Panashe Chigumadzi’s These Bones Will Rise launched in Harare, Zimbabwe on Saturday July 28, 2018. The Zimbabwean born writer was moderated by Memory Chirere.
Panashe Chigumadzi emerged in the African literary scene when her debut novel Sweet Medicine was published in 2015. The book, which we enjoyed, followed the tale of a young woman who has to navigate life in a rapidly collapsing Zimbabwe. It would go on to win the K Sello Duiker Award at the South African Literary Awards 2016.
As we mentioned earlier this year, her newest offering published by Indigo Press is a nonfiction book called This Bones Will Rise. The book has been a big hit with folks in the UK who have been enjoying the author in a variety of events like literary festival panels and launches.
This past Saturday, it was the time for Zimbabwe to see their own daughter as she launched the book published in the Southern African country by Weaver Press. It was a full house in the venue with novelists like Pettina Gappah, Niq Mhlongo, Zukiswa Wanner, and a raft of others coming through to support their colleague.
The moderator, who this blogger thoroughly enjoyed, went through the writer’s work as he sought to find the motivations, challenges and other details on bringing this work of art to life. He then opened it for the audience and they asked the questions that you would expect at these type of dos. Some of these included the role of editing as well as one on imagination and history and how these two intersect in her book.
The most interesting question must have been to the question on whether Chigumadzi felt pressure seeing as she is one of the few internationally known writers producing work with Zimbabwe at its core. She explained that she was not one of the few as there were many who were writing including Farai Chigumadzi, who she had quoted earlier in the day, and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma who has a new book out right now thus there was little pressure.
With all the talking done, it was time for the books which were bought to be signed by the author.
The wonderful photographs used in this post are courtesy of Harare based Farai Mudzingwa.