The Franschhoek Literary Festival took place from 17 - 19 May 2019. There were thirteen time slots, each slot had up to eight parallel sessions.
The Franschhoek town hall
Spotted in the bookstore, Habib was reading the back cover of Saskia Bailey's Whatever (Jacana Media) when this photo was taken.
Former spy master Barry Gilder
Carol Gibbs and Ingrid Winterbach
Nigerian author and gay-rights activist Chiké Frankie Edozien with local author and celebrity chef Lesego Semenya
Customers enjoying the tranquility of the bookshop
Deon Meyer and Marianne Vorster
Exclusive Books sold books at each venue and they ran the bookshop.
Gift Mofhu is one of many artists who was selling his work next to the Franschhoek Town Hall.
The Green Room, where authors, personnel and journalists could grab a bite and something to drink in between shows.
Food, because festival goers cannot live from books alone.
George Orwell's Notes on nationalism (a Penguin classic) being read while waiting to help customers
Another reader of George Orwell's Notes on nationalism
Gys Loubser on the sound desk
Heather Morris, the Australian author of the international best-seller The tattooist of Auschwitz
Heinrich van den Berg
The local hospice raised funds by selling food and water.
Irma Venter and Nèlleke de Jager
Leon Schreiber, Victor Dlamini and Pieter van Zyl
Lorraine Sithole and Steven Boykey Sidley
Michael le Cordeur
Peter and Paula Church, Peter's Crackerjack was published by Catalyst Press in the USA and is being distributed in South Africa by LAPA.
Former British politician and anti-Apartheid activist Peter Haine with Kate Sidley
Porcupine Ridge is a large sponsor of the Franschhoek Literary Festival.
Second-hand books on sale
Shelagh Foster is the director of the Franschhoek Literary Festival.
Simon Sebag Montefiore is the best-selling and prize-winning writer of history and fiction whose books are published in 48 languages.
The ticket sellers
Samoosas that came all the way from heaven
Sipho Hlongwane, Rekgotsofetse Chikane, Sihle Kumalo and Kharnita Mohamed
Terbedore provided the coffee
Ukrainian-born Zanna Sloniowska who now lives in Poland
Zapiro the fearless cartoonist, Harris Dousemetzis, Wandile Ngcaweni and Tom Eaton
Photographs and text: Izak de Vries