Tuesday, August 4, 2009

JOZI BOOK FAIR coming up this week

SHOOT: Starts Saturday. I'll be there.
clipped from www.joburg.org.za
Jozi Book Fair will be an annual event

AVID readers and publishers in and around Joburg will get the opportunity to go book crazy at the city's first book fair - the inaugural Jozi Book Fair takes place at Museum Africa, in Newtown on 8 and 9 August.

The aim is for the fair to be an annual event, targeting small publishers, publishers of indigenous works, independent writers and publishers with a social justice agenda. Another objective is to bring together writers, publishers and literature distributors in an effort to build and promote a culture of reading in South Africa, says Lerato Phiri, the marketing manager at Khanya College.

"South Africa boasts a vibrant generation of young and emerging writers, activists and publishers," says Phiri.  "Unfortunately their work is hardly ever recognised by a wider audience."

The fair intends to stimulate and encourage publishing within social movements and non-governmental organisations, among and by women, and to provide information about publishing opportunities.
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