I have been to a few fancy schmanzy events in my (short) lifetime. Some of them I would remember forever. Some not.
But I haven’t been as excited as I have been when I was announced to be on the list of authors at the Jozi Book Fair.
The Jozi Book Fair is an annual event that happens in Johannesburg and seeks to celebrate local authors and writing.
This year the line up is incredible with Zakes Mda (EEEK!) being one of the most prominent authors on the line up
Mda’s writing is magical and his books are studied and read all across the world.
In first year, I studied his book the Madonna of Excelsior which left me in a literary frenzy.
To be on a line up with Mda is mindblowing!
Also, on the list of great, great writers is Mzilikazi wa Afrika- a prominent investigative reporter for South Africa’s Sunday Times whose memoir Nothing Left to Steal was a best seller.
Wa Afrika has always been a journalist I looked up to as a young and inexperienced reporter.
I have heard him talk about journalism in my formative years as a reporter and it honestly incited a passion for our craft.
I am looking forward to meeting these legends that I have looked up to my entire career and present along side them.
I will also be talking about my book Diary of a Guji Girl alongside my publisher Shafinaaz Hassim so please come down and join in. It promises to be an awesome event!
Here is a sneak peak of the Jozi Book Fair:
The programme for the seventh annual Jozi Book Fair has been revealed.
The Jozi Book Fair takes place between 11 to 13 September at Wits University – and entrance to all events is free.
Featured authors at the festival include National Poet Laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile, Futhi Ntshingila,Zukiswa Wanner, Ekow Duker, Gcina Mhlophe, Zakes Mda, James Matthews, Edyth Bulbring, Harry Kalmer, Qaanitah Hunter, Kurt Ellis, Mzilikazi wa Afrika, Stevel Marc, Shafinaaz Hassim, Adam Habib and Xolela Mangcu – and many, many more.
Read more HERE