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CTBF events

The highlight of my year, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this, is the Cape Town Book Fair (CTBF)

This year’s programme is jam-packed with cool events, including a very exciting Youth Literature Conference taking place on Monday 2 August 2010.

It’s really refreshing to see youth lit getting so much attention, and I’m very pleased to be included in this great programme.

On Monday at 14:00 I will be in discussion with Helen Moffett on sexuality in youth literature. This promises to be a very juicy topic.

Then at 14:45 I will be chairing a reading round table where youths can discuss their favourite books freely, and also hopefully, what they’d like to see being published.

I will also be signing copies of Home Away at the ANFASA stand on Saturday 31 July at 13:00 with Fiona Snyckers, Louis Greenberg, Helen Moffett and Liesl Jobson.

I hope to see you there.

 

Recent comments:

  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    July 29th, 2010 @11:15 #
     
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    Dammit, why didn't I know about the Youth Lit conference? And why did my travel agent book me to fly home on Monday afternoon? I'm going to fire that damn travel agent who also caused me to miss Sarah Lotz's schleb-packed launch this Friday night.... Fired! FIRED!!

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  • <a href="http://www.sapartridge.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    Sally
    July 29th, 2010 @11:59 #
     
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    You have your own travel agent?

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    July 29th, 2010 @14:12 #
     
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    Not anymore, Sally. That "Greenberg All-in-one Writer's Concierge Service" is looking for a job. FIRED! FIRED!!!

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  • <a href="http://henriettaroseinnes.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Henrietta</a>
    Henrietta
    July 29th, 2010 @14:20 #
     
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    sheesh, change your flights ... c'mon ...

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    July 29th, 2010 @16:56 #
     
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    Change your flights, dear Louis... siren song... meanwhile, if it's any consolation, nobody knew about the Youth Lit conference until 48 hours ago, including me -- and I'm in it.

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  • Dorothy
    Dorothy
    July 29th, 2010 @22:15 #
     
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    Where can I find more details about the Youth Literature Conference - can't seem to find them anywhere.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    July 29th, 2010 @23:30 #
     
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    Dorothy, they don't seem to be up anywhere -- I was sent a schedule several hours ago, so am going to take the liberty of posting here, but please be advised, I am not an organizer, and this is the DRAFT schedule -- for official confirmation, bookings, etc, please contact whoever is in charge of the CTBF programme.

    The 1st Cape Town Book Fair Youth Literature Conference will be held on Monday 2nd August at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. We believe that reading is not just something that is done as school-work. We plan to promote reading as an active, pleasurable and essential activity for all young people by showcasing youth literature and encouraging discussion and opinion across a broader cultural spectrum. The conference aims to provide a forum for discussion of topics, themes and issues in literature for young adults and bring together librarians, teachers, students, professionals and scholars to share ideas, examine materials and address developments in the field of youth literature.

    Programme
    9.00 – 9.15 Conference check-in.

    9.15 – 9.20 Welcome by Ms Claudia Kaiser, Interim Director of the Cape Town Book Fair

    9.20 – 9.30 Morning keynote – Conference Chair: Ms Sandeep Mahal

    9.30 – 10.15
    Session 1 – Never enough Non-fiction
    Non-fiction being written today offers visual and intellectual adventures for pleasure readers and answer-seekers alike. What’s new in Young Adult Literature? What can libraries, publishers and booksellers do to promote non-fiction? To set the stage, an overview of old and new non-fiction titles will be presented, followed by a panel discussion by librarians, authors, and publishers as they discuss trends in non-fiction.
    Participants: Elmarie Waltman (Library); Izak de Vries (Protea Boekhuis). Chair: Sandeep Mahal

    10.15 -11.00 Session 2 – Information Technology: It’s not just about books anymore
    Kindle, e-books, audio books, etc. Discover what’s new on the technology horizon and discuss the effect of information technology on society. Progress often places lower-income and marginalised communities at a distinct disadvantage. What role do libraries play in bridging the digital divide? Kirston Hoets (Listeners Library); Ilan Strauss (Equal Education); Sandeep Mahal. Chair: Arthur Attwell (Electric Bookworks)

    11.05 - 11.25 Morning Tea
    11.30 -12.15 Session 3 – Diversity: How far have we come since 1994?
    A growing number of kids straddle more than one culture. Socio-economically disadvantaged urban teens are often stereotyped as non-readers or reluctant readers. Literature should be relevant to teenagers’ lives, but it also should push them to expand their personal horizons. Discuss the factors that contribute to the urban teens’ reading choices. How might a librarian evaluate a book to see whether it empowers or alienates them?
    Sindiwe Magona (Author), Richard Grant (British Council) Elmarie Waltman. (Fisantekraal Library). Chair: Barbara Elion (One life Media)
    12.15 – 13.00 Exhibition Walkabout: Get to know your publishers – Claudia Regnart
    13:00 – 13:45 Lunch
    13.45 - 14.00 Afternoon Keynote:
    Brian Wafawarowa: Chairman of the Cape Town book Fair

    14.00 – 14.45 Session 4 – Sexuality and the Young Adult
    The journey from childhood to adulthood can be perilous, challenging and exciting, filled with experimentation and questioning. Contemporary literature provides a vast range of representations of young adults as sexual beings. This can be controversial. Explore the place of sexuality in young adult literature and the role of parent, author, librarian, teacher and teenager.
    Sally Partridge (author), Helen Moffett (academic), Sharlene Swartz, Katherine O’Connor (St Georges Grammar School).

    14.45 – 15.30 Reading Round Table
    A moderated discussion on the books young adults have read in the last year. Everyone should come ready to talk. Young adults discuss how these books influenced/ mirrored their lives. All participants can speak their minds and everyone will hopefully learn about a book that they haven’t read or maybe even heard of: Sally Partridge (author).

    15.30 Closing and Thanks – Claudia Kaiser

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  • Dorothy
    Dorothy
    July 30th, 2010 @10:22 #
     
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    Thanks very much, Helen. Looks great.

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