Friday, June 12, 2009

Monday, June 08, 2009

Cape Town Book Fair 2009

Where Cape Town
When 2009/06/13 10:00 am to 2009/06/16 10:00 am
Venue Cape Town International Convention Centre

Join over 50 000 bibliophiles of all persuasions this June. The Cape Town Book Fair is an exciting, vibrant meeting place that brings together readers, writers and publishers in meaningful exchanges of concepts. This year the focus will be on literature from each corner of Africa. Migration, Cultural Diversity, African Scholarship all contribute to the fascinating evolving African literary landscape.

Whether your passion is crime writing, political thrillers, green issues, children's books, romance, graphic novels or a host of other genres you are sure to find it at the book fair. You will also get a chance to meet your favourite authors, listen to new voices, attend book releases and chill out with thousands of people who share a love of reading.

Got kids? Take your kids along and fall in love with books together. In Africa our children are our wealth and our stories have unlimited richness. See you there!

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WC LIASA Genealogy Presentation - Riaan Cruywagen reveals his Roots

Am forwarding the message below for your information and also as a way to advertise the Genealogy presentation to be held at Central Library in Cape Town on Wednesday 10th June. Our presenters are Heather MacAlister of Ancestry 24 and Sandy Shell of the African Studies Library at UCT.

There is still some space at the presentation - just email to RSVP. There is a R20 charge for LIASA members, while non-members pay R50.

The 1st episode of the SA version of "Who do you think you are?" featured Nthati Moshesh. Nthathi happens to be the great, great grand-daughter of King Moshoeshoe, the first king of Basotho, and in this episode, she crosses the border into Lesotho to speak to historians and family members, and travels to understand her ancestry. Will she decide to change her name back to Moshoeshoe or will she remain Moshesh? But why is her surname now different? What happened along the annals of history?

And for those who have access to DSTV, the BBC series is being repeated on BBC Knowledge.


Ingrid Thomson

Family History/Genealogy Presentation forLibraries

Do these sound like familiar questions across the reference desk?

"I want to do some research on my family. Where do I start?"
"My child needs to do some research on our family for a history project."
"I''ve been watching that new TV series called "Who do you think you are?" * where Nthati Moshesh (from Scandal!) traced her family history. I want to do the same."

* aired on SABC2 at 9 pm starting Sunday 31st May, shows SA celebrities tracing their roots. For more info

Heather McAlister of Ancestry24 and Sandy Shell, Head of the African Studies Library at UCT will be talking to library staff about family history research, how to go about it, and what to advise our patrons on how and where to find the information they need.

When: Wednesday 10th June 2009
Time: 11 am (Tea from 10.30 am)
Venue: Central Library, Cape Town

Costs: R20 for LIASA members; R50 for non-LIASA members

RSVP: Bronwen Abrahams on 21 397 3175/6 or via email
by Monday 8th June 2009.