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So, if telling stories is born from a desire (or say, obsessive need) to share the things that you find epic and wonderful about the world with others, then bookselling is also a related vein. For me, the joy in bookselling (apart from y”know, being able to fund the next print run) is in connecting readers to stories, in finding the right fit between book and buyer.


Of course, the only way I can do that, is really by chatting with people who come by the stall, or by providing people with the best information I have to help them pick the books that will sing to them or someone they know.

This post is aiming to do both those things. Obviously the post is not directly going to chat to people coming to visit me at ICON this weekend.

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All about ICON 2017

Gallagher Estate – Hall 2 (Midrand)
Friday 16th June (public holiday) 9am to 6 pm
Saturday 17th June 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday 18th June 9 am to 5 pm
Tickets: R120.00 – Day pass
R250.00 – Weekend pass



That would be weird. What it is going to do, is start providing you with some reasons for coming by that stall, and coming to Icon itself (‘Cause having people at the stall to chat to is kind of a pre-req for the aforementioned chatting).

So, here’s a whole bunch of resources about why Icon is cool way to spend your weekend:

I go for the community – feeling connected by common interests to people you have never, and most likely will never meet. I go for the people-watching – not just the costumes, but people passionate about hobbies, connecting with friends, having fun in a space that’s more welcoming and less judgemental than most. I go for the panels – we have nothing else like this in SA really, no place where we can listen to and learn from some of the people who do the things we like doing really well, both locally and internationally.

I also go because I have a stall and would like to chat to people and sell books.

Here are some of the reasons to stop by my stall:

  1. You get to be one of the few people to walk off with a launch copy of Idea War 2, and to ask me questions about it (read why asking questions is important here).
  2. You get both the chance to buy beautiful bespoke pieces of polymer clay art and chat with their creator (who totally accepts commissions). More about The Fairy Factoree here and here. 
  3. You’ll have a chance to meet and chat with a whole bunch of interesting authors and bookmakers (Tune in tomorrow for exactly who and exactly when).
  4. You’ll be able to participate in the usual Round Robin tale (read the first installment here) both on easy and on hard mode as part of Icon’s Great Geek Challenge!
  5. You can buy books.

That last one’s a no brainer right?

You can stop by my book stand to buy books, local, current, hard to find, fact and fiction books. Here’s what you need to know about what I’m selling, to decide if its something that will sing to you. A neat run-down of each book’s vital statistics as well as retail price is available in pdf form here: Icon 2017 Catalogue

  1. Idea War 1

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So, this is something you may well be familiar with by now, if you’re a regular reader. This short, gripping, fast-paced dystopian sci-fi set in a Johannesburg that you should almost recognize but not quite. It’s described as young adult, but the story was written on multiple levels, and should still have enough substance for you if you’re passed school leaving age. First in a series, it was designed as a quick, value for time, read that’s fun and silly as well as gritty and about a future that we’d all rather not came to pass.

-short, cheap, bang for the buck, blisteringly local. Strong language and violence

2. Idea War 2

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As above, but longer, and with more depth as both story and characters mature somewhat. Answer questions left hanging in Idea War 1, explores and develops more ‘CCA Joburg’ locations and draws you deeper into this world of startling unfamiliar home city

-less short, less cheap but packing the same density of substance per page and twice as much intrigue, implication and urban thrills. Stronger language and still pretty violent

3. Relative Scale


This is something a little different to most of what you’ll find on the shelves. Short stories are the media for the modern age, long enough to hold value and still fit into most lunch-breaks. This book crosses genres, narrative styles, worlds and age gaps. It was designed to be a whole family genre reader, to house something for everyone. There are bed time stories here that yearn to be read aloud, angsty teen dark action for rebellions of all proportions and sci-fi of a tone that parents should remember from when they first discovered a young and exciting genre.

varied, still pretty short, still relatively (ha! puns!) cheap and good for gifting to a genre fiction reader or genre fiction reading family.

4. Crimson Skies

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This young adult fantasy escape story already has a strong local fan base. It’s quick reading, without pulling the content punches (I recommend it for the ages of 15 or so up), of most writing for young people. It has engaging settings, high-drama, constant action and provides a wonderful escape from the humdrum. It does contain some adult themes relating to relationships and violence, so if you’re not sure about giving it to your kids, read it along with them and chat through the heavier content.

– potent, rich worlds, exciting, storyline, shortish and cheap, popular fantasy, dark action read, some graphic content relating to violence and relationships.

5. The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids


Also for young adults of all ages, this practical non-fiction offering has a range of skills, tricks and techniques for dealing with ways that the world makes us feel small, vulnerable and threatened. Written by a school psychologist with teaching experience, this is more of a book that helps make reality brighter than offering an escape from it

– non-fiction, resource book, local and relevant to SA, written to be accessible to and engage kids, adults and teachers alike.

6. The Zebra twins meet Ponkles

Zebra twins

A short sweet kids book with charming pencil drawings and a succinct story about making new friends.

-children’s book, local content, beautiful art, high print quality

7. The Spire


Hot of the presses local thriller, featuring an unusual antarctic base, an unconventional female protagonist, winter hardship, courage in the face of terror and unrelenting pace and action. This bold action title reads fast and easily, delivering an exciting story of endurance and ingenuity. Some adult content relating to violence and detailed medical descriptions.

-Local thriller, female lead, vivid south pole survival, tense and fast-paced plot, some adult content (violence and graphic medical scenes)

8. Fletcher

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Look, I love this book, but its not for everyone. First I’m going to put out the strong trigger warnings about violence, drug use, gore and mental disturbance. Next I’m going to let you know that I think this story is far more than its provocative content. Have a read here for a more detailed description of this complex, and (at least for me) fascinating book.

-local horror, hard to find, high print quality, unusual and unique story (Lots of Mature Content, copious trigger warnings) 


See you lovely people at Icon!



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