Thursday, April 26, 2007

Limpopo Book Fair 23-25April07

I have just stepped out of the Limpopo Book Fair on Indigenous Languages, where I was honoured as a local author, even though my work is written in the English language. Having met a stream of interesting people, the likes of Professor Neville ALexander of UCT and Joan De Beer of the National Library, among others, the week turned out more than mundane eventfulness! Seminars, workshops and features in the foyer of the building that houses Polokwanes Main Library and the Museum of Art, made for a memorable artsie few days most delectable to the creative artiste's tastebuds. The festival turned out an excellent platform for speaking about my own experiences during the publishing and regarding distribution of Daughters are Diamonds, and allowed for invaluable feedback. Present were various organisations such as Biblionef, NB Publishers (Tafelberg, Pharos, Kwela, etc), MacMillan, Maskew-Miller, Schuster, and numerous others offering their support and advice on freeing the written word. Of particular interest was the book launch by Bibionef regards a childrens book that has been translated into all the official languages, called: "Brenda has a dragon in her blood", based on the true story of a three year old little HIV/Aids orphan who faced the stigma in her playgroup and pre-school. It hopes to foster understanding of the love and care needs of children who are HIV +v and break the stigma attached to their status. Brenda is now thirteen and lives with her foster parents in the Netherlands. The book was originally written in Dutch by her foster mom.
And. I have my own cherished copy of the book!


Anonymous said...

Dear Shafinaaz

Congratulations on the launch of your book. I was proud to see a
citizen of Polokwane as young as you already publishing a book. May you be
rewarded for your efforts and I look forward to reading the book one of these days.
I suppose you already busy with your next project.

Salaams & Best wishes

Bashier Hassim

diatribe said...

Sounds Bookish :P

verbosity said...

Surely you mean BookEish!!!

Anonymous said...

English is Indigenous :)


kimya said...

Indeed, it is :P

Another English Book was the one about the Kanga and the Kangaroo court.. It wasnt a particular fav cos its just a collage of the articles and hype surrounding the Zuma trial and not based on actual interviews or anything of the sort with relevant parties..

But the author was an interesting someone with a penchant for colourful beads :)

SingleGuy said...

I saw the author of Kanga and The Kangaroo court on Morning Live last week. When are we going to see you on Morning Live....

sonata said...

Hi there kimmy!

Thanks 4 all the updates... feels great to hav met an accomplished author:-)

im still waiting 4 ur response 2: If 'Daughters are Diamonds', what does that make SONS???


kimya said...


Sonata: Sons are Sinners; Sons are Saints.. *shrugs* :P

Writer (Jhb) said...

If this is a research book, and it's your first.. why are you actually signing it?

Isn't that just a bit concieted?

sonata said...

do i smell a sequel in the making...?

kimya said...

@ Writer (Jhb)

I dont know if it is or it isnt, the ambience has suggested that its what readers want, and a newly published authors prerogative. All I humbly know is how to spell the word correctly :P 'concEIted?', perhaps.. perhaps, perhaps nOt!


hmm.. well for now i dont know about a seQueL, but the impetus to write has really taken a life of its own! ;)

Anonymous said...

hey swts! congrats x a million times! been meaning to call you and say in person that this is really great! will be back in SA later this month! tkcre.