You would read about him twice on Huffington Post on Facebook. I did. It was when, in a picture of him I saw the books beside him that I found him on twitter; there was no way I was going to pass on the opportunity to talk with him about his Grisham, Dan brown, Jodi Picoult and Tami Hoag. So I tweeted at him. I wanted to know if, like my friend Keshi, he also thought Jodi Picoult was a tortured writer, a lot like Danielle steelle (keshi insists)
I got more than a book conversation. I met a young South African who more than loved books and appreciated literature. Literature had literally saved his life, now he’ll share that love with people. They call him The Pavement Bookworm, he’s 24 years old
His life has not been cushioned at all, he had struggled with drug addiction, homelessness, overcame his addiction by reading self help books, The Pavement Bookworm has become a role model on the power of reading.
His story is incredible. As he interacts with passers by in Johannesburg, he reviews books and if you like the review, he will sell the book to you, he has a code though: he’ll never sell a book to a child. He gives it to them free.
Read through his tweets and you would meet a young man who cares not for a lot more than getting his world not only to read but to be better.
His real name is Philani Dladla, he recently delivered a TedxJoburg speech titled ‘We the people’ and has this to say “I hate drugs because I know what drugs can do to you; and drugs can turn you into a money making machine. You can work four hours, you get four hundred and go spend that four hundred in four minutes. So four hours, four hundred, four minutes all gone. Just imagine all that effort…. I promise, reading is not harmful…”
Find him and be amazed yourself: on facebook Philanibooks Dladla
On twitter @bookvsdruggs
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