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31 August – 3 September

Jozi Book Fair Festival is here!

In partnership with the City of Johannesburg, the 9th Jozi Book Fair takes place from 31 August – 3 September 2017, at Mary Fitzgerald, Newtown, Johannesburg.

The Jozi Book Fair (JBF) is an educational and cultural festival for schools, children, book clubs, women, men, academics, communities and the public. This year JBF’s jam-packed programme has more than 150 events for people of all ages, varied topics and interests, and all art forms, 60% of events are hosted by the public. If schools want to participate, they need to register before 25 August. Entrance is FREE!!! See Full programme on website:

Celebrating our theme, Women and Literature, the Fair brings together two literary powerhouses, Kopano Matlwa the author of the critically acclaimed novels Coconut, Spilt Milk and Period Pains and Shailja Patel an internationally acclaimed Kenyan poet, playwrighter, theatre artist, political activist and author of the bestseller Migritude.

The theme ‘Women and Literature’  informs the Festival’s content, historicising depictions of women by both women and men, in literature and the arts globally. Some authors at the Fair: Mohale Mashigo, Marah Louw, Malebo Sephodi, Reneiloe Malatjie, Jayne Bauling, Dumisani Sibiya, Ashwin Desai, Pregs Govender, Christa Kulijan

Legends and also JBF Patrons: Zakes Mda, James Mathews, Keorapetse ‘Bra Willie’ Kgositsile, Diana Ferrus,

The highlights of this year’s Festival include:

Guests & Participants

The award-winning Guests of the Fair, Kopano Matlwa and Shailja Patel will be in conversation about their work and on several panels.

Internationally Acclaimed Authors

Shailja Patel (Kenya)

Lindsey Collen (Mauritius)

Malin Persson Giolito (Sweden)

Conversations with authors

Media personality Penny Lebyane will be in conversation with Marah Louw on her book ‘Its me, Marah’, Mohale Mashigo will be ‘Misbehaving’ with Malebo Sephodi author of ‘Miss Behave’, Reneilwe Malatji explores how relationships change as women gain independence with her book ‘Love Interrupted’ and Journalist Thandeka Gqubule will give insight into her book ‘No Longer Whispering To Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela’.


The Festival boasts over 20 skills workshops hich include: Writing (short stories, poetry), Photography, Social media, Philosophy for Teens,  Meditation for youth and Dance Meditation.

Book launches include the second edition of Batjha Kaofela: an anthology of ten short stories by teens from schools in townships and three books on #Feesmustfall by LeighAnn Naidoo, Oliver Metho and Crispen Chungo, self-publishers and small publishers.

Roundtable discussions include: Women and Literature (Lindsey, Kopano, Shailja), White Monopoly Capital: What FUTURE for SA?: (Chris Malikane, D. Gqubule) and  Crisis of feminism with Nomboniso Gasa.

Panel discussions include discussions on the Mining Charter with Oxfam

Exciting Exhibitions:  Market Photo Workshop (Women photographers), Sculptor exhibition – Imbali Yo Mfazi/ The Legend Of Woman by Mazwi Mdima at Workers Museum.

Music: School bands and Moses Molekwa Foundation

Theatre: Inner City Youth will be performing 3 iconic plays (Sizwe Bansi Is Dead, The Island and For Coloured Girls) and Botoo by Ronnie Govender.

The JBF is proud to also bring to the public the screening of the film, Whale Caller directed by Zola Maseko. The film is adapted from the book Whale Caller by Zakes Mda.

For interviews contact:

Contact: Jozi Book Fair Team – 084 377 3003/011 336 9190

Fax: 086 566 3891



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