World Book Day on 23 April, is a day set aside to pay tribute to books and authors, as well as to encourage everyone, young people in particular, to discover the pleasure of reading.
The day is presumably the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as that of the birth or death of several other prominent authors.
As a build-up to World Book Day, John Maytham speaks to author Niq Mhlongo about his latest book Affluenza, which was published in March this year.
Affluenza is a collection of short stories that covers the span of South African democracy for the past 20 years.
It tackles issues like the Aids pandemic, Xenophobia and Marikana.
Listen to the full conversation below:
Talking to John Maytham, Mhlongo says he developed a love of books seeing his brother, now studying medicine at the University of Natal, reading books when they were growing up.
He says when he finally went to University, he was found he was studying the same books (African Literature) that he had read from his brother’s and neighbour's collections as a child.
Growing up during the Apartheid era, Mhlongo says books introduced him to freedom and gave him a different picture to the oppressive world he lived in.