Free lunchtime talk: Why Publishers are not interested in publishing books written in African languages

You are invited to a free public talk entitled:

Why Publishers are not interested in publishing books written in African languages

This is the second of out Lunchtime Soapbox talks.

Mandla Matyumza is the Executive Head of the Centre for the Book in Cape Town. He is an established author who is writing in isiXhosa. He also develops budding writers and has received awards for his work.

Mandla Matyumza

He received the Eastern Cape Premier’s award for literature development in 2007. Before joining the National Library of South Africa’s Centre for the Book he was the Project Manager at the National Heritage Council responsible for managing the heritage transformation charter.

A delicious and affordable (from R35) brown bag lunch will be on sale at the venue.

Date: Thursday 24 June

Time: 12:45 for 13:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at aspath@idasa.org.za or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe and will cost you R3.50 per hour.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street)
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