Cape Town Book Fair – Back Bigger and Better in 2014
Book lovers will once again be spoilt for choice as the Cape Town Book Fair readies itself to return to the Mother City in 2014, bigger and better! Scheduled to take place from 13 -15 June 2014, the highly anticipated and much renowned global literary event, will once again see thousands flocking to the Cape Town International Convention Centre to get their fix of everything and anything related to books and publishing.
The three-day literary fest attracts publishers, authors, exhibitors, speakers, book associations, book distributors, book stores, electronic book traders, libraries, literary agents, printers, repro agents, bibliophiles, and technology manufacturers from around the world and is therefore unsurprisingly considered the pre-eminent book Fair in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mpuka Radinku, Executive Director of the Publishers’ Association of South Africa says that with local literacy levels still alarmingly low, education and instilling a love of reading among children will feature as a key focus of next year’s Fair.
“With the rapid growth of e-publishing, educators, schools and libraries will have access to the latest technological developments in e-reading which will ultimately be a key means to unlocking literacy in Africa. It is a very exciting but also sometimes intimidating time for educators.
“Technology now not only allows access to textbooks at the touch of a button but a wide array of learning materials are now easily available on your mobile phone. The Fair will allow educators the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the latest technological and e-publishing offerings,” he comments.
Apart from a literacy and educational perspective, Radinku says the Fair will also aim to encourage the recreational aspect of reading. “Due to its tremendous success at the last Fair we will once again have a designated Children’s Zone complete with a variety of activities and events including launches, signing and storytelling sessions which may even appeal to the ‘child within’ some of the adult visitors,” he muses.
Described as vibrant, colourful, and captivating, the aim of the Fair, according to Radinku, is to create an event that has something for everyone. “We are in the process of compiling a compelling programme that will feature hundreds of events, including book launches, signings, interviews, and workshops”.
“There will also be discussions and seminars addressing a variety of topics, including literature, politics and culture, as well as the opportunity to interact with key authors. In addition we are hoping to secure substantial discounts on books as well as competition opportunities for visitors to win fabulous prizes,” he enthuses.
Lynn Chamier, General Manager at Thebe Exhibitions and Projects Group, believes the Fair provides not only unique and interesting insights into the publishing world but also a premier platform for the literary and publishing worlds to gather and trade, network and exhibit.
“We are extremely excited to once again be involved in this world-class event. The public can look forward to a jam-packed programme as we pull out all the stops to transform the Cape Town Convention Centre into a book lover’s paradise. While we will retain the popular Children’s Zone and Poetry Café, visitors can also look forward to a number of new and exciting features and events that are not to be missed,” she comments.
Radinku says visitors will also be encouraged to interact with publishers, authors and books that may not be considered mainstream, but which are just as exciting and talented as their better-known peers.
“Apart from bringing the larger publishing houses to South Africa we are also hoping to showcase a number of up-and-coming African publishers. As before we are working on securing exhibitors from destinations around the world and in addition to exhibitors from Africa, Europe, China, and India, we are this time also targeting Brazil,” he says.
Tickets will be on sale at the door at a cost of R50. Children under the age of 12 receive free entry.
For more information, go to http://www.capetownbookfair.co.za or call Lynn Chamier on 011 549 8300. Exhibitors can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to secure their stand. The Early Bird offer has been extended to 31 August 2013.