HARARE – Following the success registered by the Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF) in hosting the Harare edition from September 28 to October 5, The Mutare Book Fair, penciled in for October 25-26, promises to be no exception.
In a press statement ZIBF executive Board chair Musaemura Zimunya said the fair will run under the same theme: ZIBF@30: Enabling Creativity, Writing, Publishing and Reading, which ZIBF ran with at the Bulawayo Book Fair (March 22-23 and the Masvingo Book Fair (May 31- June 1).
Said Zimunya in the statement: “One key feature of ZIBF Mutare Book Fair is the Writers, Publishers, Booksellers & Librarians Workshop scheduled for 25th October. We have identified some of the leading lights from the literary, publishing, librarian and bookselling sectors to make presentations on some of the abiding thorny challenges to the book sector.
“We have, in addition, found room for contributions to ministry of Home Affairs, through the police department, to address the much vexed problem of piracy and share with the public what they see from where they stand.”
Zimunya added that other presentations will target developmental issues such as the role of language and material cultures in the identity of a people; the impact of electronic media on children’s reading culture; how books become schools’ set text books and digital tools for writing and marketing for authors and the role of intellectual copyright in the book sector.
The renowned academic, who is a distinguished poet also said that the 2013 book fairs have been running the ZIBF literary evening in order to enhance the ambience of fairs and give authors and members of the public something new and relevant.
“In every one of these events, the response of both the writers and the public was overwhelming. As ZIBF, we have never wavered in our conviction nor shirked our responsibility to contribute to the success of the book and literary sectors of Mutare except when funding did not permit.
We are, therefore, delighted to provide a platform for writers — poets, novelists and short story writers — and the public to read and/or perform their work. We hope authors take up the opportunity while members of the public respond positively to make the event a big success,” Zimunya said.
ZIBF has received support in cash and kind for their activities from The Culture Fund in partnership with the European Union, Kopinor and Norcode, British Council, Hivos in partnership with the Norwegian Embassy and the Office of the President and Cabinet.