books.jpgThe Bulawayo Book Fair chapter which had taken a 3-year break due to financial constraints has finally kicked off.


The fair is being held ahead of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair to be held in Harare in July.


This year, the Bulawayo chapter of the book fair consists of writers, publishers, booksellers, educationists and librarians – who have shown an enduring commitment to the objectives and values for which ZIBF became world famous as ‘Africa’s premier book fair’ in the past.

Chairman of the executive board of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair Association (ZIBFA) Mr. Musaemura Zimunya said the Bulawayo Book Fair is meant for educationists, school children, citizens and writers from the province and the region to participate.


Zimunya said: “The Bulawayo Book Fair has been affected by the economic meltdown and this year we have decided to come up with programmes that will attract a number of book publishers and writers and bring it back to full operations.”


Veteran author Aaron Chiundura Moyo applauded the re-launch of the Bulawayo book fair saying it gives local writers the chance to talk to their readers on the importance of a strong reading culture.


“These are great platforms for us writers as they give us the opportunity to share our writing experiences with other local and visiting authors.

“It is also a chance to meet with school children who want to learn more about the art of writing books,” said Chiundura Moyo.


Chiundura Moyo who said his passion for writing was ignited by the success of his first short story which went on to be read on air at the then Rhodesia Broadcasting Corporation Radio Two when he was in Form one, is the author of several books such as ‘Ziva Kwawakabva’ which made it to the literature bureau for publication in 1974, ‘Uchandifungawo’ in 1975, ‘Wakandicheka Nerakagomara’, ‘Nguwo Dzeuswa’, ‘Yaive Hondo’, ‘Ndabve Zera’ and ‘Chemera Mudundundu’ among others.


The Bulawayo Chapter of the Book Fair is running on programmes that include writers, publishers, booksellers and librarians.