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Gaborone Book Festival

SHARE   |   Thursday, 12 July 2018   |   By Ontametse Sugar
Phele Phele

The Gaborone Book Festival Trust continues to foster the love for reading among Batswana by hosting a series of events to promote Botswana and African literature.

The inaugural Gaborone Book Festival will be held in Gaborone on September 21-22, 2018.


With Choppies’ support, one of the co-founders Kenanao Phele said they have been working very hard to build a momentum towards the event by hosting a series of events. She said they are still calling for many people and sponsors to take part.

“To achieve all our objectives we make sure that we do the school outreach programme, monthly book reviews, and book night,” she said, emphasising that the monthly book reviews have been exciting having taken the form of a traditional book club with non-permanent membership.


She said the platform gives solo readers the opportunity to discuss their favourite books and meet like-minded individuals. Phele said winter is a great time for readers as they snuggle and indulge in reading.

They started the sessions with Winnie Mandela’s 491 – a journal detailing her detention during the Apartheid regime. According to Phele, they recently met as patrons of the Trust to discuss America’s leading television producer Shonda Rhimes who has chronicled her live in ‘The Year of Yes’.


She said for this month they will review Botswana‘s 50 ultimate Experiences by Tlhalefang Charles and will also have other authors across different platforms.

“We are still appealing for more companies to come on board and assist us with sponsorship in order to hold an even bigger book festival in Botswana in September as we all cultivate the spirit of reading,” she emphasized.


She said in August they will hold a book review session that will be dedicated to two contemporary African authors who will be in Gaborone to conduct a workshop for upcoming and aspiring writers.

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