DAY TWO | 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.


10:00 – 11:00

Staying Sane: Lockdown Chronicles

Entertaining and hilarious at times, Pumla Gqola, Melusi Tshabalala and Kelly-Eve Koopman share their lockdown experiences – and how they are charting and navigating a new normal in pandemic times. Melinda Ferguson helms.

Down To Earth: From Garden To Table

Healthy living has many benefits. Add growing your own produce and the benefits are exponential! You’ll not want to miss, Dudu Busani-Dube and Jane Griffiths sharing their secrets on how to grow your own food, in any sized space. Pippa Hudson navigates this journey.


11:30 – 12:30

Time, Space And The Anthropocene: Fiction And The Fall Of Man

Lauren Beukes, Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu and Mohale Mashigo (Intruders), explore the similarities between the fictional universes of their books along with magic realism, our current reality and more. James Murua steers the conversation.

Is The Glass Half Empty? How To Create Economic Opportunities In South Africa

Join Dr Jakkie Cilliers and Tanya Cohen for a deep dive into the lessons of the current historical moment and moving forward with positivity in times of economic uncertainty. Facilitated by Thuletho Zwane.

The World Looks Like This From Here: Masculinity, Misogyny And African Psychology

The gendered journeys of boys to men and girls to women in contemporary SA townships is the subject of this fascinating discussion by Malose Langa, Kopano Ratele and Ayanda Borotho. Malebo Sephodi directs the conversation. 


13:00  – 14:00

White Privilege

Melinda Ferguson, Fiona Snyckers and Dr Sarah Godsell speak frankly to Prof Christi van der Westhuizen about the meaning of white privilege – globally and in the context of South Africa.


14:30 – 15:30

Exposé! Stories That Gripped The Nation

What does it take to be an investigative journalist? Join Jacob Dlamini, Rehana Rossouw and Qaanitah Hunter as they explore the perils and rewards of their important behind-the-scenes work with Iman Rappetti, author of Sermons of Soul.

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. Rémy Ngamije, James Murua, Jennifer Malec, Troy Onyango and Dr Ainehi Edoro-Glines (Brittle Paper) discuss the gaps that necessitated the creation of their diverse literary journals, as well as the challenges and opportunities available in the literary space. James Murua leads the conversation.

Law And Justice

Judge Dikgang Moseneke, Andrew Harding and Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi discuss the successes and failures of the South African constitutional law in delivering justice. Prof Tshepo Madlingozi navigates this walk, and talk, through the law.


16:00 – 17:00

Feminism: Our Bodies, Our Truths

Women’s bodies filter their life experiences and can be tools for conformity or resistance. Mishumo Madima, Terry-Ann Adams, Jen Thorpe and Anelile Dlamini- Gibixego explore this statement – and reflect on how, through feminism, the norms imposed on women can be learnt and unlearnt. Dr Alma-Nalisha Cele of Cheeky Natives facilitates.

Collecting From Afar: Stories Full Of Home

How do perceptions change and how are stories shaped when you leave home? Join writers Sisonke Msimang, Deon Maas, Niq Mhlongo and Lerato Mogoatlhe in a fascinating discussion on chronicling the merging of the local with the global. Zukiswa Wanner facilitates this cross-border conversation.


19:00 – 21:00

Stuff We Wish We Knew Before Getting Married: Faith, Love And Everything In Between

While Mo and Phindi Grootboom, authors of Stuff We Wish We Knew Before Getting Married, discuss the original purpose of marriage, Phindile Yende points out the signs that make compromise unattainable. Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl steers this loaded discussion.

Husbands, Wives And Lovers: The Empresses Of Erotica Share Their Secrets

The empresses of erotica – Takalani M, Yvonne Maphosa, Busisekile Khumalo and Tiffany Kagure Mugo – share the pulling power in their stories with Dudu Busani-Dube.

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