The South African Book Fair takes place at the Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg, from July?31 to August 2, alongside the sixth M&G Literary Festival that runs at the same venue on August 1 and 2.
More than 100 authors, writers, poets, publishers and playwrights will share their experience, talents and knowledge at the fair.
Fair highlights include:
- Lauren Beukes reads her Wonder Woman comic with art by Mike Maihack.
- Twenty-one born-frees discuss what 21 years of democracy means, chaired by Melanie Verwoerd and Sonwabiso Ngcowa.
- Black and White in Colour – Why Race (Still) Matters: Anthea Garman, Lewis Gordon, Xolela Mangcu, Hlonipha Mokoena and Melanie Verwoerd, chaired by Shireen Hassim. (This is an M&G Literary Festival session.)
- Publishing in Africa is a discussion that looks at the challenges and opportunities of trading books in the Global South.
- It’s Reading, But Not As You Know It: Mike Maphoto, the man behind Diary of a Zulu Girl, Rebecca Davis and Nancy Brown from World Reader explore fun and different ways of getting South Africans reading with Karabo Kgoleng-Dada.
- The Books You Read Say a Lot About Who You Are: novelists Niq Mhlongo, Finuala Dowling and Rehana Rossouw discover South Africa’s “bookself”. Chaired by Karabo Kgoleng-Dada.
- Shorts: Siphiwo Mahala talks to Ivan Vladislavic, Achmat Dangor and Masande Ntshanga about the art of the short story.
- Books, Boys and Beers: Gareth Crocker, Khaya Dlanga and Pete Goffe-Wood share their bromance with Ndumiso Ngcobo over craft beers as they discuss the meaning of life and friendship. Snacks included.
- Publishing in Indigenous Languages: Elinor Sisulu features in a discussion on children’s literature publishing in indigenous languages and how to achieve this quantum leap. Facilitated by the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation.
- Scriptwriting masterclass with screenwriting legends Fred Strydom and Harry Kalmer.
- Poetry masterclass with Finuala Dowling and Beverly Rycroft, where you’ll find there’s more to poetry than finding a word to rhyme with orange.
To find out more, visit southafricanbookfair.com