Activities galore are planned for National Book Week in Nelson Mandela Bay ranging from book discussions, a writer’s symposium, loads of reading and ultimately an exciting awards ceremony on Friday.
Details are as follows:
Wednesday 7 September – the finals of the library book discussions conducted last week will take place at Newton Park Library from 10:00 onwards. The books being discussed by pupils from 6 secondary schools around the metro are Isahluko Sokugqibela by Zibele Sisusa (IsiXhosa), There should have been five, by M.J. Honikman (English) and Die Besoeker by Anchen Troskie (Afrikaans).
Thursday 8 September – a writers’ symposium facilitated by Mxolisi Nyezwa will take place at Gelvandale Library, from 09:00 onwards.
Thursday 8 September – the NMBM Library Mobile Storytelling Unit will visit Newton Park Library with a magician and storytellers from LoveLife at 10:30.
Friday 9 September – from 08:30 onwards, library staff accompanied by Funda Bala, the National Book Week mascot, will walk down Govan Mbeki Avenue to draw attention to books, reading and libraries. The staff and mascot will interact with pedestrians and informal traders they meet along the way.
Friday 9 September – the closing event of National Book Week will take place at the Port Elizabeth City Hall from 10:00 onwards. This will comprise an official awards ceremony for the book discussion winners, a talk by a National Book Week Ambassador, Zizo Tshwete, and the launch of a book by Ms Nangamso Bandezi entitled Baring it all: The Truth cannot be long hidden.
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