The 32nd edition of the Zimbabwe International Book Fare (ZIBF) began in the capital today. The theme for this year is “Growing Knowledge Economy through Research, Writing, Publishing and Reading”.
Publishers, writers, as well as the local and international community of readers can visit the book fair from the 27th of July to the 1st of August.
As part of the events for this year, a writers, publishers, booksellers and librarians workshop will be held as well as ‘Meet the Author’ sessions where authors of various books will be present for face-to-face interactions with readers. The public can also look forward to drama performances and poetry at the ‘Live Literature Centre.’ The ‘Children’s Reading Tent’ and the ‘Digital Zone’ are expected to draw a lot of interest from the young generation.
In addition to all of this, there are other unique features, including: The Junior Achievers competition, The Teachers Square, and The Book Voucher purchase scheme. The Best Performing Schools in 2014 Exams will also be awarded with prizes for excellence.
Also of interest are the topics to be presented which have been researched by selected individuals. The topics are; ‘Research, Writing and the Creative Industries’, Marketing and Distribution of Books, Book Policy, Intellectual Property, Copyright and Heritage Knowledge, Libraries as Temples of Knowledge and Publishing in the Digital Revolution.
This year’s Book fair will also be held under the leadership of a new chairperson Obey Bvute who has expressed his interest in creating a new vision which aims at venturing into new ways of digital publishing.
“The new era at ZIBF will also foster transformation through advocacy and coordinated action plans of the book industry aimed at the creation of new product types enabled by digital technologies,” stated Mr Bvute in his press statement.
He also acknowledged that the adoption of the open-access model, dynamic content, creation of more collaborative research and authoring environments and usage of rich media will see the promotion of innovation where Zimbabwe will be able to develop or acquire digital technologies to publish course materials for global distribution.
This ZIBF will be held at Harare Gardens and is free to the public.
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