AMABOOKS publishers have launched yet another book, Hatchings, the second in a month after Short Writings from Bulawayo III. Hatchings w
as launched last Saturday at the Zimbabwe Academy of Music during the recently ended five-day Bulawayo Music Festival.
Award winning poet, John Eppel, wrote Hatchings. Eppel is a past recipient of the prestigious Ingrid Jonker Prize for his first collection Spoils of War.
Commenting on Hatchings, AmaBooks director, Brian Jones said: “Hatchings is a simple story of a young woman’s first love while she is surrounded by a wide range of bizarre characters.
“It tells of a touching love story between a young white couple who are saved from the prevailing Philistinism and corruption by two things, a love of English literature and a love of the Matopos.” Jones said Dr Khombe Mangwanda from the University of South Africa wrote the introduction for Hatchings.
“Mangwanda writes that Hatchings is about the great expectations for the future of Zimbabwe that have been dashed out in generalised corruption,” said Jones.
Meanwhile, after the Hatchings launch, there was poetry and readings dedicated to the late Ndabezinhle Sigogo, who had made enormous contributions to literature in Matabeleland.
Many of the readings were from the recently launched Short Writings from Bulawayo III also published by amaBooks.
Writers who took part in the readings included Eppel, Albert Nyathi, Ignatius Mabasa, Diana Charsley, Christopher Mlalazi, Pathisa Nyathi, Mzana Mthimkhulu, Bryony Rheam, John Read, Pentecost Mate, Thabisani Ndlovu, Raisedon Baya and Naison Twala.