Att: All Participants of Jozi Book Fair
31 October 2013
Dear Participants of the Jozi Book Fair
JOZI BOOK FAIR 2013 THANKS YOU SINCERELY FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
The Jozi Book Fair 2013 team extends our sincere thanks to all who made the fair a success – this includes children, schools, students, authors, teachers, librarians, illustrators, principals, journalists, radio and television stations, ngos, exhibitors, publishers, self publishers, the ambassadors of Sweden, Tanzania and Finland and the public!
The success of the Fair was made possible by the good will extended by various individuals and organisations to build a readers’ movement in South Africa. We had 2500 participants attending the Fair this year, and 22 publishers and ngos exhibited. The programme included more than 100 events, and was anchored largely by local authors and artists.
JBF Reading Ambassador
We also wish to announce the first Jozi Book Fair Reading Ambassador, Luli Callinicos. The role of the reading ambassador is to promote reading (and writing) as widely as possible in urban and rural areas, in all communities, schools and libraries, so that we build a diverse readers’ movement that enhances citizenship and tolerance. Luli Callinicos is a historian, writer and heritage activist, and she is excited to work with the JBF team and the public. We thank Luli for agreeing to be our first reading ambassador.
Build a readers movement
The Jozi Book Fair has experienced tremendous good will from many different quarters, in South Africa and beyond. In South Africa, after we made a public call to host events at the JBF, we received requests from librarians, illustrators, writers, publishers, authors and self publishers; and they anchored the Fair and are the basis for our growth and development, and building a sustainable fair.
From abroad, we experienced the support from the Gothenburg Book Fair and the Reading Ambassador in Sweden and the Finnish Literature Exchange, Finland. Last but by no means least, a big thank you to the Guest of the Jozi Book Fair 2013, Walter Bgoya, and the Children’s Books
Project for their participation and adding value to the fair.
The JBF is a platform for discussion and debate and this was again confirmed at the Fair, with the variety of events, activities and roundtables.
As we prepare for 2014, the Book Fair team plans to weave together all the persons and Board of Trustees: Tim Bruinders, Moses Manganyi (Chair),Luli Callinicos, Petrus Mashishi, Mokesh Morar, John Appollis.
Firoza Karodia, Kgosietsile Lehulere
1organisations that we have worked with, to participate and shape a readers movement and next year’s fair on an ongoing basis.
The Jozi Book Fair annual event will take place on Friday and Saturday, 24-25
Further details about the fair will be communicated in due course through our website, facebook and other platforms.
We look forward to your participation in all JBF activities, and we encourage you to set up book clubs and study circles wherever you are. Please contact us should you need any assistance on email@example.com or phone 011-3369190.
With best wishes and solidarity
Maria van Driel
Director: Jozi Book Fair