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.
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 OpenBookFestival.co.za
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 www.SouthAfricanBookFair.co.za
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.
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.