I did go to the 13th GIBF (Ghana International Book Fair) but I admit it was on the last day – Saturday 7 November. So if I sound a bit disappointed, maybe that is the reason. Several of the stands had no one there so I guess the companies/organizations felt it wasn’t worth their while to be there on a Saturday. I did notice several representatives of mostly Indian printing companies which was quite interesting.
The other issue which slightly bothered me was the fact that there was going to be a launch of a book about Ghana’s President in the late 1970s/early 1980s, Dr Hilla Limann, which I hadn’t heard about! So I had to make do with online reviews. And eventually I will see, and probably buy, a copy of the actual book.
I admit I had originally thought I would be able to attend earlier in the week, but that didn’t work out.
This is not to say that I didn’t buy anything; I did. A couple of children’s books as gifts and a couple of adult books for work – all from Sub-Saharan Publishers who I am always happy to support, plus I usually find they have something which interests me.
I am looking forward to seeing and buying a copy of the latest Caine Prize collection of short stories which Sub-Saharan are co-publishing with New Internationalist, and other publishers on the African continent.
I always wonder how many people go to these Ghana International Book Fairs…