I was fortunate enough to be invited to the launch of Exclusive Books' Christmas Catalogue at their recently refurbished Rosebank store this past Friday.
Not really knowing what to expect as I had never really been exposed to events like this, I arrived with a mixture of excitement and nervousness.
After having a cup of amazing coffee, we were seated and greeted by Benjamin Trisk, the CEO of Exclusive Books. He spoke of how their choices this year came from all the staff and were picked so that there would be something for everyone.
They have certainly achieved this, with titles spanning from The Mountain Shadow (the much anticipated sequel to Shantaram) to Lost Ocean, the gorgeous new title from the queen of coloring books, Joanna Basford.
|Some of the titles included in the catalogue.|
We then had a break and a chance to sample some of the delicious food on offer. Wine was provided by Porcupine Ridge but I opted to give that a pass for Bos Ice Tea instead. I had my first ever macaroon and far more Camembert than should be legal.
We were then able to select our next activity between container gardening with Jane Griffiths, learning to draw the characters from Madam & Eve with Rico, tasting craft beer with Lucy Corne and decorating cookies with Elli Saayman in celebration of the release of the special edition of Alice in Wonderland.
I opted for the container gardening due to my background in Conservation and got to put together and take home an upside-down potted parsley which now graces my front door. We learned about the water-holding properties of peat (an essential in this drought!) and the soil enriching characteristics of earthworms.
Jane's book is readily available at all Exclusive Books branches and is an essential for any city-dwelling South African as it details making the most of small spaces in an organic, environmentally friendly way.
All in all, I had a fantastic day and was spoiled rotten. I was also lucky enough to take home copies of the new illustrated edition of the first Harry Potter and Derek Landy's Demon Road, which were my choices from the catalogue.
A huge thank you to:
All the wonderful publishers and publicists who helped make this event possible.
There are some wonderful options so I do recommend you have a look at their catalogue for some great gift ideas.