The South African Book Fair 2019

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venue Constitution Hill
11 Kotze Street Johannesburg
time 6 – 8 September 2019
cost Tickets available online at Webtickets
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Stellar South African Book Fair programme set to ignite Constitution Hill in September 2019

A stellar literary programme is set to ignite Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill with lively, relevant and riveting topical discussions at this year’s South African Book Fair, taking place from 6 – 8 September 2019.

Over 100 authors featured

The just-released programme reflects the Fair’s position as the country’s most inclusive and diverse literary event, and features close to 100 authors across nearly 40 panel discussions and sessions. Alongside this is a dedicated - and jam-packed - schools programme (on September 6 th ) as well as a vibrant marketplace showcasing all aspects of the book industry. This year sees the addition of an Illustrator’s Exhibition within the Oval Atrium in the Women’s Jail featuring the work of five book illustrators while the Fair’s signature Poetry Café and African Philosophy Café will host compelling and topical performances and discussions. Families also have lots to choose from including performances and storytelling for little ones in the Magic Tent and a children’s programme running in the Special Events Space. A variety of food and drink, easy public transport and parking access, and a host of on-site activations make the South African Book Fair an essential outing for a diversity of visitors.


This year the Fair features a number of high-profile workshops, including Write Your Story, a half-day writing workshop facilitated by publisher and author, Melinda Ferguson (September 7 th ) and a short Zulu crash-course by Melusi Tshabalala (September 8 th ). A strong focus on food includes a live cooking demonstration by Mogau Seshoene (The Lazy Makoti's Birthday Bash).


Once again telling #OURSTORIES and inspiring a reading revolution, the 2019 South African Book Fair is an unmissable showcase of the power of books and reading to nurture positive growth and transformation in South Africa. “Constitution Hill’s dynamic composition shapes a powerful new setting for us, and we are greatly looking forward to this year’s event,” concludes van der Sandt.

Full programme

The full programme for the 2018 South African Book Fair, which is the final event on the National Book Week calendar, may be accessed here.
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