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Katakwe writer out with new book

NEW WORK—Kadzitche flips through the book

By Sam Banda Jnr:

Renowned writer Lawrence Kadzitche, famed for his Katakwe series which appear in The Weekend Nation, has published a book titled Slay Queen which has a collection of short stories.

The writer announced this on his Facebook page saying the book was on the market.

This is not Kadzitche’s first book as he also has Katakwe Kumudzi.

Kadzitche said Sunday that he was happy to have finally published another book.

“The book has taken me two years to complete so it has been a long process but I thank God everything is now done. I had a total of 20 stories out of which I selected 10 stories which made it to Slay Queen,” Kadzitche said.

He said people will enjoy a variety of stories in the book.

“For instance, there is a story which looks at a socialite who gets beaten at her own game. This is a title story in this collection. The power of love shines in the story where a man falls in love with a barmaid, a popular pastor has the shock of his life when he realises the girl he has given a lift to, is a prostitute,” Kadzitche said.

Apart from The Slay Queen, the other stories that make up the book include Miss Right, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Pastor, The Avenging Housemaid, The Darkside of Progress, Dine with the Devil, Hammer of God, Mirror, Mirror and There is No Murder in Heaven.

“They say people find marriage partners anywhere, so begins this collection of short stories. No-one can understand why after a long search handsome Johnny settles for a prostitute as a wife,” Kadzitche said.

The writer in 2014 also came out with a movie titled Tawuni Sisunga Kape which is based on his Katakwe series.

One of the stories in the book Twinkle Twinkle Little Pastor was written during Kadzitche’s participation at the Caine Prize workshop in Cameroon.

Born on November 20 1970, Kadzitche was inspired by his parents to become a writer.

“On the family bookshelf there were a lot of books including a large volume of complete works of Shakespeare. By the age of 12, I had already read books such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain,” Kadzitche said.

Kadzitche became a serious writer in 1983 when he came out to write his first story titled Divided We Stand adding that the story was more or less an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson novel Treasure Island.

His Katakwe series came to life after being fascinated by Jolly Ntaba Senior’s writing especially the main character in the story, Bob K- a maverick township drunkard and that led to him creating his own character, in the Katakwe series.

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