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Sunday, February 28, 2021


(Ashwin Desai)

The popular Mondays at 6 @ St Clements is back in action with its next event taking place tomorrow at 18h00.

Join Pieter Scholtz and friends at St Clements for this special Durban “literary” soiree.

The Mic to Ike’s features Ike’s Books owner, Joanne Rushby, in conversation with author and academic, Ashwin Desai.

Ike’s Books (Ike’s Books and Collectables): the well-known independent bookstore, centre of Durban literary life both fringe and more mainstream/alternative. The original Ike’s was founded in 1988 in Overport by the late Joseph Daniel “Ike” Mayet.

Ike’s was the venue, in 2019, of the first edition of the Durban (Unesco City of Literature) literary festival. During Covid, Ike’s has seen some changes. It has established more of an online presence while retaining its key and core literary identity.

Joanne Rushby is the owner of Ike’s wonderland of books, past and present. She knows books, authors and the book business. The literary scene. Book restoration. The book auction world. She’s the face, the presence and the person one wants to see when one visits Ike’s.

Ashwin Desai: academic (professor of sociology at the University of Johannesburg), social commentator, activist, Ike’s regular and author of many books, most recently of Wentworth: The Beautiful Game and the Making of Place (published by UKZN Press and officially launched via Zoom from Ike’s Books last month).

Rushby and Desai will be “in conversation” about Ike’s past and present; about books and the writing of them; about literary festivals; about Wentworth (Desai’s new book and the writing of it). And lots more. There will be time for questions from “the floor” and there will be books for sale.

When the donations box comes round, a suggested minimum if R50 per person would be very welcome. Proceeds to Ike’s.

Outdoor seating — dress accordingly. Limited guests per table for distancing protocol. Bookings limited to diners in support of St Clements restaurant and staff. (Steve is only open for evening dining for special events these days, including St Clements soirees.)

RSVP ST Clements 031 202 2511. Seating limited. Diners only. Table bookings essential.

NB: Wear a mask, sanitize and do what's required on arrival. To help with safe distancing, please arrive before 18h00 to open tab and place orders.

St Clements is situated at 191 Musgrave Road.