It's time for the annual South African Book Fair!

It’s time for the annual South African Book Fair!


The South African Book Fair is returning with an impressive programme that showcases over 120 authors!

National Book Week

National Book Week runs from 3-9 September 2018. The Book Fair offers an exciting Schools Programme where learners, librarians, teachers, caregivers and parents will be treated to storytelling and a host of activities in The National Book Week Magic Tent.

The South African Book Fair Programme

The 2018 South African Book Fair will run from 7-9 September at Johannesburg’s Newtown Cultural Precinct.
The three-day programme is filled with things to do and see for everyone from pre-schoolers to the most dedicated book lovers. There will be a vault of books that showcases books that entertain, educate, empower, inform and advance. The South African Library for the Blind will showcase tactile books, promoting a positive reading experience for the blind and visually impaired too.
The literary programme includes panel discussions with leading movers and shakers, a Philosophy Café facilitated by prominent thought leaders, and sessions dealing with some of the most pressing social, economic and political issues facing South Africa today. Meet Mandy Wiener, Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Ralph Mathekga, Christi van der Westhuizen, Mpho Dagada, Dudu Busani-Dube, Jan-Jan Joubert, David Higgs and more.


This year’s theme

#OURSTORIES is the theme for the 2018 Book Fair. Here are some highlights to look forward to:

  • #OURSTORIES Storytelling Festival where stories, old and new, will be told, shared and sung.
  • African Superheroes, where young authors such as Loyiso Mkize, Bontle Senne, Clyde Beech and Benoit Knox will take the audience into the world of graphic novels.
  • African Philosophy Café, where Prof Gilbert Khadiagala and Prof Adekeye Adebajo will discuss the tale of two hegemons: SA and Nigeria in Africa.
  • In Original Sin, panellists such as Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Dr Nomkhosi Xulu-Gama and Dr Marek Hanusch will explore the complex issue of land dispossession in South Africa.
  • A Celebration of Giants remembers the timeless contributions of Albertina Sisulu and Nelson Mandela as the country celebrates their centenaries.
  • Skin Deep with Rosie Motene, Sarah-Jayne King and Thuli Nhlapo looks at adoption across racial lines.
  • Writers Are Our Conscience explores how writers and readers influence society. Do writers steer the course of a country’s socio-political passage? Sindiwe Magona, Siphiwo Mahala, Melinda Ferguson, Antjie Krog, Maishe Maponya, Peter Harris and many more will unpack this topic.
  • Step Into My Womanhood will see diverse women authors such as Malebo Sephodi, B Camminga, Anne Dahlqvist and Melanie Judge will discuss their expressions of womanness.
  • Exposed! South Africa’s Hidden Web of Crime will feature three journalists: Mandy Wiener, Anneliese Burgess and Pieter-Louis Myburgh will give unprecedented insights into political and underworld figures, and how these criminal networks have infiltrated the South African enforcement authorities and agencies.
  • Bus Tour: Hop On, Hop Off will explore Johannesburg’s uneasy relationship with its past and future. Three local authors – Terry Shakinovsky, Harriet Perlman and Nechama Brodie – will take audiences on a journey through the city’s historical, political, cultural and culinary sites, as depicted in their writings.
  • A production of The Little Prince will be performed by the Market Theatre Foundation’s brand new theatre company, Kwasha! This performance will be a magical re-telling of the book, mixing storytelling and circus in multiple languages to create a unique South African-inspired production of this French masterpiece, for adults and children alike.

You can access the full programme for the 2018 South African Book Fair, which is the final event on the National Book Week calendar, here:

Booking is essential and tickets for all sessions are priced at R40 and are available through WebTickets .

Entry into the exhibition, poetry performances, the storytelling festival and the Family Zone is free of charge.