Mary Oliver – A tribute in translation


Mary Oliver was a moon poet whose task was to observe, and then ‘reflect our place among the family of things’. She didn’t need to shine on her own account, her job was to be ‘married to amazement’, to notice, to pay attention, to ‘witness the cycles’, and ‘by morning to have vanished a thousand times into something better’. Her vocation was ‘to tell about it’, and this she did with a dazzling radiance that helps us to see things we might have missed.

Please join us as Sandra Hill reads some of Mary Oliver’s best loved poems, while Ilze Olckers reflects them back in Afrikaans, inviting them into a South African language and landscape.You’re welcome to bring your own favourite Mary Oliver poem to share.

Kalk Bay Books, Tuesday 11 February at 18:00 for 18:30. RSVP ESSENTIAL: Call us on 0217882266 or email


Orca by Richard Peirce

On THURSDAY 31 October, we present Orca – The day the Great White sharks disappeared, by Richard Peirce, published by Struik Nature.

Great White sharks, attracted by an offshore seal colony, brought success to the fishing village of Gansbaai along the southern African coast. A flourishing shark cage diving industry sprang up, bringing jobs and money into the community. Tourists flocked to experience the thrill of a real-life brush with the legendary ‘Jaws’. Shark Town, as it became known, was booming. Then … the sharks disappeared. Word spread and crowds thinned while the community watched their livelihoods tail off. Entrepreneurs and scientists alike were baffled.

Soon, shark carcasses started washing up on the beaches. These, together with sightings of another apex predator in the vicinity, were the first leads to possible causes and culprits.

Join Richard Peirce and Don Pinnock as they explore this unfolding drama.

THURSDAY 31 October at 18:00 for 18:30

RSVP essential: email or call us on 021 7882266

PS: Bring a cushion and something warm as evenings can be chilly and this event will be held in the outside courtyard.


The Big Move…

from here to here

… Is finally happening! But it’s really just a little move, next door. Away from the southeaster and the thundering trucks, into the cosy spot up the alley.

We’ll be closed for moving from Monday 26 August until Thursday 29 August, and open again in the new shop from Friday 30 August.

Pop in on Sunday 1 September for spring flowers and chocolates, buy a book and  enter our lucky draw. See you there.

Getting the new space ready!


time ducklings

MANY: Number of goslings who safely crossed the Clairvaux/Main Road intersection with their parents yesterday morning in Kalk Bay. Thank you, with all our hearts, to the brave and kind woman who stopped traffic and fetched the last little one across safely, and to patient motorists. : )

John Maytham: Being Human – An evening of poetry to live by – 23 July 2019

We’re delighted to present Being Human – An evening of poetry to live by, with John Maytham.

Tickets are R100.

DETAILS: Kalk Bay Books, Tuesday 23 July 2019 at 18:45 for 19:15 (please note the unusual starting time)
BOOKINGS: Seats are limited so booking is absolutely essential. Please email and we will reply with payment details and confirmation.

To be human is to experience love, war, loss, joy, suffering and grief. Being human means being vulnerable, strong, funny, enraged, anxious and confused. Above all, it involves a quest for meaning.

Drawing on a range of poets from Billy Collins to Jane Kenyon, Dylan Thomas to Elizabeth Bishop, Michael Rosen to Derek Walcott, John Maytham reads poetry that reflects the many facets of our humanity, in a script compiled by Finuala Dowling.

Wine for the evening is generously supplied by Leopard’s Leap.