The South African Book Fair 2019

The South African Book Fair will ignite Constitution Hill with meaningful and riveting topical discussions at this year’s South African Book Fair, happening from 6 to 8 September 2019.

The newly released program reflects the position of the Fair as the most inclusive and diverse stellar literary event in the country and includes close to 100 authors participating in almost 40-panel discussions and sessions. 

This year, an Illustrator’s Exhibition will be added at the Oval Atrium in the Women’s Jail, featuring work of five book illustrators, while the Fair’s signature Poetry Café and African Philosophy Café will host compelling and topical performances, as well as discussions. 

Visitors will be hard-pressed to choose from a programme that features prominent thought leaders and sessions dealing with some of the most pressing social, economic, and political issues facing South Africa. The three-day-long event includes a phenomenal line-up of writers, with the likes of Jonny Steinberg, Masande Ntshanga and Fred Khumalo (Writing to Fulfil a Quest), Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Rekgotsofetse Chikane and Hlumelo Biko (Democracy & Delusion), Sarah Ladipo Manyika and Remy Ngamije (Love Without Borders, also with Fred Khumalo), Wandile Ngcaweni, Sarah Mokwebo, Adam Habib and Rekgotsofetse Chikane (Rebels, Rage and Revolution) and Pieter-Louis Myburgh, author of Gangster State.

The South African Book Fair aims to locate books and reading in the everyday lives of South Africans. “Constitution Hill’s dynamic composition shapes a powerful new setting for us, and we are greatly looking forward to this year’s event,” says Elitha van der Sandt, CEO of the South African Book Development Council (SABDC).

For more information, visit Tickets are available on WebTickets (entry into the exhibition, poetry performances, the storytelling festival, and the family zone will be free of charge).

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