6 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 us a voice message telling us what you're in the mood to read and two books you loved to +27 (0) 63 961-6154 or booklounge@gmail.com.

A Readers' Community by The Book Lounge The Book Lounge

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    • 4.9, 19 Ratings

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 us a voice message telling us what you're in the mood to read and two books you loved to +27 (0) 63 961-6154 or booklounge@gmail.com.

    Literary Prizes with Irenosen Okojie

    Literary Prizes with Irenosen Okojie

    This episode is all about literary prizes. Our guest is the 2020 winner of the Caine Prize, Irenosen Okojie, and Book Lounge staff talk about some Booker-longlisted novels. Luami recommends ‘How Much of These Hills is Gold’ by C Pam Zhang, Unathi recommends ‘The Shadow King’ by Maaza Mengiste, Jess enjoyed ‘Such a Fun Age’ by Kiley Reid and Mervyn recommends both ‘Shuggie Bain' by Douglas Stuart and ‘Real Life’ by Brandon Taylor.

    Get in touch by emailing booklounge@gmail.com or send us a voice message on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154

    Hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett


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    • 34 min
    Queer Stories with Mark Gevisser

    Queer Stories with Mark Gevisser

    This episode is a celebration of queer stories. We speak to Mark Gevisser about his new book, ‘The Pink Line’, which tracks shifts in queer frontiers globally in the 21st century, and Book Lounge staff members recommend books with queer themes.

    Jess recommends ‘Juliet Takes a Breath’ by Gabby Rivera for teenagers and ‘The Whispers’ by Greg Howard for 9-12 year olds. Luami, Colin and Vasti discuss ‘Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl’ by Andrea Lawlor, ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’ by Ocean Vuong, ‘Because I Couldn’t Kill You’ by Kelly-Eve Koopman, and ‘They Called Me Queer’, curated by Kim Windvogel and Kelly-Eve Koopman.

    Get in touch by emailing booklounge@gmail.com or send us a voice message on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154

    Hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett.


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    • 36 min
    Unseen Women with Dr Nechama Brodie and Sifiso Mzobe

    Unseen Women with Dr Nechama Brodie and Sifiso Mzobe

    We speak to Dr Nechama Brodie about her new book, ‘Femicide in South Africa’, and to Sifiso Mzobe about his new short story collection, ‘Searching for Simphiwe’, and get recommendations from Book Lounge staff.

    Noma recommends ‘Hood Feminism’, Werner enjoyed ‘The Man in the High Castle’ by Phillip K Dick and Megan loved ‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O’Farrell. Get in touch by emailing booklounge@gmail.com or send us a voice message on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154. Hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett.


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    • 35 min
    Eternal Space for Discovery with Rémy Ngamije

    Eternal Space for Discovery with Rémy Ngamije

    In this week’s episode, we speak to Rémy Ngamije, the Rwandan-born Namibian author of 'The Eternal Audience of One', about his meteoric rise from being an unpublished writer to a star on the African literary scene in less than a year, and we hear book recommendations from Book Lounge staff.
    Unathi recommends ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas and Luami enjoyed ‘Toe Ons Oneindig Was’ by Zelda Bezuidenhout. Mervyn talks about ‘Brutal School Ties’ by Sam Cowen. Rémy’s list of authors is: Kalaf Epalanga, Ondjaki, Maaza Mengiste, Zukiswa Wanner, Mohale Mashigo, Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, Masande Ntshanga, Bisi Adjapon, Leye Adenle and Mubanga Kalimamukwento.
    Get in touch by emailing booklounge@gmail.com or send us a voice message on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154.
    Hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett.

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    • 30 min
    A Global Pandemic with Lauren Beukes

    A Global Pandemic with Lauren Beukes

    We sit down with Lauren Beukes to chat about her new book, ‘Afterland’, and some Book Lounge staff members recommend books they loved recently.

    Colin recommends ‘The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela’ by Sisonke Msimang. Megan recommends ‘The Recovery of Rose Gold’ by Stephanie Wrobel. Jess suggests ‘Here in the Real World’ by Sara Pennypacker for 8-12 year olds and ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ by Eva Eland for little ones. Mervyn loved ‘Searching for Simphiwe’ by Sifiso Mzobe and ‘Silver Sparrow’ by Tayari Jones.

    Get in touch by emailing booklounge@gmail.com or send us a voice note on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154.

    Hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett.




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    • 28 min
    Trailer

    Trailer

    Introducing ' A Readers' Community', a brand-new podcast by the Book Lounge.

    We'd love to hear your requests for a recommendation for your next read. Send us a voice message telling us what you're in the mood to read and two books you loved to booklounge@gmail.com.



    Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Andri Burnett.






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    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

ZAR-USD ,

Great Content - Long Overdue

This podcast is long, long overdue. The quality engagements at the in-store book events and the Open Book Festival needed to reach a wider community. Super happy you have translated the experience into a podcast.

The production quality is professional, top shelf stuff.

May the book sales soar!

Jen Thorpe ,

Best book shop can only make the best book podcast

Cannot wait to listen to more episodes and to celebrate books!

MartinC8000 ,

Local book stuff, yay!

Very enjoyable! Glad to hear some local voices. I subtracted one star because there was a distinct lack of cats :p. Other than that, great!

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