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Griffin Shea with the suitcase of books outside Bridge Books

 

Bridge Books is a unique bookstore in downtown Johannesburg. We believe in supporting African writers and in finding as many ways of getting books into the hands of as many readers as possible.

So we work with other booksellers across downtown Johannesburg, acting as a go-between for publishers in South Africa and smaller retailers who might not have access to new books. Check out our blog page for maps on how to find sellers on the street and stories about some of the vendors.

At our store in City Central, the new space at 85 Commissioner Street (corner Harrison), anyone can walk in and buy new and second-hand books, with an emphasis on African writers but with international titles too.

We're also busy setting up the African Book Trust, a non-profit that gives African books to libraries and schools across South Africa. If you're a librarian, school teacher, or community group and you'd like to see how you can get books (for free, we'll even send them to you), please get in touch. If you're a reader and you'd like to know how to get our books through your local library, we can help with that too.

We also hosting book events, writing workshops and other fun stuff for word nerds like us. Please join our mailing list (there's a link at the bottom of each page) so we can let you know when events are coming up.

If you can't get to us, shop here on our website, on our Facebook page, or through our listings on bidorbuy.co.za