La Grande Rentrée Littéraire De Kinshasa 2021 is set to run in Kinshasa, D.R. Congo from October 29 – 31, 2021.
The rentrée littéraire is a practice adopted by French publishers, characterised by a large number of new book releases (all styles and genres mixed together) and takes place every year between late August and early November. The majority of literary accolades are also awarded during this period.
The Kinshasa version of the rentrée littéraire organised by Wallonia-Brussels Center will be happening at the Victoire roundabout this weekend. It will be the fifth edition of the literary shindig which brings together authors, publishers, distributors, booksellers, printers, librarians and readers in several stands. Writers and editors take the opportunity to publicize the problems they face in order to discuss them and find solution positions.
“We will be there for 3 days with booksellers, publishers, authors, librarians, readers, it’s book festival. This is a great book fair, we are going to celebrate it, tell the world that in Kinshasa, we love to read, we read a lot. Many authors, many activities are planned including book presentations, mornings of reflection, evenings of poetry and slam, guided tours for students and especially a large book market for literary novelties which are in Kinshasa but also in other provinces,” Richard Ali, the Wallonia-Brussels Center director said in an interview.
Some of the featured guests will be Emelie Mayabu, Celena Ngoy, Andrea Moloto, Micheline Ali, Belbiche Nsona, Jephte Mbangala, Jessica Ntumba, and many others. One of the highlights of the festival will be the announcement of the Prix Zamanga winner on October 30.