RICHARD Mammah, the Book activist, is curating a session filled with the most influential instigators of the Nigerian “book market”, at the Publishers’ Forum at the Lagos Book & Art Festival (LABAF).
The two-phase conversation, holding at Kongi’s Harvest Hall at Freedom Park, from 10am on Thursday, November 18, 2021, will feature Gbadega Adedapo, Chairman, Nigerian Book Fair Trust; Dare Oluwatuyi, President, Booksellers Association of Nigeria, BAN, Uchenna Cyril Anioke, President, Nigerian Publishers Association, NPA and Nkem Osuigwe, African Library and Information Assoc & Institutions.
The annual Publishers Forum, established eight years ago as a key part of the LABAF, is a daylong symposium and networking event that focuses on the book value chain from the writer to the reader.
This year’s edition is the 9th Edition. For the last five years, it has been primarily supported by Quramo Publishing, a changemaking publishing house which organizes its own annual festival: Q-Fest.
The subject of the talkfest is diverse, raning from distillation of the proposed National Book Distribution law to interrogation of the Library Bill of rights.
At the core of the disquisition is how publishers and booksellers can get the most books to the most number of readers.
Mammah, current president of Network of Book Clubs & Reading Promoters, NBRP (an organization whose members have registered huge interest in the symposium, has been organizing advocacy and campaign for reading for over 25 years. His organization: Synergy Educational, started the Lagos BookFair in 2020.
“Through the membership of NBRP, “we’re trying to show that readers are a force in the value chain”, Mammah says.
Details of the Talkshop:
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2021
10am: PUBLISHERS’ FORUM @ Kongi’s Harvest Art Gallery
Event: 9th Publishers’ Forum:
(In conjunction with Quramo Publishing)
Theme: Convergence of Publishers, Book Sellers/Dealers/& Readers
Sub-theme: Distilling the proposed National Books DistributionCompany, and the Library Bill of Rights
* Gbadega Adedapo, Chairman, Nigerian Book Fair Trust.
* Dare Oluwatuyi, President, Booksellers Association of Nigeria, BAN.
Rufus Onaopemipo, MD, Lumbooks, owner book club, bookstore