10 panels | A walkthrough the 2020 SA Book Fair

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The 2020 virtual South African Book Fair takes place online from 11 to 13 September 2020. (Supplied)
The 2020 virtual South African Book Fair takes place online from 11 to 13 September 2020. (Supplied)

The South African Book Fair opens its doors on 11 September 2020. With over 20 panels taking place in the fair’s three day period, Arts24 lists 10 events to look forward to. 

The Magic Tent

The SA Book Fair’s programme offers a range of activities for children and teens. From toddlers to grandparents, all are welcome to visit the Magic Tent and to revel in the affirmative power of books and reading − for the first time or the thousandth time.

Down To Earth

Join as Pippa Hudson facilitates a talk where authors share the health and environmental benefits of growing your own food as well as their secrets on how to grow your own food regardless of the size of the space that you have. 

On the panel: 

Pippa Hudson (CapeTalk)

Dudu Busani-Dube (Zandile The Resolute) 

Jane Griffiths (How To Grow Organic Vegetables And Herbs In South Africa) 

Time, spaces and the anthropocene: Fiction And The Fall Of Man

Be led by James Murua in exploring the similarities between the fictional universes of South African science fiction authors 

On the panel: 

Lauren Beukes (Afterland)

Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu (Theory Of Flight)

Mohale Mashigo (The Intruders)

Giving Books A Place Of Pride In Africa: The Role Of Literary Journals On The Continent 

Literary journals on the continent are creating awareness of great African writing. Join as the founders of African literary platforms join James Murua in discussing the gaps necessitated by the creation of their diverse literary journals, as well as the challenges and opportunities available in the literary space.

On the panel:

Rémy Ngamije (Doek!)

James Murua (James Murua's African Literature Blog)

Jennifer Malec (The Johannesburg Review Of Books)

Troy Onyango (Lolwe)

Dr Ainehi Edoro-Glines (Brittle Paper)

Dala What You Must: Diverse Stories From Coloured Perspectives

Broadcaster and political reporter Lester Kiewit leads a session on coloured expression. The authors cut through the heterogeneity of coloured identities and cultures through the language used in the Cape Flats. 

On the panel:

Lester Kiewit

Mia Arderne (Mermaid Fillet)

Bernie Fabing (Is Alles Oraait Byrie Huis)

Lynthia Julius (Uit Die Kroes)

Black Lives Matter 

Led by Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane of Cheeky Natives, authors interrogate the decentralised movement, examining how marginalised segments of larger communities remain on the periphery.

On the panel:

Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane

Zukiswa Wanner 

Sisonke Msimang

Munnira Katongole 

Politics And Home: Taking Ownership Of Our Narratives 

Directed by Zukiswa Wanner, authors reflect on how the African narrative is positioned within the global context – and how ownership of the continent’s narrative can be taken.

On the panel

Zukiswa Wanner 

Mukoma wa Ngugi (We, The Scarred)

Abi Daré (The Girl With The Louding Voice) 

Wayétu Moore (She Would Be King)

Breaking Through Shame: Overcoming Societal Norms

Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane leads a conversation with queer authors about South Africa’s present, past and potential future regarding the value of queer lives. 

On the panel 

Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane

Jamil F. Khan 

Chiké Frankie Edozien 

Mark Gevisser 

The Role Of Women In Struggles Of Liberation 

The role of women in liberation struggles is not always documented – and, if it is, it is hardly at the fore. Authors researching this field discuss how stories of women in the struggle can better be archived. 

On the panel:

Karabo Kgoleng 

Candice Chirwa (Perils Of Patriarchy) 

Shanthini Naidoo (Women In Solitary: Inside The Female Resistance To Apartheid)

Prof Christi van der Westhuizen (Sitting Pretty: White Afrikaans Women In Post-Apartheid South Africa) 

Exposé! Stories That Gripped The Nation 

What does it take to be an investigative journalist? Join journalists as they explore the perils and rewards of their work as investigators. 

On the panel

Iman Rappetti (Sermons of Soul)

Jacob Dlamini (The Terrorist Album)

Qaanitah Hunter (The Balance Of Power) 

Rehana Rossouw (Predator Politics: DD, Fred And The Great Land Scam)

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