Book Lounge events open to the public

Book Lounge's Mervyn Soloman.

The Book Lounge will have a series of events this week, all from 5.30pm for 6pm, unless otherwise stated, and are free and open to the public.

Booking is essential for catering purposes and seats are not reserved. To book, visit the events page at

The Book Lounge will host the launch of Betrayal by Jonathan Ancer today, Thursday September 19.

The book tells tales of SA’s spies – from the navy superspy on the Russian payroll to the party girl who fell in love with Cuba and the idealistic students used and abused in apartheid’s intelligence war. Mr Ancer will be in conversation with Tom Eaton.

Tomorrow, Friday September 22, there will be a launch of They Called me Queer compiled by Kim Windvogel and Kelly-Eve Koopman. It is a collection written by Africans who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+).

Despite a progressive constitution and legal equality, South Africa is still a devastatingly segregated and unequal society, where the combination of race, class, gender and sexual identities still heavily impacts every part of
our lives.

This collection of stories is a testimony to the struggles and triumphs of the LGBTQIA+ community. Stories of acceptance and rejection, of young love and old lovers, of the agonising thrills of coming out. The authors will be joining some of the contributors.

On Saturday September 21, there will be children’s’ storytime at 11am, and there will be a colouring-in activity afterwards. Storytime takes place every Saturday at 11am. There is no charge and no need to RSVP. The recommended
age group is 3 to 8 years old, but all are welcome.