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 3 - Sunday, 13 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.
09:00 - 10:00
Kitchen Queen: Nourishment For The Soul, Glow For The SkinFacilitator: Samantha Manclark   •   Participants: Lucia Mthiyane
Lucia Mthiyane of Kitchen Queen fame shares her remarkable food journey – one that has been consistently marked by the elevation of the ordinary to the extraordinary. Samantha Manclark hosts this cooking session.
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.
10:30 - 11:30
Dala what you must: diverse stories from coloured perspectivesFacilitator: Lester Kiewit   •   Participants: Mia Arderne, Bernie Fabing, Lynthia Julius
Broadcaster Lester Kiewit leads what promises to be both an entertaining and serious somewhat dark conversation on the heterogeneity of coloured identities and cultures through language with Bernie Fabing (Is Alles Orryt Byrrie Huis), Lynthia Julius, (Kroes) and Mia Arderne, (Mermaid Fillet).
Reimagining Our Heroes: An Intergenerational DialogueFacilitator: Jennifer Malec   •   Participants: Dr Siphiwo Mahala / Prof Njabulo Ndebele
Sol Plaatje’s 1930 Mhudi was the first full-length novel to be written in English by a black South African. Eighteen years later, the first post-1948 generation of black writers began to be published by Drum magazine. A stellar line-up of Dr Siphiwo Mahala, Prof Njabulo Ndebele and Sabata-Mpho Mokae discuss these pivotal literary milestones – and their effect on contemporary SA writing. Jennifer Malec of the Johannesburg Review of Books facilitates.
12:00 - 13:00
Perils Of Patriarchy: Whenever, Wherever, Everyday – Confront Not CowerFacilitator: Candice Chirwa   •   Participants: Cassandra Moodley / Felicia Thobejane / Thuli Nduvane / Yasaar Moosa
Perils Of Patriarchy is a collection of 10 honest essays by 10 womxn giving their real-life accounts of the patriarchy in their spaces, bodies, skin, hair and sexuality. Join five of them – writers Cassandra Moodley, Felicia Thobejane, Thuli Nduvane and Yasaar Moosa, and editor Candice Chirwa – in this vital discussion.
Breaking Through Shame: Overcoming Societal NormsFacilitator: Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane   •   Participants: Jamil F. Khan / Mark Gevisser / Chiké Frankie Dozien
In what promises to be an unmissable conversation, Jamil F. Khan, (Khamr: The Makings Of A Waterslams), Chiké Frankie Edozien (Lives Of Great Men) and Mark Gevisser (The Pink Line) discuss their queer journeys, and past, present and future LGBTQ+ frontiers. Lawyer Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane moderates.
13:30 - 14:30
Black Lives MatterFacilitator: Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane   •   Participants: Zukiswa Wanner / Sisonke Msiming / Munnira Katongole
A trio of authors – Zukiswa Wanner, (Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir Of Sorts), Sisonke Msimang (Always Another Country) and Munnira Katongole – interrogate the most important decentralised movement of our time, examining how marginalised segments of larger communities remain on the periphery. Moderated by Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane.
15:00 - 16:00
Hiding In Plain Sight: Exposing The Villains Of Past And PresentFacilitator: Gaongalelwe Tiro   •   Participants: Jacob Dlamini / Imtiaz Ahmed Cajee / Rehana Rossouw
South Africa remains ravaged by deceit. Is hiding the truth ever possible? Join Jacob Dlamini (The Terrorist Album), Imtiaz Ahmed Cajee (The Murder Of Ahmed Timol) and Rehana Rossouw, (Predator Politics: DD, Fred and the Great Land Scam) as they reflect on how the past finds its way into the present through the real-life stories captured in their books. Gaongalelwe Tiro, author of Parcel Of Death: The Biography Of Onkgopotse Abram Tiro, facilitates.
The Role Of Women In Struggles For LiberationFacilitator: Karabo Kgoleng   •   Participants: Shanthini Naidoo / Candice Chirwa / Prof Christi van der Westhuizen
The role of women in liberation struggles is not always documented – and, if it is, it is hardly on the forefront and frequently located in the domestic, as opposed to national, realm. Shanthini Naidoo (Women In Solitary: Inside The Female Resistance To Apartheid), Prof Christi van der Westhuizen (Sitting Pretty: White Afrikaans Women In Post-Apartheid South Africa) and Candice Chirwa (Perils Of Patriarchy) discuss how these stories can be archived. Facilitated by Karabo Kgoleng.
16:30 - 17:30
Politics And Home: Taking Ownership Of Our NarrativesFacilitator: Zukiswa Wanner   •   Participants: Abi Daré / Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ / Wayétu Moore
Africans remained challenged to find their unique expression in the world. In this vital discussion, Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ (We, The Scarred), Abi Daré, (The Girl With The Louding Voice) and Wayétu Moore (She Would Be King) reflect on how the African narrative is positioned within the global context – and how ownership of the continent’s narrative can be taken. Zukiswa Wanner directs the conversation.
18:00 - 19:00
Battle of the Book Clubs FinaleFacilitator: SABF
Two SA-based book clubs battle it out in a race to be crowned the “Lit-est book club in the land”.