Have you been to the KAMPLA BOOK MARKET?

Kampala, Uganda

On a lazy Saturday morning when all you want to do is sit back and unwind, there is one place you would rather be. The Kampala Book Market.

Running for now its 17th edition, the Kampala Book Market is a community market where book sellers gather to make book sales. It is the place where book readers meet with the different book sellers in one place with all the variety of collections at a discount.

This is one activity that has been quietly running in Kampala.it happens every first Saturday of the month at the Uganda Society Library found at the premises of the Uganda Museum. The market is brain child of Watson Atukwatse, the founder of The African Studies Bookstore house in the same location with a branch in Kansanga next to Kobil fuel station. This is in partnership with the different booksellers.

The literature stretches from African novels, biographies, children’s books, research, history, poetry, travel books among other collections. The Uganda society also happens to be Uganda’s oldest library and the home to the prestigious Uganda Journal whose publication has been running for the last 70 years. All this literature is open for access to the public. The market runs in partnership with Turn The Page Africa, Femrite, African Writers Trust and The Lantern Meet Foundation.

As you plan to stock your literature for the next round of reading, make a date with the Kampala Book Market and get yourself all those titles you couldn’t find anywhere else. Also it is one place you will hang out with your friends.

At the end of the day, The Lantern Meet Foundation also hosts the Ibua Lounge, a poetry production that celebrates Ugandan poets one by one. The poetry production takes place in the car gallery in the Uganda Museum. It is always an exciting place to be on a Saturday afternoon.

The book market is open to everyone at no cost. Authors are encouraged to book stalls to sell their books. There is a book for each person. Make a date every first Saturday of the Month.

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