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Underground Booksellers of Johannesburg

Betyg 5,0 av 5 efter 8 omdömen.Johannesburg, Sydafrika

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Upplevelse under ledning av Griffin

2,5 timmar
Inkluderar mat, drycker
Upp till 10 personer
Hålls på Engelska

Vad du kommer att göra

Start: Bridge Books, 90 Commissioner Street.
Coffee, tea, and snacks including muffins and scones are provided by local baker Dicky’s Cakes, a Soweto-based bakery.

Visitors receive a 10-15 minute overview of our work with local booksellers, Johannesburg’s iconic place as a setting and inspiration in South African literature, and a discussion of where the walk will be going. (Bathroom if needed)

Along the way, the walk will see a religious bookseller, the site of the original Central News Agency building, and then visit James Findlay Collectibles at the Rand Club (please note, the club is sometimes closed for private functions). The visits booksellers in street markets, a spaza shop, a Nigerian importer, and the beautifully renovated City Library.

The visit explains how books move through the underground economy, and discusses the history of bookselling Johannesburg -- from the first black-run library, through the days of censorship and book burning, to the ways new modern readers find books in inventive ways.
Start: Bridge Books, 90 Commissioner Street.
Coffee, tea, and snacks including muffins and scones are provided by local baker Dicky’s Cakes, a Soweto-based bakery.

Visitors receive a 10-15 minute overview of our work with local booksellers, Johannesburg’s iconic place as a setting and inspiration in South African literature, and a discussion of where the walk will be going. (Bathroom if needed)

Along the way, the walk w…

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Detta ingår

  • Mat
    Scones and muffins from Soweto-based bakery Dicky's Cakes
  • Drycker
    Coffee and tea at Bridge Books
Från $26
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tors 29 okt.
10:00 - 12:30
$26 per person
$26 per person
fre 30 okt.
10:00 - 12:30
$26 per person
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lör 31 okt.
10:00 - 12:30
Gör sällskap med 2 andra gäster
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Värd på Airbnb sedan 2016
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Bridge Books is a unique little bookstore in downtown Johannesburg. We focus on African literature, and on creating connections between the informal book market and mainstream publishing.

Through our work, we change perceptions about what, and how, South Africans read. We're based in an underground literary hub, with about 70 booksellers trading within 10 blocks of the store.

Our work has been profiled in the Financial Times, BBC, the Sunday Times, High Life magazine and numerous other media.

We also run the non-profit African Book Trust, which provides new, local books to schools and libraries. We're working in a new partnership with the Johannesburg Development Agency to rebrand our neighbourhood as the Literary District, pulling together the fantastic City Library, booksellers large and small, and the city's literary heritage.
Bridge Books is a unique little bookstore in downtown Johannesburg. We focus on African literature, and on creating connections between the informal book market and mainstream publishing.

Through our work, we change perceptions about what, and how, South Africans read. We're based in an underground literary hub, with about 70 booksellers trading within 10 blocks of the store.

Our work has been profiled in the Financial Times, BBC, the Sunday Times, High Life magazine and nu…
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Var ni kommer att vara

James Findlay Collectibles: in the basement of the Rand Club, with a rich collection of antique maps and books.

Victory House: Home to Felix Books and a spaza shop bookseller

De Strong Tower: Nigerian booksellers who have filled a gap left by the move of one of the city's oldest bookshop.

City Library: home to 1.5 million books, stored mostly in a tunnel under the city

Joubert Street Market: a corridor home to about 50 booksellers

Betyg 5,0 av 5 efter 8 omdömen.

Natalie
januari 2020
If you are passionate about books this tour is a must. Griffin and his colleagues welcomed us, were incredibly friendly and provided cappuccinos before the walking tour began. We learned a great deal about the history of booksellers and met a few as well. The main library is a beautiful building. Thabiso was a wonderful guide, interweaving stories with facts.
If you are passionate about books this tour is a must. Griffin and his colleagues welcomed us, were incredibly friendly and provided cappuccinos before the walking tour began. We l…
Derek
januari 2020
A truly unique insight into an aspect of African culture - and into a part of Johannesburg that I would not have experienced were it not for the knowledgeable friendly and genuinely lovely people at Bridge Books.
Isadora
december 2019
It’s an awesome experience for any person who enjoys literature and history. Griffin is a former journalist genuinely interested in the city and its development over the past decades, especially focused on how the literature emerged in South Africa after apartheid. Would definetely recommend it.
It’s an awesome experience for any person who enjoys literature and history. Griffin is a former journalist genuinely interested in the city and its development over the past decad…
Tam
december 2019
This is a really interesting tour. Griffin ‘s passion for his subject leads to unique insight and delicious anecdotes. You’ll get to see things in the city even locals don’t know about & gain an understanding of the fascinating literary trade in Southern Africa. Highly recommend to tourists and locals alike!
This is a really interesting tour. Griffin ‘s passion for his subject leads to unique insight and delicious anecdotes. You’ll get to see things in the city even locals don’t know a…
Sydney
november 2019
Had a blast with Griffin and his colleagues! Such a cool and unique way to explore the evolving CBD. There is so much history to the book trade in the city + the current day book trade is just as fascinating. Great tour for anyone interested in exploring the CBD, and wanting to learn about an unsung industry that supports the community.
Had a blast with Griffin and his colleagues! Such a cool and unique way to explore the evolving CBD. There is so much history to the book trade in the city + the current day book…
Cara
oktober 2019
I would highly recommend this, even to locals. Griffin and Thabiso were great: super knowledgeable and engaged with the larger conversation around informal infrastructure, the knowledge economy, local trade, and dynamics in JHB urban space in general.
I would highly recommend this, even to locals. Griffin and Thabiso were great: super knowledgeable and engaged with the larger conversation around informal infrastructure, the know…

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Alla upplevelser kan avbokas och återbetalas helt och hållet inom 24 timmar från köpet, eller minst 7 dagar innan upplevelsen börjar.

Gästkrav

Upp till 10 gäster som är 18 år eller äldre kan delta.

Fler tips

The walk lasts about three hours, but is mostly flat and goes at a leisurely pace. Inside some of the older buildings, there are no ramps or elevators.

Vad man ska ha med sig

Walking shoes

Sunblock