Book Development Events

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World Read Out Loud Day
Feb
24

World read aloud day, World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. This day is about empowering communities through the power of their own stories.
More information to be found on LitWorld.

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International Mother Language Day
Feb
21

This year’s theme is: Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes. Mother Language day is about celebrating and raising awareness about multilingualism.
Read more about International Mother Language Day on the United Nations website.

// Local /
US Woordfees
Mar
4-16

The theme for this year’s festival is “Bly” (Stay, also glad in Afrikaans). According to Woordfees director Saartjie Botha the Woordfees “are glad to be here” and want to stay and wish that festival-goers share this feeling. The theme also goes beyond the literal meaning and refers to shelter or house which is a important issue in South Africa and globally.
Jana Hattingh: adminfees@sun.ac.za, www.woordfees.co.za.

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World Book Day Festival
Mar
3

In celebration of reading, R25 books will be available at selected bookshops to buy and donate to Nal’ibali. World Book Day is about providing books to children who normally do not have the luxury of regular and easy access to books.
Website: www.worldbookday.com

// Local /
SA Library Week
Mar
11-21

Libraries across the country use this annual event as an opportunity to market their services to the users, the broader community, civil society and also decision makers. This year’s theme for SA Library Week is #Libraries4LifeLongLearning. This theme will look at how libraries serve as spaces for lifelong learning.
www.liasa.org.za

// Local /
19th Time of the Writer
Mar
14-19

A select group of leading writers from South Africa, Africa and abroad will gather in Durban for a thought-provoking week of literary dialogue and exchange of ideas at the Time of the Writer International Writers Festival.
Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal): cca@ukzn.ac.za, www.cca.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/tow-home

// Local /
Knysna Literary Festival
Mar
17-20

Presented by Pam Golding Properties Knysna to promote South Africa’s rich literary heritage. The Knysna Literary Festival is the Garden Route’s only festival that annually hosts an exclusive group of hand-selected authors from South Africa and abroad. Ling Dobson: ling.dobson@pamgolding.co.za, www.knysnaliteraryfestival.co.za

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World Poetry Day
Mar
21

In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind. This day is about recognising and celebrating linguistic differences and giving a voice to minority languages through the medium of poetry.
www.un.org

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International Children’s Book Day
Apr
2

The theme for 2016 is “Once upon a time”. This event is the same date as the world-renowned children’s book writer’ birthday, Hans Christian Anderson. International Children’s Book Day encourages reading and promotes books by means of inviting posters that are designed and written by a well-known author and illustrator.

// International /
Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Apr
12-14

In Bologna authors, illustrators, literary agents, licensors and licensees, packagers, distributors, printers, booksellers and librarians meet to sell and buy copyright, find the very best of children’s publishing and multimedia production and discuss and debate the latest sector trends.
Contact: bookfair@bolognafiere.it or visit www.bolognachildrensbookfair.com

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London Book Fair, Olympia.
Apr
12-14

The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. This fair celebrates bookselling in all its forms, exhibits academic & scholarly publishers and also offers a platform for both established and aspiring writers.
Email: lbf.helpline@reedexpo.co.uk, www.londonbookfair.co.uk

// International /
World Book and Copyright Day
Apr
23

A day of celebrating books. It aims to raise awareness about the importance of reading, reach out and give people access to books and educate people to take care of their library facilities.
www.gov.za

// Local /
Dancing in other words Poetry Festival
May
6-7

The dancing in other words (Dansende Digtersfees) is an annual international poetry event in Stellenbosch bringing together internationally acclaimed literary voices, for discussion, debate and more.
www.spierpoetryfestival.co.za

// Local /
Franschhoek Literary Festival
May
13-15

The events take place in village venues within a few minutes’ walk of each other, which creates a vibrant ambience in streets buzzing with book-lovers. The emphasis is on informal discussions and spirited debates between several writers with a chairperson, or one-on-one conversations, and occasional talks.
Email: help@flf.co.za, www.flf.co.za

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Book Expo America
May
11-13

BEA, in Chicago, is the best place to discover new titles and upcoming books and meet face-to-face with favorite and up-and-coming authors. It is a dynamic environment for networking, sourcing, and relationship building in the publishing industry in North America.
Email: inquiry@bookexpoamerica.com, www.bookexpoamerica.com

// Local /
Kingsmead Book Fair
May
21

Johannesburg. In 2011, a group of Kingsmead College parents hosted a small Book Fair for the school community at which eight top South African authors spoke. Now in its fifth year, the Kingsmead Book Fair is proud to have become a significant event on South Africa’s literary calendar as it attracts about 4000 people.
Hayley Pienaar: hpienaar@kingsmead.co.za, kingsmead.co.za

// Local /
Dinaane Debut Fiction Award
Jun
20

inaane Debut Fiction Award shorlist will be announced. The word “dinaane” is Setswana and means “telling our stories to one anther.” These awards, coordinated by Jacana, offers the opportunity for aspiring fictional writers of South Africa to reveal their talents. According to Jacana this award attempts to promote fictional writing in South Africa.
www.jacana.co.za

// Local /
African Education Week
Jun
29-30

African EduWeek 2016, hosted in Johannesburg, will showcase over 120 international exhibitors, host free-to-attend education seminars, a new high-level technology conference, as well as technical workshops designed to enhance teacher training and development.
Contact Tanya Jackman: tanya.jackman@spintelligent.com; www.educationweek.co.za

// Local /
Breyten Breytenbach Boekefees
Jul
8-10

Hosted in Montagu the Breyten Breytenbach Book Festival is a celebration of great literature and its writers. This includes exhibitions, readings, wine tastings, key note speakers and more.

// Local /
Vryheids Volksblad Kunstefees
Jul
11-16

An Afrikaans fair that forges the English and Sotho culture. It is a space where ideas regarding art and culture can be shared. Their vision is to host a fair with many different stories. Their mission is to support the development of great art in the Freestate.
www.vrystaatkunstefees.co.za

// Local /
The Eastern Cape Book Festival
Aug
26-28

Hosted in Port Elizabeth, this is a smart, diverse and educational event.
Selome: poetflow@live.com; or visit their facebook page.

// International /
World Library and Information Congress
Aug
13-19

The congress is an opportunity for the host country to showcase the status of libraries and information science in their country and region as well as to have their professionals experience international librarianship and international relations in a unique way.
Josche Ouwerkerk: josche.ouwerkerk@ifla.org; conference.ifla.org

// Local /
Koop ‘n Afrikaanse Boek Dag
Aug
14

Buy an Afrikaans Book Day forms part of the annual Afrikaans Week. The goal of this day is to encourage the public to purchase Afrikaans book for yourself or someone who can’t afford it. It is about creating an interest in Afrikaans literature and promoting books that are currently available to buy.

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Edinburgh International Book Festival
Aug
15-31

The largest public celebration of the written word in the world. Every August Edinburgh International Book Festival brings over 800 writers and thinkers from across the planet together to rub shoulders with you, the audience.
admin@edbookfest.co.uk; www.edbookfest.co.uk

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PASA / SA Booksellers AGM
Aug
30-31

Members of the Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA) and the SA Booksellers Association gather once a year to discuss matters of general interest and identify concerns in the industry. This year the AGM will be held at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town.

// Local /
Booksellers Choice Awards
Aug
30

The annual Nielsen Booksellers Choice Awards celebrate South African Authors. The winner is the book that local booksellers most loved selling through the year. The Sefika Awards, bestowed on the best performing publishers and booksellers for the year are also celebrated this night.
http://www.sabooksellers.com/

// Local /
Jozi Book Fair
Sep
1-4

The fair is co-hosted by Khanya College and Wits University at the Science Stadium, West Campus, Wits University. The fair wishes to create a space where a culture of reading and writing can be promoted.
www.jozibookfair.org.za

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International Literacy Day
Sep
8

A day celebrated around the world to raise awareness regarding the literacy issues that the world is facing, and also to promote the importance of literacy. On this day UNESCO annually declares the global literacy status.
internationalliteracyday.org

// SABDC /
National Book Week
Sep
5-11

National Book Week (NBW) is a very successful reading promotion initiative run by the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) in partnership with the Department Of Arts and Culture. NBW wishes to spread the love of books and reading to every corner of South Africa.
National Book Week

// Local /
Indie Book Fair
Sep
9-10

A South African event for the independent publishing, writing and distribution industry. Dates to be confirmed. The Indie Book Fair will be open to all independent, small and indigenous persons. Dates to be confirmed.
www.indiebookfair.co.za

// Local /
Open Book Festival
Sep
7-11

A truly international festival that attracts top writers and an audience from around the world. Showcasing some of the best South African writing and making a significant and sustainable contribution to our future by building a love of reading and books among the youth of Cape Town.
www.openbookfestival.co.za

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Frankfurt Book Fair
Oct
19-23

An annual book fair held in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The fair is a place where representatives from publishing companies meet to discuss publishing rights. The world’s largest trade fair for books aims to advance international networking within the book industry and to make the industry’s practices more professional. www.buchmesse.de