The Cape Town Book Fair - as anyone who vistited it today will agree - is already a ravishing success, at just one day old. By 11am, the CTICC had resorted to overflow parking - I found space only several minutes’ walk away from the complex - and nearly every Book Fair event has been oversubscribed, judging by anecdotal evidence.
My first day: a marvellous, moving poetry reading with Ingrid de Kok, Antjie Krog and Jeremy Cronin (moderated by Gus Ferguson); many visits to the splendid Jacana booth, where The New Suffolk Hymnbook is being released; a seminar on the universe of online book information with Google; and much hobnobbing besides.
I’ve posted a first-day photo gallery on Flickr; here’s the link: Cape Town Book Fair Photos. This shot of Alexander McCall Smith and a happy reader is fairly representative:
Alexander McCall Smith
…signing books at the Cape Town Book Fair
- To borrow from the signage of Johnny Carson, more to come…