The Book Lounge launch in Cape Town last night kind of felt like parties at 1014 Alabama Ave–great food, plentiful drinks and a boisterous welcome-back-Roger vibe. Extra chairs were needed to accommodate the crowd which fell silent as Roger began reading from chapter 8 describing the bike ride to the Durban rickshaw sheds to buy dagga.
The show (intro, readings and songs) lasted about 50 minutes. Mervyn Sloman planned to open the floor to Q&A afterer 30 minutes but instead asked Rogge to continue playing. Literally, Mervyn asked Roger to NOT stop playing. Though slightly bemused by the clutter of cables, speakers, and instruments transforming his bookshop into a performance space, Mervyn and the BL staff seemed to thoroughly enjoy the novel launch of BACK IN FROM THE ANGER.
Documentary photographer and MALS graduate Paul Weinberg was there; as were Gary and Pela Gereffi from Duke; Chloe Rolfes, Roger’s original mother-in-law; people from our neighborhood; friends and lots of other folks whose name and connections I don’t remember. It was a lovely, warm Cape Town reception.