Gaborone Book Fair 2019 makes callout for donations.

The Gaborone Book Fair has made a callout for donations for its 2019 edition.

The Gaborone Book Fair made a spectacular debut when it ran in the capital of the Southern African country from September 21-22, 2018. Residents of the city were thrilled to me local writers like Lauri Kubuitsile, Michael Dingake, Andrew Sesinyi, Ednah Rosen, Modirwa Kekwaletswe, Donald Molosi, Brigitta Zwani, Tomeletso Sereetsi, Thalefang Charles, Monirul Bhuiyan, Nelson Letshwene, Kgomotso Jongman, and Bongani Malunga. From across their border, they interacted with Lola Shoneyin, Margaret Daymond, Zukiswa Wanner, Victor Kgomoeswana, Esinako Ndabeni, Sihle Mthembu, Niq Mhlongo, and Sabata Mokae-Mpho. A great time was had by all who attended.

The second edition of the festival is scheduled to run from September 19-21 this year and it promises just as much enjoyment for residents of Gaborone who have long wanted such activity. The team has already gone into high gear hosting its book night with Lauri Kubuitsile in conversation with Dr Jeff Ramsay about her newest novel Deliver Us From Evil on June 25. That was another well-attended event.

In order that they may do an even greater job, they have made an appeal to book lovers to contribute to ensuring that the fair happens. Their target payment is 250 pula per person which can be paid off either once off, in part or in installments of 50 Pula for five months. These contributions usually go a long way to ensure the team can stop worrying about the smaller overheads while looking for the monies to get invited artists situated.

This isn’t the first time a literary festival in that region has asked local literary enthusiasts to contribute to its smooth running. The Abantu Book Festival has been making an appeal for their shindig for the last two years.

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