Lentils & Lace: Celebrating phenomenal female writers

Lentils & Lace: Celebrating phenomenal female writers

By RoxyK
Email: roxyk@48hours.co.za
www.lentilsandlace.com

Women authors have captured the literary market and many are now finding their way to reading enthusiast. The great thing about reading is I can drift into a completely different world.
I have learnt so much about different countries, cultures and places, as well as the dark side of people. Reading is always a captivating experience and it seems that every time I pick up a book I become totally relaxed and get lost in the story. I have selected two such authors that base their books on a totally different aspect of reading.

Author Jade Gibson (Pictured) has a doctorate in anthropology and teaches at the University of Cape Town, with an academic background in biomedical science and fine art. She is a writer and visual artist who has lived in the United Kingdom, Africa, the South Pacific and the Caribbean.

Her recent book ‘Glowfly Dance’, which is based on a true story, is written through the eyes of a young girl of mixed ethnicity across three continents.
The novel tells of the difficult experiences women face in relation to issues such as identity, constant migration, law courts, living in women’s refugee camps and violence.

Very little is known about the impact of these issues on children and this book carries a message of hope for child survivors, depicting a child’s fascination with the beauty of the natural world.
The objective of the book is to spread awareness of these issues; to save women’s lives, and protect children, as well as being a harrowing and beautiful read.
Gibson’s book has been shortlisted for two international awards: the Dundee International Book Prize and the Virginia Prize for Fiction.

Model, businesswomen and author Sonia Booth has launched her book, ‘How to Reinvent Yourself and Stay Relevant’. It expands on this by showing ways to build your personal brand whilst staying on top of things such as the rapid pace in the business world.

Sonia Booth with husband Matthew Booth

Sonia Booth with husband Matthew Booth

The book also gives relevance to quotes by Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs and Elana Meyer, constantly reminding the reader that we should seize every opportunity that comes our way, increase our knowledge and keep abreast of changes so as not to allow ourselves to become complacent.
We are taught about self promotion and values, online identity and image building.

We also learn that staying on top of the latest developments require constant work, which relates to sharpening our technology skills as well as focusing on building the image we wish to portray.
Sonia found that writing the book was a bit intimidating, but was a rewarding experience once she got writing and the ideas flowed.
Profits from the book will be donated to The Booth Education and Sports Trust, which she and husband Matthew Booth founded a few years ago.
This book is definitely a good read to all entrepreneurs.