We are exceedingly proud to be hosting Ayobami Adebayo, recently shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Fiction Prize for her remarkable debut novel, Stay with Me. Ayobami will join us for several sessions: book-club reads; discussions on creating spaces for women’s fiction; and readings from a work in progress.
At the South African Book Fair (SABF) 2017, we hope to engage with these questions as a first step:
What are the narratives that move us as a continent? Are these the same for all Africans? Would reading each other’s stories change our outlook fundamentally? Would it nudge us towards a different future? Perhaps, even, a new vision of the African continent? To get the ball rolling, SABF 2017 has invited key African writers and literary producers to participate in these debates.
Our guests will include:
Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, founder of Cassava Republic Press – one of the continent’s most industrious and successful publishing houses – will participate in mapping ways in which we might grow the African book market.
Lola Shoneyin, founder of the ground-breaking Ake Arts & Book Festival in Lagos, will participate in discussions about the state of democracy and, importantly, the lives and future of women in Africa.
Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ (co-founder of the Cornell-Kiswahili Prize) and Billy Kahora (managing editor of Kwani?, publication of the Kenyan-based literary network and advocacy trust, Kwani), will engage with us and each other about reading and books, and the future of these on the African continent.
It’s all happening at the www.southafricanbookfair.co.za this September!