All is set for the 2015 South African Book Fair, scheduled to hold from 31 July to 2 August in Turbine Hall, Newtown, Johannesburg.
The book fair will feature 100 authors participating in more than 40 events, 44 new small publishers, 7 publishers from across the continent, a dedicated Kid’s Zone, and a whole day devoted to learners, teachers and librarians.
The event will give attendees opportunity to meet amazing new and established authors, mingle with celebs, discover new genres and listen to inspiring lectures.
Themed “discover your bookself”, the book fair aims to promote the love of reading in South Africa and provide a platform for new publishers to exhibit alongside established leaders in the publishing world.
According to the Publishing Association of South Africa (Pasa) chairperson, Brian Wafawarowa, “The role of the SA Book Fair is about inspiring more South Africans to read and to showcase and connect the industry. But it’s also very much about building and supporting the growth of our industry now and in the future, so that the love of books is a legacy passed down for generations.”
The event will also feature a dialogue by the SA Book Fair and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, tagged: Revisiting Madiba’s Legacy, which will allow for views to be heard and debated. The dialogue will also have a panel, consisting of Verne Harris, Malaika wa Azania, Mondli Makhanya and Rekgotsofetse Chikane.
Seven established publishers from Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Ethiopia will be available to take attendees on a literature tour, both literally and figuratively, as they present their multilingual collections. Genres ranging from fiction to educational children’s books will be available to browse through.
Upcoming publishers will be opportune to attend a full-day skills development workshop on publishing and how to grow their businesses, be at the Footnote Summit, which is focused on digital publishing, take part in a workshop session and networking event with seven experienced publishing houses from across Africa.
The Book Fair is run by the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA).