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Monday, November 8, 2021


Paper sharp tension and excitement are building to the run-up to this exciting 1st African Book and Design Festival, November 11 to 13, 2021.


To get an invite to Bookies Under the Stars, sign up on the ABDF website and you could get 1 of 50 spots to the event.

Storytelling is an integral part of African culture; used to pass down knowledge, to pass down customs or traditions from generation to generation and to shape societal narratives. This year, the art of storytelling comes to life at the first Africa Book and Design Festival (ABDF). Supported by the Department of Sports, Arts & Culture.

Authors, Mandla Langa, Dudu Dube, and rising star in illustration Lethabo Huma are a reflection of the past, present and future theme of storytelling at the Africa Book & Design Festival. With a host of other respected authors and designers set to headline the tailored programme; expect engaging intercultural and intergenerational conversations which will be held from November 11 to 13 in a Hybrid format for both digital and in person participation for a limited audience, at The Future Africa Campus at the University of Pretoria.

Fellow bookworms can look forward to various African authors, including:

Sue Nyathi; Richard Convingham; Nomsa Mwamuka; Shubnum Khan; Jamil F Khan; Lerato Mogoatle; Zulaikha Patel; Busisekile Khumalo; Phindiwe Mabhena; Tshego Monaisa; Fred Khumalo and Brent Meersman … and many more.

True to our key message that “If you don’t read, make sure your children do”, the love for storytelling was born from the love of books at a young age; a sentiment all the authors who are taking part in the event have shared. What is exciting about the time we are in is that women are leading the charge in changing the narrative of African storytelling as young female authors emerge with stories that tell the life of modern African women from colourful ‘eKasi’ in Johannesburg to the hustle and bustle of Lagos.

The closing event of the Africa Book and Design Festival is hosting the Bookies Under the Stars brought to you by Showmax; an evening of books and bubbles at Summer Place, Sandton on November 13. The event will be led by Dudu Busani-Dube, author of the Hlomu Book Series which has inspired the first Showmax original telenovela, The Wife; and Damilare Kuku, author of the highly anticipated Nearly All the Men in Lagos are Mad.

For those whose love affair with books and literature is a never-ending story, these cultural experiences are not to be missed! Join the Africa Book & Design Festival Community to get one of only 50 spots for this exclusive bookies event.

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