The SA Book Fair returns with a stellar programme showcasing 120 authors

26/09/2018 / media

Packed event programme is brimming with contentious topics facing South Africa today
Johannesburg, South Africa (30 July 2018) – The 2018 South African Book Fair, which will run
from 7 to 9 September at Johannesburg’s Newtown Cultural Precinct, will present a diverse
programme of topics and activities for visitors from all walks of life.
The three-day programme of events, just released, is brimming with things to do and see for
everyone from pre-schoolers to the most dedicated book lovers, including a vault of books with
industry experts showcasing books that entertain, educate, empower, inform and advance. The
South African Library for the Blind will showcase tactile books, promoting a positive reading
The Fair also features a wealth of experts from the publishing industry who will be ready to assist
with learning and support materials, the best research and non-fiction books from the university
presses and SMME publishers from all provinces.
The South African Book Fair, which is a relative newcomer on the local arts and culture scene,
lists some highlights of their offering:
• #OURSTORIES Storytelling Festival where stories of past and current times will be told,
shared and sung.
• African Superheroes, where young authors such as Loyiso Mkize, Bontle Senne, Clyde
Beech and Benoit Knox will take the audience into the world of graphic novels.
• African Philosophy Café, where Prof. Gilbert Khadiagala and Prof. Adekeye Adebajo will
discuss the tale of two hegemons: SA and Nigeria in Africa.
• In Original Sin, panellists such as Adv. Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Dr. Nomkhosi Xulu-Gama
and Dr. Marek Hanusch will explore the complex issue of land disposession in South Africa.
• A Celebration of Giants remembers the timeless contributions of Albertina Sisulu and
Nelson Mandela as the country celebrates their centenaries.
• Skin Deep – Blurred family ties with Rosie Motene, Sarah-Jayne King and Thuli Nhlapo
looks at the struggle for identity when origins are unanchored.
• Writers Are Our Conscience explores how writers and readers influence society. Do
writers steer the course of a country’s socio-political passage? Dr. Sindiwe Magona,
Siphiwo Mahala, Melinda Ferguson, Antjie Krog, Maishe Maponya, Peter Harris and many
more will unpack this topic.
• Feminism – a global conversation | ‘The expression of who I am. I determine and define its
boundaries’ is where diverse feminist authors such as Malebo Sephodi, B Camminga, Anne
Dahlqvist and Melanie Judge will discuss literary spaces and writing.
• Exposed! South Africa’s Hidden Web of Crime will feature three journalists; Mandy
Wiener, Anneliese Burgess and Pieter-Louis Myburgh; who will give unprecedented
insights into political and underworld figures, as well as exposing how these criminal
networks have infiltrated the South African enforcement authorities and agencies.
• Bus Tour: Hop On, Hop Off will explore Johannesburg’s uneasy relationship with its past
and future. Three local authors; Terry Shakinovsky, Harriet Perlman and Nechama Brodie;
will take audiences on a journey through the city’s historical, political, cultural and
culinary sites, as depicted in their writings.
• A production of The Little Prince will be performed by the Market Theatre Foundation’s
brand new theatre company, Kwasha! This performance will be a magical re-telling of the
book, mixing storytelling and circus in multiple languages to create a unique South African
inspired production of this French masterpiece, for adults and children alike.
The full programme for the 2018 South African Book Fair, which is the final event on the National
Book Week calendar, can be accessed at Booking is essential
and tickets for all sessions are priced at R40 (except where otherwise stated) and are available
through WebTickets at Entry into the
exhibition, poetry performances, the storytelling festival and the Family Zone will be free of
The South African Book Fair (SABF), is presented by the South African Book Development Council,
in proud association with the Fibre, Processing and Manufacturing SETA (FP&M).
Released on behalf of the South African Book Fair by OnPoint PR (Johannesburg).
For further information about the South African Book Fair, please visit:
Web site:
Twitter: @SABookFair
Instagram: @sabookfair
About the South African Book Fair
The South African Book Fair (SABF) is held under the auspices of the South African Book
Development Council (SABDC) and is the culminating event of the annual National Book Week.
Comprising a dedicated children’s day, a book exhibition, a literary festival, it provides a unique
opportunity for engagement with writers, publishers and thought leaders, as well as an excellent
platform for trade and promotion.
The SABF aims to:
• Engage children of all ages in the joy of reading;
• Present a lively and engaging literary festival;
• Provide a platform for untold stories to be told;
• Facilitate robust engagement on a range of topical issues;
• Showcase books, publishers, authors, booksellers and related industries;
• Forge and promote partnerships across the book publishing and bookselling industries,
both locally and throughout Africa;
• Provide a channel for SMME development; and
• Facilitate skills and enterprise development across the entire book industry value chain.
About the South African Book Development Council
The South African Book Development Council (SABDC), formerly known as the Print Industries
Cluster Council (PICC), is the representative body for the South African book publishing industry.
Its members include all key stakeholders in the book publishing and bookselling value chain.
Further information about the Council and its work is available at
About National Book Week
National Book Week is the largest national reading awareness campaign, which kicked off in 2010
as an intervention campaign in response to the 2007 study by the SABDC, whose findings showed
that only 14% of the South African population are avid readers of leisure books and that 5% of
the population reads to their children. Now in its 9th year, National Book Week will be celebrated
across all nine provinces from 3-9 September 2018.


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