Bookworms, This One's For You!

The Abantu Book Festival is a not-for-profit initiative that relies on donations and sponsorship for income. Each year they host a book festival, giving all bookworms the chance to meet authors, find books and be around like-minded people.

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Where It all Began

Coming from humble beginnings in 2016, Abantu Book Festival has become an annual pilgrimage for black writers and readers, allowing them the space to express themselves freely through the art of African literature and the celebration of the rich and diverse African literary heritage.

They have an extensive programme that is a feast for the whole family, which includes poetry and musical performances, writing and publishing workshops, panel discussions and in-conversations, dance and film-screening woven into the mix.

This festival takes place over four days, allowing you to enjoy performances by the best poets, novelists, playwrights, biographers, children's writers, literary scholars, musicians, actors, activists, thinkers and readers from as far as can be imagined, transforming the historic location of Soweto into a literary village.

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Authors To Look Forward To On The Day

Last year, the likes of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Fred Khumalo, Gail Smith, Gcina Mhlophe, Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Lebo Mashile and many more graced the festival. To see who will be attending this year, click here!

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More About The Event

Abantu Book Festival has become an annual pilgrimage, be sure to be part of this incredible experience in Soweto. While the books remain the central medium, they will be presenting an extensive programme that is a feast for the whole family, which includes poetry and musical performances, photography, dance, food and conversations.

When: Thursday, 05 December 2019 – Sunday, 08 December 2019.

Where: Soweto Theatre, Corner Bolani Link and Bolani Road, Jabulani, Soweto, Johannesburg.

Tickets: Ticket information can be found here.

For More Information

Visit their Facebook page or website for more information.

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Estoril Books has long been based in Fourways Mall, but in recent years they have also opened up shop at Cresta Shopping Centre and Eastgate Shopping Mall. Being bibliophiles, we have checked out each one of their branches, as well as a few of their pop-up stores. And we just had to share all of this with you.

Eastgate Shopping Centre

Eastgate is a huge shopping mall. So we'll share a pro tip with you, use the food court entrance by Mozambik and Plaka for the easiest access to this bookstore. The book shop itself, is dark and quiet in comparison to the surrounding toy stores, a relief to us. Like all the branches, this store has a wide variety of fiction, paper-back, classical literature, cooking, hobby, autobiography, photo, children's, religious and travel books. They also have a variety of board games, hobby kits and book paraphernalia.

They have a good supply of basic fictional books for genres like romance and thrillers. What we come to this branch for are their travel books, cook books and their fantastic offerings in new-age books. This is a great spot to find an in-depth travel guide for countries like Greece, Italy and France (these are definitely at the top of our travel wish list). It is also the spot to pick out a book to add to your recipes, whether it be Christmas Gift Baking recipes, Craft Beer recipes or even 100 Must Try Bread recipes. Our mouths are watering. But, of course, we love their new-age books with everything from runes, tarot cards and dream interpretation guides to Greek, Celtic and Egyptian mythology.

Contact details: 011 615 3282 / Shop U19, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Eastgate mall, Kings Rd, Bedfordview /


Cresta Shopping Mall

The entrance to this branch is near Plaka. This bookstore is worth paying a visit. Their fictional books are better organised than its sister branch, allowing us to find all those sub-genres with ease. They have a good variety of science fiction and children's books. So this is a good place to stop by when doing Christmas or birthday shopping for the little ones and teenagers. They also offer a great variety of classical books such as William Shakespeare, the Brontë sisters, HP Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austin and Charles Dickens.

What we love about this book shop, including the other two branches, are their low prices. While the books are not exactly cheap, especially when compared to a second-hand book store, they are certainly more affordable than other popular book stores.

Contact details: 011 678 8559 / Shop U220, Mezzanine Floor / Cresta Shopping Centre, Beyers Naude Drive, Cresta /


Fourways Mall

This is a personal favourite, not only among the branches, but of bookstores in general. With the renovations of Fourways Mall, we have been avoiding the centre like the plague. But we are in eager anticipation of when we can finally go back to our beloved bookstore. Why do we love it so much? The answer is quite simple. It is because of all their variety. We have often found ourselves searching far and wide for one particular book, only to find it here. Needless to say, they have a huge amount of fictional works for all genres ranging across romance, thriller, crime, horror, science fiction, young adult, teen, paranormal romance and fantasy. This is our favourite spot to look for works by old favourite authors and to find new books to get lost in.

But this store is also a great place to find all sorts of other books, as well as journals, diaries and calendars in all shapes and sizes. We also recommend stopping by on the way to The Dreamcatcher Shop (newly relocated at Cedar Square) to stock up on a pack of tarot or angel cards. Here, you'll find a gorgeous variety from classical cards to the latest Doreen Virtue collections at affordable prices.

Contact details: 011 465 6885 / Shop M10, Mezzanine Floor,Fourways Shopping Centre, Corner Ruby Close and Fourways Boulevard, Fourways /

What Is It?

This is for all my fellow bookworms! The Readers and Writers Festival is almost here! This is for all the artists, travelers, explorers, those who love to get lost in between each word, line or page in a book. Reader can come explore and embrace local literature with more than 20 local authors selling their work and doing book signings. There will be talk by published authors giving insight into how to get your work out there and other literature and publishing related wisdom. Not to mention the poetry sessions. Get your tickets now!

When Is It?

Saturday, 26 January 2019 from 10:00

Where Is It?

The Moors Castle, 638 Larsens Road,  Muldersdrift, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets can be purchased here.

For More Information?

For more information visit the Facebook page or Quicket

About The Movie

New York City air traffic controller Dylan Branson (Michiel Huisman) is the embodiment of a guy at the top of his game, until one day at 2:22 pm, a blinding flash of light paralyses him for a few crucial seconds as two passenger planes barely avoid a mid-air collision. Suspended from his job, Dylan begins to notice the increasingly ominous repetition of sounds and events in his life that happen at exactly the same time every day. An underlying pattern builds, mysteriously drawing him to Grand Central Station every day at 2:22 pm. As he’s drawn into a complex relationship with Sarah, a beautiful woman who works in an art gallery and is disturbingly troubled by her ex-boyfriend Jonas (Sam Reid), Dylan must break the power of the past and take control of time itself.


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When Is It?

Thursday, 24 August 2017 at 20:00.

Where Is It?

Nu Metro Hyde Park CornerJan Smuts Avenue and William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

For More Information

For more information about TM Films or 2:22, visit the Times Media Films Facebook page.


40 lucky readers stand a chance of winning double tickets to join for a screening of 2:22, thanks to TM Films.

To enter, simply follow the steps below.

This competition opens on Monday, 14 August 2017 and closes Tuesday, 22 August 2017.

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