Annual international book fair held at the CTICC.


Get ready for literary experience of the year

Distinguished line-up of authors and panelists for Book Fair

This year the largest literary event in sub-Saharan Africa is set to continue its successful trend with all floor space sold out and 250 exhibitors from 29 countries displaying their literary offerings.

The theme of the fourth Cape Town Book Fair this year is Education for the Future.

Countries represented at the CTBF will be the USA, UK, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, India, Japan, China, Singapore, Korea, Republic of Ireland, Madagascar, Mauritius, Canada, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Togo, Dubai and Syria (as part of the UAE), Uganda, Zimbabwe and Libya.

CTBF organisers have lined up a diverse and fascinating programme. Fair Director Vanessa Badroodien announced the full programme at a press conference in Cape Town on May 7.

“This year we have worked really hard to get the programme finalised as soon as possible, giving people plenty of time to study it and plan which talks and events they want to attend,” said Badroodien.

The book fair is held in collaboration with the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Publishers’ Association of South Africa.

This year the Goethe Institute in collaboration with the organizers will run an Africa Invitation Programme that will see publishers from 12 African countries attending the fair.

The line-up includes literary luminaries Andre Brink, Ivan Vladislavic and other authors reading from a collection including stories by Nadine Gordimer, Damon Galgut, Imraan Coovadia and Henrietta Rose-Innes. The authors are donating all royalties to the Treatment Action Campaign for HIV/Aids and Zackie Achmat will be introducing the readings.


Entry Fee

  • Adults – R50 per day  (Exclusive Books Fanatics Card holders usually get a discount)
  • Pensioners – R20 per day
  • Children and students for free! (All kids need to be accompanied by an adult)

Public Opening Times

  • Saturday to Monday: 13 – 15 June 10am till 6pm
  • Tuesday 16 June: 10am till 4pm

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