The KougaBook Literary Festival was inspired by and is a sister organisation to the recently-announced KarooBook Literary Festival, which was the brainchild of author and retired ambassador and senior civil servant Mzuvukile"Mzi" Maqetuka, who was born in Graaff-Reinet. Mzi currently lives in Jeffreys Bay
He is passionate about books and reading and would like to see more and more of the people in the region embrace that passion. When he proposed the concept to local publisher Frank Nunan and local author Bartle Logie, they jumped at it, as the two had been talking along similar lines for some time.
The KougaBook Literary Festival is a not-for-profit organisation which is run by the founding committee of Mzi Maqetuka, Bartle Logie and Frank Nunan on a voluntary basis. it seeks to benefit the Kouga community and the surrounding area by putting on entertaining and stimulating book-related events, promoting literacy and attracting more visitors to the region.
The festival aims to bring together a cross-section of mainly South African authors, with an emphasis on those from the Karoo region and the greater Eastern Cape.
The emphasis will be on informal discussions and spirited debates between several writers with a chairperson, or one-on-one conversations and occasional talks.
Fringe events include writing workshops and discussion groups.
The festival is scheduled for late in 2019 - research is on-going to find a date that does not clash with other similar events around the country
The festival's long-term goal is to increase book awareness in the region and positively impact literacy levels.
It is also hoped to trigger similar events in other areas in the region, and moves are already underway to develop similar projects in Port Elizabeth and possibly Port Alfred