Pen Malawi President Alfred Msadala launches his book titled Malangano virtually Saturday.
The book was expected to be launched at Soche Anglican Amphitheatre in Blantyre but, due to Covid-19, the veteran author and poet decided to go virtual.
He said he is looking forward to the best during the launch.
The pandemic continues to claims lots of lives globally and the country has seen a rise in cases and deaths.
Msadala said he would have loved to have a big launch with people in attendance as he has done with his other book launches but with the new measures which among others restricts gatherings of over 50 people, he could not go ahead.
“I would say I am not having the physical launch but I have resolved to hold a virtual launch. The preparations are in the progress,” he said.
He said people will be advised of the link of the virtual launch in due course.
“For purposes of promotion, orders are now being received for deliveries that will commence on Saturday. The book is going at K5,000 however for the launch mode, people are at liberty to purchase it at any price above the mark, this is a gesture of support,” Msadala said.
Msadala said Malangano is a book based on fate.
“Molly and Henry recognised one another after a gap of eight years, they were childhood friends. Molly is a secondary school learner but Henry is a tramp since he is a person with mental disability. The new relationship ensues and the end is tragic,” he said.
A columnist in The Sunday Times newspaper titled Literary Talk, Msadala said he was looking forward to the best during the virtual launch on Saturday.
“Despite the change to virtual, I am looking forward to the best in terms of support. It has been an interesting journey writing this novel and I am happy to finally give it to the world,” Msadala said.
Some of the other books that the former Book Publishers Association of Malawi has authored include Reminiscence, One, Steve Chimombo, Destined for Great Things, We Lost track of Ausi, Ten Tidal Waves, A Ragged Portfolio of My Portrait and War Drums are Beating.
Msadala has also edited Neighbour’s Wife and Other Stories, Sprouts of Dowa Hills as well as co-edited with Zondiwe Mbano Mangadzi was Here.