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One City, One Book Campaign Call for Submissions

By 16th February 2021Events

The eThekwini municipality is once again calling for submissions for their annual ‘One City, One Book‘ campaign which is aimed at cultivating and promoting a culture of reading among the citizens of eThekwini. The goal is to find a book that will appeal to the broader community to inspire discussion on various online platforms about topics including race, class, gender, and society. The municipality share of this innovative project:

A reading nation is a clever nation. It is on this premise that the eThekwini Municipality has initiated the One City One Book Campaign, aimed at encouraging a culture of reading in society and promoting social cohesion.

The project was launched in 2013 by the Parks, Recreation, and Culture Unit, and the first book chosen by the public was Mandela’s autobiography ‘Long Walk to Freedom.’

This year submissions are open until February 20th and guidelines stipulate:

  • A South African book, fiction or non-fiction (not poetry)
  • The author must be willing to be a part of the campaign
  • Content should appeal to the broader community
  • Preference will ultimately be given to books that can work well with diverse readings levels and which are available in all languages

Submissions need to be sent by February 20th to

Why is this project so important?

The promotion of literacy is imperative if we want to build a society that promotes equality and inclusion. South Africa’s unequal past denied many the right to adequate education and in the present it’s essential that literacy remains a priority. Encouraging a culture of reading – in conjunction with the realisation of a broader frame of rights – can transform society. As the Read Educational Trust reveal:

Improved literacy can contribute to economic growth; reduce poverty; reduce crime; promote democracy; increase civic engagement; prevent HIV/AIDS and other diseases through information provision; enhance cultural diversity through literacy programmes in minority languages; lead to lower birth rates as a result of increased education; and confer personal benefits such as increased self-esteem, confidence and empowerment.

If you have a book in mind that will appeal to the city be sure to send your submissions in! Be a part of promoting literacy in the city and start the conversation.

Images courtesy of Pinterest, On the Road Books, and One City, One Book.