ST Francis Bay author, Bartle Logie, will launch his ninth book, Toasted Marshmallows & Obies, at the St Francis Links at 18:30 on Monday, April 2. Well-known St Francis Bay resident and member of the Kromme Enviro-Trust, Hilton Thorpe, will be the speaker at the event. Toasted Marshmallows & Obies departs somewhat from the pattern established in Bartle’s previous books. In this book, Bartle offers an entertaining mixed bag of short, sharp stories - 72 of them. Readers will get a glimpse of his life and adventures as a young man working in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in England, and as a teacher in the Cape. The book furthermore contains anecdotes from his childhood visits to the Lower Albany area in the Eastern Cape, where his father was born and spent his early years. Interspersed are acute, insightful and entertaining observations of some of the people he met as he made this journey - people like Australian singer Rolf Harris and other les-ser, but no less colourful, characters. His forays into the Lower Albany, origin of “Boet en Swaer” (made famous by the series of Castrol ads), talking about its people, its rich history and its diverse flora and fauna, are entertaining and enlightening. What has not changed is the meticulous research, both on the ground and from reference material, and an easy, personal story-telling style. All in all, vintage Bartle Logie. To attend the book launch, contact the St Francis Links at 042 200 4500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.For more information, visit www.bartlelogiebooks.co.za.