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SchreiberFord takes over Two Dogs

I’m sure there’s a better header out there – something about best friends or barking up trees or woof woof – but it’s hard to be creative when you’ve just rattled off a press release. Which is to say, please forgive the official talk:

As of January 2009, SchreiberFord Publications has fully taken over ownership of the Two Dogs book imprint. Previously a collaboration with Struik Publishers, SchreiberFord has now assumed all creative and managerial responsibilities, and engaged Quartet Sales and Marketing as distributors.
Started in 2006 in Cape Town, the Two Dogs imprint was initially tailored specifically for men, with the tagline “books men read”. That approach has evolved to the point that Two Dogs now produces entertaining and irreverent reading for South African men and women from ages 18 to 80, while maintaining a focus on “male” subject matter and tone. Notable best-sellers that have made regular appearances on the Nielsen Top100 General list include the two Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Kak? titles and Some Of My Best Friends Are White which was shortlisted for the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award 2008. Five Two Dogs books appeared in the South African Titles top 100 over December.
With offices in Cape Town and London, SchreiberFord Publications is an independent publishing company that offers a variety of publishing services. Clients include the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. It also produces the annual SA Whisky Handbook.
Company directors Grant Schreiber and Daniel Ford have a long history in the industry. Schreiber is an award-winning designer, who has been involved in publishing magazines and books for the last 13 years, while Ford has extensive experience in the UK market and was launch editor of both GQ and Top Billing magazines in South Africa. The Two Dogs publishing manager, Tim Richman, worked on magazines in South Africa and Australia as a writer and sub-editor before taking up his current position.

See www.twodogs.co.za and www.sfpublications.com for more information.


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Ndumiso Ngcobo Struggles to COPE

Subversive Thoughts From An Urban Zulu Warrior Is It Coz I’m Black?Ndumiso Ngcobo Should you? Shouldn’t you? Are you still trying to make up your mind about whether to join COPE?

Thought Leader blogger and Johannesburg writer, Ndumiso Ngcobo, is the author of Some of My Best Friends are White and Is It Coz I’m Black?. He has been pondering whether to offer his services as COPE’s resident speech writer of late. Perhaps he can guide you in the next step of your political evolution:
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Interview With Alexander Parker, Author of 25 Cars to Drive Before You Die

25 Cars to Drive Before You DieWeekend Witness motoring columnist Alexander Parker has written his first book: 25 Cars To Drive Before You Die. Estelle Sinkins dragged him away from the wheel for a few moments to find out why he decided to write it, and to get a few other motoring-related thoughts.

Have you always wanted to write a book, and were you surprised to get this gig?
I was quite surprised to get this gig. The publishers originally asked David Bullard to write it, but his packed schedule was to my advantage. David suggested they give me a call, and I pretty much bit their arm off. I’ve always wanted to write about cars in one way or another, so I was delighted, obviously.
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Attention-Seeking Faux-Lesbian Kissing and Other Things that are Still Kak

Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Still Kak?Britney and MadonnaIs It Just Me Or Is Everything Still Kak? 2Kak 2Furious is a bit grinchy, we admit.

But then again, the issues that we tackle with such courageous disregard for our own well-being – actually confronting the seemingly bottomless list of kak items head-on – demand immediate, robust action.

We’re just doing our jobs.

Even a small sampling of the kak things that pepper our daily lives ought to be enough to give you some idea of the gravity of the threat:
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Ekstrak van Tos: “A”

Is Dit Net Ek Of Is Als Tos?Is Dit Net Ek Of Is Als Tos? dit kla oor allerlei goed wat gewone Suid-Afrikaners ’n akute pyn in die agterstewe gee. Alhoewel die Afrikaanse titel losweg gebaseer is op die suksesvolle Engelse weergawe is, die onderwerpe, humor en styl doelbewus aangepas vir die Afrikaanse leser.

Meer as 150 aspekte van vandag se lewe loop kwaai deur insluitende die AWB, Blou Bul ondersteuners, call centres, Eskom, gholf op TV, lapswaaiers, Oppikoppi boneheads, Saffas, Star Wars junkies, Telkom, Joost van der Westhuizen, Vereeniging, witmense met dreadlocks en talle ander…

Lees ‘n ekstrak:
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Excerpt from Ndumiso Ngcobo’s Is it Cos I’m Black?

Is It Coz I’m Black?Ndumiso Ngcobo Is It Coz I’m Black? is the much-anticipated follow-up to the best-selling Some Of My Best Friends Are White. The urban Zulu warrior, Ndumiso Ngcobo, returns to aim his streetwise eye at a fresh range of typically South African characters and social issues, including obvious targets such as Jacob Zuma, xenophobia and Robert Mugabe, and classic Ngcobo subject matter such as his coloured cousins, black-on-black relationships and Benoni Afrikaners.

In this excerpt, Ngcobo stomps ever-so-lightly all over the delicate subject of race:

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I am a mixed coloured.
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Is Dit Net Ek Of Is Als Tos?

Is Dit Net Ek Of Is Als Tos?Is Dit Net Ek Of Is Als Tos? is the Afrikaans take on the best-selling Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Kak? Which is to say…

…dit kla oor allerlei goed wat gewone Suid-Afrikaners ’n akute pyn in die agterstewe gee. Alhoewel die Afrikaanse titel losweg gebaseer is op die suksesvolle Engelse weergawe is, die onderwerpe, humor en styl doelbewus aangepas vir die Afrikaanse leser.
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Book Signing with Peter Church at Exclusive Books Constantia

Dark VideoPeter Church and Andre Botha Don’t miss Peter Church this Saturday at Exclusive Books Constantia, where he’ll be signing copies of his novel, Dark Video

Dark Video is an engrossing thriller set in Cape Town and its surrounds. The novel plots the descent of a golden-boy UCT student who seems to have it all into a murky world of illicit real-life filmmaking and internet dealing.

A minibus taxi flipping spectacularly on its head; two teenagers engaged in illicit sex in a shopping-mall rest room; a raunchy table dance in a Cape Town strip club… What have these scenes got to do with a beautiful young woman running through Newlands Forest early on a Sunday morning?
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2 Kak 2 Furious: Your Top Kak Team Strikes Again

kak-ii-cover.jpgIs It Just Me Or Is Everything Still Kak? 2Kak 2Furious is the sequel to the best-selling South African whinger’s guide Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Kak?

The first volume covered more than 150 aspects of modern living that annoys and aggravates South Africans – but we still managed to leave out a cartload of other examples, such as the petrol price, load shedding, Vernon Koekemoer, the ANCYL, Hilary Clinton, Valentine’s Day, computer-generated happy-birthday wishes, credit card reward schemes, directory enquiries, gas braais, Robert Mugabe, MTV, tow-truck drivers, Third Force explanations, Aziz Pahad, boerewors-encrusted pizza…
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Is it Coz I’m Black? Ndumiso Ngcobo’s Sequel to Some of My Best Friends are White

coz-im-black.jpgThe Author's Autograph The much-anticipated follow-up to the best-selling Some Of My Best Friends Are White sees the urban Zulu warrior, Ndumiso Ngcobo, return to aim his streetwise eye at a fresh range of typically South African characters and social issues, including obvious targets such as Jacob Zuma, xenophobia and Robert Mugabe, and classic Ngcobo subject matter such as his coloured cousins, black-on-black relationships and angry-white-male syndrome.

The result is another collection of laser-sharp commentary on this wonderful Rainbow Nation of ours – Is it Coz I’m Black? – with no regard for political correctness or sacred cows of any size, shape or form. South African satire at its best!
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