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South African Book Fair

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7 Sub-Saharan African Publishers to Feature at the 2015 South African Book Fair

Publishers from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast and Cameroon will be invited to this year’s South African Book Fair by the Goethe-Institut, in co-operation with the SA Book Fair.

The South African Book Fair is South Africa’s largest book fair with over 100 authors participating in over 40 events throughout the three days. The fair is to be held at The Forum at Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg, from 31 July to 2 August, 2015.

“The aim of this initiative is to encourage business to business activities between publishers on the continent” says Mpuka Radinku, executive director of The Publishers’ Association of South Africa. “The South African Book Fair provides both an excellent promotional platform and great networking opportunities for publishers”.

Brigitte Doellgast, head of library & information services at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, adds: “We are happy to continue encouraging exchanges between information specialists and publishers from South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and Germany. This ties in with our engagement in promoting literature and literacy via mobile devices – a topic that I am sure will be widely discussed at the Book Fair.”

The seven publishers will be provided with exhibition stands within the South African Book Fair as well as workshops and networking opportunities including:

  • 1) A workshop on the 30th of July to discuss issues around publishing on the internet, publishing free content, how to get content to people for free and how to help create a nation of readers. This workshop is open to both the publishers attending from Sub-Saharan Africa and local South African publishers interested in exploring these issues. Please RSVP at
  • The facilitators of the workshop will be Muthoni Muhunyo (Publishing and Business Development Associate at Worldreader in Kenya,, Mignon Hardie (Executive Director at Fundza Literary Trust, and Ingo Niermann (writer from Germany,, founder of an initiative called FIKTION.

  • 2) A session and networking event at 15h30 the 31st of July at the Turbine Hall on ‘Publishing in Africa – the challenges and opportunities of trading books in the Global South’. The discussion will be followed by drinks and snacks.

We are excited to announce this year’s invited participants:

Les Editions Livre Sud represented by Therese Koudou, Ivory Coast
Les Editions Livre Sud have been based on the Ivory Coast since 1992. Apart from publishing various genres of books, they also provide library services in order to contribute to development by boosting literacy. Moreover, they produce material in local languages in order to participate in the development in a literate environment in Africa.

Subsaharan Publishers represented by Ofori-Mensah Akuosah, Ghana
Established in Ghana, Sub-Saharan Publishers focus on educational books, especially dealing with environmental issues, empowering women and the history of the transatlantic slave trade, amongst others. They publish children’s books to raise awareness about issues such as sustainable development as well as Children’s picture books in order to raise their interest in reading.

Bookcraft Limited represented by Bankole Olayebi, Nigeria
Bookcraft (represented by Bankole Olayebi) is a Nigerian publisher with titles in a wide variety of subject areas – literature, history, current affairs, biography and art. The company pays particular attention beautiful design and packaging, to ultimately achieve what are usually ‘reader-friendly’ books. Publishing for more than twenty-five years, Bookcraft continues to consistently focus on excellence and quality, professionalism and customer service.

Editions Lupeppo represented by Hermann I Matchadjé, Cameroon
Founded five years ago in Cameroon, Editions Lupeppo provides three collections: “Sémences” (novels, short stories, and poetry), “Opinions” (essays) and “Savoirs” (professional books).

amaBooks represented by Jane Morris, Zimbabwe
The Zimbabwean publisher amaBooks (represented by Jane Morris) focuses on novels, short stories and poetry, including a few local history and culture titles. They provide a platform for well-established as well as for emerging authors to publish their books.

Parresia Publishers represented by Azafi Omoluabi-Ogosi, Nigeria
Based in Nigeria, Parresia Publishers’ (represented by Azafi Omoluabi-Ogosi) emphasis lies on fiction; more precisely on literary fiction, exceptional popular fiction and innovative short story collections. They release books twice a year, including authors such as Helon Habila.

Shama Books represented by Asfeha Deribe, Ethiopia
Ethiopia’s premier private publisher and the best source for high-quality, fascinating books on all things Ethiopia. Whether you’re looking for a book in English or Amharic, Shama has a vast selection to choose from and offers many genres to suit your diverse tastes.


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