We are very happy to tell you that an Early Bird Offer is available for the Cape Town Book Fair 2014 as follows:
- 5% off on receipt of your signed contract and 25% payment before 31 July 2013
- valid until the end of July 2013
View the Fact Sheet which details all the stand sizes, prices and facilities available below, as well as the floor plan:
CTBF 2014 Fact Sheet – Early Bird Special.pdf
Floor Plan Cape Town Book Fair 2014 (26-03-2-13).pdf
A thing had begun to grow like a tree in Leke Denton’s throat. It was the same thing that grew when he was picked for the school play and it was there when he was later cut from the cast. It was there when girls glanced away as he walked down the corridors. An invisible rash.
» read more
The visit from Australia of Elizabeth Manning Murphy, an editor and writer of repute and an international language trainer, is a coup for the Professional Editors’ Group (PEG) and coincides with the launch of the new-format Cape Town Book Fair (CTBF) and the 29th Biennial Congress of the International Publishers Association.
Manning Murphy will not only present a Master Class at the CTBF but will be launching the South African edition of her book Working Words, recently published by the Canberra Society of Editors (2011). Both of these events will be of particular interest to editors, would-be editors and language practitioners working in the medium of English – but are also open to the general public.
Elizabeth Manning Murphy’s interest in effective communication has been lifelong. Currently she is President of the Canberra Society of Editors and a member of the Society of Editors (Victoria) and in 2008 was awarded the Honorary Award of Distinguished Editor (DE) given by the Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd) in Australia. Her passion evolved while working as a management consultant in England and Australia, when she wrote several books on the topic of office and business communication.
Working Words is a collection of ‘chats’ based on ten years of articles written by Manning Murphy for The Canberra Editor. The book is a companion to books on grammar, style, punctuation, plain English, editing and the business of being a freelance writer or editor. Many of the chats happened as a direct result of requests from working editors, would-be-editors, and people who didn’t learn the ‘whys’ and ‘wherefores’ of English grammar at school. It’s in a chatty style, with a few fun pieces, which are quirkily called ‘itchy pencils’. Have you ever wished you had a pencil handy when you saw something itching to be written down or corrected? That’s ‘itchypencilitis’!
Working Words is being printed locally and as a result will be available at a very favourable price during the author’s visit. Its launch will take place on Saturday, 16 June.
‘Master Editing: Adding Top Value’ is the Master Class which Manning Murphy will present on Friday 15 June from 10h00 to 14h00 at the CTICC.
She answers the question: How do you add value to your text editing? By being prepared, by going the extra mile, by using the tools available – all of this and more will be worked through in detail in Manning Murphy’s accessible style. Whether you’re new to text editing or a seasoned practitioner, this master class by an experienced editor and linguist acknowledged by her peers is sure to both inspire and be of great benefit to editorial output. The seminar is open to PEG members; members of LAMP (Alliance of Language and Media Practitioners) alliance partners; publishers and practitioners in the book, journal and magazine publishing chain; and also the general public. It is certainly a rare opportunity for editors in South Africa! Such is her popularity that the Johannesburg Master Class on 23 June is already oversubscribed.
Elizabeth Manning Murphy arrives in Cape Town, South Africa on 10 June.
Master Class: Friday 15 June
Venue: Rooms 1.61/1.62 at the CTBF at the CTICC from 10h00 to 14h00
Cost: PEG and other LAMP members: R475 Non-members: R695
Registration forms can be obtained from email@example.com
Launch details: Visit www.capetownbookfair.com.
About the author
Based in Canberra, Elizabeth Manning Murphy is a trained linguist, a consultant in communication skills, an editor and a trainer in effective writing. She is the President of the Canberra Society of Editors and a member of the Society of Editors (Victoria). In 2008 she received the Honorary Award of Distinguished Editor (DE) given by the Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd) in Australia. (Distinguished editors were nominated by their societies to prepare for and assess the first two Australian accreditation exams in 2008 and 2009. The term ‘distinguished’ indicated that their peers considered these editors to have exceeded the level of competence that is tested by the exam and were, therefore, qualified to assess exam candidates.)
Ms Manning Murphy is also a Fellow of the Commercial Education Society of Australia and the Society of Teachers in Business Education (UK); and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Her interest in effective communication has been lifelong. In previous years, while working as a management consultant in England and Australia, she wrote several books on the topic of office and business communication. In 1991 she published Effective writing: plain English at work, a book that deals with a topic close to the heart of many editors in South Africa.
Zulu Pottery is the love affair of American author, Elizabeth Perrill with the spiritually-charged South African art-form of the same name. Over nine years she has documented contemporary Zulu ceramics from the deep rural areas where these traditions are kept alive, to the heart of Durban where innovative new potters are transforming the art.
Zulu pottery is tied to a deep artistic history and the history of Zulu identity in KwaZulu-Natal. For traditionalists who continue time-honored Zulu spiritual practices, pottery is integrally linked to ancestor worship. A clay pot remains a respectful vessel to present to one’s ancestors, which is why the art medium has been able to survive social and political transitions.
Women have historically been the potters in Zulu culture, but today men and even those who are not Zulu-speaking are producing Zulu-inspired ceramics. Increasingly, ceramic artists are using the medium for individual self-expression.
Zulu Pottery is an absorbing read accompanied by beautiful photographs. It takes the reader on a journey through the art-form – from the founding mothers, including the legendary Nesta Nala, whose legacies live on in national and international art museums; to the varying regions and contexts in which pots are prepared, constructed, decorated and fired – and the expansion of the art through young artists.
Zulu ceramics today are a distinct and integral part of the global ceramic art world. The form has been compared with the traditions of ceramics in the American Southwest, particularly Pueblo pottery and the legacy of Maria Martinez. Perrill has travelled internationally, speaking on Zulu ceramics in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and South Africa; and she will be visiting the International Folk Art Festival in July 2012 to interview Thembi Nala, daughter of the late Nesta Nala.
In the foreword to Zulu Pottery, curator of the Vukani Zulu Cultural Museum, Vivienne Garside, comments that the author’s knowledge of Zulu pottery has won her a fan club, from the humblest of Zulu homes to museologists and other experts throughout KwaZulu-Natal.
Perrill studied isiZulu over five years to be able to understand the complexity and nuance of the language and culture, and has lived in KwaZulu-Natal for more than two years in total between 2004 and the present. Her proudest moment recently was visiting families she has known for years with her three-month old baby and new husband. “Sitting side-by-side on grass mats with potters, my daughter was passed around rooms of women and created a fresh dynamic and sense of trust with families I now consider to be close friends”.
Teachers, collectors and the general public will find the book an accessible and informative read.
Zulu Pottery will be launched in Cape Town on 14 June at the Castle of Good Hope “Fired” exhibition. Perrill will speak at the Cape Town Book Fair from 14h00-14h45 in Room 1:42 at the CTICC on 17 June.
About the author
Dr Elizabeth Perrill is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA. She has been documenting Zulu ceramics for over seven years, researched in KwaZulu-Natal as a Fullbright-Hays Fellow, and curated multiple exhibitions of contemporary Zulu pottery.
Vumile and the Dragon is a beautifully illustrated children’s book about Vumile, Katie and Joe who discover a Cape Dwarf Chameleon in Granny Ada’s magical garden.
Katie thinks it’s a baby dragon, Joe just wants to play soccer and Vumile is terrified of the Ulovane which brings bad luck. Slowly, Vumile overcomes his fear by hearing from his mom, Rosie Mbana and Granny Ada about the myths and beliefs different cultures have about chameleons. He sees the other children enjoying the little creature, and, left on his own one day, cautiously approaches the shrub where she lives. There he discovers a secret that he can’t wait to share with the others!
The story provides accurate information about the dwarf chameleon, rarely seen in our gardens today. A separate section towards the end of the book reveals other interesting facts about chameleons; and a pictorial guide to plants and creatures abundant in a Cape farmhouse garden. This is a gentle and delightful book about the need to conserve our country’s glorious biodiversity.
Vumile and the Dragon is author Claerwen Howie’s first book for children. It is a collaboration with accomplished botanical artist, Lisa Strachan and illustrator, cartoonist and water-colourist, Meg Jordi. It is perfect for readers and listeners young and old.
The author will read from Vumile and the Dragon at the Cape Town Book Fair “Children’s Zone” on Saturday 16 June between 10h00-10h45.
Vumile and the Dragon is published by Print Matters, a Cape Town-based publishing company specialising in South African Art, Craft and Heritage books.
About the author and illustrators
Claerwen Howie spent many years as a student and lecturer at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. She is concerned about the need to conserve our country’s glorious biodiversity. Vumile and the Dragon is Claerwen’s first book for children.
Lisa Strachan is an accomplished botanical illustrator who works closely with various botanists at Kirstenbosch Gardens on a freelance basis. Her work is represented in private and corporate collections worldwide. This is her first children’s book.
Meg Jordi is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and water-colourist who studied at the College of Art in Johannesburg. She undertakes commissioned work for educational publishers, NGOs, environmental organisations, magazines and children’s books.
All three are South Africans and live and work in Cape Town.
Text editing: a handbook for students and practitioners by Kris van de Poel, Wannie Carstens and John Linnegar will be launched at the 2012 Cape Town Book Fair. Meet the authors of this new text – a first for the South African and world markets – for text editors, proofreaders, authors and language practitioners who engage with English-language texts – at the Literary Forum on Friday 15 June at 2:00 PM.
What is a text editor? What does the process of editing texts involve? What level of intervention is required for practitioners to make a text communicate effectively?
Text editing: a handbook for students and practitioners is a first for South Africa andwill have an international appeal. It sets out to answer these questions directly and in the amount of detail appropriate to a work that describes the text editor’s complex craft. As the basis for answering the questions, the authors have adopted – and adapted – renowned Dutch linguist Jan Renkema’s text-evaluation model for the text-editing process, the elements of which form a leitmotiv that runs through the 12 chapters of Text editing.
Text editing is a North–South collaboration between two academics in the field of applied linguistics – Professor Kris Van de Poel of the University of Antwerp in Belgium’s Research Unit for Applied Language Studies and Professor Wannie Carstens, professor of Afrikaans linguistics and current director of the School of Languages at North-West University (Potchefstroom campus) – and a professional trainer of text editors and proofreaders in South Africa for more than a decade, John Linnegar, himself a text editor of long standing.
At once thoroughly researched and firmly grounded in modern editing practice, this comprehensive, highly accessible handbook covers many aspects of the text editor’s craft:
* For the student of language practice or publishing studies it will prove to be an invaluable source of information about:
- The profile of a text editor
- The types and levels of text editing as a process
- The many different roles that the text editor can play as a language practitioner
- The issues with which the editor has to deal, including plagiarism, copyright, defamation/libel and the question of ethics in editing practice generally
- The complex and comprehensive process that text editing is.
For the seasoned practitioner:
- The systematic approach offered by Renkema’s model should prove to be as illuminating as the chapter on resources – with its lists of print and online references regarded as essential aids to the professional – and the extensive bibliography
- The new text on producing ebooks and digital media and on English as a lingua franca should open up new vistas to the more progressive or tech-savvy editor.
From the theoretical initial chapters through the nitty-gritty of intervening to improve the content, structure, wording, and presentation of various documents to the pièce de résistance that is the final chapter (where a group of text editors prove their mettle at critiquing and improving a selection of texts), this volume covers the whole gamut of the text editing process.
An English edition of this nature will attract an international readership and the authors have borne in mind the needs of two particular groups: English native-speakers who are likely to have to edit texts written by non-native speakers of English as a second or third language; and text editors who themselves are not native-speaking users of English. These are common phenomena with which text editors in South Africa have to deal regularly.
For the latter group the detailed treatment of the grammatical, syntactic, morphological, spelling and punctuation facets of the editor’s armoury should be particularly helpful.
In addition, the appendices of five brief exposés on a variety of Englishes and the pitfalls and challenges they present to text editors worldwide will be particularly helpful for those editing texts drafted by English non-native speakers.
The result is an expansive text that gives full recognition to the role of the text editor not only as such but also as proofreader, project manager, freelance, and in a wide range of other guises and situations. Editing for digital media and on screen editing are also given appropriate consideration.
Subtitled A handbook for students and practitioners the editors believe it to be not only an important and useful point of entry into the profession of text editing but also an essential guide to practising editors who perhaps have not had any formal training in their craft. For both groups, the many lists, checklists, tabulated matter and diagrams will prove to be particularly supportive, making this an essential addition to the practitioner’s reference library.
The Cape Town Book Fair is back after a short hiatus and will take place this year from 15-17 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Headlining the fair is acclaimed Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, who is set to release his new book, a follow-up to Dreams in a Time of War, later this year. Other notable participants include Cedric Nunn, Nicoli Natrass, Ufrieda Ho, Paul Nel, Ashwin Desai, Lauretta Ngcobo and Books LIVE member Arja Salafranca. Take a look at the programme below.
Programme: Cape Town Book Fair 2012
- Youth Violence: Sources and Solutions in South Africa edited by Cathy Ward, Andrew Dawes and Amelia van der Merwe
Find this book with BOOK Finder!
- Cities with ‘Slums’: From informal settlement eradication to a right to the city in Africa by Marie Huchzermeyer
Find this book with BOOK Finder!
Photo courtesy The Guardian
The Cape Town Book Fair has returned with a new format and is getting ready to fire up debate at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 15 – 17 June.
The Fair has been revamped and promises something for everyone so it is to be expected that a program catering to young and old, covering all genres and interests has been lined up. Those with an interest in history and politics are, however, in for a special treat.
The South African landscape has been shaped by our unique and turbulent past. The fight against oppression has raised some great thinkers and role models, who have changed the course of our history. The African National Congress has been at the forefront of this change. 2012 marks the centenary celebrations of the ANC, and in honour of this, they are focusing each month of the year on one of their previous leaders. June is the month of Dr. Alfred Bitini Xuma.
A book titled AB Xuma Autobiography and Selected Works chronicles the life of Dr. Alfred Bitini Xuma and will be launched with a special introduction from the book’s editor Peter Limb.
Dr. Xuma came from a humble background in the Transkei. He traveled to America and worked his way through medical school and eventually made his way to Europe where he furthered his studies. Xuma returned to South Africa in 1927 where he set up his surgery in Sophiatown, and became involved with political activities. By 1940 he was elected to lead and rebuild the ANC.
Peter Limb is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Michigan State University. He is a prolific writer, having published numerous political and historical works. A better person couldn’t have been found to compile this book and give insight into Xuma’s life and the political climate at that time. He will be attending the Book Fair for the launch.
Other political books to be launched at the Fair include a Zulu and English version of Essence of Zuma by Nomkelemane Langa. As the name suggests it discusses the ANC and South African President Jacob Zuma.
Visitors can also look forward to discussion forums set up by academic publishers. Some of these forums have a political focus and boast experts like Professor Susan Booysen (political scientist from the Graduate School of Public and Development Management), Anthony Butler (Political Studies UCT), and author and investigative journalist, Glenda Daniels (Mail & Guardian).
If politics is not quite your cup of tea, don’t let that turn you away. There is a large assortment of activities, publishers and genres on tap at this year’s Book Fair. You can look forward to the poetry café and digital zone. For all the youngsters we have a comprehensive children’s section that should keep the kids entertained for hours.
So What’s the Big Fuss?
This year’s Cape Town Book Fair hosts hundreds of exhibitors and new books. There will be book signings, celebrity spotting, kids entertainment, special prizes and goodie bags. For more information call +27 11 549 8300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save! Save! Save!
You can save R10 on your ticket price by booking online through Computicket before 31 May. Discounts are available for students and pensioners and children under the age of 12 get in for free.
The morning of 15 June will be reserved for trade visitors only. Thereafter the Fair will be open to the general public as follows: Friday, 15 June: 14h00 – 22h00; Saturday, 16 June: 09h00 – 18h00, and Sunday, 17 June: 09h00 – 17h00.
The Cape Town Book Fair releases the first of its newsletters ahead of the 2012 fair:
Cape Town Book Fair 2012 Newsletter No 1