September 2015 sees the Jozi Book Fair (JBF) take place at Wits University in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. I have searched the internet far and wide for information on the event, such as a programme detailing the lineup etc but (at the time of writing this article) the event website seems decidedly bare on information on specifics. I would recommend that readers interested in the event stay tuned in to the event on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
The area of the Jozi Bookfair website dealing with the programme seems to be out of date at the time of writing this article. Hopefully the readers who visit this page closer to the time will find the 2015 programme.
The guest speaker at this years event is Nokugcina Elsie Mhlophe.
To be lazy and totally quote from her website (http://www.gcinamhlophe.co.za/):
Nokugcina Elsie Mhlophe (born 1958) is a well-known South African freedom fighter, activist, actor, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author. Storytelling is a deeply traditional activity in Africa and Mhlophe is one of the few woman storytellers in a country dominated by males. She does her most important work through charismatic performances, working to preserve storytelling as a means of keeping history alive and encouraging South African children to read. She tells her stories in four of South Africa’s languages: English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa."
For authors and publishers looking to exhibit at the event, prices seem reasonable for sharing or even hosting your own stall. Sharing a stall with someone will cost R950 whilst having your own 2mx3m stall will cost R1759. The cutoff for registering an an exhibitor is 31 July 2015.
Jozi Book Fair 2015 - Quick facts
Date: 11, 12, 13th September 2015
Venue: Wits University Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Cost: No cost for visitors.
Bookfair Website: http://www.jozibookfair.org.za/
Facebook Page: https://web.facebook.com/Jozi-Book-Fair-511371399041969/
Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/jozibookfair
Email Queries: jozibookfair_at_khanyacollege.org.za