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INDUSTRY RELEASE 1 August 2012

NATIONAL BOOK WEEK 2012 National Book Week will be celebrated from 3 - 8 September 2012 across the country. Schools, libraries, municipalities and provinces will all be hosting diverse activities to highlight the fun of reading and books. With its call to action of “Read a Book, Share a Book”, this South African Book Development Council (SABDC) initiative, in association with the Department of Arts and Culture, aims to promote the joy of reading among South Africans of all ages. The main event will be hosted in the Eastern Cape this year from the 6 - 8 September in Port Elizabeth (now known as Nelson Mandela Bay). The event will take place at the Red Location Precinct in New Brighton. The Book Industry and the general public are urged to help foster a love of reading among all South Africans, contributing to a higher level of literacy while opening up new worlds and possibilities with the power of the written word. The textbook crisis is very topical and National Book Week offers an ideal opportunity to demonstrate the value of the South African Book Sector in developing our country. It is an opportunity for us to engage with the public and show our commitment to increasing reading and accessibility to books, while at the same time creating awareness of our indispensible role in society. National Book Week is fast becoming a premier reading event and a corporate social investment tool for the book sector.

 

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National Book Week Activities at Red Location include: • • • • • • • • • • Exhibition The ever popular Magic Tent with loads of activities for children A minimum of 6 schools visiting per day Poetry and open Mic sessions Information sessions and workshops Authors’ programme Ambassador motivational talks and reading to youth and children Book Club sessions Book Debate Programme with schools Book Bank – our investment where each child attending the event gets to take home a book of their choice

Regional activities • • A number of regional activities will be hosted in the Eastern Cape with the Provincial Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture The Western Cape Library Services will be hosting an extensive National Book Week programme in Hermanus through the Office of the MEC for Cultural Affairs and Sports.

 

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What can YOU do during National Book Week? • • • • • • Be visible through exhibiting at the main event. Exhibitions start at only R1,800 Participate in the programme Donate books for schools and libraries – isiXhosa, Afrikaans and English books are sought for the Eastern Cape Have book promotions and discounts during National Book Week to encourage reading Book give-aways in collaboration with the SABDC Create your own activities and let the NBW team know about it

For more information contact the SABDC offices at: 021-914-8626 admin@sabookcouncil.co.za bookweek@sabookcouncil.co.za

     

 

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