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Our theme for 2015:

Why take a stand at JBF? 

Zakes Mda

I send my agent to London or Frankfurt but I attend the Jozi Book  Fair myself because this fair creates readers and writers! Zakes Mda





Rosa Luxembourg Foundation Rose

We love the work that Jozi Book Fair does, hence we support the fair. This is a good space to promote our organisation. 





Oxford University Press

We will be at JBF because we want to promote our author, Michael Williams’ books to broader layers of people.




Dr Pheko, Tokolo Publishers

We choose Jozi Book Fair because we want to contribute to the culture of reading and writing. The JBF is the platform for the people we want to reach.



Bhala Africa

We chose JBF because the fair organises children and promotes children’s literature. This speaks directly to the focus of our work.


Michael Williams

 Michael Williams was born in 1962 in South Africa. He studied at the University of Cape Town. Williams has published over 12 books, including novels for young people. Crocodile Burning is one of his work that has been translated into Roman language. It is also one of the highly popular young adult novels in South Africa. Williams' work has been incorporated in the South African school syllabus in KwaZulu Natal Province for Grade Seven to Grade Nine learners. His novels “The eighth man” (published in 2002) touches on the cultural practices in modern South Africa. Then another “Who killed Jimmy Valentine?”(Published 1998) writes about detectives working in a South African setting. While another of Michael Williams’ books, 'Hijack City” (published in 1999) focuses on people taking the law into their own hands.
Michael Williams who is also a writer of plays, musicals and operas is currently a managing director of Cape Town Opera in South Africa. His latest book, “Diamond boy”(just published in 2014) examines the high-stakes and harrowing adventure set in the diamond field of Southern Africa.
Michael Williams will be in conversation with the Tshohang Batjha group discussing his latest book 'Diamond Boy' in the 7th annual JBF taking place at Wits University from the 11 – 13 of September 2015.
Diamond Boy is set against the backdrop of Zimbabwe's brutal recent history, Diamond Boy is the story of a young man who succumbs to greed but finds his way out through a transformative journey to South Africa in search of his missing sister, in search of freedom, and in search of himself.
A high-stakes, harrowing adventure in the blood-diamond fields of southern Africa, from the critically acclaimed author of Now Is the Time for Running.

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Khanya in partnership with Wits launches 7th JBF and announces the Guest of Fair Ms Gcina Mhlophe

Storytelling workshop with Ms Gcina Mhlophe a success

7th Jozi Book Fair Guest: Gcina Mhlophe

The Jozi Book Fair launched the guest of the 7th Fair, Gcina Mhlophe, on the 13 of February2015 in Yeoville Boys Primary School. At least 8 schools attended the event together with their teachers. After an hour of learners engaging with each other, Gcina Mhlophe's embodies performance and resounding voice filled the Yeoville Boys Primary School Hall with charged energy. Beginning with a song that asks for the embrace of the African child, Mhlophe immediately drew attention of her teachers and pupils' audience.

 Story Telling Workshop with Gcina Mhlophe