The Cape Town International Book Fair took place from 16 to 19 June, at the Convention Centre (see yesterday's post).

It was absolute book-heaven. I watched live poetry performances, listened to a panel discussion on writing biographies, heard travel writers talking of their travel experiences, met the editor of one of our leading women's magazines, and got a book signed by my favourite Afrikaans poet.

Amid all this activity, I also got a chance to just wander up and down rows and rows of exhibition stands and enjoy being surrounded by millions of shiny new books!

Almost 50,000 people visited the Book Fair this year. It's really pleasing to see that despite the speed and complexity of our lives so many people still love a good book.

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