Our Favourite Things
At the Kingsmead Book Fair 2018
My favourite thing about reading is that you can go allll around the world without leaving the room.
I liked that someone had the courage to stand up and say, “I just want a book to be fun.” - Author Fiona Snyckers I liked that different girls wanted different types of books. It’s a relief to me because it gives you hope as a writer. Somewhere out there is a skew pot that our lid is going to fit. - Author Joanne Macgregor
The author [Jonathan Kaplan] was very inspirational. We bought the book to find out more about his story.
I liked that they talked about the fact that not all stories have happy endings.
They’re selling books right before Mother’s Day!
The Book Fair is so interesting because there are lots of different things going on. It’s exciting to listen to different people and get different perspectives – there’s such a variety of talks.
If it was up to them we’d read to them all day, every day!
I went to a session by mistake – Tony Jackman, recipes! It wasn’t something I ever would have gone to, but because it was so different, I found it so refreshing and entertaining. The best thing about the Book Fair is the variety. There’s such variety.
It’s our first time at the Book Fair. I like the vibe. It’s nice to meet the authors and get our books signed – all our books!
Q: What’s your favourite thing about the Book Fair? A: Seeing all the books! A: The food!
Q: What’s your favourite thing about the Book Fair? A: Books! Singing! Pancakes the pony! A: We went to a session about a book called A Little Horse called Pancakes. They loved that.
Q: What do you love about reading? A: Reading is just fun. A: When she reads she learns stuff without having to ask mom more questions!
We went to a fabulous talk with Sisonke Msimang and Redi Tlhabi. It was really well done. Last year’s talks were only 45 minutes long, so I proposed they make them one hour and they took the advice, so we now have nice, long talks which are detailed and intimate. There were also good questions from the floor.
Q: What’s your favourite thing about the Book Fair? A: The books! A: The session “The tough side of the tracks” – I absolutely LOVE John Fredericks. A: I bought three new reads that are long overdue.
We’re from Witbank so it’s been an eye-opener to see all the different things happening here. It’s lovely. Our daughter, Megan [Bird], is an illustrator for Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland [a reimagined SA edition] so we came to support her. The food stalls are all very nice – we’ve sampled a few! It’s very pleasant even just to sit and watch everything going on around us.
The talk on “Bringing up good men” veered off-topic a bit – but the wine is good!
This panel [“Writers’ Libraries with: Claire Robertson, Ayobami Adebayo, Kate Furnivall, Sisonke Msimang, Gregg Hurwitz and Michele Magwood] was so diverse, such an interesting array of perspectives on writing. Being on a panel with five really smart women, I learned lots. There are a lot of books I want to read now. - Author Gregg Hurwitz
Q: What’s your favourite thing about the Book Fair? A: Having donuts AND chips! A: I really enjoyed the talk on Nicko – The Tale of a Vervet Monkey on an African Farm. What a cute story.
My favourite thing about writing is the fun I get out of it, writing anything I think of. - Michelle Nkamankeng, author at last year's Book Fair with her mom