Briza Publications celebrated 25 years of business on 17 April 2015. Authors, suppliers, contributors, friends and personnel joined in the festivities at the Milk Plum Restaurant, in the Pretoria National Botanical Garden.
Eben van Wyk, founder member of Briza, took the guests on an interesting journey by sharing some highlights over the years. The ‘adventure’ as Eben called it, started with an idea to compile a book on grasses of South Africa. GIDS TOT GRASSE VAN SUID-AFRIKA was the first publication of Briza. It was translated in English and both editions were revised at later stages. Almost 60 000 copies of GUIDE TO GRASSES OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (English and Afrikaans editions) sold to date.
Currently Briza Publications is also the most successful natural history publisher regarding co-productions. This stems from attending the Frankfurt Book Fair for 16 years. MEDICINAL PLANTS OF THE WORLD was the first co-production and it set the stage for several other international titles over time.
(To read Eben van Wyk’s complete speech, click here.)