Cape Town Book Fair 2010: the fun begins

30 07 2010

I love the smell of fresh books in the morning… 😉

So, this weekend has finally arrived: the four-day stretch known as the Cape Town Book Fair (CTBF), held at the CTICC from 30 July to 2 August. A great time for publishers, booklovers, and those aspiring to work their way into the wonderful trade of print media.

I arrived there this morning at about 09:25, although I only needed to be there at 10:00. Today was just a relaxed day: meeting the other interns who flew in from Johannesburg; walking about the huge centre to look at the various stands; talking about the internship programme; and looking at possible workshops or talks to attend. The Book Fair is only officially open to the public as of tomorrow – today was merely a trade day, giving all of us a chance to scope out the ‘competition’, but also allowing us the luxury of enjoying what is on show/exhibit before having to appeal to the needs of the masses (or, perhaps, just ‘the public’, if they don’t come streaming in by the thousands) by answering questions and being polite.

They shouldn’t just come about asking for freebies, though. That would really be annoying.

I had to control myself in there, what with all… those… books… *excited squeal* I swear, I could have blown my pro rata monthly stipend (14 days’ worth) there easily. Bargain Books had beautiful hardcover copies of Dan Brown’s THE LOST SYMBOL – the only book of his I don’t own – for R99! Not sure whether I’ll find time to go back there tomorrow or the day after that; I have some workshops and talks to attend, plus two-hour stints at the PASA stand. Perhaps I should bribe plead ask some to buy the book for me, then I’ll pay them the money back… or they could present it to me as a gift… *hint hint* So, what do you think I ended up doing today before leaving the Convention Centre?

Bought myself three books, of course… all for a mere R99. At least I was shopping sensibly.

I’ll be working at the PASA stand – K16 – tomorrow from 10:00 until 12:00 and on Sunday from 16:00 until 18:00, so if you’re interested in the industry (or know me and want to come say a supportive ‘hullo’), please feel free to come around. Everyone is very friendly, and this is the one time of year the people in the industry are setting aside their time for your queries and interest. And if you’re interested in a few workshops/ talks, here are some I think will be pretty good – I’m hoping to attend most of them:


11:00 – 12:45 Access to knowledge in Africa (the role of copyright in Education) – Room 1.43-1.44

12:00 – 12:45 Quickfox Publishing (discussion on self publishing) – Room 1.42

13:00 – 14:00 How to get Published – Pan Macmillan stand K13

14:00 – 15:45 What is the future of the book in the Digital Age? – Room 1.41.

16:00 – 16:45 The self-publishing shift [Crink] – Room 1.41

16:00 – 16:45 So you want to be a copy editor (mini workshop) – Room 1.42


10:00 – 10:45 Exploring the right brain (creative writing workshop) – Room 1.42

11:00 – 12:45 South Africa in 2010: Development or Decline? – Room 1.63-1.64

11:00 – 11:45 Recurring Super Sleuth of Crime fiction – Poetry Café

15:00 – 15:45 The self-publishing shift [Crink] – Room 1.61

16:00 – 16:45 So you want to be a proof reader (mini workshop) – Room 1.62


10:00 – 10:45 PASA; where the story begins – Room 1.41

12:00 – 12:45 So you want to be a sub-editor – Room 1.41




2 responses

7 08 2010
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7 08 2010
Liske van Lill

um… i’m a SOUTH AFRICAN, not an American…

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