DAY THREE | 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)

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.


09:00 - 10:00

Kitchen Queen: Nourishment For The Soul, Glow For The Skin 

Lucia Mthiyane of Kitchen Queen shares her remarkable food journey – one that has been consistently marked by the elevation of the ordinary to the extraordinary. Samantha Manclark hosts this cooking session. 


10:30 – 11:30

Dala What You Must: Diverse Stories From Coloured Perspectives

Broadcaster Lester Kiewit leads what promises to be both an entertaining and serious somewhat dark conversation on the heterogeneity of coloured identities and cultures through language with Bernie Fabing, Lynthia Julius and Mia Arderne.

Reimagining Our Heroes: An Intergenerational Dialogue

Sol Plaatje’s 1930 Mhudi was the first full-length novel to be written in English by a black South African. Eighteen years later, the first post-1948 generation of black writers began to be published by Drum magazine. A stellar lineup of Dr Siphiwo Mahala, Prof Njabulo Ndebele and Sabata-Mpho Mokae discuss these pivotal literary milestones – and their effect on contemporary SA writing. Jennifer Malec of the Johannesburg Review of Books facilitates.


12:00 – 13:00

Perils Of Patriarchy: Whenever, Wherever, Everyday – Confront Not Cower

Perils Of Patriarchy is a collection of 10 honest essays by 10 womxn giving their real-life accounts of the patriarchy in their spaces, bodies, skin, hair and sexuality. Join five of them – writers Cassandra Moodley, Felicia Thobejane, Thuli Nduvane and Yasaar Moosa, and editor Candice Chirwa – in this vital discussion.

Breaking Through Shame: Overcoming Societal Norms

In what promises to be an unmissable conversation, Jamil F. Khan, Chiké Frankie Edozien and Mark Gevisser discuss their queer journeys, and past, present and future LGBTQ+ frontiers. Lawyer Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane moderates.


13:30 – 14:30

Black Lives Matter

A trio of authors – Zukiswa Wanner, Sisonke Msimang and Munnira Katongole – interrogate the most important decentralised movement of our time, examining how marginalised segments of larger communities remain on the periphery. Moderated by Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane.


15:00 – 16:00

Hiding In Plain Sight: Exposing The Villains Of Past And Present

South Africa remains ravaged by deceit. Is hiding the truth ever possible? Join Jacob Dlamini, Imtiaz Ahmed Cajee and Rehana Rossouw as they reflect on how the past finds its way into the present through the real-life stories captured in their books. Gaongalelwe Tiro facilitates.

The Role Of Women In Struggles For Liberation

The role of women in liberation struggles is not always documented – and, if it is, it is hardly on the forefront and frequently located in the domestic, as opposed to national, realm. Shanthini Naidoo, Prof Christi van der Westhuizen and Candice Chirwa discuss how these stories can be archived. Facilitated by Karabo Kgoleng.


16:30 – 17:30

Politics And Home: Taking Ownership Of Our Narratives

Africans remained challenged to find their unique expression in the world. In this vital discussion, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Abi Daré and Wayétu Moore reflect on how the African narrative is positioned within the global context – and how ownership of the continent’s narrative can be taken. Zukiswa Wanner directs the conversation.


18:00 – 19:00

Battle of the Book Clubs Finale

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 two book clubs go head to head to be crowned the “Lit-est book club in the land”.

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