Operation Oysterhood: 11 January

OYSTERHOOD is reclusiveness or solitude, or an overwhelming desire to stay at home.

— @HaggardHawks

Grabouw to Muizenberg, or Tour des Karavan Press Authors. In Garbouw, I met Lester for coffee and lunch – and bread, which he is now baking and supplying to a few outlets in the area (the bread is as brilliant as his writing – the good news on the writing front is that the rewrites of his forthcoming novel are almost done). In Muizenberg, I delivered copies of Theatre Road to CCFM for a book giveaway; they interviewed Sindiwe about the biography this afternoon. Afterwards, I went to see the new venue of Xpression on the Beach, where you can always pick up a copy of Melissa’s novels. Then I saw Joanne and we discussed a writing project – she always inspires me. In between, I posted and delivered other books to readers, entered Karavan Press books for a literary prize and picked up new manuscripts from the printers. My love prepared a simple but delicious dinner for us, and now, here I am, back home, exhausted but full of stories and delicious seed bread and plain sourdough bread.

Spotted in an archival copy of the Southern African Review of Books (July/Oct 1991), which Joanne’s partner used to edit:

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local. Get vaccinated, please. Live.

“Physical distancing remains one of the key strategies to curb this pandemic.”


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