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Call for Books to Kickstart the New Khayelitsha Book Fair

This weekend, writers and readers gathered in Kuyasa in Cape Town, for the first Khayelitsha Book Fair – also known, for the time being, as the Kulture Book Fair.

The event was organised by Monde Munda Kula of Inkululeko In Mind, with involvement from the Rhodes Must Fall movement. Thando Mgqolozana was the guest speaker on the importance of growing literary culture in townships.


The Khayelitsha Book Fair has made a call to authors, publishers and members of the public for donations of books of all genres, specifically titles from Africa and the diaspora and the work of late authors such as Lauretta Ngcobo, K Sello Duiker and Chris van Wyk.

“There are more questions than answers, and making books available for circulation among these enthusiastic readers is one of the answers in the medium term,” Mgqolozana says. “The unequivocal mission of this initiative is to turn the colonial literary system on its head, and this is only the beginning.”

You can drop the books off at:

2 Rhodes Avenue
Allan Cormack House
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, 7700

Kudos to Zukiswa Wanner, Fiona Snyckers, Lauren Beukes, Thabiso Mahlape of BlackBird Books, Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho, Paige Nick, among others, who have already committed to donating copies of their work.

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