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2015 Jozi Book Fair Programme Revealed (11 – 13 September)

Jozi Book Fair

Alert! The programme for the seventh annual Jozi Book Fair has been revealed.

The Jozi Book Fair takes place between 11 to 13 September at Wits University – and entrance to all events is free.

Featured authors at the festival include National Poet Laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile, Futhi Ntshingila, Zukiswa Wanner, Ekow Duker, Gcina Mhlophe, Zakes Mda, James Matthews, Edyth Bulbring, Harry Kalmer, Qaanitah Hunter, Kurt Ellis, Mzilikazi wa Afrika, Stevel Marc, Shafinaaz Hassim, Adam Habib and Xolela Mangcu – and many, many more.

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Check out the programme, as shared by the Jozi Book Fair:

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Programme: 7th Jozi Book Fair

11-13 September, 2015

Wits University, Science Stadium, West Campus

Welcome to Jozi Book Fair!

This is a fair with many differences:

  • Jozi Book Fair creates readers and writers in all South Africa’s languages to read the word and the world!
  • Jozi Book Fair is a progressive movement from “below” linking up with different art forms to create a national culture!
  • To ensure democratic access for everyone, for people of all ages and all social classes, this fair is free!

Entrance is FREE on all days, for all events!

Partnership with Wits

This year we revived our partnership with Wits University from the 1980s to deepen the culture of reading and writing as part of deepening democracy and transformation and bring together all social classes to engage in debates, build tolerance and citizenship.

A Fair with a difference!

This year we have over 120 events and activities, with 50 percent of events hosted by the public: especially readers, writers, moderators created by the JBF and/or from the public. We have also been blessed with many writers: township children performing their poetry, students presenting their work (literature, film and theatre), book club members interviewing authors and some famous authors.

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Highlights of JBF 2015

Guests of the Fair

This year the JBF has two special guests:

International Guest: Cuban Enrique Perez Diaz

JBF’s International Guest is Cuban writer, critic, journalist and researcher of children’s literature Enrique Perez Diaz. Currently the Director of Gente Nueva Publishing House in Havana, Enrique was the founder of the first Cuban bookshop for children, with a socio cultural approach to community, children and teenagers. His books are known in many countries including Japan, Switzerland and the USA and he has worked with IBBY Cuba since 2007. For more information click here


  • Lessons for SA: Literacy and education in Cuba
  • Panel Discussion: Cuba: The impact of 50 years of US sanctions on culture, literacy and the arts
  • Making books accessible and affordable: libraries & publishing in Cuba
  • Panel Discussion: The role of children’s literature and building a progressive national culture

South African Guest: Gcina Mhlophe

Our Guest is Gcina Mhlophe, internationally acclaimed storyteller and author. Besides being an author of children’s books, Gcina is a great performer, wooing people of all ages.


  • Storytelling festival on Saturday and Sunday
  • Live Performances: Saturday and Sunday
  • Book Launch
  • State of Theatre in SA
  • Panel Discussion: The role of children’s literature and building a progressive national culture
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OCTO-GENUISES and a progressive national culture

No introduction necessary!


  • Live Poetry Performance: Activist Poets Don Mattera, James Matthews & Keorapetse Kgositsile
  • In Conversation on Art, Liberation and Struggle: Don Mattera, Ronnie Govender, James Matthews & Keorapetse Kgositsile
  • James Matthews: Poet in Conversation
  • Ronnie Govender Theatre veteran: The role of memoir in building a progressive culture
  • Joan Rankin: children’s author & illustrator: In conversation with Jenny Hatton; facilitating creativity workshops for children and adults
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Introducing Jozi Book Fair Mascots Penny and Puffy, and their dads, special guests Zakes Mda and Mpapa Mokhoane


  • Launch of Penny & Puffy in English and Sesotho
  • Storytelling Festival
  • Writing in indigenous languages
  • Writing for children: the making of Penny & Puffy
  • Children’s Literature & building a national culture
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Second book of poems for JBF Poetry Buddies

Jozi Book Fair Poetry Buddies perform their poems in English and mother tongue. The Buddies are children’s groups set up in Johannesburg and surrounding townships. This year they publish their second book of poems.

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Students at JBF

This year a number of students from different universities will present their work at the JBF.

  • Literature seminars: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and A Man of the People with Danai Muputsa (Wits)
  • Conversation: Zakes Mda’s Rachels Blue with Polo Moji (Wits)
  • Conversation: Reading Fanon with Kgomotso Ramushi (UP)
  • Theatre: A play – Dead Roses by Searatoa van Driel (Wits)
  • Roundtable: Rhodes must fall – transformation and democracy in education (various students)
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  • Penny and Puffy – original paintings by Zakes Mda
  • JBF School poster competition on reading (105 posters)
  • Remember Marikana! Photographic Exhibition (by Pulitzer prize winner, Greg Marinovich and City Press)
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Katrine Harries Award for Illustrators

This year the Katrine Harries Award will be made at this year’s Jozi Book Fair. This award is the only and most prestigious award in South Africa that evaluates children’s book illustrations as an artform. The award in 2015 comes 100 years after the birth of Katrine Harries.

The Katrine Harries Award has previously been awarded to Niki Daly, Joan Rankin, Alida Bothma, Cora Coetzee, Jeremy Grimsdell, Jude Daly and Piet Grobler. The last award was made in 2008 and the current award will be presented for the illustrations in a South African children’s book published between 2009-2010, 2011-2012 and 2013-2014. This is an attempt to open the award to broad sections of the population and encourage both illustrations and books for children.

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Programme Overview

Friday, 11 September, 2015

1. Schools Programme

    Workshops, exhibitions, meeting authors and the guests

    7:30 AM – 2 PM – FULLY BOOKED!

    School youth can still attend events on Saturday and Sunday

2. Theatre Festival Opens

  • Qhawe (Cape Town) at 2:30 PM
  • Thula Thula (Johannesburg) at 3:30 PM

3. Film Festival Opens

  • Please Vote for me by Wejun Chen (China) at 2 PM
  • Shake the Dust by Adam Sjoberg (global music and dance) at 3.30pm

4. Roundtable discussion

    Crisis in our Schools – 3.00pm

    Panelists: Salim Vally (UJ), Bulelwa Ndodana (Dept of Education, Eastern Cape), Mugwena Maluleke (GS, SADTU) & Moderator: Siphelo Ngcwangu (Wits)

5. Book Launch & Reception: 4 – 5 PM

    Privatisation of Schools: Selling out the right to quality public education for all

    Panelists: Salim Vally, Carol Ann Spreen and Lauren Star

6. JBF Reception – By invitation only

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Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September, 2015


  • Storytelling Festival on Saturday and Sunday, featuring Gcina Mhlophe, Faith Busika, Beverly Benton, Joan Rankin, Zukiswa Wanner, Hamilton Wende, Reviva Schumacher
  • Ancient storytellers, Poem Mooney from Oudtshoorn
  • Introducing JBF mascots Penny & Puffy: based on book of same name by Zakes Mda and Mpapa Mokhoane
  • JBF Poetry Buddies perform their poetry
  • Kerry Jones’ Jul’hoan dictionary activities
  • National Children’s Theatre’s NACTIES Sing their songs

Jozi Book Fair theme: Children’s literature and childhood

A number of seminars and roundtables will take place related to the theme:

  • Conditions of Children in SA: with Save the Children, Children’s Law Project (UP) and Children’s Resource Centre (CT)
  • Children: Reading and the state of libraries in SA with Busi Dlamini Gauteng Education Department and Sally Currin
  • Children learn languages: case study, (Bulelwa Ndodana, Depart of Education, Eastern Cape)
  • Children’s literature and building a national reading culture
  • Cuba: literacy and children’s literature, lessons for SA (Enrique Perez Diaz)

Black Art Black Politics

  • Don Mattera: Commemorating the life of Steven Bantu Biko
  • Keorapetse Kgositsile (Poet Laureate): Reflections on the Black Art Movement in the US and its influence
  • Ronnie Govender, James Matthews, Warona Seane (Soweto), Gita Pather (Wits) and Itumeleng wa Lehulere (director): The State of theatre in South Africa Today
  • Kgomotso Ramushi: Reading Fanon
  • Zakes Mda, Keorapetse Kgositsile, James Matthews: Growing an indigenous South African culture

South African Fiction

Jozi Book Fair Book Club members converse with authors:

Authors in Conversation

South African Politics

This section includes a wide variety of issues and debates, in seminars and Roundtable discussion.

  • Media in SA: who owns and controls it? – Jane Duncan (UJ), Lumke Mtimde and Tawana Kupe (Wits)
  • What ANC after Zuma? – Aubrey Matshiqi, Mcebisi Ndletyana, Raymond Suttner and Susan Booysen
  • State of worker and union education – Crystal Dicks (Numsa), Mojalefa Musi (Independent analyst) and Luke Sinwell (UJ)
  • Corruption in SA – David Lewis, Karabo Ranjuli and Mzilikazi wa Afrika
  • The colour of our future: do colour or ‘race’ matter? – Xolela Mangcu, Joel Netshitenze and Adam Habib
  • Transformation & democracy in Education? – Adam Habib and student panel
  • Seminar: Everything you wanted to know about nuclear power! (Earthlife)
  • Climate Change: Briefings from Southern Africa – Mary Scholes (Wits)
  • Marikana Report: Do Black Lives Matter? – Rehad Desai, Bishop Seoka (TBC) and Nomsa Zondi (SERI)
  • Is intolerance in our DNA? Violence against women/girls, LGBTI and foreigners – Lisa Vetten and Virginia Tshedi and Paul Verryn
  • 20 years of the Labour Relations Act: a balance sheet – Oupa Lehulere


  • Politics of sexuality in everyday life – Shafinaaz Hassim
  • Diary of a Guji Girl – Qaanitah Hunter
  • Young women writers and their challenges – Futhi Ntshingila and Zukiswa Wanner
  • Feminism Today – Jackie Cock and panel

Workshops and Seminars

For different age groups: children, youth & adults on

  • Playback Theatre (Wits Drama for Life)
  • Importance of Reading for Children (Jenny Hatton)
  • Reading and Writing and Common Grammar Errors (L Pavlou, Wits Language School)
  • Philosophy for Teens (Theresa Giorgza, Education Dept, Wits)
  • History and Origins of Poetry (Brian Mabaso)
  • The Art of Radio (Voice of Wits)
  • Making Illustrations (Wesley Pepper, artist)
  • Unleash your Creativity (Joan Rankin)
  • Survivors of Stroke (Stroke society)

Book Launches

  • Refined Player: Sex, Lies and Dates by Stevel Marc [Jacana]
  • Freedom Charter: no cause to celebrate [Workers World Media Project]
  • Workplace Forums: 20 YEARS of the Labour Relations Act: A balance sheet, republished, by Oupa Lehulere
  • Seven Tried & Tested Triangles by Pearl Segel
  • Back to Africa by Beatrice Acheleke
  • Privatisation of Schools by Salim Vally, Carol Anne Spreen, Lauren Star

Theatre Stage

A selection of plays, some of which were at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown earlier this year, will be show-cased. This includes:

  • Qhawe (CT)
  • Thula Thula (Jhb)
  • Dead Roses (Wits)
  • Kafka’s Ape (Wits)
  • Merethetho ‘the rhythm, dance and poetry’ (Freedom Park)
  • Games we teach our children (Khanya College & HBC)
  • Metropolitan High School Play (JHB)
  • Music and Dance (Michael Williams) Itliziyo ‘the heart’ (CT)

These will include a brief Q&As afterwards

Live Jazz

Special Live Jazz will take place on Saturday, 12 September, from 4-8pm;and on Sunday, 13 September from 1-5pm.

This includes:

  • Soni Jazz Band
  • Dimpie Tshabalala
  • Feya Faku, Jazz poets
  • Baba Ndamase Band

Film Festival

Mini Film Festival ‘Youth in Adversity’ will be held in collaboration with our fraternal Steps (Cape Town) and select Q&As with Laurence Dworkin.

This will include:

Shake the Dust by Adam Sjoberg (Global) 83 min
From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and journalist- turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.

Coming of Age by Teboho Edkins (Lesotho) 63 min
Coming Of Age is a film that follows four teenagers over the course of two years as they grow up deep in the southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Very little happens in the village of Ha Sekake, but from their perspective, a lot is at stake.

Please Vote for Me by Weijun Chen (China) 52 min
Wuhan is a city in middle China about the size of London, and it is here that director Weijun Chen has conducted an experiment in democracy. A grade-3 class at Evergreen Primary School has their first encounter with this idea, by holding an election to select a Class Monitor. Eight-year olds compete against each other for the coveted position, abetted and egged on by teachers and doting parents.


Pumla, Dumisani Phakathi (South Africa) 18:18
Pumla is a bright, young girl, who was branded a rebel before anybody gave her a chance. She drinks, she smokes and likes to hang out with the guys in alleyways and on street corners. She also had a child at a very young age. Her behavior often gets her into trouble with the authorities and causes much pain and stress to her mother. Unable to deal with her demons and the perceptions of others. Pumla’s lifestyle leads her down a dark and dangerous road.

Love and Rubbish by Hanna Polak (Russia) 7:54
Set in a rubbish dump outside Moscow, this is the story of a young girl, Yula and her friends, told over years.

Girlhood, Participatory Film (South Africa) 3:48
We meet 5 teenagers sitting in a café in Cape Town, chatting, laughing, enjoying themselves as teenagers do. But these seemingly carefree young women have been through a lot. As each girl tells us her individual story we find out about broken families, teenage pregnancy, loss and abuse.

Miseducation by Nadine Cloete (South Africa) 4:15
An 11 year old girl is getting ready for school. Her walk takes her through gangland, across territories that have seen much blood, drugs and pain.

Coal Boy by Chandrasekhar Reddy Thumati (India) 4:40
In North East India ,near Jaintia, a young boy tunnels into the hills to find coal. The work is hard and dangerous. But this boy has a dream and this is only the first of many steps that he says will lead to London.

Marafiki, Participatory Film (Zanzibar) 12:41
Shot in Zanzibar, Marafiki (meaning friends) is a story about two girls dealing with their HIV+ status and the discrimination they face. With the help of friends, family and a support group, these two strong characters learn not to lose hope as they tell us their plans for the future.

Sea Gypsies by Elena Zervopoulou (Malaysia) 5:37
Struggling to survive with increasing fishing restrictions on a paradisiacal coral island of Eastern Malaysia, Indanina, a determined Sea Gypsy girl, sees her colorful, innocent world endangered. The cruel reality she discovers when she is forced to move to town with her family, marks her brutal transition to an uncaring modern world.

In addition:

  • Bheki Peterson’s Rights of Passage
  • Special Screening and Reception of Life in Progress by Irene Loebel during the Fair

There will be Q&As after selected film screenings

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Fiction Friday: “Empty Spaces Where My Sister Should Be” – Read “Serein”, by Cat Hellisen

Cat Hellisen
BeastkeeperHouse of Sand and SecretsWhen the Sea is Rising Red

Shimmer has shared a story new story by Cat Hellisen, author of When the Sea is Rising Red, House of Sand and Secrets and Beastkeeper.

Hellisen is one of South Africa’s top fantasy exports. Her short stories have appeared in Apex, F & SF, Something Wicked, and Beastkeeper – described as a fairy tale for the loveless – was one of our books to look out for in 2015.


Hellisen will be at the 2015 Open Book Festival in Cape Town in September. Don’t miss YA Masterclass: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and YA, with Hellisen, Zimkhitha Mlanzeli and Sally Partridge.

Hellisen will also be signing books at Exclusive Books Cavendish Square in Cape Town on Saturday, 29 August.


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Read the story, titled “Serein”:

IT’S ALWAYS about the ones who disappear

I’ve imagined it endlessly: what Claire must have thought as she packed her bag. How leaving is easy, even if you lie and say oh god it’s hard it’s hard it’s hard. Make a clean break, leave everything, let loose your claim to possession: this is my house, this is my bed, these are my albums not shelved alphabetically because I tried and never could keep the world orderly, this is my little library built out of gifts and second-hand forgotten paperbacks.

This is my sheet ripe with me, this is my mirror, this is my reflection.

I close my sister’s room. I don’t know what she was thinking when she left.

I can pretend, for a while, that I felt her fear of life, her hurt. She said, always, it will be better under water. She would stay in the shower, drain the cylinder cold.

She took my mum’s car when she left, though I suppose she gave it back. The police found it parked under a flyover near the airport, like she’d driven up onto the verge and got out and walked on bleeding feet over broken glass to a pair of wings, to freedom. Other people in my town whispered that of course we’d love to think she got on a plane. There’s no record of her from there. She took her passport, but didn’t buy a ticket.

I married three years after Claire disappeared. And here’s the thing. I have these pictures I hate to look at because no matter how much I smile in them, or how much money Mum and Dad pulled together to help me have the best wedding—the best wedding for their only daughter, their only child—no one can ignore that the photos are ruined. There are empty spaces where my sister should be, strange gaps where elbows don’t meet, where heads can’t, where shadows fall in the wrong direction. There are water stains that bubble like a strange mold between the layers of film.

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Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Meet and Greet Beastkeeper Author Cat Hellisen at Cavendish Square

BeastkeeperWhen the Sea is Rising RedExclusive Books takes great pleasure in inviting you to a book signing with Cat Hellisen, author of Beastkeeper and When The Sea Is Rising Red.

The fantasy author will be at Exclusive Books Cavendish Square in Claremont, Cape Town on Saturday, 29 August, where she will be signing copies of her books. In her latest novel, Beastkeeper, the layers of curses affecting main character Sarah’s life begin to untangle.

Don’t miss this!

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Wat gaan jy aanskaf op Koop-’n-Afrikaanse-Boek-Dag 2015?

Vrydag, 14 Augustus is dit weer tyd vir die jaarlikse Koop-’n-Afrikaanse-Boek-Dag; ‘n inisiatief wat deur die Vriende van Afrikaans gedryf word, nou ‘n afdeling van die ATKV.

Die konsep is eenvoudig: Almal wat Afrikaans praat en lees word gevra om op hierdie dag, indien moontlik, ‘n Afrikaanse boek aan te skaf om sodoende die industrie warm te laat kook. Die uitnodiging strek selfs verder en vra dat diegene wat dit kan bekostig ook vir die wat nie self ‘n boek kan koop nie, een (of meer!) te gee.

Uitgesoekte winkels en enkele uitgewers sal Vrydag spesiale winskopies bied. Sien dié pdf vir meer besonderhede.

Indien jy graag aan die inisiatief wil deelneem, maar nie weet waar om te vat of los nie, het ons so paar boeke wat oor die afgelope jaar verskyn het gekies om die besluit makliker te maak:

JudaskusSwemlesse vir 'n meerminSoos familieBeste Suid-Afrikaanse spookstoriesOp die punt van my tong: 80 lawwe tongknopersWoudfonteinBoomkasteleBuys – ’n GrensromanAsterix en die Speelplek van die GodeDie buitekant van Meneer JulesBitter + soetIkarusDie groot Boere-ontsnappingWynie - My bloed is blouBoererateKostalgieWonderboomDie Onbekende Van GoghKoskaskosBloedvreemdSkuldigIn die blou kampClint Eastwood van Wyk en die moordenaarsklokBrandwaterkomProoiHuisies van papierDit was nie ek nie!MoestasMy groot vet Griekse egskeidingTakelwerkOpdrag van oorkantEugene de KockKaterina se mojoIn sneeu geskryfSplitPruimtwak en skaduboksersDie dans met GodKameeWoesKomplotDie jaar toe Emma begin kook hetLow carb is Lekker

Watter boeke gaan jy aanskaf? Gesels saam op Facebook of Twitter, en moenie vergeet om vir ons ‘n boekselfie van jou buit te stuur nie!

Kyk na ‘n video oor Vrydag se opwinding:

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Lees die persverklaring, uitgereik deur die ATKV, vir meer oor Koop-’n-Afrikaanse-Boek-Dag 2015:

Dis byna onmoontlik om te glo dat dit al weer tyd is vir Koop-‘n-Afrikaanse-boek-dag op 14 Augustus. Ons vra dat almal wat Afrikaans praat en lees, om op dié dag vir hulself ‘n boek te koop en as dit enigsins moontlik is ‘n boek te skenk vir iemand wat dit nie self kan bekostig nie, of wat dalk nog nooit ‘n boek van sy/haar eie besit het nie.

Aangesien die VVA sedert 2014 deel is van die ATKV, gaan ons hierdie groot organisasie se magtige reklamemasjien inspan om hierdie dag die grootste sukses ooit te maak.

RSG, Die Burger, Beeld en Volksblad en help ons om die nuus te versprei.
Daar sal plakkate op wees by die deelnemende boekwinkels (die name en hoeveel afslag hulle bied, sal binnekort op die ATKV se webwerf beskikbaar wees).
Saam met al hierdie vennote wil ons baie graag help om ʼn leeskultuur aan te wakker sodat ons ons kinders toekomsgereed kan maak deur hulle in ‘n woordryke omgewing groot te maak. Terselfdertyd wil ons mense aanmoedig om van die wye verskeidenheid Afrikaanse boeke wat op die mark is, te koop.

Almal kan baat by hierdie dag: lesers, skrywers, boekwinkels en uitgewers! So, versprei hierdie nuus asseblief so wyd as moontlik en ondersteun ons Afrikaanse boekbedryf!

En dan die kersie op die koek: die persoon wat op 14 Augustus die grootste bedrag geld op Afrikaanse boeke uitgee by deelnemende boekwinkels, wen ‘n midweek van sy keuse by een van die gewilde ATKV-oorde in SA – ATKV-Goudini Spa, -Buffelspoort, -Klein-Kariba, -Drakensville, -Hartenbos, -Eiland Spa en -Natalia. En die boekwinkel wat op 14 Augustus die meeste geld maak uit die verkoop van Afrikaanse boeke, ontvang prysgeld van R3 000.


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SABF Day 1: The Ins and Outs of the Publishing Industry, How Dictionaries are Made, and the Launch of Soccer Secrets

The 2015 South African Book Fair kicked off with a bang today in the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg.

The early risers were treated to a talk by Oxford University Press South Africa on the importance of mother-tongue instruction at foundation phase level.

Professor Elizabeth Henning from the University of Johannesburg and Mrs Bulie Ndodane gave their views on multilingualism in schools. Henning spoke about the importance of teaching young students mathematical concepts like time, density, volume, space and so forth in their mother tongues. “Language has structure and function – there shouldn’t be too much of a mix in the early years,” she said.

At 9 AM everyone gathered in the foyer to be welcomed to the fair by Brian Wafawarowa, the Executive Director of the Publishers’ Association of South Africa, MEC of Culture and Recreation for Gauteng, Molebatsi Frances Bopape, and PK Naicker, Programmes Executive at the FP&M Seta.

WastedThe first session in the Brink room featured Wasted author Mark Winkler and Bookstorm publisher Louise Grantham.

The author and publisher gave advice to writers on how to get published. Grantham said that the number-one rule is to conceptualise your book as a product. She said that writers must identify the correct publisher for their book and do intensive market research to find out who the book is aimed at.

Winkler said that if a manuscript doesn’t adhere to submission guidelines it will be binned. His advice is to submit good, clean copy in the correct format.

In the next session, Kathy McCabe introduced the “Talking Stories” programme – a learning tool that uses technology to improve literacy in classrooms. This initiative is powered by Macmillan Education.

Soccer SecretsThe first day of the fair had a definite educational theme, with Jayne Bauling launching her book, Soccer Secrets, to a room full of primary and high school students. There wasn’t place for a mouse in the room as Bauling spoke about her Harmony High series. A group of students from Olico Youth performed a skit from Bauling’s previous book, Broken Promises.

The day ended with a panel discussion on the making of dictionaries, with Professor Phillip Louw and Megan Hall from Oxford University Press Southern Africa, chaired by Sue de Groot.

The three speakers discussed the evolution of the dictionary world, the excitement of publishing dictionaries in a multilingual country like South Africa, and shared some amazing South Africanisms that have made it into the latest South African Oxford Dictionary – e-tolls and loadshedding.

Throughout the day there were hordes of children milling about, soaking up the literature, and publishers exhibited their books and services in the two main halls.

A super day, and it’s only the beginning!


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See Annetjie van Wynegaard’s Twitter timeline for all the Book Fair action:



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2015 South African Book Fair Kicks off Today in Johannesburg

It’s happening, it’s here. The South African Book Fair kicked off this morning at the Turbine Hall in Newtown. It’s Africa’s largest book fair, and incorporates 40 events, 44 new small publishers, and seven publishers from across the continent.

With fire in their hearts and warm coffee in their hands, the Books LIVE team stepped into the book lovers’ equivalent of wonderland on this frosty Friday morning. Here are some tweets about the morning from Ben Williams (‏@benrwms), Jennifer Malec (@projectjennifer) and Annetjie van Wynegaard (@Annetjievw):


For more exciting stuff from the South African Book Fair, follow #SABF2015. Join the conversation by using the tag in your own tweets, and share your SABF experience!


Here is a quick roundup of a few of today’s highlights:

WastedGet published! – Mark Winkler talks about how he broke through the lit barrier and two publishers give their tips and suggestions on how to get published.

Time: 10 AM – 11 AM
Venue: Brink Room
Mhla ugogo eya kovotaThe Day Gogo Went to VoteWhy is it important to talk to children in their own language? In this insightful talk, Elinor Sisulu, NLSA & PUO discuss “Children’s literature publishing in indigenous languages: How do we achieve a quantum leap?” Facilitated by the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation.

Time: 12 PM – 1 PM
Venue: Achebe Room
Soccer SecretsEver suspected that there is more to soccer than simply soccer? Want to discover the drama beyond the pitch? Cover2Cover launches Soccer Secrets, the latest in our READALICIOUS Harmony High series, with author Jayne Bauling & a secret celebrity.

Time: 1 PM – 2 PM
Venue: Brink Room
The South African Oxford School DictionaryWhat is a dictionary corpus? How do new words make it into a dictionary? And why are some removed? Why make South African dictionaries? Join the Oxford University Press dictionary publishing team, Megan Hall & Dr Phillip Louw, as they chat to Sue de Groot about the fascinating process of dictionary making.

Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Venue: Brink Room
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Bibi Slippers resenseer Clint Eastwood van Wyk en die moordenaarsklok deur Pieter Verwey

Clint Eastwood van Wyk en die moordenaarsklokUitspraak: wortel

Clint Eastwood van Wyk en die moordenaarsklok word bemark as steampunk, maar dis eintlik ’n outydse avontuurverhaal met bietjie Hollywood en heelwat eg Suid-Afrikaanse aksie. Die steampunk-elemente is ’n welkome toevoeging tot die jeuglektuur-landskap en sal die verbeelding van jong lesers bepaald aangryp.


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Don’t Miss the Publishers’ Edition of Literary Crossroads at the Goethe-Institut in Joburg: “How to Create Readership”

Literary Crossroads


In Search of HappinessGirl on the EdgeBlood ties

The next edition on Literary Crossroads, a series of talks where South Africans discuss literary trends with colleagues from all over the world, is a publishers’ edition.

Writer and artist Ingo Niermann, from Germany; Muthoni Muhunyo, who is associate publisher at Worldreader in Kenya; and Mignon Hardie, a publisher and shareholder at Cover2Cover in South Africa, will be speaking about “How to Create Readership” in a discussion moderated by Ester Levinrad.

The event will be on Thursday, 30 July, at 7 PM at the Goethe-Institut.

Don’t miss out!

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Onderwêreld: Willie Burger en Irene Raath dra by tot die debat oor geskikte voorgeskrewe boeke (Video)

Die stof rondom die omstrede keuse van Onderwêreld deur Fanie Viljoen – in plaas van ‘n “klassieke werk” soos die immergewilde Kringe in ‘n bos deur Dalene Matthee – het nog lank nie gaan lê nie.

Kabous Meiring het vroeër vandeesmaand vir akademikus Willie Burger (Sluiswagter by die dam van stemme) en oud-onderwyseres Irene Raath genooi om op kykNET se Prontuit-program te gesels oor dié kwessie.

OnderwêreldKringe in \'n bos“Wat my hinder is nie soseer om te praat of Fanie Viljoen se Onderwêreld nou geskik is of nie geskik is nie, ek dink mens moet die gesprek ‘n bietjie verder vat as dit. Daar is twee goed wat my pla.

“Die eerste een wat my pla is dat ons sit in ‘n land met ‘n baie groot verskeidenheid mense en ‘n baie groot oppervlak en dan gaan skryf jy, in ‘n onderwyssisteem wat sogenaam dan nou heterogeniteit wil omarm en dit wil bevorder, één boek voor en almal móét dit doen. Daarmee het ek ‘n probleem,” sê Burger.

Hy gaan voort en verduidelik sy tweede probleem met Viljoen se boek as keuse vir matriekleerders: “Ek het self twee seuns. Hulle het altwee reeds hierdie boek gedoen toe hulle in graad 8 was in die skool waar hulle nou is. Nou moet my seun volgende jaar wéér hierdie boek gaan doen. Dit was geskik geag vir ‘n graad 8, en nou word dit geskik geag vir matrieks wat Afrikaans Moedertaal neem – wat nogal vreemd is.”

Hierdie is maar slegs die inleiding tot Burger se probleem met die nuwe voorgeskrewe boek vir graad 12′s. Hy sê op geen stadium dat Onderwêreld ‘n swak boek is nie – hy voer slegs aan dat dit nie gepas is as voorgeskrewe materiaal vir byna-volwassenes nie.

Raath voel ook Viljoen se boek is onvanpas vir matrieks, grootliks omdat lesers op dié vlak aan meer relevante kwessies behoort blootgestel word. “Ek het Onderwêreld geniét, ek geniet jeugboeke, maar ek het ook gedink meer vir ‘n graad 10-klas miskien,” sê Raath.

Die oud-onderwyser en akademikus gesels ook oor wat hul van voorgeskrewe boeke verlang of verwag, maak voorstelle vir meer gepaste boeke, die onderwyssisteem en hoeveel sê onderwysers dan het by die keuse van voorgeskrewe boeke, en hul beantwoord Meiring se moeilike vraag of ons werklik kan sê “kinders lees nie”.

Kyk na die video vir die Raath en Burger se volledige argumente:

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Burger het ná hierdie Prontuit-onderhoud weer met kykNET gesels. Volg die skakel om te hoor wat hy gesê het:

Letterkunde is “’n ondersoek van wat dit is om mens te wees,” het Burger gesê.

Hy het gesê ’n groot vraag is of Onderwêreld as relevant beskou moet word bloot omdat dit oor rekenaars en tegnologie gaan. Hy meen daar is temas soos menseverhoudinge en eensaamheid wat altyd relevant gaan wees, en relevansie moenie met aktualiteit verwar word nie.

Ruan Bruwer het by Viljoen aangeklop om te hoor wat hy te sê het oor die herrie rondom sy boek. Lees die artikel op Netwerk24:

“Daar is seker skrywers wat seergemaak is, wat gevoel het hul boek is beter. Ek is nie seker of Sonja een van hulle is nie.”

Só het die Bloemfonteinse jeugskrywer Fanie Viljoen Dinsdag teruggekap nadat hy onlangs kritiek oor sy boek Onderwêreld moes verduur.

Dié bekroonde jeugroman is die enigste voorgeskrewe boek vir volgende jaar se matriekleerlinge in staatskole wat Afrikaans huistaal neem.

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Dewald Koen resenseer Swemlesse vir ’n meermin deur Marita van der Vyver

Swemlesse vir 'n meerminUitspraak: wortel

Swemlesse vir ’n meermin is ’n voortreflike opvolger vir Die ongelooflike avonture van Hanna Hoekom. Dié tweeluik sal tienerlesers boei en selfs ’n paar volwasse lesers met nostalgie aan hul tienerjare laat dink. Met haar jongste jeugroman bewys Van der Vyver weer eens dat sy in voeling is met haar lesers en weet wat in tieners se koppe broei.


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