South African writer Zukiswa Wanner’s latest offering London Cape Town Joburg has been in the market for a very short period and has already been received well by the African book market. The author is currently on a tour of the SADC region to introduce readers to her new baby.
The first launch of the book happened at Ike’s Bookshop in Durban, South Africa on Saturday morning (26th April). The bookstore in the coastal city of South Africa has some of the rarest books in African literature; if you are looking for titles from the old (and new) masters you will find them all here.
The launch saw a few dozen crammed into the shop as they listened to discussions from the author led by Sihle Mthembu a Durban based journo. Here is how they started their discussions;
Sihle Mthembu: I loved this book London Cape Town Joburg but I wanted to know why no Durban in the title.
Zukiswa Wanner: The reason is that Durban is such a great city that it deserves a book all of its own.
Apart from this nugget, the discussions were illuminating as they spoke the book (many spoilers for those who haven’t read the book), opportunities for publishers in the wider African continent and many other topics.
On April 29th the book launch bandwagon ended up in Harare, Zimbabwe at the Alliance Francaise where the discussion this time were led by Fungai Marichori who is famous for HerZimbabwe.com but is also a serious commentator in her own right.
Here Wanner also talked up her book as she mentioned that Shimmer Chinodya’s Harvest of Thorns was a major inspiration for her. She also reminded the audience that she doesn’t write for writers but for those that say that they don’t read. She is writing her Africa and not pandering to the Western idea of Africa.
The author will be doing several other cities in the next few weeks including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kampala and Nairobi.