GABORONE, Botswana, August 2019 – The Gaborone Book Festival (GBF) Trust is delighted to announce its list of featured and confirmed authors for the second annual book festival edition, which begins on September 19 -21 at Maitisong. The primary objective of the Gaborone Book Festival Trust is to encourage Batswana to read, give Batswana authors platforms where they can showcase their work and facilitate an environment where they can meet new readers, publishers, booksellers and network with other invited authors from across the continent and beyond.
From Botswana, the confirmed authors and guests are; TJ Dema, Brilliant Kodie, Rachel Nekati, Donald Molosi, Bonty Botumile, Sam Chapi, Onica Lenkutwane, Bakang Baloi, Lauri Kubuitsile ,Nelson Letswene and Abigail Mwikisa. The guest authors from across the continent are; Prof. Pumla Dineo Qqola, Nanjala Nyobola, Odafe Atogun, Lerato Mogoatlhe, Rosie Motene, PJ Mofokeng and Siya Khumalo.
“The 19th of September, which will be the first day of the festival will be a very special day for over 50 Batswana women who have contributed their literary works in the Botswana Women Write anthology which will be exclusively launched that evening. This is an important piece of work and it’s the first of its kind anthology that’s being released focusing on Batswana women writers,” says co-founder Keikantse Phele
Keikantse further said this year’s festival will focus on issues amongst them rape, LGBQTI+, politics, heritage and pride, the African education system, wellness and music, drawing on both fiction and non-fiction books. As such authors and guests have been drawn based on the above themes.
The festival will continue to host 2 Master classes targeting young writers. This year the focus will be on book reviewers and bloggers as well as writing in Indigenous Languages which have been generously sponsored by Mafoko Manuscript Services, a local company focusing on editing manuscripts.
“Whilst we are excited to be bringing this important and needed platform to Batswana for the second time, we continue to appeal to families, social clubs and organizations for financial assistance to cover costs related to running an event of this magnitude,” Keikantse concluded.
Entry to the festival is free on Day 1 and 2, whilst the main day will only be charged at P50, which will enable one access to the full day festival programme from morning until late afternoon. Maitisong remains
the festival venue partner. The Gaborone Book festival is a family friendly event.