SABF 2017

8 – 10 SEPTEMBER 2017



The South African Book Fair is now owned by the South African Book Development Council and will be incorporated into the successful annual National Book Week, which has already established itself in the SA calendar in the first full week of September.

SABF Vision

The Fair is a unique opportunity for the book publishing industry to collectively position itself as a relevant, inclusive and important part of South Africa and Africa’s development. It is an opportunity to interact and engage with all links in the value chain, with government and the public at large.

In turn, South Africans from all walks of life will be able to access the diverse content produced by its world class book industry, listen to, mingle and debate with a wide variety of authors.

About the South African
Book Development Council

The South African Book Development Council (SABDC) is the representative body of the South African book sector and its members include key stakeholders in the book value chain in South Africa. SABDC members are representative of all sectors in the book value chain and our observers are the DAC, the DBE and DTI. Our current areas of work are far reaching and extremely important with regards to book development in South Africa. Read more about us here.


The concept of a ‘writing revolution’ is one we often hear being discussed in South Africa and raises many questions. Have we understated our role as writers in our democracy? Has the book industry played far too insignificant a role in this? At the South African Book Fair (SABF) this year, African philosophers and writers will be debating the state of the world, Africa and South Africa, and where we all are in relation to justice and equality.

SABookFair's latest Tweets:

Happy Birthday @MarahLouw. We are excited to hear all about your autobiography 'It's me Marah' this September at the #SABookFair

@GailSchimmel, author of three novels will chat about #BookClub reads @SABookFair in September. @NBPublishers @KwelaBooks

The #OURSTORIES theme speaks to the heart of @FunDzaClub to showcase local writing talent and ensure that all of #OURSTORIES are valued.