About the South African Book Fair

The re-designed South African Book Fair, under the auspices of the South African Book Development Council (SABDC), will take place from 8 – 10 September 2017, in Newtown, Johannesburg. The SABF will be incorporated into the successful, annual National Book Week, which has crafted its space on the SA annual calendar as the first full week of September.

Providing a unique opportunity for promotion and trade, the South African Book Fair will be made up of three key elements – The Exhibition, The Literary Festival and Business2Business – taking place at Museum Africa, The Market Theatre and Market Square, all in close proximity to the Newtown Junction.

The SABF is an opportunity for the book publishing industry to brand and position itself as a relevant, inclusive and important part of South Africa and Africa’s development.

With a focus on providing a strong platform for the book industry, the South African Book Fair has the following broad objectives:

  • Forge and promote partnerships across the industry, both locally and continentally
  • Showcase books, authors and industry in general
  • SMME and Entrepreneurial development
  • Enterprise and Skills development across the value chain
  • Lively, captivating literary festival
  • Promote a reading culture and increase access to books