Alert! The Not the London Book Fair last Monday not only rocked the Book Lounge, it also rocked the SA media.
While not every news source out there got its facts quite straight – for the record, the NTLBF was organised by Mervyn Sloman/The Book Lounge, Helen Moffett and myself/BOOK SA, with the assistance of various publishers and individuals (especially those who came to CT from afar), plus Leopard’s Leap – the goodwill shown by reporters and editors toward the event was very heartening. A big thanks from the NTLBF to those who got the word out and/or reported on the event after the fact.
In the “after the fact” department, we perhaps owe the biggest debt to Maureen Isaacson and the Sunday Independent, which published an account of the NTLBF by BOOK SA’s own Liesl Jobson:
Soon, with 100-odd other writers and publishing industry professionals who’d invested thousands of hours preparing for this unique opportunity, hope was icy shards, stratospherically distant.
Those who’d lingered in foreign departure halls returned, exhausted, only to discover rumbles of an underground event on the cards. By noon on Friday indie bookstore proprietor Mervyn Sloman and Book SA’s Ben Williams were rapidly hatching a plan to channel the peculiar turn of events into something other than a stillbirth.
“Not The London Book Fair” would go off with a bang at the Book Lounge. South African literature would party, regardless. It would be live-blogged and videoed, linked to London.
The Mail & Guardian books editor, Darryl Accone, also mentioned the NTLBF in last Friday’s paper – in an au courant piece that also tackles the FLF and World Book Day:
Consolation events were arranged for those attendees who were stranded in Cape Town, and opened to the public. One such was “Not the London Book Fair” at the Book Lounge. Nothing, however, could quite make up for the opportunity lost in what is widely seen and touted as this country’s year and place in the sun.
And here follow a series of “before the fact” links featuring the NTLBF:
- IOL Tonight
- Daily Maverick
- The Witness
- Tymon Smith’s Book Case blog
- Jackie May’s Minor Matters blog
From BOOK SA to our colleagues in the media, thanks very much for the support!
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