Our Favourite Things
What was your highlight of the Kingsmead Book Fair 2019?
The social aspect, the variety of authors, the books that we’re able to buy, and the food!
Spaces where so many different topics are up for conversation and debate with many different people who you wouldn’t normally be speaking to every day.
It’s very cool! I like hugging my sister.
The food! I like looking at all the books.
My highlight has been the talk Money Money Money, which was really good. I got to see Vusi Thembekwayo – that was nice. I facilitated a panel so obviously that was the highlight, because I was there. But more than anything else, I was impressed with the panelists’ honesty about the state of Zimbabwe. I hope South Africans learned something. It was eye-opening. (Facilitator Sihle Khumalo, author of Rainbow Nation, My Zulu Arse)
My oldest daughter is now at a point where she’s really into reading, and if she comes to me and says, “I’m bored,” I can say, “Why don’t you go read your book?”
The interaction, being able to buy the books, meeting other parents.
Karen Dudley has just created a new recipe right here with a South African ingredient of note – do you not see the steam of industry coming up? I have shamelessly adopted these friends who have given me the lowdown on all the stuff people really want to know about Joburg but will never find out unless you actually know some Joburgers.
It’s the first time I’ve been to this book fair, it’s been lovely to be here and see how beautifully run it is. There’s just a wonderful feel about it, a great atmosphere, everybody on the quest for knowledge. (Facilitator Tamara Le Pine Williams)
It’s amazing to have a connection between the authors and the readers, and to be able to see what goes on behind the scenes – the story behind the story.
I enjoyed hearing about the author’s inspiration for her book, how she interviewed different people and how the book inspired other people.
Taking the kids to an event where they can listen to stories. We particularly enjoyed the Aardvark story.
Great food and wine. It’s a vibe, the energy.
We enjoyed the ‘Lessons from the Past’ session – the panel was so diverse, they were all so honest in their answers, it just gave me new insight.
Going around the school and looking at really fantastic books.
The sessions – my favourite was ‘Lessons from the Past’. I liked the different perspectives and the different people we have here in South Africa, our cultural diversity.
It was very inspiring to speak to the younger generation and tell them that there is nothing impossible in life – if you put your mind to something you can achieve it. It’s not about being fit, you get there and picture the end line, and tell yourself you can do it. (Author Eugenie Kadid Sayegh, The Camino: The Way to Freedom, with her backpack from when she walked the Camino)
Seeing the girls interact with each other and their families.
There are lot of things to do, besides books. It’s a real family day.