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May 25, 2009

Make a date for the Cape Town Book Fair

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Author of the hugely popular Spud novels, John van de Ruit. Photo courtesy Danie van der Merwe

You don’t have to slump in front of the TV all winter, watching My Name is Earl and eating noodles – get yourself to the Cape Town Book Fair from June 13 to June 16 and mingle with book lovers as they discuss what they are reading, writing and thinking.

According to the Cape Town Book Fair website, the success of last year’s fair is a reassuring sign that South Africans still treasure books.

More than 250 exhibitors from 29 countries will be at the Cape Town Convention Centre this time. It’s also the first year of the Cape Town Book Fair Invitation Programme, which introduces 12 publishers from 12 African countries.

As in previous years, the programme of discussions, demonstrations and events will be diverse, with something for everyone, including children and young adults.

This year’s highlights will include the launch of Adele Parks’ new novel, Love Lies, and an exhibition of photographs by David Lurie from his new book Fragments from the Edge. John van de Ruit will be launching his new novel, Spud – Learning to Fly, and preacher and politician Allan Boesak will release his autobiography, Running With Horses.

Opening times are Monday to Saturday from 10h00 to 18h00. R50 gets adults in while pensioners pay only R20. Students and children can enter free all day, so who wants to be watching SpongeBob SquarePants when they can be mingling with other kids, listening to stories, meeting the Gruffalo, tying knots like the Famous Five and winning laptops? 

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