The South African Book Fair will take place virtually this year from September 11 to September 13. For the first time since the fair’s inception in 2006, book lovers, authors, illustrators, poets, and publishers can take part from anywhere in the world for this three-day event.

Elitha van der Sandt, CEO of the South African Book Development Council (SABDC), explains that the conveners “worked at curating an accessible and engaging programme that, even in these virtual times, continue to establish the unique role of books, authors and publishers in addressing the most relevant issues of the moment – in both the public and personal arenas.” 

The fair features programming for children and teens in the form of online storytelling, creative workshops, puppet shows, and more in The Magic Tent.

Adults will enjoy a range of programming from performances in the Keorapetse Kgositsile Poetry Café to lively discussions in author-led panels on topics such as crime, food, travel, science fiction, feminism, race & identity, relationships & erotica, and economics.

Brittle Paper‘s Dr. Ainehi Edoro will speak on the panel, Giving Books a Place of Pride in Africa; The Role of Literary Journals on the Continent, which takes place on September 12 from 14:30 to 15:30 SAST (GMT+2).

Click here for the full three-day program!

Tickets for full access to South African Book Fair are only R50, and can be purchased here.