South African Book Fair 2019:

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South African Book Fair 2019: Here’s what you need to know

It is time to share and celebrate the power of stories and storytelling at the 2019 South African Book Fair.

South African Book Fair 2019:

Photo: Pixabay/Manfred Queisser

This year’s South African Book Fair promises to be jam-packed with family-friendly fun.

The 2019 South African Book Fair kicks off today (6 September 2019) and will run until 8 September 2019 at the Constitution Hill Women’s Jail in Johannesburg.

According to their official website, the 2019 edition of the South African Book Fair presents a feast of options for literary aficionados. The event is also set up to entertain people from all walks of life: From toddlers to grandparents, entrepreneurs to students or just friends.

What to expect at this year’s SA Book Fair:

Highlights from this year’s event will include Letshego Zulu’s moving memoirs, the politics of Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s Gangster State and Elisabeth Åsbrink’s universal 1947: When Now Begins. There will be over 100 authors, writers, poets, illustrators and storytellers, loads of family-friendly fare, a book marketplace, tours, workshops, poetry and more.

South African Book Fair: Ticket details 

General Access: 

For just R10 you will unlock all #SABF2019 family-friendly activities:

  • These include the National Book Week Magic tent which offers ongoing entertainment for the whole family throughout the day.
  • Powerful storytelling performances, toy libraries, author readings, and illustrators.
  • The Gruffalo, will visit the fair and be hosted by resident NBW mascot.
  • Funda Bala. These tickets will also give you access to their incredible Marketplace where you can find a vault full of books by publishers and authors, offering you many more books than what’s on the program.
  • Textbook experts will be available to assist you with your children’s learning and school needs. 
  • A focus on children’s books, including books in all 11 languages.
  • Find treasures at discounted rates in the Marketplace. 

Session tickets: 

All sessions on the SABF2019 program are priced at R40 each. Organisers reccomend going through the full program here in order to curate your experience at the fair (Note, three to four sessions will take place simultaneously within each time-slot). 

Day pass: 

A day pass for R100 gives you General Access as well as five sessions of your choice. Saving you R110. 

Full weekend pass: 

With a full weekend pass of R150 you are granted General Access as well as seven sessions of your choice, saving you R140! 

Time and Parking: 

Underground parking will be made available at Constitution Hill and the venue is easily accessible from all main public transport stops. The event starts at 10:00 every day.

Make sure to book your ticket over here and remember that kids under 16 enter for free. You can also buy tickets at the door.

Visit the South African Book Fair’s official website for more information.