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Monday, 1 August 2022, Imbizo Conference Centre, Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom

 19H00- 19H30: Opening Ceremony: Advocate Zandile Qono  (Durban Book Fair Chair)

19H30- 20H15: Cheryl Roberts launches Two books on Women in Sport Host: Kiru Naidoo

20H15- 21H00: Launch: Phoenix Buses by Zainul Aberdeen  Host: Jeenesh Lalz Udit

Tuesday, 2 August 2022, Imbizo Conference Centre, Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom 

10H00 - 11H00: Launch: The Wake Up Call  by Kristian Marion + Christian Devotional Writing: Lorraine Richards in conversation with Lavern Poisson, Kristian Marion, Lithakazi Mkombe  and  Anna Jansen (UK), Host: Lorraine Richards

11H00- 12H00:  Wayang Kulit

12H00 - 13H00:  Kiru Naidoo in conversation with John Eppel

13H00 - 14H00: Launch: Chasing Freedom, co-edited by Zukiswa Mqolomba and Suntosh Pillay

14H00 - 15H00:  Children & Conservation Panel,  Prof David Mquoid-Mason - From Aardvark to Zebra  Roslyn Thoerien  - The Rumbling Rhino,  Host:  S’bo Vilakazi

15H00 -16H00:  Launch of Halley's Comet by Hannes Barnard + Chris Nicholson chats about Two Right Feet, Host: Lorraine Richards

16H00 - 17H00:  Kaveel Singh (8 Days in July), Selvan Naidoo (ES Reddy) Host: S’bo Vilakazi

17H:00 -18H00:  Radiocracy Roundtable: Reflections of the South African Media 1994-2019, edited by Advocate Robin Sewlal

18H:00 -19H00:  Salma Patel in conversation with author of Children of Sugarcane,  Joanne Joseph

19H00 – 20H00:  In Black and White a Memoir by Anant Singh

20H00 -21H00:  DIBF Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Adams, host - Kiru Naidoo

Wednesday, 3 August 2022   Imbizo Conference Centre, Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom 

10H00 - 11H00:  Launch: Stop Bullying by Loretta Rajkumar Sarita Mathur in conversation with Busisiwe Ngwenya and  Loretta Rajkumar.

11H00 - 12H00: Teaching  Tools: AWC Staff Development “Alignment” Training Material, Hajira Vahed-Greer & Dr Beth Peat

Tell me about changes to my body, Deborah Ewing

Guide to the National Benchmark Test, Kuben Mari, Host: Lorraine Richards

12H00 - 12H30:  Launch: A Little Girl Named Kira by Priscilla Maistry  Host: Pragashnie Naidoo

12H30 - 13H00:  Launch: My Brother from Another Mother and The Hammer of Racism and Xenophobia by    Adebowale Ajibulu, Host: Lorraine Richards

13H00 - 13H30:  Sarita Mathur in conversation with Fikile Simelani, Nomawele Njongo and Mbali MaMvelase  Gumede

14H00 - 15H00:  SADAG Session on Mental Health Alicia Sewdass (Orphaned by Suicide) and Glynis Horning  (Waterboy: Making Sense of my Son’s Suicide) in conversation with Dr Hemant Nowbath

15H00 - 16H00: Launch: Open Access Publishing - DUT

16H00 - 17H00:  Launch:  Journey to your life's purpose by Nonkululeko Khumalo + Launch: For You I’d Steal a Goat by Niq Mhlongo

Host: S’bo Vilakazi
17H00 - 18H00:  Radiocracy Roundtable: 100 Years of Radio
18H00 - 19H00:  Launch:  Paul Falconer,  Boitumelo Canady, Ekta Somera and Tilly Govender, Kaylah Boyce Host: Kiru Naidoo
19H00 - 19H45:  Launch: The Ramaphosa Chronicles, Bhekisisa Mncube
19H45 - 20H30:  Launch: The Punter by Hamish Kyd  DIBF Lifetime Achievement Award 
20H30 - 21H00:  The 5 Rand University by Miracle Chawane

Thursday, 4 August 2022   Imbizo Conference Centre, Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom 

10H00 - 12H00  Editing Workshop by John David Linnegar Professional Editors' Guild and the SA Translators' Institute

12H:00 - 12H30  In conversation with Diane Stewart,  Host Kiru Naidoo

12H30 - 13H00  Intellectualisation of indigenous languages: Technical Terminology and human language technologies. UKZN Press and ULDPO

13H00 - 14H00  Copyright presentation/discussion Durban University of Technology

14H00 – 15H00  Wayang Kulit

15H00 – 16H00 Book Launch: zisekelo Zokulungisa Okubhaliwe: Izinsizakuhlaziya nokwenziwayo – Dr Zanele Buthelezi,

Dr Samkelisiwe Mbokazi, Dr Zeblon Mthembu, Dr Nonhle Mthembu-Ngema

16H00 - 17H00   Launch: Joseph Conrad: Interrogating Race, Gender and Identity in Selected Early Works

17H00 – 17H30 Launch: Soul River by Nava Naidoo  Host: S’bo Vilakazi

17H00 (Foyer) Broadcast of the Phyllis Naidoo Memorial Lecture (UKZN, Gandhi-Luthuli Documentation Center): Why land reform has failed in South Africa by Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC

17H30 – 18H00 Launch:  Dalliance with Destiny Dr Aman Singh Maharaj  Host: S’bo Vilakazi

18H00 - 19H00  Launch:  Speech Checklist by Dr Sibongiseni Mgolozeli

Launch: What’s on my Mind? Making Babies by Nivashni Nair Sukdhev, Host: Kiru Naidoo + DIBF Lifetime Achievement Award – Guru Redhi

19H00 – 20H00 Huddy’s Auction of Rare and Collectable Books

20H00 – 21H00 Launch of KwaBulawayo by Mfihlakalo Ndwandwe and  Prince Misuzulu kaZwelithini by Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabeka Zulu  Host: Kiru Naidoo

Friday, 5 August 2022   Imbizo Conference Centre, Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom

10H00 - 10H30:  Author Panel: CK Kara, Xolly Shibe, Siphesihle Mthembu  Host: S’bo Vilakazi

10H:30 - 11H00:   Miracle Chawane in conversation with author of No More Excuses, Munya Dongo and Anna Mvubu author of Bringing Synergy to your Life

11H:00 - 12H00:  Biographies of Place – Kiru Naidoo, One Township, One Village, One Book Project, KZN Dept of Arts and Culture: Ms Hlengiwe Ngcongo- Ndlabi, National Arts Council session on funding for literature 

12H00 - 13H00:  At The Edge and Other Cato Manor Stories By the Late Dr Ronnie Govender: Performance by Tasmeer Chetty

13H00 – 15H00 : isiZulu Editing Workshop: Dr Zanele Buthelezi, Dr Samkelisiwe Mbokazi,   Dr Zeblon Mthembu, Dr Nonhle Mthembu-Ngema, University of Zululand

15H00 – 16H00: Prof Noeleen Turner co-author of Amagama Ezinyoni: The Zulu Names of Birds, in conversation with Kiru Naidoo  

16H00 - 16H30 : Alan Brand talks about living with positively HIV and launches his book, Positively Alive Recipe Book , Second Edition Host: Lorraine Richards

16H30 - 17H00:  The Role of books and authorship in creating a just world: S’bo Vilakazi, author of Who Shall Stand?

17H00 – 17H30: Launch: Peaches and Smeets by  Ashti Juggath  Host: Sarita Mathur

17H30 – 18H00: Launch: The Land of My Father by Anira Pather  Host: Nivashni Nair Sukdev

18H00 – 18H30: Prof Ashwin Desai (University of Johannesburg) discusses his work and forthcoming books. Host: Kiru Naidoo

18H30 – 19H00: Launch: Casbah Masala Host: Kiru Naidoo

19H00 – 20H00 Launch of a Paws for Thought - Dr Sanil D Singh

20H00 – 20H30: Launch: Inheritance by Associate Prof Adheesh Budree, UCT  Host: Kiru Naidoo

20H30 – 21H00: Launch: Indian Africans by Kiru Naidoo and Selvan Naidoo  Host: S’bo Vilakazi

Saturday, 6 August 2022   Pick n Pay Hyper Durban North 

11H00 - 12H00:  Claire Webster discusses A life Moulded and Shaped by Adversity

12H00 - 13H00:  Karnagie Govender discusses A Perfectly Ochestrated Plan Host: Tarryn Leigh

13H00 - 14H00:  Amalie Lottering discusses her book The Masters Donkey Host: Siddhi Pillay

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