About Us

The Lit District celebrates Johannesburg’s book culture, past and present. We bring together the City Library, booksellers and readers in our area while working to make it a safe, walkable neighbourhood.

"Just a book by itself, if it has the right messages in it, can change a whole human being. It can remake a person."
- Miriam Tlali

Management And trustees

The Literary District is managed by the African Book Trust, a registered charity. Below is our team of dedicated management & trustees.


Griffin Shea

Griffin Shea, Founder

Griffin Shea owns Bridge Books, an independent bookstore in downtown Johannesburg. He also founded the African Book Trust. Before opening Bridge Books, Griffin worked as a journalist for 15 years, mostly with the international news agency AFP. He is currently working on a PhD in Publishing Studies at Wits.

Harry Ntombela

Gillian Godsell

Gillian Godsell

Dr Gillian Godsell is a retired academic who has lived all her life in Johannesburg and has a deep love for the city. She has served on and chaired a variety of non-profit boards, ranging from Industrial Psychology to Entrepreneurship to Education. She currently chairs the Council of Education, a small grant-making body started in Paul Kruger’s day. She has three daughters living in Johannesburg, and is active in her local church. Her favourite occupation is reading to her two grandchildren.

Lorraine Sithole

Steering Committee

Our steering committee is…

Josine Overdest

Bongiwe Gambu

Malyssa Hattingh

LitDistrict PArtners

We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the support from our partners.

Advertising Brand Partnerships

Our advertising partners allow us to continue transforming our district into a safe and welcoming space. We’re always excited to partner with like-minded brands.

Contact us for street library or bookseller stand advertising inquiries 

Hold An Event

The Joburg Literary District is a hub of cultured activity. It’s. the perfect place to hold events such as book launches, walking tours, and more.

If you’d like to have an event in the LitDistrict, we can assist with connecting you to the right person to help you. Contact us below to find out more.