Although the former salesperson might face hurdles in trying to revive and change attitude towards literature in the Joburg township, she is confident she will change her neighbourhood’s narrative.
“Don’t forget to close your window and lock the car,” she cautioned as The Star journalists parked outside her house where she runs the bookshop. She lives with her two children and husband Bronwyn.
She described it as “a movement” where she goes to schools and reads to children and she also runs a read aloud programme for the children from grades R to 3 in order to encourage them to love reading.
“Our kids just sit in front of the TV and play games. We need to go back to the culture of reading. My vision is for every local school, especially government schools to have a functional library,” Ellie said.