THE KougaBook Literary Festival will host an Author Day at the St Francis Links on December 11, as part of its build-up to the greater Festival to be held in 2019.“As a special treat for children of all ages, we will be presenting, as part of the programme, PE-based author and highly accomplished children’s storyteller in the African tradition, Madoda Ndlakuse, who will treat us to a dramatic illustration of his unique talents,” says organiser Frank Nunan of Write-On Publishing.“We therefore urge parents and teachers to bring the children along to see this spell-binding presentation.”Mandla has just published a children’s book entitled Umtshato WeNtlanzi NeNkukhu (The Marriage of Fishes and Chickens) after being invited to publish by Book Dash with the aim of increasing the number of books for children, especially in the indigenous language sector. His poems have been included in a number of anthologies over the years.The Author Day will also highlight some local authors and will serve as the official launch of the Literary Festival concept. Among the authors presenting on the day will be well-known writer of Eastern Cape history and travel books, Bartle Logie, and St Francis Bay novelist Susan Rae Fox.“The proceedings will open with Madoda’s presentation, and there will be a short break after that, so the children need not stay for the rest of the presentations,” says Nunan.There will also be a presentation on self-publishing and re-publishing by organiser Nunan.The entrance fee is R75 for adults, while children enter free. Registration and payment can be made at www.kougabookfest.co.za, or payment can be made at the door. The event is presented in association with St Francis Tourism and St Francis Links, and is the first in a series of book-related events leading up to a fully-fledged regional Literary Festival in the second half of 2019. The event will take place over a number of days and between 20 and 30 local, national and even international authors can be expected to present workshops, give talks and hold readings of their works.This Festival is the brainchild of Jeffreys Bay author and retired ambassador Mzuvukile Maqetuka.Like their Facebook Page to keep up to date with information about the event @kougabookfest.