The rise of a literary giant

13 October — September marks the celebration of words, starting with International Literacy Day and ending with Cape Town’s biggest literary festival. From 17 – 21 September, internationally recognised fantasy authors and political journalists all added to over 8400 literature lovers who made their way to South Africa’s biggest literary festival, the fourth Open Book. Internationally recognised author, Raymond E. Feist said, “The Open Book Festival in Cape Town is absolutely one of the most enjoyable ...

October 2014

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September 2014

  1. Sep 09

    Media Junket: Open Book Festival author interviews

    Open Book Festival will be hosting a media junket at the Townhouse Hotel in Cape Town. The junket will allow the media access to a few of the authors at the festival. We will arrange for one-on-one interviews with you and the authors you choose. Tea and coffee will be served during the interview sessions.  Date: 17 September 2014  Time: 10:30 - 12:30  Venue: Townhouse Hotel,Cape Town The authors that will be in attendance are:  Kader Abdolah Rabih Alameddine  Sefi Atta  Francesca B...
  2. Sep 04

    The stars of our children’s literary

    Open Book Festival will welcome internationally acclaimed children’s book authors to Cape Town from the 17th – 21st of September. Satoshi Kitamura (Japan), Adam Stower (UK) and Olivier Tallec (France) will all be involved in several events at the festival and will also be visiting schools during their stay. From events targeting young readers, through to those who love illustrations, there will be an event whets each appetite. The festival organisers have put an emphasis on creating unique ...

August 2014

  1. Aug 29

    Open Book Festival Media Accreditation is now open

    Media accreditation is now open and author interviews can be arranged.
  2. Aug 28

    Open Book Festival ticket deal!

    We are delighted to announce that tickets for the 2014 Open Book Festival are now live! – Firstly, we apologies to all for the frustrating experiences over the last couple of days and thank you for your patience when waiting for your Open Book Festival tickets to be yours :) By way of apology we’re offering a buy one ticket get one ticket free special from now to Friday. This is valid for all standard R40 events at the festival. For two days ...
  3. Aug 25

    120 reasons not to miss Open Book 2014

    The Open Book Festival in Cape Town has become the literary highlight of the year. Presented by the much-loved indie bookstore, The Book Lounge, and with over 100 authors coming together from around the world; bookworms and all lovers of reading should clear their calendars from the 17– 21 September. First on the list of must-reads is the 2014 Programme, which has just been released. The excitement begins on 15 September when the international authors start arriving in the country, and buil...
  4. Aug 06

    Open Book Poetry Slam celebrates Mother Tongue Poetry

    The second annual Open Book Poetry Slam takes place as part of Poetica, at Open Book Festival in September. In 2013 it was the first slam to form part of a literary festival programme in South Africa, and in 2014 it will now expand beyond the festival. Last year, the Open Book Poetry Slam was completely sold out, making it Poetica's most popular event. This year, the event moves to a bigger venue – the 150-seater Fugard Theatre Studio where some of Cape Town's most compelling young poets wi...
  5. Aug 04

    Wikipedia empowers SA literature

    Open Book Festival, together with the University of Cape Town, will be presenting a Wikipedia Edit–a-thon focused on South African literature. It will run from August to September 2014 at various venues around Cape Town. The sole aim of this series will be to update and create Wikipedia pages for as many South African authors as possible, thus allowing South Africa to be a part of creating knowledge and crafting history. It is becoming apparent that most of the content on Wikipedia pertain...

July 2014

  1. Jul 15

    Open Book Festival welcomes back Poetica and Comic Fest

    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.