capetownbookfairThe Cape Town Book Fair kicks off this weekend at the CTICC.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I generally like to have a focus when attending big events like this one.  The event stretches out over four days, so if you have plenty of time, you could always keep coming back for more, but I tend to pick whatever day is of most interest to me, and leave the rest.

So, if, like me, ‘green’ is your main focus, then the following are the discussions/presentations you might find most interesting:

Saturday 13 June.

  • “Electric capitalism” a discussion on whether or not South Africa’s pro-poor development plans and its environmental policies are working in tandem, or will one policy triumph over the other.   (12noon-1.30pm)
  • Children and the environment – Alison Lowry, the CEO of Penguin Books, talks to Tracy Going (African Animal Rhymes and Recipes) and Trudi Franke (The Cheetah Who Ran Too Fast). (1pm-2pm)
  • The role of weather – popular television weather-man Simon Gear shares his eco-friendly tips from his book Going Green – 365 Ways to Change our World. (2pm-2.45pm)
  • Alien vegetation and the environment – find out more about The Biological Pollution caused by Alien and Invasive Species in South Africa, written by Leonie Joubert. The book will be launched with Professor Steven Chow of the Centre for Invasion Biology at Stellenbosch University.   (5pm)

Sunday 14 June.

  • The role of weather – popular television weather-man Simon Gear shares his eco-friendly tips from his book Going Green – 365 Ways to Change our World.  (1pm-1.45pm)
  • Wildlife – Trevor Carnaby talks about his book Beating Around the Bush: Birds & Mammals (12noon-12.45pm) and popular environmentalist Ian McCallum discussed his new book Ecological Impact*. (1pm-1.45pm)
  • A new scramble for Africa?  Africa’s resources are under threat by the world’s leading economies – Moeletsi Mbeki, Henning Melber and Roger Southall will discuss whether or not Africa can broker an outcome that truly benefits the continent and its people.  (2pm-3pm).

Tuesday 16 June.

  • How Green is My Bookshelf? Living Organic with Christine Stevens (Harvest: Recipes from an Organic Farm); Pat Featherstone (Grow to Live), and professional food photographer Russel Washerfall.   (11.00am)

For details of venues and times of talks go to for the full programme. There is an entry fee of R50 for adults (Exclusive Books Fanatics members receive a 50% discount), children accompanied by an adult come in free, as do students with valid student cards. The Cape Town Book Fair runs from 13 to 16 June.

* This is the title given to me by the communications company – but it differs from the one on the online programme.

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