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 2 - Saturday, 12 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 - 11:00
Staying Sane: Lockdown ChroniclesFacilitator: Melinda Ferguson   •   Participants: Pumla Gqola / Melusi Tshabalala / Kelly-Eve Koopman
Entertaining and hilarious at times, Pumla Gqola (Reflecting Rogue: Inside The Mind Of A Feminist), Melusi Tshabalala, (Melusi's Everyday Zulu) and Kelly-Eve Koopman (Because I Couldn't Kill You) share their lockdown experiences – and how they are charting and navigating a new normal in pandemic times. Melinda Ferguson helms.
Down To Earth: From Garden To TableFacilitator: Pippa Hudson   •   Participants: Dudu Busani-Dube / Jane Griffiths
Healthy living has many benefits. Add growing your own produce and the benefits are exponential! You’ll not want to miss, Dudu Busani-Dube (Zandile The Resolute) and Jane Griffiths (Jane's Delicious Garden: How To Grow Organic Vegetables And Herbs In South Africa) sharing their secrets on how to grow your own food, in any sized space. Pippa Hudson navigates this journey
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.
11:30 - 12:30
Time, Space And The Anthropocene: Fiction And The Fall Of ManFacilitator: James Murua   •   Participants: Lauren Beukes / Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu / Mohale Mashigo
Lauren Beukes (Afterland), Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu (Theory Of Flight) and Mohale Mashigo (Intruders), explore the similarities between the fictional universes of their books along with magic realism, our current reality and more. James Murua steers the conversation.
Is The Glass Half Empty? How To Create Economic Opportunities In South AfricaFacilitator: Thulebtho Zwane   •   Participants: Dr Jakkie Cilliers / Tanya Cohen
Join Dr Jakkie Cilliers (Africa First! Igniting A Growth Revolution) and Tanya Cohen (contributor to Recession, Recovery & Reform: South Africa After COVID-19 edited by Raymond Parsons) for a deep dive into the lessons of the current historical moment and moving forward with positivity in times of economic uncertainty. Facilitated by Thuletho Zwane.
The World Looks Like This From Here: Masculinity, Misogyny And African PsychologyFacilitator: Malebo Sephodi   •   Participants: Malose Langa / Kopano Ratele / Ayanda Borotho
The gendered journeys of boys to men and girls to women in contemporary SA townships is the subject of this fascinating discussion by Malose Langa (Becoming Men: Black Masculinities In A South African Township), Kopano Ratele (The World Looks Like This From Here: Thoughts On African Psychology) and Ayanda Borotho (Unbecoming To Become: My Journey Back To Self). Malebo Sephodi directs the conversation.
13:00 - 14:00
White PrivilegeFacilitator: Prof Christi van der Westhuizen   •   Participants: Melinda Ferguson / Fiona Snyckers / Dr Sarah Godsell
Melinda Ferguson (Smacked; Hooked), Fiona Snyckers (Lacuna) and Dr Sarah Godsell (Liquid Bones) speak frankly to Prof Christi van der Westhuizen about the meaning of white privilege – globally and in the context of South Africa.
14:30 - 15:30
Exposé! Stories That Gripped The NationFacilitator: Iman Rappetti   •   Participants: Rehana Rossouw / Jacob Dlamini / Qaanitah Hunter
What does it take to be an investigative journalist? Join Jacob Dlamini (The Terrorist Album), Rehana Rossouw (Predator Politics: DD, Fred And The Great Land Scam) and Qaanitah Hunter (The Balance Of Power) as they explore the perils and rewards of their important behind-the-scenes work with Iman Rappetti, author of Sermons of Soul.
Giving Books A Place Of Pride In Africa; The Role Of Literary Journals On The ContinentFacilitator: James Murua   •   Participants: Rémy Ngamije / Dr Ainehi Edoro-Glines / Jennifer Malec / Troy Onyango
Literary journals on the continent are creating awareness of great African writing. Rémy Ngamije (Doek!), James Murua, (James Murua's African Literature Blog), Jennifer Malec (The Johannesburg Review Of Books), Troy Onyango (Lolwe) and Dr Ainehi Edoro-Glines (Brittle Paper) discuss the gaps that necessitated the creation of their diverse literary journals, as well as the challenges and opportunities available in the literary space. James Murua leads the conversation.
Law And JusticeFacilitator: Prof Tshepo Madlingozi   •   Participants: Andrew Harding / Judge Dikgang Moseneke / Adv Tembeka Ngcukaitobi
Judge Dikgang Moseneke (All Rise: A Judicial Memoir), Andrew Harding (These Are Not Gentle People) and Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi (The Land Is Ours: South Africa's First Black Lawyers And The Birth Of Constitutionalism) discuss the successes and failures of the South African constitutional law in delivering justice. Prof Tshepo Madlingozi navigates this walk, and talk, through the law.
16:00 - 17:00
Feminism: Our Bodies, Our TruthsFacilitator: Dr. Alma-Nalisha Cele   •   Participants: Mishumo Madima / Terry-Ann Adams / Anelile Dlamini-Gibixego / Jen Thorpe
Women’s bodies filter their life experiences and can be tools for conformity or resistance. Mishumo Madima, Terry-Ann Adams, Jen Thorpe and Anelile Dlamini-Gibixego explore this statement – and reflect on how, through feminism, the norms imposed on women can be learnt and unlearnt. Dr Alma-Nalisha Cele of Cheeky Natives facilitates.
Collecting From Afar: Stories Full Of HomeFacilitator: Zukiswa Wanner   •   Participants: Sisonke Msimang / Deon Maas / Niq Mhlongo / Lerato Mogoatlhe
How do perceptions change and how are stories shaped when you leave home? Join writers Sisonke Msimang (Always Another Country), Deon Maas (Witboy In Berlin), Niq Mhlongo, (Black Tax) and Lerato Mogoatlhe (Vagabond) in a fascinating discussion on chronicling the merging of the local with the global. Zukiswa Wanner facilitates this cross-border conversation.
19:00 - 21:00
Stuff We Wish We Knew Before Getting Married: Faith, Love And Everything In BetweenFacilitator: Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl   •   Participants: Mo Grootboom, Phindi Grootboom, Phindile Yende
While Mo and Phindi Grootboom, authors of Stuff We Wish We Knew Before Getting Married, discuss the original purpose of marriage, Phindile Yende (The Signs Were There Yet, You Married Him) points out the signs that make compromise unattainable. Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl steers this loaded discussion.
Husbands, Wives And Lovers: The Empresses Of Erotica Share Their SecretsFacilitator: Dudu Busani Dube   •   Participants: Takalani M / Yvonne Maphose / Busi Khumalo / Tiffany Kagure Mugo
The empresses of erotica – Takalani M (Into The Sun), Yvonne Maphosa (Grasping At Straws), Busisekile Khumalo (Lola's Heart) and Tiffany Kagure Mugo (Quirky Quick Guide To Having Great Sex) – share the pulling power in their stories with Dudu Busani-Dube.