Open Book Festival welcomes back Poetica and Comic Fest

15 July — Cape Town’s literary highlight, Open Book, will once again include Poetica and the Open Book Comics Fest at this year’s festival. These contemporary additions have become a fundamental part of the Open Book programme, and are part of what draws such a diverse audience to the festival. Poetica: This year Poetica has expanded to a two-day poetry extravaganza. It will host an array of events including, Speaking Truth to Power, featuring South Africa's poet laureate Professor Keorapetse Kgot...

May 2014

  1. May 28

    Open Book Festival presents Boys with Books

    Open Book Festival has teamed up with Dave Poole (from DJ duo Goldfish) and Craig Wilkinson (author of DAD), to draw South Africa’s attention to the need for our boys to start reading more books.
  2. May 22

    Open Book Festival 101: Everything you need to know and hear

    In a few months we'll be well on our way into the refreshing Spring season - the perfect time to host the world's most acclaimed authors. This year Open Book Festival will host authors such as: Sefi Atta, Mike Carey, William Dalrymple, Raymond Elias Feist and Zakes Mda. Till they descend on the Mother City, we'll be keeping you updated with all the creative projects and community development that #OpenBook2014 is involved in.
  3. May 15

    Open Book Festival and South African PEN discuss the politics of publishing and bookselling

    After a successful event held by South African PEN and Open Book Festival, the second of their dialogues, The Politics of Publishing and Bookselling, will take place at the Book Lounge on the 19th of May, chaired by Margie Orford from SA PEN. Margie will be in discussion with Ingeborg Pelser (publisher at Jonathan Ball), celebrated author, Niq Mhlongo and Mervyn Sloman (Book Lounge). Date: 19th of May 2014 Time: 17.30 for 18.00 RSVP to: or 021 462 2425 PEN is a non...

April 2014

  1. Apr 16

    World Book Day Poetry Slam

    ​Poetry has become an integral part of the Open Book Festival programme; last year the festival introduced Poetica, which, with Toni Stuart,put the spotlight on Cape Town’s poetry talent. The programme was not only focused on English, but incorporated three of our national languages including Afrikaans and Xhosa. This year, in celebration of World Book Day, Open Book joins InZync Poetry Sessions and Central Library to bring you their first Poetry Slam on 23 April 2014.
  2. Apr 09

    PEN SA joins Open Book for 2014!

    South Africa PEN, Open Book and the Book Lounge have a long history together and are delighted to be extending their collaborative events outside of the five day Open Book Festival and into the rest of the year.

March 2014

  1. Mar 25

    Media Alert: Pulp Fiction spreads the love

    Pulp Fiction: Open Book Festival and Cape Town Central Library have assembled a maze out of 80 000 books, it has been showcased at the library for the entire month. Tomorrow, Wednesday, OBF and Central invite the public to come collect books to share or selfishly enjoy.
  2. Mar 17

    Open Book Festival – It’s back!

    Open Book Festival, now in it’s fourth year, has started 2014 off with a bang. Following months of anticipation, they have officially been announced as Guinness World Record holders after Guinness approved their record for the Most Books Toppled in a Domino Effect that was staged at the Central Library, Cape Town, in 2013. Added to this, they have also confirmed a few authors for the 2014 festival.
  3. Mar 12

    It’s a-MAZE-ing with Open Book Festival and Central Library

    On Monday morning Open Book Festival (OBF), in collaboration with Cape Town Central Library, launched Pulp Fiction 3 and the renovated library with an a-MAZE-ing installation. The maze, which consists of 80 000 books and over 150 titles, is built of books that would otherwise have been pulped.
  4. Mar 11

    Open Book Festival 2014 shares the love of food and words

    An exciting development for Open Book Festival 2014 is a brand new partnership with foodie, Jade de Waal. Together with her, we will be working on a number of Food Jams and experiences, all to raise funds for Westridge High School, the Open Book Library Project for 2013/14.
  5. Mar 04

    Pulp Fiction – The Saga Continues!

    ​Open Book and Central Library are at it once again...last year they brought you (amongst other things), a successful book domino chain that saw 2586 books toppled. 2014 will see a maze built entirely out of books taking centre stage for the month of March. We would like to invite members of the media attend the launch of this event.

October 2013

  1. Oct 07

    Pulp Fiction: The Sequel

    An installation of books donated by Penguin will be built on the afternoon of Tuesday, 8th October at the Central Library, Cape Town and will stay in place until Wednesday afternoon when delegates from the 15th LIASA Conference will come after 5:30pm when their conference sessions have ended for the day.

September 2013

  1. Sep 10

    NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013

    The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize 2013 was announced this morning, and we are very excited to announce that We Need New Names, the debut novel by NoViolet Bulawayo is one of the six books on the shortlist.
  2. Sep 09

    Open Book Festival is in full swing

    Accomplished authors, writers young and old, and many, many avid readers and book lovers gathered to appreciate the art of writing this weekend, at Open Book Festival 2013. You are able to view images of the weekend's festivities below.
  3. Sep 05

    Australian author Damien Brown at the Open Book Festival

    The Australian High Commission is proud to be supporting a visit to South Africa by acclaimed Australian author, and medical doctor, Damien Brown. Damien has recently published Band-Aid for a Broken Leg, an account of life as a doctor without borders in Angola, Mozambique and South Sudan from a humanitarian and medical perspective. Mr Brown will travel to Cape Town to attend the Open Book Festival, which will take place from 7 - 11 September 2013.