This Sunday sees the launch of the Durban Book Fair in Mitchell Park. Booksellers of Mzansi (BOM), a new initiative by the Denis Hurley Centre, is one of the drivers of the event. Recently launched, BOM aims to establish homeless people as booksellers, with all money generated by the booksellers for them to keep. The idea is to provide meaningful employment, while encouraging a reading culture in Durban, which was recently named a UNESCO City of Literature.

In addition to a variety of books for sale at the fair, there will also be workshops for aspiring writers and storytellers. While Sunday marks the first book fair, the plan is to make it a monthly event, with the Denis Hurley Centre also looking for additional venues for Booksellers of Mzansi to host their book sales. If you have a church or community group that would be happy to host a book sale please make contact with Stuart Talbot: stuart@denishurleycentre.org.

The Durban Book Fair is a free event, and will be open from 09h00 until 14h00. For further information please call 083 778 1991.

The Denis Hurley Centre forms part of the Durban Liberation Heritage Route, a project of the Durban Local History Museums.

 

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