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Save the Date: Upcoming Author Events in South Africa


Book fairs and festivals offer the perfect opportunity for authors to mingle with industry experts and peers. It's a fantastic way to learn more about the industry and about writing as an art. Here are some of the events you can look forward to in the second half of 2017.


The Open Book Thundafund Campaign

06-10 September at The Fugard Theatre, Cape Town

While the details and official program have not yet been released (as of writing this post), the 2017 Open Book Festival promises to be huge, with local and international names such as Paul Beatty, Petina Gappah, Maylis de Kerangal, Elina Hirvonen, Scaachi Koul, Fiston Mwanza Mujila and Zoe Whittall in attendance.

For more information and updates, visit


South African Book Fair

08-10 September at Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg

The South African Book Development Council took over this annual event, which they have incorporated into the successful annual National Book Week, which falls on the first full week of September every year.

The fair provides an opportunity for everyone in the book publishing industry to gain relevance and inclusivity. It's a great opportunity for authors to mingle with and listen to authors from all genres.

Learn more about the SABF at


Abantu Book Festival

07-10 December 2017 at Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Mofolo and Soweto Theatre in Jabulani

In 2016, black writers from near and far congregated in Soweto to celebrate their diverse literary heritage. This year's event promises to be even bigger and better.

The festival will naturally centre around the written word with writing workshops, talks and presentations by playwrights and novelists, to name a few. However, there will be poetry recitals, musical performances and much more. 

With tickets going for as little as R20 this event is a must for local authors.

Visit the Abantu Book Festival website here.


Living outside of South Africa?

For writers from other African continents, If you're looking for opportunities to learn more from published authors and the publishing industry as a whole, please visit this page to learn more about book fairs or literary festivals in other African countries.



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