Windy­brow to house a trea­sure trove of African lit­er­a­ture

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The Mar­ket The­atre Foun­da­tion and Ex­clu­sive Books have teamed up to cre­ate a new read­ing hub for the Hill­brow com­mu­nity. They have re­vamped the 121-year-old Windy­brow Arts Cen­tre, which used to be a per­for­mance the­atre, into a read­ing area where the com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly chil­dren, can choose from more than 2 000 Pan-African book ti­tles.

“We are pleased that we can cre­ate a safe space for chil­dren and adults alike to have ac­cess to books, to care for them and to trea­sure the sto­ries that the books con­tain,” said Ben­jamin Trisk, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) of Ex­clu­sive Books.

“We en­vi­sioned a dy­namic part­ner­ship with Ex­clu­sive Books to make sto­ries and lit­er­a­ture from the African con­ti­nent and the di­as­pora be­come more ac­ces­si­ble to a wider au­di­ence,” said Is­mail Ma­homed, CEO of The Mar­ket The­atre Foun­da­tion.

The Windy­brow Arts Cen­tre will open its doors to the Ex­clu­sive Books Pan-African Read­ing Lounge for adults and The Ex­clu­sive Books Pan-African Read­ing Room for chil­dren on July 18 to mark Nel­son Man­dela In­ter­na­tional Day.

• On July 18 Khanyi Mbau, the queen of bling, will join the team from SABC life­style show Top Billing and spend their 67 min­utes hon­our­ing the late states­man by vis­it­ing a home in Midrand car­ing for chil­dren suf­fer­ing from can­cer. A day of fun and mo­ti­va­tion has been planned.

• Al­bany Bak­eries and its brand am­bas­sador, DJ Zinhle, will make 1 000 sand­wiches for the African Chil­dren’s Feed­ing Scheme. Volunteers from Johannesburg only are wel­come but will have to ap­ply and be avail­able to par­tic­i­pate on July 25.

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