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Plenty to excite at South African Book Fair

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There’s plenty to be excited about at this year’s South African Book Fair, which will run from September 7-9 at Joburg’s Newtown Cultural Precinct. There’s so much on offer (about 120 authors) that it’s a struggle to pick the highlights.

For something totally different, and if you don’t feel like being indoors, there’s a Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour that will explore Johannesburg’s uneasy relationship with its past and future.

Authors Terry Shakinovsky, Harriet Perlman and Nechama Brodie will take you through the city’s historical, political, cultural and culinary sites, as depicted in their writings.

Then, for fans of the graphic novel, authors Loyiso Mkize and Bontle Senne takes readers into the world of African superheroes.

Or for one of the hottest topics, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Nomkhosi Xulu-Gama and Marek Hanusch will explore the complex issue of land dispossession in SA.

In the session Step Into My Womanhood, Malebo Sephodi, B Camminga, and Melanie Judge will discuss their expressions of womanness and in Exposed! SA’s Hidden Web of Crime, Mandy Wiener, Anneliese Burgess and Pieter-Louis Myburgh will delve into the underbelly of the crime world.

And for an absolute delight, there’s a production of The Little Prince, which will be performed by Kwasha!, the Market Theatre Foundation’s new theatre company. It’s a magical retelling of the book, mixing storytelling and circus in multiple languages to create a unique South African-inspired production of this French masterpiece.

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