UCT stand at Book Fair a first

19 June 2009 | Story by Helen Théron

Book Fair standBook worms: Dr Sean Field, director of the Centre for Popular Memory, and Carol Marsh (Department of Astronomy), were among the UCT authors and staffers who manned the university's stand at the Cape Town International Book Fair.

UCT was well represented at the fourth Cape Town International Book Fair from 13 to 16 June, attended by an estimated 57 000 bookworms.

Touted as the biggest book fair in sub-Saharan Africa, UCT hosted its own stand for the first time, showcasing 25 works by university authors, including those who have published their work independently.

The UCT exhibition included 12 'meet the author' presentations.

"I think that the UCT stand worked incredibly well," said one of the co-ordinators, Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan. "We had a huge amount of interest and it was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the breadth of topics that UCT authors write on. For me one of the spin-offs has been meeting and working with other UCT authors.

Chinsamy-Turan said the fair had created "unique visibility" for UCT writers, irrespective of where and by whom their books were published.

"Everyone I spoke to seems to be keen to be involved again for next year, and this experience has taught us how to do things even better next time."

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