Port Harcourt, UNESCO World Book Capital 2014, is also the home of the annual Garden City Literary Festival. The festival, which is in its fifth year, is an annual celebration of Literature and the Arts and also a platform for networking between players in the book chain industry. The main features of the festival include; The Garden City Book Fair, Writers’ Workshops, Symposium, book readings, Drama Performances and children’s events.
The Garden City Book Fair is open from 8am to 6pm daily for the duration of the event. The book fair is open to booksellers, publishers, gift shops, education establishments, banks and others. Patrons to the exhibition in the past have included, Longman Nigeria PLC, Heinemann, Book Craft, Bible Wonderland, Litramed Publications among others. Port Harcourt is fast developing as a book hub, and with the city clinching the much coveted title of UNESCO World Book Capital 2014, the book industry in the city is expected to thrive even more. Schools, universities and the general public are invited to come and maximise this opportunity to shop for a variety of books and learning resources all under one roof and at competitive prices.
The Garden City Literary Festival is organised by the Rainbow Book Club in collaboration with the Rivers State government, and will hold on 15th -20th October, at the Hotel Presidential and the University of Port Harcourt.
- Véronique Tadjo: Véronique TADJO was born in Paris and grew up in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. She has a BA in English from Abidjan University and a doctorate degree in African American Literature and Civilization from the Sorbonne. In 1983 she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Howards University in Washington, D.C. and then went on to lecture at Abidjan University. Her work has been translated into many languages, including English, Swedish, Italian, German, Vietnamese, Xhosa and Afrikaans. She was a judge for The Caine Prize for African writing and for the European Union Literary Prize for South African writing.
- Doreen Baingana: Doreen Baingana is a Ugandan writer and author of Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe, which won an AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Prize for Short Fiction (US), and the Commonwealth Prize for First Book, Africa Region. She has a law degree from Makerere University and an MFA from the University of Maryland and is currently the Chairperson of FEMRITE: the Uganda Women Writers Association.
- Chibundu Onuzo: Chibundu Onuzo started writing novels and short stories at the age of 10 and less than a decade later, she became the youngest woman ever to be signed to Faber and Faber, which has published books by 12 Nobel Laureates and 6 Man Booker prize winners.
- Noo Saro-Wiwa: Noo Saro-Wiwa was born in Nigeria in 1976 and raised in England. She attended King's College London and Columbia University in New York and has written travel guides for Rough Guide and Lonely Planet. She currently lives in London
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