Hargeisa International Book Fair 2013, Somaliland


It is all about books starting this weekened at Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland.

The city hosts its 8th International book fair from Saturday August 1 to 6, 2015 and will be welcoming delegates from around the world.

The Hargeysa International Book Fair is an opportunity to explore writing from and about this East African region as well as the Diaspora. The theme year is “Spaces” and will be explored through engaging conversations that range from academia to the arts.

Among the events slated for the fair are a group discussion on Chinua Achebe’s sociopolitical novel, Things Fall Apart and the launching of several new books from the continent.

British-Eritrean author, Hannah Pool will speak about her 2005 memoir, My Father’s Daughter.

Nigeria is the “Guest Country” of the festival, meaning that a group of Nigerian writer and scholars have been invited to lead special panels focusing on Nigerian literature and culture. Prof. Niyi Osundare, Okey Ndibe, Chuma Nwokolo are currently in Hargeysa to represent Nigeria.

Renowned theater director and Women of the World (WOW) Founder, Jude Kelly will also be present at the launching of WOW- Hargeysa, during which a curated panel will discuss issues facing women in Somaliland.

Storytelling for children, plays, musical presentations, and a gala event will add color to this event that promises to be both inspiring and informative for literature lovers.

For live twitter and instagram updates, use the the official hashtage for the event: #HIBF2015.

A complete event program can be downloaded from the Hargeysa International Book Fair 2015 website



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Nma rarely forgets the books she has read and attributes the reading bug to the moment she read Kofi Bentum Quantson’s two part novel, Mama Don’t Die. Ever a literary enthusiast, Nma is also a storyteller. She reveals extraordinary details in the lives of ordinary people and creates narratives for imagined stories.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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