The love of reading is one of the most important things to teach your children, and at All4Women we take every opportunity to remind our readers of this. That’s why we’re sharing a list of why the SA Book Fair is a fantastic opportunity to instil reading for pleasure in your children

Here are some quick facts to give you lots of reasons to attend the SA Book Fair this year:

  • The South African Book Fair takes place from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September 2019 at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.
  • Friday 6 September is a dedicated school’s programme aimed at learners and teachers from Grade 1 to Grade 11.
  • Saturday 7 September and Sunday 8 September are open to all visitors.
  • The programme features close to 100 authors in nearly 40 panel discussions and sessions.
  • A vibrant marketplace will showcase all aspects of the book industry and includes experts on learning and reading.
  • This year sees the addition of an Illustrator’s Exhibition within the Women’s Jail Atrium, featuring the work of five book illustrators.
  • The Fair’s signature Poetry Café and African Philosophy Café will once again host compelling and topical performances and discussions.
  • An Indigenous Languages Text Editing Indaba will take place on Friday 6 September. This is an event aimed at editors working on original works published in indigenous languages. For further information contact [email protected]
  • An Author’s Corner on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September will be dedicated to skills transfer as part of the Fair’s focus on transformation of the book industry. Authors and others can book face-to-face interactions with industry specialists and attend dedicated workshops.
  • A Family Zone will include the National Book Week Magic Tent, among other
  • There will be a variety of food and drink on sale throughout the Fair.
  • Constitution Hill is accessed easily by public transport and there is on-site parking.
  • The programme is based on #OURSTORIES and aims to distinctively showcase the power of books and reading to nurture positive growth and transformation in South Africa.
  • Tickets can be purchased via Webtickets or at the door. Entry tickets are R10 and programme session tickets are R40.
  • Schools wanting to take part in Friday’s programme should contact [email protected]


You can find South African Book Fair on social media too:

Twitter: @SABookFair

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Facebook: @SouthAfricanBookFair


In creating a reading habit among as many South Africans as possible we encourage the use of these hashtags:

  • #SABF2019 (primary)

The South African Book Fair is hosted by the South African Book Development Council (SABDC), in proud association with the Fibre, Processing and Manufacturing (FP&M) SETA.

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