Can One Book Fair Serve All of Africa?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

Today’s lead article looks at the upcoming Cape Town Book Fair. Over the years, the CTBF has been viewed by many as a possible replacement for the Zimbabwe Book Fair which was long held to be the main conduit for international publishing to interact with the pan-African book market. Cape Town has done an admirable job in attracting and supporting visitors from all over Africa, but still there are critics who suggest that isn’t doing enough to attract more publishers throughout Africa. Zimbabwe was largely dependent on outside funds and offered substantial grant support for publishers to attend, but with this money having dried up in the wake of the global recession, it isn’t an option for Cape Town. At the same time is the expectation for one far to serve all of African publishing unreasonable, if unfeasible?

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About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.