16 episodes

From the Cape Town-based independent bookstore, The Book Lounge, we bring you conversations about books and the book world, as well as recommendations for your next read from staff.
We'd love to hear from you. Send an email to booklounge@gmail.com.

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From the Cape Town-based independent bookstore, The Book Lounge, we bring you conversations about books and the book world, as well as recommendations for your next read from staff.
We'd love to hear from you. Send an email to booklounge@gmail.com.

    Trailer: Open Book Podcast Series 2021

    Trailer: Open Book Podcast Series 2021

    The Open Book Podcast Series is back, and it's moved to its own platform. Click here to find it on Apple Podcasts, or here to find it on Spotify, or search 'Open Book Podcast' on your preferred app.

    The series presents a taste of the kind of conversations you would experience at the Open Book Festival, which occurred annually in Cape Town in pre-pandemic times, with a selection of discussions that gives some highlights from a brilliant year in South African literature.

    We can't wait to share this series with you.

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    Why We Read with Mphuthumi Ntabeni

    Why We Read with Mphuthumi Ntabeni

    In this final episode of the season, we look at stand out reads from 2021 so far, featuring a conversation with Mphuthumi Ntabeni, author of The Wanderers.

    Jess’s favourite picture book of the year so far is The Rock From the Sky by Jon Klassen, while the book that has meant most to Colin this year is The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr, and Luami’s stand out read is a spec fic novel, Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon.

    Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Andri Burnett.

    • 39 min
    Down Memoir Lane with Robert Hamblin

    Down Memoir Lane with Robert Hamblin

    In this episode about memoirs, we bring you a conversation with Robert Hamblin about his just-published book, ‘Robert: A Queer and Crooked Memoir for the Not So Straight or Narrow', and staff recommend their favourite memoirs.

    Megan’s favourite is ‘The Glass Castle’ by Jeanette Walls, Luami loved ‘Priestdaddy’ by Patricia Lockwood, and Carmen’s recommendation is ‘Memorial Drive’ by Natasha Tretheway.

    Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Andri Burnett.

    • 43 min
    A Feast for the Eyes with Team Kwezi

    A Feast for the Eyes with Team Kwezi

    An episode about comic books, graphic novels, and graphic biographies. We speak to the dream team behind Kwezi, South Africa’s first superhero comic, Loyiso Mkize, Clyde Beech and Mohale Mashigo (aka Carol Mashigo).

    Jess talks about the graphic biography ‘Kusama’ by Elisa Macellari, the adaptations of ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘1984’ by George Orwell, as well as the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’  Noah recommends Nimona by Noelle Stevenson as well their memoir, ‘The Fire Never Goes Out’, and Luami loved ‘Glass Town’ by Isabel Greenberg and ‘Fangs’ by Sarah Andersen.

    Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Andri Burnett.

    • 41 min
    Reading Slump Remedies with A'Eysha Kassiem and Naledi Mashishi

    Reading Slump Remedies with A'Eysha Kassiem and Naledi Mashishi

    This episode is all about books to read when you’re struggling to read. We speak to A’Eysha Kassiem, author of Suitcase of Memory, as well as Naledi Mashishi, whose debut novel is Invisible Strings

    The book that rescued Mervyn from a reading slump recently is Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong, while Megan was saved by Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe, and Carmen’s solution is essay collections, and she recommends A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib.

    Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Andri Burnett.

    • 46 min
    Surfacing with Desiree Lewis and Gabeba Baderoon

    Surfacing with Desiree Lewis and Gabeba Baderoon

    In this episode, we talk to Desiree Lewis and Gabeba Baderoon, the editors of a new collection,  'Surfacing: On Being Black and Feminist in South Africa', and the Book Lounge staff recommend local fiction they’ve loved recently.

    Jess recommends ‘Hibiscus Coast’ by Nick Mulgrew, Belinda loved ‘Young Blood’ by Sifiso Mzobe, and Thandi suggests ‘When the Village Sleeps’ by Sindiwe Magona.

    Get in touch by emailing booklounge@gmail.com. This podcast is hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett.

    • 35 min

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