|Book Fair goes public|
|Thursday, 02 August 2012 00:00|
The Zimbabwe International Book Fair, which started on Monday in the Harare Gardens, will open to the public today. More than 100 exhibitors and traders were yesterday setting up their stands in preparation for the public opening of the book fete. A successful indaba was held on Monday at a local hotel.
“We are expecting this year’s edition to be fruitful than the other previous years,” said Violine Chipamaunga, who was mounting the Lleemon Publishers stand.
“Our only worry is the early closure of schools this year because students normally come straight from school to attend the fair after being organised by their teachers.”
The Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council was exhibiting their literature and other products on reproductive health.
“This year we have a double stand which we acquired at US$260 but this money means nothing to us compared to the goal that we want to achieve by showcasing our products here,” said an official at the stand.
“Our mandate is to deliver family planning and reproductive health to the people who will attend the event. We are also going to offer circumcision services with those who want to be circumcised being referred to Spillhaus situated at Harare Central Hospital.”
ZPH Publishers will show a video in which prominent talk show host and former teacher Mrs Rebecca Chisamba is featured teaching pupils from Queensdale Primary.
“This is part of a DVD we are creating in promoting one of latest books titled: Time Revision — Chishona Grade 7,” said Sharon Chatambudza of ZPH Publishers.
“We are using Mai Chisamba because apart from being a public figure and a former teacher, she is also known for her fluent use of the Shona language.”
The book fair yesterday hosted a “Young Persons Indaba” under the theme “Creativity in the Digital Era”.
The book fair will end on Saturday running under the theme: “African Literature in the Global and Digital Era”.