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May 1, 2017

Bougainville Library Project


 

Lloyd Jones, whose "Mister Pip" sold 300,000 copies in Britain after it reached the Booker shortlist, is hoping to arouse similar enthusiasm for his venture in support of the real-life inhabitants of the island where his novel was set.

His Bougainville Library Trust has already made links with local people to help them plan, build, stock and fundraise for a community library (click here) – Jones calls it a "temple for story" – in Arawa, the largest settlement on Bougainville, an autonomous island that is within the political fold of Papua New Guinea.

Also planned is a cultural centre to house field notes from visiting scholars and historical materials from institutions around the region.

Click here to go to their facebook page.