2017 Book Fairs To Attend

If you’re a book worm, you’ll want to bookmark these upcoming fairs…


Knysna Literary Festival

Now in its ninth year, the Knysna Literary Festival is a delightful melange of talks from authors across fiction, non-fiction, and cooking, writing workshops, delicious cuisine from local restaurants and caterers, and even wine tastings. The festival also caters for children’s imaginations, with a fun puppet show being a highlight of last year’s festival.

Where: Knysna
When: Thursday, 16 – Sunday, 19 March 2017
Cost: Bookings open on 1 February 2017
Contact: Call 044 382 5574 or email [email protected]

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Kingsmead Book Fair

This one-day fair is crammed full of exciting author discussions, on every topic from music and life-changing experiences to sport and the chance to meet local authors, complemented by beautiful stands offering mouth-watering fare to keep you going.

Where: Johannesburg
When: Saturday, 13 May 2017
Contact: [email protected]

Franschhoek Literary Festival

For three days each year, the beautiful Franschhoek becomes a mecca for some of SA’s most prolific writers, international authors, and literary buffs. The programme never disappoints, and in the past, has included talks by Marguerite Poland, author of The Keeper, and UK crime-novelist Belinda Bauer.

Where: Franschhoek
When: Friday, 19 – Sunday, 21 May 2017
Contact: [email protected]

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Open Book Festival

On the map as one of SA’s biggest book events, the festival attracts both local and international authors, the likes of Nadia Hashimi, author of A House without Windows, who made an appearance last year. There’s something for everyone, including talks, poetry, comic book and writing workshops and a fun kids programme.

Where: Cape Town
When: Wednesday, 6 – Sunday, 10 September 2017
Contact: openbookfestival.co.za

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