Daily Trust (Abuja)

1 September 2013

Nigeria: Port Harcourt Book Festival Retains Book Fair

Plans have been concluded to make the Port Harcourt Book Fair (formerly known as the Garden City Literary Festival) even better with an improved book fair, organizers of the fair have said.

When the festival was initiated in 2008, under the leadership of Rivers State Governor Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, the primary aim for its existence was to develop a love for reading among Port Harcourt residents. Since then, the festival has drawn participants from the city, across Nigeria and abroad and has evolved to a one-stop event for writers, booksellers, literary connoisseurs, and all major players in the book industry.

Taking place on the 21st-26th of October this year, the festival theme is Literature and the Creative Economy. Running alongside the festival is a book fair where visitors get the best picks of their desired books. The Fair also serves as a premium location for exhibitors seeking to reach a broader range of clients in one setting. To exhibit at the Fair, all are welcome to register through the following website: www.portharcourtbookfestival.com.

The Port Harcourt Book Fair will take place daily from 8am to 6pm for the duration of the festival; in the past it has hosted notable publishers like Heinemann, Learn Africa Plc., EEP Books Services and Africana First Publishers. Besides visiting the book fair, festival attendees will be able to participate in a variety of activities such as symposia, children events, drama performances, interactive sessions with existing authors, to name a few.

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