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Picador's 40th Birthday Party: Back in black (and white)

LitNet attended the first Open Book event for 2012, the celebration of Picador’s 40th birthday, held in Cape Town. In the spirit of the redesign of the Picador classics, with their striking black-and-white covers, The Book Lounge was decked out in black and white decor.

Special guests André and Karina Brink shared their love of books with the audience, showing some examples of their favourites and telling stories from their lives shared with books.

The Book Lounge basement was transformed into a makeshift gallery where artworks were displayed and auctioned off. All proceeds from the auction will go towards the library at Parkhurst Primary School.

Bibi Slippers took some black-and-white snaps at the event.

 

Bright lights, books and balloons set the tone for the Picador party in Roeland Street.

99 black balloons ... and some white ones too.

The theme also extended to snacks.

26 unique artworks were auctioned off at the event.

Guests mingled among art and books in The Book Lounge basement.

André and Karina Brink consider some of the works on display.

Book lovers Thandi Lamprecht, Eckhard Cloete en Peter Wille.

Frankie Murray from Open Book and Verushka Louw from The Book Lounge welcomed guests at the event. Frankie let the cat out the bag about some of the exciting authors who will be appearing at Open Book 2012. For more information visit the Open Book website.

Frances Thorndike from Pan Macmillan spoke about the Picador imprint and the new redesigned Picador classics which are now on sale.

Karina Brink’s passionate account of her lifelong love affair with books was truly inspirational and very moving.

The audience was held rapt by Karina’s talk. Here, Frances Thorndike and colleague Gadija Gordon listen attentively.

André Brink came to show the audience the books he cannot be without – among others, a tattered copy of Don Quixote which has been his companion since 1964. André spoke of the way books "can extend something into permanence. One can hobble along on the walking stick of a book."

Verushka Louw from The Book Lounge.

White Noise? Black Beauty? Two balloons.









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