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South African Book Fair

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A Sneak-peek at This Year’s South African Book Fair Programme

Scheduled to take place between the 13 and 15 June 2014, The South African Book Fair is set to offer visitors the literary adventure of a lifetime.

Taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre for a glorious nine hours each day between 9 AM and 6 PM, the Fair promises visitors an exciting line up aimed at all book fans, young and old.

With over 120 events under one roof, and over 100 authors, illustrators, storytellers, book critics, puppet shows, book launches and book club brunches on offer, this year’s Fair is guaranteed not to disappoint. While the official programme is due to be released in May, we thought we would entice you with a preview into some of the exciting events scheduled to take place.

A splendiferous children’s line up

Children will fall in love with the world of books with the exciting programme schedule. The little ones can meet and have their photos taken with the Gruffalo, Maisy, Peter Rabbit and Spot the dog. Visiting tweens will have the opportunity to meet Wally from Where’s Wally and join in a book illustration workshop.

A veritable feast of speakers

Visitors can look forward to a range of speakers, panellists and academics, who will debate and discuss a number of topics from ‘the future of the book’ to ‘the route to self-publishing’. Among the list of illustrious speakers are Judge Edwin Cameron, analyst Prince Mashele, Dr Xolela Mangcu and sports analyst Marco Botha.

Fans of bestselling author Susan Lewis can embark on a three day soiree, during which she will chat about life, love and everything in between over brunch.

A presentation of South Africa’s vibrant Afrikaans literary world

Afrikaans literature fans will get to rub shoulders with authors Chanette Paul, Deon Meyer and Steve Hofmeyer.

Debaters and current affairs curators speak their minds

Pertinent debates around issues that we as South Africans face today are also included in the line-up. Join the discussion around the future of the book and e-learning in the South African schooling system.

Described as vibrant, colourful and captivating, the Fair aims to create an unforgettable event that has something for everyone.

Tickets for the South African Book Fair will be on sale at the door at a cost of R50, and R20 for pensioners. Children under the age of 18 receive free entry. For more information go to or call Belinda Unterslak on 011 549 8300 or email

Exhibitors and sponsors may contact Louise Barry-Taylor on 011 549 8300 or email to secure their stand.

Please note that the programme is subject to change.


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