Online book review show launched

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DEVELOPMENT worker and journalist-cum-author Sympathy Sibanda-Mazuruse and lawyer, Memory Mutandwa, have launched the country’s first-ever online book review show, Feasting on Words, which will be streamed on various social media platforms.

BY ARTS REPORTER

The two friends, whose love for books dates back to their high school days at Nyazura Adventist High, yesterday said the show will soon hit the big screen.

Sibanda-Mazuruse said the show was a manifestation of their passion for books and will be used to promote a culture of reading through detailed book reviews.

“Beyond the current platforms, we hope to take the show to TV so that we reach as many people,” she said.

Mtandwa said through the book show, which will be broadcast on YouTube and other social media platforms such as Facebook, the two friends are reviewing both local and international books, giving their followers a better understanding of written works, while also inspiring a culture of reading.

“Through the show, we review both local and international books with a view to create a culture of reading at the same time giving our viewers a better understanding of messages carried in books given our literary background,” she said.

Their first review was award-winning author Phillip Chidavaenzi’s second novel, The Ties that Bind (2015).

“Phillip is a new generation writer with the ability to vividly articulate issues and we felt compelled to have him as our guest on the first episode. He has grasp of issues and some even label him a feminist writer and for that we were happy to host him,” Sibanda-Mazuruse said.

Show producer, Godfrey Mazinyanya of OG Productions, said he was excited to be working with the talented duo and expressed hope that the show will grow.

The first episode of the book review will be available next week and the duo promised more exciting shows as the year progresses.

“We have done a number of episodes and we will be recording weekly, but we are expecting the first episode to be live on YouTube and our official Facebook page, Feasting on Words, from next week,” Sibanda-Mazuruse said.