The Namibian Book Fair happened this October at the Polytechnic of Namibia and Franco Namibian Cultural Centre both of which are based in Windhoek the capital of the Southern African nation.
The first edition of the Namibia Book Fair happened in 2012 and was organized by Yambeka, the Franco Namibia Cultural Centre (FNCC) and the Goethe Zentrum.
This year the six-day event was held under the theme “harnessing knowledge through Namibian literature, to help foster an appreciation of the diversity of Namibian literature and languages through the power of reading.”
The event started with workshops from 28 September – 2 October on comic, poetry and writing a novel and procedures to be followed until the book is published. Namibian writers Mitchell Gatsi, Hugh Ellis, Tonderayi Chanakira and Mutaleni Nadimi shared their experiences in publishing.
They were followed by an exhibition of books by Namibian publishing houses at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre on 2 – 3 October. Those exhibiting included Wordweaver, Yambeka Children’s Media, Namibian distributors and author Peter Ekandjo.