'THE TAILOR OF PANAMA' PREMIÈRE
Book and film enthusiasts, corporate donors and other beautiful
people will be gathering at Cinema 6, The Zone, Rosebank on Wednesday
5 September for the première of John le Carré's The
Tailor of Panama, directed by John Boorman and starring Pierce
Brosnan, Jamie Lee Curtis and Geoffrey Rush.
The event was specially requested by Le Carré and Boorman
to help fund First Words in Print, a brilliant initiative
of the Centre for the Book which aims to give every pre-school child
in South Africa a set of picture and story books in their home languages.
The project is designed to promote a reading culture for young
children, giving all our children a common literary background and
greatly improving school readiness. At the same time, First Words
in Print will provide much-needed work for local writers, illustrators
The event begins at 6.30 and signed copies of Le Carré first
editions will be auctioned before the movie is shown at 8. Exclusive
Books, who have donated the refreshments, will also have a full
range of Le Carré books on sale.
For tickets at R250 each, please phone Jenny at 011 788 1787.
THE FIRST WORDS IN PRINT PROJECT
The Centre for the Book in Cape Town is the umbrella body for book
development in South Africa. Its slogan is: 'Building a Nation of
First Words in Print is a pioneering and innovative project which
aims to ensure that all very young South African children have access
to the stimulation of picture books and story books in their own
The project will vigorously promote a reading culture and provide
our children with a shared literary heritage, a vital foundation
for healing the severe rifts in our society that were caused by
A major aspect of FWP is that for the first time books for babies,
very young and pre-school children will be written, illustrated,
translated and published by South Africans. A similar initiative
in Britain has shown that the increase in family literacy and library
use, as well as the better performance by children once they reach
pre-school age and older, is remarkable if the very young have books
In the first phase, 30 000 babies and very young children from
disadvantaged backgrounds in rural and urban areas should be reached.
The project will work in partnership with public libraries, clinics
and crèches, which will distribute the FWP literature and
give most children their first access to books. These partners will
also play a vital role in exposing parents and other care-givers
to the importance of reading books with their children.