For the past three years, the Fair has presented a stellar programme brimming with contentious topics facing South Africa, and 2020 promises nothing less. To download the programme click here to download.
Day 1 - Friday, 11 September 2020
08:00 - 23:00
The Market PlaceFacilitator: SABF
Explore the breadth and depth of independent publishers and booksellers from across the country, offering an array of books in all our languages. The full range of books on the literary programme can also be purchased from The Market Place.
10:00 - 23:00
The Magic TentFacilitator: SABF
The Children’s Programme offers a range of activities for children and teens. From toddlers to grandparents, all are welcome to visit the Magic Tent and to revel in the affirmative power of books and reading − for the first time or the thousandth time.
Book Development In AfricaIndustry Behind The Scenes   •   Facilitator: Samuel Kolawole | Participants: Elitha van der Sandt, Ernesticia Lartey Asuinura
There are two functional book development councils in Africa - one in Ghana and one in South Africa. Join Elitha van der Sandt, CEO of the South African Book Development Council and Ernesticia Lartey Asuinura, Executive Director of the Ghana Book Development Council, as they delve into the complex strategic processes behind the book value chain and book development in Africa. If Africa pools her resources and book industries move toward intercontinental collaboration, the knowledge production and literary treasures from this continent will go unrivalled. This formidable dialogue is steered by APNET Chairman, Samuel Kolawole.
11:00 - 12:00
Unpacking The South African Children’s Book MarketIndustry Behind The Scenes   •   Facilitator: Khumo Tapfumaneyi | Participants: Lorato Trok, Shay Heydenrych, Dusanka Stojakovic, Olinka Nell
A robust and riveting discussion with key players in the book industry about trends and factors at play in the South African children’s book market. Olinka Nell, Dusanka Stojakovic, Lorato Trok and Shay Heydenrych share the experience and industry insights with Khumo Tapfumaneyi.
12:00 - 13:00
Do We Need Our Own University Presses?Industry Behind The Scenes   •   Facilitator: Veronica Klipp | Participants: Prof Maria Frahm Arp, Prof Crain Soudien, Dr Divine Fuh, Prof Sarah Mosoetsa
In South Africa, scholarly publishers contribute less than 1% of annual publishing output; the situation is even bleaker in other African countries, most of which do not have active university presses. And yet they play a key role in making knowledge available to a general audience and projecting the voices of scholars on the continent. Prof Maria Frahm Arp, Prof Crain Soudien, Prof Sarah Mosoetsa and Dr Divine Fuh plunge into this debate, prompted by Veronica Klipp.
13:00 - 14:00
Writing for a Pan-African AudienceIndustry Behind The Scenes   •   Facilitator: Ernest Oppong | Participants: Dr Ruby Yayra Goka, Dr Wale Okediran, Kinyanjui Kombani, Fred Khumalo
Africa’s stories are her new gold. Interest in the continent and her untapped markets are increasing, and the African literary scene is ever expanding. Collaboration and literary interaction amongst African countries remain limited, despite its growth. Dr Ruby Yayra Goka, Kinyanjui Kombani, Dr Wale Okediran and Fred Khumalo, share their experiences of their literary journeys with fellow African writers, from across the continent. Ernest Oppong facilitates.
14:00 - 15:00
The Page Against The Screen – Is There Place For Paper Books And Ebooks?Industry Behind The Scenes   •   Facilitator: Mandy Collins | Participants: Clare-Rose Julius, Gus Silber, Melvin Kaabwe, Samantha Choles, Fred Khumalo
The virtues and vices of paper books and e-books have been the subject of countless studies, articles and discussions over the past number of years. Facilitated by a self-confessed bibliophile Mandy Collins, this lighthearted and candid look at these two mediums, their perks and pitfalls, also explores some of the trends and insights into publishing in hard copy and online. Join authors Fred Khumalo (Talk Of The Town) and Gus Silber (The Disruptors), publisher Clare-Rose Julius, president of the South African Booksellers Association, Melvin Kaabwe and Samantha Choles, communication manager for the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa.
15:00 - 16:00
Author Contracts and CopyrightIndustry Behind The Scenes   •   Participants: Monica Seeber, Louis Gaigher
Workshops on copyright and book publishing contracts are perennially in demand by authors. Monica Seeber of ANFASA and Louis Gaigher of PASA have been working on a booklet, based on the ANFASA-PASA Agreement on Contract Terms (APACT) which explains publishing contracts in direct and user-friendly detail. In this panel session, Monica and Louis provide insight into some of the questions they have most often been asked about copyright and contracts – and how they answered them
18:00 - 19:00
Semi-final – Battle of the BookclubsFacilitator: SABF
Four SA-based book clubs battle it out into the semi-finals of the “Lit-est book club in the land”.
19:00 - 21:00
Keorapetse Kgositsile Poetry Café With Hear My VoiceFacilitator: SABF
A performance-poetry evening dedicated to the legendary Keorapetse Kgositsile. Hosted by Mutinta Bbenkele, African stars Bokgang Maragelo, Mongane Wally Serote, Yomi Ṣode, Zizipho Bam, Khadija Tracey Heeger and Aja Monet team up for an unforgettable experience.