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Guaranteed to entice all bookworms, the Cape Town Book Fair takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) June 15-17.


Cape Town Book Fair

The Cape Town Book Fair has grown rapidly to become the premier book fair in Sub-Saharan Africa, presenting an exciting mix of representatives from the African, Arab, and Asian publishing worlds.

This year, the Cape Town Book Fair will coincide with the 29th International Publishers Association (IPA) Congress, meaning that the fair will be enhanced by a decidedly international flavour of the who’s who of the publishing world.

Visitors can look forward to exhibitions by aspiring and published authors, book associations, bookstores, libraries, and more.

Boasting an exciting programme of events covering many genres and interests, the fair will also include book launches, book signings, author interviews, and literary workshops and forums. There will also be a dedicated digital zone for eBook fans, as well as a cookbook corner for culinary demonstrations.


Book reviews

South African Art Now
By Sue Williamson

Written by influential South African art critic and editor Sue Williamson, herself a leading international artist, South African Art Now is both an art-historical must-read and a sumptuous contemporary design book. Offering historical context and in-depth analysis of a wide variety of South African art genres and mediums – from painting, sculpture, and traditional craft-making to photography, performance, and video – the book spans four decades, from early political art in the 1960s to the thought-provoking works a generation later.
Collins Design


Cape Town: Up Close & Personal
By Mia Feinstein

After several years photographing celebrities in the fashion centres of the world, photographer Mia Feinstein returned to South Africa to rediscover the place of her birth. Her images reveal a Cape Town few have seen and even fewer have stopped to discover. Hidden angles are uncovered, often-missed features are laid bare, and old favourites are presented in a new light. She captures the vitality of the city’s street life and the people of Cape Town in all their unconscious charm.


Bicycle Portraits
By Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler

Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler have published the best 162 portraits and stories of the more than 500 portraits of cyclists they’ve photographed during their two-year journey through South Africa. Divided into three books, each contains 54 different stories as well as two essays by local South African and major international cycling figures. The books are designed by Gabrielle Guy, and the authors have collaborated with celebrated South African artist Gabrielle Raaff to create individual hand-painted watercolour maps.
Day One


African Salad: A Portrait of South Africans at Home
By Stan Engelbrecht and Tamsen de Beer

African Salad showcases the homes, stories, and favourite recipes of 60 families in South Africa, where food, family, and the concept of home are bound together, providing real insight into their lives. Be it potjiekos, boerbrood, or traditional African beer, these recipes are a key to understanding who these people are and where they have come from. The 264-page, custom-bound book features more than 240 colour photographs and original illustrations by award-winning illustrator Ree Treweek.
Day One


South African Township Barbershops & Salons
By Simon Weller

As the cultural and social hubs of South Africa’s townships, barbershops and salons serve not only as places to get your hair styled, but as places to gather, gossip, and come together as a community. In South African Township Barbershops & Salons, Simon Weller presents his vivid photographs of these shops, their signage, and their patrons alongside interviews with the proprietors, customers, and sign makers, revealing a great deal about South Africa today and the people who live in townships.
Mark Batty Publisher


Cape Town, South Africa
Distance: 7,427 km
Flight Time: 11 hours, 25 minutes
Frequency: 4 flights a week via Johannesburg

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