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Get your children reading, with Exclusive Books

Calling all super parents! Do you believe in the power of reading? Take your little bookworm into any Exclusive Books store at 10am on Saturday 29 March (and Sunday 30 March at the Killarney and Melrose Arch stores).

One of South Africa’s heroes will read them a story from the fantastic Dewey’s Big Book Guide for Kids.  Exclusive Books is excited to welcome Ruda Landman, Simphiwe Dana, Zapiro, Gcina Mhlophe, Tony Leon, Catherine Grenfell from 5FM, Jenny Crwys-Williams from Talk Radio 702, Jaco Jacobs, Fanie Viljoen, Katlego Maboe from Expresso, Eloise Pretorius from Smile FM and others to their stores for Dewey’s League.

To find out who will be reading at each of the stores, please visit or follow Exclusive Books on Twitter (@exclusivescoza) or like their Facebook page (

There is no entry fee, but please take along some stationery (it will be donated to a local charity). With Human Rights Day on 21 March, Exclusive Books would like to share the message that every child has the right to read!

The Dewey’s League books are about more than good marks or homework assignments. The books in this guide are the stepping-stones that will lead your child into the magical world of reading for fun, while improving their literacy level. After all, there’s no such thing as a child that doesn’t like stories – just a child that hasn’t found the perfect book yet.

Dewey League Poster for Exclusive Books



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Sarah Graham’s new cookbook, smitten.

This February we can look forward to Sarah Graham’s cookbook smitten. (a continuation of her first fun, funky and relevant cookbook, bitten.).

The focus this time around is on the extraordinary; the creation of uniquely quirky yet still achievable, budget-friendly and oh-so-delicious food to share. Think a little elegance and a lot of je ne sais quoi. This is unintimidating food with a twist that the whole family will enjoy.

To make our busy lives easier, the recipes in smitten. are conveniently divided into categories such as Nibbles, Speedy Suppers, Feast and Slow. Whether looking to knock up a quick dish on a week night or feed a party of eight on a lazy Sunday afternoon, there is something here for everyone.

Once again, the blog-themed writing style ensures that the writer/reader relationship is established right off the bat, providing a unique way of sharing recipes that draws not only on the food, but the context, inspiration and passion behind each dish as well, capturing Sarah’s philosophy that every meal has a story.

Sarah will be launching smitten. at Novel Books on Monday, the 10th of February  (10h00 to 11h30).

smitten invite novel books

Published by RandomHouseStruik – ISBN 9781432301866


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Seminar – Practical Advice About Publishing

For writers who have ambitions to see their work published in one format or another – or indeed several different formats, from traditional print, to, to downloadable pdf files – the route to publication can be something of a minefield.

Alison Lowry and Tracey McDonald, both of whom have many years of experience in the publishing industry, launched Get Your Book Published a few months ago, where they give writers some useful tools to help them navigate their way through that minefield by offering seminars, workshops, events and consultations on practical advice about publishing.


Whether writers are hoping for a commercial book publishing contract or are pondering the pros and cons of self-publishing, Alison and Tracey’s separate and combined guidance and expertise, and a thorough understanding of how the book world works, will give them invaluable insight to how best to go about this.

In today’s tough commercial world, there are many routes to market available to aspiring authors, but the first and most important way to have the best chance of getting there is, firstly, identifying and understanding what your own hopes and expectations are and, secondly, getting your manuscript into the best possible shape before you launch it into the world, whatever its destination.

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The date for the next seminar, The Suitcase Under the Bed – Practical Advice about Publishing for Aspirant Writers, has been set for Saturday, 21 September 2013 – click HERE for more information.


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