Nominate a book for Durban to read in 2021

THE eThekwini Municipality is calling on members of the public to nominate a book for this year’s One City One Book Campaign.

An initiative of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit, the campaign aims to cultivate a culture of reading in society, by encouraging all citizens to read the book nominated for the year.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all nomination forms must be completed electronically this year and sent via email, no later than 20 February.

The nomination form offers several guideline for the public to consider:

  1. The selected book should be written by South African author.
  2.  The author must be willing and able to participate in the campaign.
  3. Both fiction and non-fiction works are eligible for selection. (Short stories and Poetry are not eligable).
  4. The content of the book must have a broad appeal to the citizens of eThekwini.
  5. The content of the book must be suitable for readers of diverse demographic groups.
  6. The book must currently be in-print and readily available in the local market.
  7. Preference will be given to books that are in versions and formats which cater for various reading levels.
  8. Preference will be given to books that are available in various, if not all, official languages of South Africa.

According to the eThekwini Municipality’s website, the One City One Book Campaign was initiated in 2013 and the book, Long Walk to Freedom was chosen for 2013/14.

“During the Heritage Month celebrations, a group of  businessmen, politicians and school children were given an opportunity to interpret to an audience what the book meant to them. The campaign not only seeks to cultivate a culture of reading, but also inspire the emergence of young writers,” reads the site.

Nomination forms must be emailed to before 20 February.

Nomination forms can be found at: