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PUBLISHING HOUSES SHOWCASE (article first published : 2008-04-20)

Adams Campus Bookshop will host a book exhibition to showcase the publishing activities of HSRC Press, Wits University Press and the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.

The exhibition will take place at Adams Campus Bookshop, Business Concourse, UKZN Howard College Campus from April 22 to 25. The stock can still be viewed on April 29 and 30 and in the week of May 5 as the branch will be closed from May 1 to 4. Viewing times are 08h00 to 17h00 (please note power outages on load-shedding days: April 23 from 08h30 to 10h30 and April 25 from 16h00).

“However we do have lamps that die-hard bibliophiles can read by,” explains Cedric Sissing, who runs Adams Campus Bookshop, “so why not make use of load-shedding downtime by looking at books at Adams. We can process your purchase during load-shedding.”

The purpose of this University Press Book exhibition is to expose - to the academic community, NGO community and the public at large - the wide range of subjects covered by the university presses of Wits, UKZN and the publishing arm of the Human Sciences Research Council. The main reason for hosting the exhibition is in response to the cry by many academics and researchers that they never see (or see very few) of these types of books in their Campus or local bookshops. This is true for the whole of South Africa - except for UKZN where Adams on Campus fills this gap!

Another reason for the exhibition is to show the general public that the university presses don’t just publish highbrow academic books but have an excellent selection of South African history, current affairs, fiction, poetry and children’s books. Just two examples are UKZN Press’s To the Brink, a critique of the ANC’s style of Government and Wits’ just-released The Scots in South Africa (see review on artSMart Literature pages) which will get all interested in family history/surnames reading for hours on end.

The KZN leg completes the exhibition roadshow held at the Universities of Stellenbosch, WITS and Pretoria. Catalogues will be available and reps from the publishers will be on hand on some of the days to consult further. Books will be available to purchase immediately or to be reserved to arrange an order number against your research funds or for main library purchase.

In addition to the exhibition, a presentation on academic publishing will be made on April 22 from 12h30 to 13h30 at the Centre for Civil Society Seminar Room (F208), 1st floor Memorial Tower Building, West Tower, UKZN Howard College Campus. The presentation is titled From Proposal to Publication: Getting your manuscript published with local academic publishers presented by Shaun Stuart HSRC Press and Elana Bregin UKZN Press. It will provide an A to Z of how to find a scholarly publisher, prepare a proposal, submit your manuscript, as well as the ins and outs of the editing, production, printing and marketing of your book-to-be. More information from Helen Poonen on 031 260 3195 or from Shaun Stuart HSRC Press on 082 886 2869.

More information from Cedric Sissing at Adams Campus Bookshop on 031 261 2320 or 082 873 2702 or email: cedric@adamsbooks.co.za




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