Saturday, May 12, 2018


(Farayi Mungoshi making remarks at a previous ZIBF main event)
 The dates for the Zimbabwe International Book Fair have been set for 24-29 September 2018. The Indaba Conference will therefore take place on 24 and 25 September 2018.  The theme of the 2018 Indaba Conference is “The Book: Creating the Future”
Sub-Themes: Presenters are encouraged to submit their own innovative topics that speak to the theme, The Book: Creating the Future. The following sub-themes are meant to guide possible research areas although they may be used as research topics:
 1)      Reading and writing books that create and inspire the future

Papers should discuss issues around Creative Cities in line with UNESCO’s agenda, arts and culture imaginations and envisioning the future including multi-media publications. The following are additional areas of focus:

Ø  Gearing the Book Industry for adult readers of tomorrow;
Ø  Gearing the Book Industry for young readers of tomorrow;
Ø  Use of social media for writing and publishing;
Ø  Writing books for ECD; and
Ø  Interfacing the book with other multi-media publications.

2)      Transforming and modernising societies through reading and writing
Presentations may focus on national development trajectories to industrialise and modernise nations. They should also address the regional and international development agendas such as Africa Agenda 2063 and the UN 2030 SDGs regarding the need to transform people’s lives for the better in tomorrow’s future through the eradication of poverty; quality health through eradication of HIV & AIDS and other communicable diseases; and the need for education that transforms nations through industrialisation and modernisation.
3)      Books for Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Technology and Medicine including Climate change.
4)      Towards unity within the Book Industry
Access to Information for All as provided through National Book Policy, Intellectual Property, Copyright and eradication of Piracy.

We therefore urge and encourage contributors to the 2018 Indaba to come up with ideas that will benefit all participants in the book value chain.  
Abstracts of not more than 500 words and word-processed in Times New Roman script with 1.15 line spacing should be submitted by 31 May 2018 by email to with a copy to The abstracts will be reviewed by experts and authors of selected abstracts will be notified by 30 June 2018.  Presenters should submit the full papers and power-point presentations of the full paper by 31 July 2018. Power-point presentations MUST summarise the full paper in bullet form and should enable presenters to speak to the paper within the allotted time. 
Thank you
Mr Jasper Maenzanise
Deputy Chair, Executive Board, Zimbabwe International Book Fair Association