The theme for National Book Week 2014 is Going Places. This theme shows how books can figuratively and literally take readers anywhere. Events have been planned around the country and include reading in indigenous languages, storytelling and motivational talks, word-a-thons, poetry sessions and book debates.
Reading statistics show that only 14% of South Africans are active book readers, and only 5% of parents read to their children. National Book Week encourages us to value reading as a fun activity. It also shows us how reading can easily be made part of our daily lives.
Characters are the stars of a story, the heartbeat in a novel or screenplay. We sometimes hear that characters should be interesting but interesting is not always an adequate description. Characters should be fascinating.