the struggle against racial oppression and to the ideals of non-racialism but was also variously described as irascible, pompous and arrogant, with a ‘cultivated urbanity’. Beneath these public personae lurked a constant and troubled awareness of his skin colour and guardedness about his homosexuality.
Using his own and others’ memories, and drawing on Rive’s fiction, Viljoen brings the author to life with sensitivity and empathy. The biography follows Rive from his early years in the 1950s, writing for Drum magazine and spending time in the company of great anti-establishment writers such as Jack Cope, Ingrid Jonker, Jan Rabie, Marjorie Wallace, Es’kia Mphahlele and Nadine Gordimer, to his acceptance at Magdalene College, Oxford, where he completed his doctorate on Olive Schreiner, before returning to South Africa to resume his position as senior lecturer at Hewat College of Education.
Shaun Viljoen will be in conversation with Imraan Coovadia
WHEN: Thursday 26th February at 6 for 6.30pm
WHERE: 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay
RSVP: email us at or call us on 021 788 2266
Wine for the evening is generously sponsored by Leopard’s Leap Wines.

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Kalk Bay Books and Jacana invite you to a launch for
   The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World
      by Vernon R.L. Head
Vernon will be in conversation with John Maytham
In 1990 an expedition of Cambridge scientists arrived at the Plains of Nechisar, tucked between the hills of the Great Rift Valley in the Gamo Gofa province in the country of Ethiopia. On that expedition, 315 species of birds were seen; 61 species of mammal and 69 species of butterfly were identified; 20 species of dragonflies and damselflies; 17 reptile species were recorded; three frog species were filed; plants were listed. And the wing of a road-killed bird was packed into a brown paper bag.
It was to become the most famous wing in the world.
Vernon R.L. Head was born in Cape Town. He studied architecture, winning national and international awards, and is presently Chairman of BirdLife South Africa. When not working on environmental matters, he is either designing special buildings, or traveling the world looking for the rarest birds. This is his first book.
WHEN: Thursday 20 November at 7 for 7.30pm
WHERE: Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay
RSVP: call 021 788 2266 or email
It’s important for us to know how many people to expect at an event. Please always RSVP if you want to attend. If you RSVP and are subsequently unable to make it on the night, please do let us know.
Wine for the evening is generously sponsored by Leopard’s Leap Wines.

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Kalk Bay Community Church (KBCC), 180 Main Road, Kalk Bay

KBCC is an evangelical non-denominational church. The beautiful church building was built in 1923 and is on the premises of The Bible Institute of South Africa, 180 Main Road Kalk Bay. However, our fellowship in Christ is more important than a building. The Kalk Bay Community Church has a special relationship with the Bible Institute and is thankful for counsel and help in the past. BI students form part of our community of believers and take an active part in the life of the church. KBCC aims to provide a place of fellowship and worship for believers living in and around Kalk Bay, but also to be a missional church where every member is involved to live and tell the good news of Jesus to those around us and to the ends of the earth.


Sunday Service: Starts at 0930hrs

Bible Study: Wednesday Evenings from 1830hrs – at the Church


  • Pastor: Willem Conradie – Tel: +27 (0)21 785 1882; Mobile: +27 (0)82 961 2874; Email:

  • Elder: Daniel Simango – Mobile: +27 (0)83 699 7497

Everyone is most welcome.

ANPA Jewels, from Kalk Bay to Franschhoek

ANPA Jewels is adding on a 40m2 extension to the existing boutique in Franschhoek. “The Private Collection” space showcases all things we love, including beautiful handbags and luxurious scarves to hand selected art and ceramics. Not to forget some very special jewellery pieces….

Please join us for the opening of “The Private Collection”, 42 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek on Saturday 13. September, between 10:30 and 14:30. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Franschhoek.


See you soon, Andreas & Patrizia

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what’s happening at the community centre?

kalk bay community centre-1There will be an alternative Talent Exchange Market on Saturday, 2nd August, 2014 from Noon-3pm in the Kalk Bay Community Centre, opposite Dalebrook Tidal Pool.

All are welcome and there is no entrance fee!

This is a market where community gather to exchange goods and services, for mainly Talents and sometimes Rands.

It costs nothing to join the exchange and there are many benefits. Our web address is

So come and see for yourself and be a part of our community.

If you would like to have a stall at the market then contact Allan on 0791838430 or

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Kalk Bay Books and Jacana Media invite you to the launch of
The Unsaid
by Richard De Nooy 

Newshound J.R. Deo has spent his life pursuing tragedy to the darkest corners of the globe, reporting on places like the Killing fields and the Middle East. He has not emerged unscathed from this quest: he has a history of violent outbursts, and following a savage attack on fellow journalists in a bar, Deo’s mental state and criminal accountability for the attack are assessed at the Institute for forensic observation in the Netherlands. Here, he goes from observer to observed. The calm in his cell is initially ideal for taking stock of horrors past and present.

But gradually, sinister figures take control of his pen and begin dictating their confessions through his writing. Meanwhile, his fellow inmates at the Institute also become increasingly restless. The violent, paranoid men he is among begin to wonder what exactly Deo is reporting on, and more importantly, to whom.

When: Monday 12th May
Where: 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay

call us on 021 788 2266 or email

Wine is generously sponsored by Leopard’s Leap
and snacks are catered by The Annex

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Kalk Bay Books and Bookstorm invite you to the launch of
How to Fix South Africa’s Schools
By Prof Jonathan Jansen and Molly Blank
South Africa has an education crisis, despite the fact that the government spends the biggest slice of its budget on education, more than any other African country. And yet the crisis persists.
Jansen and Blank looked at South African schools that work, in spite of adverse conditions – schools in poor communities, schools with overcrowded classrooms, schools in both rural and urban environments – and have drawn out the practical strategies that make them successful. There are no complicated theories, no difficult to implement solutions – just lots of common sense.
Molly Blank is a documentary filmmaker who began working in South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar in 2005. Previously she was a teacher in Washington, DC. She holds an MA in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in History from Tufts University.
Professor Jonathan Jansen is the rector of the University of the Free State, where he has earned a formidable reputation for transformation and for a deep commitment to reconciliation. A former Dean of Education at the University of Pretoria, Prof Jansen holds an impressive collection of degrees and awards, including the position as President of the South African Institute of Race Relations.
Molly Blank and Prof Jansen will be in conversation with Cameron Dugmore.
Date: Friday 25th April
Time: 6.00 for 6.30pm
Place: Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay
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