A Book Lovers Affair…
Book lovers are an interesting breed. Happy to spend hours in quiet isolation, thrilled at the thought of a crowded waiting room to grab a quick read, and counting authors and characters as their friends.
The South African Book Fair has always been held in Cape Town, for the first time this year, it will be held in Johannesburg at the historic Turbine Hall in Newtown (managed by The Forum Company) from 31 July to 2 August 2015. Friday 31 July is a dedicated schools and library day, with a carefully crafted literary programme for learners and educators.
The South African Book Fair is a platform for connecting, engaging and discussing, for learning about seasoned authors and uncovering new ones. For large publishers and smaller publishers supported by the FP&M SETA. For adults and for kids. Where all things books comes together in one glorious celebration.
“We’d like to inspire people in South Africa to read, which is why the Fair is about discovering books, discovering reading, discovering an author you may love or a genre you can’t get enough of discovering your ‘Bookself’ which is this year’s theme,” said Publisher’s Association of South Africa’s (PASA) Executive Director, Mpuka Radinku.
Established in 2006, the SABF is managed by PASA. Over the past seven years it has established itself as an important platform in Southern Africa for the literary world to gather and trade in the business of publishing. It also has become popular with the general public, and this year’s festival, with its inaugural year in Joburg, will bring the focus back to books and their authors with an exciting literary programme.
The Fair provides not only unique and interesting insights into the publishing world but also a premier platform for the literary, publishing and all stakeholders in the book value chain to gather and trade, network and exhibit. The three-day literary fest attracts publishers, authors, exhibitors, speakers, book associations, book distributors, book stores, electronic book traders, libraries, literary agents, printers, repro agents, bibliophiles, and technology manufacturers from around the world and is therefore unsurprisingly considered the pre-eminent book Fair in sub-Saharan Africa.
A veritable selection of dishes with tantalizing treats will be on offer. Seminars, discussions, workshops and presentations will also offer insights into the latest trends in industry developments and innovation by the best individuals and entities
Besides The South African Book Fair, Johannesburg has already hosted the 7th annual Jozi Book Fair on 13 March at Yeoville Boys Primary school, and will be hosting Children’s Literature and Childhood in September.
Being illiterate is not a disability, but a situation that one can change through reading. We applaud these events for helping raise the bar in our education systems as well as percentage of literate people in our country.