Friday, 22 February 2008

University of Pretoria Bookfest 5-8 March 2008

You are invited to attend the festival of books, which mark the University of Pretoria Centenary. As part of its centenary celebrations, the University of Pretoria (UP) through the aegis of its Library Services, is hosting the BookFest and the 1st South African eBook Fair from 05-08 March 2008 in Pretoria. The 4-day programme includes:

1. Writers in Dialogue - a programme which features a wide range of South African authors, including UP alumni. This line-up includes Fred Khumalo, Sindiwe Magona, Chris Mann, Darryl Accone, PG du Plessis, Helene de Kock, Buti Skhosana, Joan Hambidge, Jaco Jacobs, Anzil Kulsen, and many others. Shimmer Chinodya, the 2007 Noma Award winner for Publishing in Africa will also be present.
2. The eBook Phenomenon
The eBook Phenomenon: A New Chapter: A symposium will be held on Friday, March 07 2008 that addresses the emerging electronic book environment and its impact on print media and publishing. Mark Carden of MyiLibrary will be the keynote speaker.
The 1st SA eBook Fair - Twelve international publishers will introduce their latest eBook collections and present a virtual exhibition of eBooks. Cost: R 100

3. TUKSbooks and UniverCity - a display of 1000 books by UP staff and students published during its century. This programme also includes a series of talks by various experts.
4. Future Leaders at Play - a stimulating programme of activities for local schools, children and youth which will include the participation of children's authors and illustrators.
5. Exhibitions by local and international publishers and booksellers.
6. Sunset and lunch-time concerts by the university choirs and orchestra, rap poets, street musicians, museum collections and art exhibitions will add to the festivities.

This Bookfest is being sponsored by Elsevier, EBSCO, Blackwell's Book Services, Swets, Protea Boekhuis, KWP Argitekte and OCLC.

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