The latest of my launch dates was by invitation to an affair this morning hosted by District Six of the Durban Library network as part of their initiatives following Durban’s selection as the only UNESCO City of Literature in Africa. It involved an introduction by a Ward Councillor, gifts dished out to the six featured authors (mine a bamboo notebook and pen and a coffee flask/mug), and lunch afterwards. We took turns in introducing and talking about our books.
The only shortcoming in the event was that no author actually got to sell any copies! Oh well. Publicity is always useful.
Also launched was a book club on the initiative of a teacher in the juvenile section of a local prison. She said she has had a wonderful response. I respect her for her stated approach that she treats all her pupils (I am allergic to that silly ‘learners’ descriptor) in class as schoolchildren rather than as criminals. They respond as such.