So a few months ago, Thando Mgqolozana was all the rage in South African literature scene. While we all love him for his books, the reason for his sudden fame was that he had made a stand that was considered controversial at the time. He would not be attending book festivals that he considered colonial urging for the system to be radically reengineered to serve all in it.
It looks like the author isn’t just talking and boycotting as he and others come up with a new literary festival called Kulture Book Fair. The new festival which is organized by Monde Munda Kula of Inkululeko In Mind doesn’t have a date yet but as soon as we get one we share it.
So why am I blogging about it? Well the festival organisers need your support or rather your books of all genres. So writers are urged to donate and send a copy -or several- of each of your titles to the following address:
02 Rhodes Avenue
Allan Cormack House
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, 7700
If you are a reader who own copies of African and diasporan literature, you’re welcome to do the same.
The same applies to publishers. It would be great if you could donate copies of African and diasporan titles you’ve published, including those of late authors like Lauretta Ngcobo, K. Sello Duiker, Chris van Wyk etc.
So open your hearts. And your libraries. The unequivocal mission of this initiative is to turn the colonial literary system on its head, and this is only the beginning. #RevoultionMode