Live Literature Market where authors meet readers

Live Literature Market where authors meet readers



it is a platform for authors to bring their books to life and interact directly with readers the live at literature market happens every last Sunday of the month and allows authors to interact with patrons by a Q&A session and to solve eight titles directly to literary enthusiasts at affordable prices it is a planned by word and sound and the cheeky natives who have hosted authors or writers such as rehearsal failed shigani rosie Matheny and C aqua mala what to tell us more joined in studio by the founders of live literature markets Cosimo Harry and it's are normal for any lady and Jane to occupancy morning live it's great to have you on the show thank you thank you much because I'll start with you I mean what is this live literature market and where did the inspiration stem from to start an initiative such as a son well it's a monthly gathering where we really bring books to life like I mean like I haven't seen before anyway and it's really just about the cheeky natives are in conversation with our featured authors we have books on sale at the back there's good food and there's good music but it really is about bringing books into into a social setting and how it came about is that we were looking for something different to do so we've been hosting the word and sound festival for the last eight years I'm in October and were looking for something different and my partners have returned I are lovers of books you know and more and more of our friends and names that we know are publishing books and we thought how about we bring we bring this artists really grown into something so much more what would just be a once-off and after the first one or successful we were just like let's do this again but if we're gonna do it again we need to bring people who know books and there's no one who knows books and can bring them to life like the cheeky NATO so truly reason to see how it's also coming at the right time when independent authors were really needing a mass basis like this well independent authors black writers they're all on the rise I mean what's been the response just from the literary community I mean I think particularly independent authors they've been really happy for a space such as this but also like readers because it's also a space where we create where writers and readers can meet each other but because sometimes you don't know if you have access to these writers but the live literature market is that we have everyone coming together and some of the people you thought you'd never meet you're able to meet and get a selfie with them or get your book signed so it's been really incredible I mean what kogasa hasn't mentioned is the fact that like we've been in existence since the end of October but we've solved we've sold books with 32,000 rent money directly going to the authors hmm and and how important we think it is to create a culture not just of reading but around reading and around books so I mean how what does that do just especially for the local write what you seen I mean it also allows local writers to have this as their full-time jobs because a lot of writers in this country are working in some form of corporate and writing as a hobby right where we know that in some other parts of the world these writers are doing the work so it's important for us to be able to say that this is actually an economy that can work brightest are able in a country such as South Africa but to be able to just write and sell their books and also allows us to you know reverse the stereotype that black people do not buy books one but also that black people do not read when you come to the life literature market you'll see that there are a number of black people who actually do read amazing let's talk about what a typical session would entail so so what happens alright so there's I mean the first hour where it's really just about buying books getting to meet each other you know fellow book lovers then we have about two hours where the cheeky natives are that in conversation with our featured guest so we'll have between two to four featured guests and we really get into into the book into the issues of the book they're able to unpack a book like just amazingly they're also able to drop quotes from the book that night it's really amazing what you're able to to really get into the different issues that that come out in the book we then have a Q&A with the audience or the audience gets to actually engage with the authors as well we then have something called the authors speed dates you know and that's really just about all of the authors who are in the room so we'll usually have about thirty two titles let's say on sale all of the authors who are in the room are given sort of five minutes to do a flash pitch you know yeah there's 32 books on sale I can't buy them all unfortunately wait why should I be buying your book you know and it's really just a fun way to bring authors out of sort of like I think they're writing hole where they just you know they put out a book and they never really get to get you engaged and then after that it's just music and some live music at times as well we've got poets who are published you know so we also then get them to then perform their stuff you know we get readings as well but it's really just all about the books getting people like advertising the books and getting people to then come through and buy but then also getting people to hang out afterwards you know and let's talk about the books that we love let's talk about what we're reading mr. Furtado going to be reading next you know and it's just about that social culture of really bringing writers into into that space let's talk about some of the challenges that you may have had with this project I mean our publishers keen to come and see and meet these writers are they tried to create more opportunities for these closeted writers to come out and be more expressive what would you point out as some of them may be stumbling blocks I mean this one so if we as well in town have run quite a few projects and this one I think has probably been the smoothest one right it just came at a time when writers were needing it came out of time who book lovers were needing it you know so well finding that writers are loving it you know I mean when they find out about it they like are you serious you know the fact that the terms are so favorable as well – – to the writers you know like so we don't do a commission or anything it's just a flat fee of just a hundred grand first for each title that's their first I'd she's just run the market but then the rest of the book sales are all yours and they go to you you know they're amazed at that I think maybe the biggest challenge might be just around I mean having our own space you know and I think that's with all of the projects that we do just having our own space where we're able to control everything and oh yeah just to be able to I guess the financial revenue to to increase that on our side you know but for us it's not about putting that burden on the writers who us all but us finding other ways to to bring in some more financial revenue into it but really I think this has been the least challenging you know I mean the authors themselves made a great job of marketing the show as well you know so I mean it's it's really been great very quickly out of time authors that are still coming up what can we look forward to so at the end of this month we're going to have lerato who wrote a book called vagabond about wandering through African faith and then we're going to have tomato who is a self-published author who wrote a series of books but we'll be talking about her heart and the books are just like really you it's like a secret like you're having a secret conversation with the author and then we also have some a live video a poetry video that's also coming up but then we also have an F special edition Women's Month Life literature Market which really has an exciting lineup we can't reveal it yet but it's really really hasn't exactly can we get the details you can follow both word Act word and son on Twitter for our cheek units us on Twitter and the information is there or you can visit our website WWE TLC a day and all the information is there I love because it's been great we could talk books all day long thank you so much thank you on this show that's co-founder of cheeky natives of hollow Maharani as well as co-founder of wooden sound huh Gaza Mahad is speaking to us about a project titled live literature which is a platform for authors to bring their books to life and interact directly with the readers the next one takes place on the 28th of July follow him on Twitter check out their websites and make sure that you get yourself there

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