V.C. University of P.H., Prof. Don Baridam, delivers his address while Prof. Wole Soyinka, Amb. Kofi Awoonor, Chief Elechi Amadi and his wife listen, at the opening ceremony of the maiden Garden City Literary Festival (2008)
Mrs Kalango conducts Governor Amaechi, Emeritus Prof J.P. Clark and special guests on a tour of the Book Fair at the 2nd Garden City Literary Festival (2009)
Vice President, Sambo Namadi presents awards to authors; Elechi Amadi, Gabriel Okara and Wole Soyinka at the 3rd Garden City Literary Festival (2010) to commemorate Nigeria's 50th Independence Year.
Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Gov. Chibuike Amaechi and Mrs. Koko Kalango at the opening ceremony of the 4th Garden City Literary Festival (2011)
Veronica Tadjo facilitates a creative writing workshop at the 5th Garden City Literary Festival (2012)
Koko Kalango in an interactive session with comedian & author Julius Agwu at the 6th Garden City Literary Festival (2013)
Christie Bature-Ogbeifun in conversation with some of the ‘Africa 39’ authors at the Port Harcourt Book Festival (2014), formerly Garden City Literary Festival

The Garden City Literary Festival, now the Port Harcourt Book Festival, kicked off in 2008. Initiated by Governor Amaechi of Rivers State the Port Harcourt Book Festival is organized annually by the Rainbow Book Club in Port Harcourt. Hundreds of literary enthusiasts make their way to the Garden City yearly to participate in this six-day event which comprises a book fair, writers’ workshops, diverse literary forums, a symposium, drama performances and other cultural displays. Guest authors in the past have included Nigeria’s Wole Soyinka (Nobel Laureate), Chinua Achebe, J P Clark, Elechi Amadi, Gabriel Okara, Buchi Emecheta, Ghana’s Kofi Awonoor and Ama Ata Aidoo, Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o, American writer Petrina Crockford and Jamaican writer Lindsay Barrett. The festival has also played host to several VIPs in the past including Rev. Jesse Jackson and Chief Emeka Anyaoku. Children are an important part of the festival and special workshops, ‘role model’ reading sessions and scheduled visits to the book fair are part of the events planned for them. Additionally, children are granted an opportunity to showcase their talent on the last day of the festival.