Material Books is a literary publishing house based in Kigali.

It was founded with two aims:

  • To make books more visible and affordable in Rwanda
  • To provide a new outlet for developing, distributing and promoting creative writing from Rwanda.

Material Books invites the submission of ideas and manuscripts, and is particularly interested in publishing short stories.

Material Books will be available not only in bookshops, but across Rwanda in bus stations and local shops.  Material Books is passionate about distributing books as widely and cheaply as possible, helping to build a culture of reading in Rwanda.  Material Books will also have global distribution and work towards establishing profile for authors outside Rwanda.

Material Books values the book as a material object, and its books will be beautifully designed and produced.

Material Books also runs writing workshops and provides editorial training and consultancy.