DAY ONE | South African 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 today on 11 September 2020. This year’s three-day virtual fair includes over 20 panels. 
  • Panels will cover topics around science fiction, race and identity, food, travel, feminism, law, the African continent, crime and economics. 
  • Below is the schedule for day one of the fair.


All day: 

The Magic Tent 

The Children’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.

The Market Place

Explore the breadth and depth of independent publishers and booksellers from across the country, offering an array of books in all our languages. The full range of books on the literary programme can also be purchased from The Market Place. 


14h00 - 15h00

The Page Against The Screen – Is There Place For Paper Books And Ebooks?

The virtues and vices of paper books and e-books have been the subject of countless studies, articles and discussions over the past number of years. Facilitated by a self-confessed bibliophile Mandy Collins, this lighthearted and candid look at these two mediums, their perks and pitfalls, also explores some of the trends and insights into publishing in hard copy and online. Join authors Fred Khumalo (Talk Of The Town) and Gus Silber (The Disruptors), publisher Clare-Rose Julius, president of the South African Booksellers Association, Melvin Kaabwe and Samantha Choles, communication manager for the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa. 


15h00 - 16h00


Author Contracts and Copyright 

Workshops on copyright and book publishing contracts are perennially in demand by authors. Monica Seeber of ANFASA and Louis Gaigher of PASA have been working on a booklet, based on the ANFASA-PASA Agreement on Contract Terms (APACT) which explains publishing contracts in direct and user-friendly detail. In this panel session, Monica and Louis provide insight into some of the questions they have most often been asked about copyright and contracts – and how they answered them.


18h00 - 19h00: 

Book Clubs

Here South African book clubs take part in quizzes to see which one is the most knowledgeable on contemporary literature. Taking place today the semi-final will see four book clubs go head to head. 



19h00 - 21h00 

Keorapetse Kgositsile Poetry Café With Hear My Voice 

A performance-poetry evening dedicated to the legendary Keorapetse Kgositsile. Hosted by MUtinta Bbenkele, African stars Bokgang Maragelo, Dr Wally Serote, Yomi ?ode, Zizipho Bam, Khadija Tracey Heeger and Aja Monet team up for an unforgettable experience.




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