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Writer Alfred Msadala set to launch new book

After bringing forth a new book last year titled ‘A Ragged Portfolio of My Portrait, A Rumbling Journey Towards the Joys of Writing Memoirs’, renowned writer Alfred Msadala is back with a new book titled War Drums are beating: Discourses of the anthill.

Msadala, who also writes Literary Talk column in The Sunday Times, said the new book will be launched next Thursday at Blantyre Sports Club.

“If you look at my previous book it was all about my personal story but this new book I have written about other writers both local and international who I have read their works and learned from them,” he said.

While he took close to 10 years working on his previous book, Msadala said the new book has taken him almost 15 years.

“I have been writing in the newspapers concerning several writers but I thought I should dig deeper and do more hence coming up with this project,” said Msadala.

The writer said writing is now part of his life.

“At first I took writing as just a hobby but now it is part of my life and so I am always thinking of writing,” he said.

Msadala has a heart for writing; he has written several works but he continues to chronicle different stories for readers.

While some have deemed writing as a difficult trade, Msadala has loved it since he was young and his writings have moved a journey from writing without experience where he had had to be criticised to writing with experience but still more being criticised.

Msadala is Book Publishers Association of Malawi (Bpam) president.

And as he launches his book next Thursday, Msadala speaks volumes of his works and that as long as he lives, he will continue to give Malawians something to read.

Other books to his credit include The Forum Annexe (2014), Church of Christ the King at 50 (edited) 2012., Ten Tidal Waves (2012), Sprouts of Dowa Hills (edited) (2011), Mangadzi was Here and Other Stories (co-edited with Zondiwe Mbano) 2011, Norwegian Literature – a Malawian Appraisal (2004), Neighbour’s Wife and Other Stories from Malawi (edited) (2002), We Lost Track of Ausi (2000), Destined for Great Things (1999), One Steve Chimombo (1996) and Reminiscence (1996).

Msadala was born on October 4, 1956 and hails from Liwewe Village, Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota.

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