6th Jozi Book Fair 2014

Khanya College

6TH JOZI BOOK FAIR 2014


Friday-Saturday, 26-27 September 2014
Central Johannesburg College, Ellis Park Campus
 
The theme of the JBF is: Reading the Word and the World: the Role of Book Clubs
 
The guest of the Book Fair is author, artist, composer and film-maker -
ZAKES MDA

The 6th JBF will be opened by the Honourable Deputy Minister, Small Business, Department of Trade and Industry, Elizabeth Thabethe.

Aims of JBF

The JBF aims to build a culture of reading and writing in all South Africa’s languages, and amongst people of all ages, including children, youth, women and the public. The JBF creates readers and writers through linking the ‘the word’ to amongst others, music, art, literature, graffiti, print and digital media, film and culture.

A Public Platform

This year the fair has more than 100 activities and includes famous and established authors, artists and literary activists who will converge on the fair and engage in conversations, book launches, workshops and seminars.

This is a fair with a difference: the JBF is a platform for the public, for working people, to host events and engage in debates and discussions. For example, this year,

  • The Rhodes Park Poetry Buddies will launch their book;
  • TheNisaa survivors of women’s abuse, will read their stories from ‘Rising up, Moving On’;
  • Amateur actors will perform one of Zakes Mda’s plays, You fool, how can the sky fall?;  and
  • JBF book club members, including home base care workers will converse with local authors such as Justice Edwin Cameron. 

Over 100 Events!

The JBF programme is wide-ranging and includes a number of activities with the Guest, Zakes Mda. This includes a conversation on ‘Art and Conscience’ with artists, writers and film-makers; the ‘Women characters’ in his works with Desiree Lewis (UWC); and Mda’s ‘writing in the context of 20 years of South Africa’s democracy’ with Akpome Aghogho (UJ).

There’s a Schools Programme (Friday) and a Children’s Programme (Saturday), with the participation of various authors and organisations. The children’s book, The Little Troll’s Tail, will be launched at the children’s programme. This book promotes children’s rights, and has been translated into Sesotho and Tshivenda. This is part of JBF’s promotion of indigenous languages, and its partnership with the Finnish Literature organisation. There will also be a session on ‘translation and the creation of literature’. The Finnish author, Sari Vento, will participate in the book launch, with the theme; ‘Playing with Language’.

Given the theme of the fair on ‘the role of book clubs’, there are a number of activities hosted by book clubs. The JBF Book Club Network will also launch its WEBSITE to encourage reading, peer reviews, and to provide books to book clubs.

Other prominent themes include debates and discussion on Jozi, on South Africa, Women (Zukiswa Wanner and Shireen Hassim) and Migrant labour and Heritage. One of the six Roundtable discussions focuses on Democracy and Impunity in South Africa with Mtutu Nyoka (A hill of Fools), Jane Duncan (The Securocrats) and Shadrack Gutto. Noeleen Morris and Leslie Witz’s latest book on Hostels, Homes and Museums will also be launched.

After 34 years, Gold & Workers: 1886-1924 - A People’s History of South Africa (Khanya Publishing) is being republished. A ‘must-read’ for all who want to understand contemporary South Africa, its acclaimed author and the JBF Reading Ambassador, Luli Callinicos, will be in conversation at the fair.

There are also a number of events on publishing and self publishing, on the print media culture, and workshops to assist parents and guardians to help their children to read. There are also seminars on digital media, cell phones and literacy and publishing digitally.

The JBF also has a partnership with the City of Johannesburg, its eight museums; and its community museums network. These also form part of the fair. The Open City Exhibition, based on Jozi, will be opened on the Friday.

The JBF will also host a mini film festival covering various themes, from human rights and justice (Cry Freedom), sexuality (A difficult love), Hiv/Aids (TAC) and modernity and human life (Tree of Life).
 

ZAKES MDA is available to be interviewed live between 21 - 27 September 2014.

Please contact the JBF to make arrangements.

For the full JBF Programme, please visit: www.jozibookfair.org.za

For further information contact: 011-336 91 90 or email: jozibookfair@khanyacollege.org.za.

Event Start Date: 
Friday, 26 September, 2014
Event End Date: 
Saturday, 27 September, 2014
Event Venue: 
Central Johannesburg College, Ellis Park Campus
Location: 
Johannesburg

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