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Wits Press exhibits at SA Book Fair

- By Refilwe Mabula

The Wits Press will exhibit Wits publishers at the 2015 South African book fair.

The South African book fair which is hosted by the Mail and Guardian, Goethe Institut, Books Live and others is Africa’s largest book fair.

An exciting literary programme with the theme #DiscoverYourBookself will be introduced this year. A series of debates around pressing issues in South Africa will take place at the book fair with the are aim of broadening reading experiences. 

Amongst the authors being exhibited at the book fair is Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib, whose book South Africa’s Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects was published in 2013. 

Habib will chair South Africa at a fork in the road, a debate regarding the social, political and economic transitions in South Africa.

Professor Achille Mbembe of the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research work, including, On the Postcolony (African edition 2015) will be part of the Wits Press’ exhibitions. 

Mbembe who has written extensively on African history and politics is described by Mail and Guardian as “one of the best theorists of postcolonial writing today”.

Mbembe will also unpack decolonisation issues with authors on a debate titled Goodbye to all that: Decolonizing culture and institutions.

What is Slavery to Me? Postcolonial/slave memory in Post-apartheid South Africa published in 2010 by, Associate Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola in the Department of African Literature is also on exhibition. 

Distinguished Professor in the Creative Writing Department, Ivan Vladislavich has authored books since 1993 and written extensively on Johannesburg.

Some of his latest books include 101 Detectives(2015); A labour of moles(2012), Double Negative (2011). He won the University of Johannesburg Prize and the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction and Yale University’s Windham Campbell prize for fiction.

Dr David Everatt Executive Director for the Gauteng City-Region Observatory will participate in a debate titled; Future Perfect: Transforming JHB from apartheid city to a city for all. Everatt has authored five books including; The origins of nonracialism: White opposition to apartheid in the 1950s published in 2009.

Wits alumni, Sue De Groot and managing editor for the Sunday Times lifestyle magazine, Siphiwo Mahala and Rehana Rossouw will be part of the book fair as well.

Mahala has authored three books, African Delights (2011) When a man cries (2007) and the Xhosa version, Ya ‘Khale Indoda(2010). Rossouw who holds has a Master’s in Creating Writing from Wits released her novel What Will People Say in 2015.

Simamkele Dlakavu, 23-year-old student story-teller, social activist and media and communications manager at Oxfam South Africa, will be one of the 100 authors at the book fair.

Dlakavu was recognised by Mail and Guardian as one of the Top200 Young South Africans and regularly shares her views on current affairs and politics on platforms such as The Daily Maverick and Independent Online.

Experience the works of these Witsies at the South African Book Fair from 31 July to 2 August 2015 at the Turbine Hall, Newtown, Johannesburg. For more information visit