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Namibian Publisher Wordweaver Publishing House Receives Grant to Attend South African Book Fair

Publisher Bryony van der Merwe with her initial team of authors, from left to right: Hugh Ellis, Sylvia Schlettwein, Ida Blaau, Bryony van der Merwe, Erna Müller, Sharon Kasanda and Bawden Khaufa


 
Dante InternationalThis Is Not a FlowerpotMama NamibiaWordweaver Publishing House will make history by appearing at the South African Book Fair, courtesy of a grant from the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg.

The South African Book Fair, previously known as the Cape Town Book Fair, takes place in June 2014.

Wordweaver is Namibia’s first dedicated publisher of fiction, and has produced 17 titles so far, winning two gold awards at the Namibian Children’s Book Forum. Through a recent deal with Blue Weaver, a South African distribution company, their titles should soon be more widely available to South African readers.

Press release:

Wordweaver Publishing House, Namibia’s first dedicated fiction publisher, has received a grant from the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg to attend the South African Book Fair in June 2014.

Wordweaver is a small independent publishing house, which has published 17 titles to date and won two gold awards at the Namibian Children’s Book Forum. The company has also just signed a distribution contract with South African distributors, Blue Weaver, which will make the books easily accessible to residents of South Africa.

In response to the difficulties faced by Namibian writers of fiction to have their work published, Bryony van der Merwe launched Wordweaver Publishing House in March 2012. She was backed by over 10 years of experience in the Namibian publishing industry and the conviction that Namibian fiction warranted a worldwide audience.

This adventurous new publishing house was inaugurated by launching three skilfully designed books with eye-catching covers: Dante International, a thriller by Sharon Kasanda; Bullies, Beasts and Beauties, an anthology of short stories by Sylvia Schlettwein and Isabella Morris; and Hakahana, a compilation of poetry and photography by Hugh Ellis.

Since then Wordweaver’s range has widened to include several illustrated books for children, a publication in German, and This is Not a Flowerpot, a novel by Amy Schoeman. A publishing highlight in 2013 was Elves and Feathered Friends, a beautifully illustrated children’s book by Isabel Eckleben, followed by The Kupferberg Mining Company, a gripping thriller by Johan Beyers, and Mama Namibia, a historical novel by Mari Serebov. In 2013 Wordweaver launched its first magazine, In Season, Namibia’s first green lifestyle publication.

Thus Wordweaver is contributing distinctively and dynamically to the publishing scene in Namibia, giving voice to new young writers in all genres and from all walks of life. This is particularly important since in the past there has been scant support for writers of fiction, whether for adults or for children, as the major local publishers concentrated, and still do, on school textbooks.

Titles published by Wordweaver include This is Not a Flowerpot (Amy Schoeman); Welwitschia’s World (Joh Henschel); Dante International (Sharon Kasanda); A Beginner’s Guide to Ageing (Jean Fischer); The Kupferberg Mining Company (Johan Beyers); When You Dance with the Crocodile (Erna Muller) and Mama Namibia (Mari Serebrov).

For more information about the other titles published by this dynamic house, visit their website www.wordweaverpublishing.com or visit their stall at the South African Book Fair.

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