Open Book Festival 9 to 13 September 2015

29 June — The Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre are delighted to invite you to the 5th edition of Open Book. The confirmed list of participants numbers over 100 writers and illustrators. Open Book consistently attracts the largest number of international authors to any festival of its kind in South Africa and 2015 will be no different. Mervyn Sloman, Festival Director, says: “We’re thrilled to announce a fantastic line-up for the fifth edition of Open Book. Festival goers have a wealth of stimulat...

October 2014

  1. Oct 13

    The rise of a literary giant

    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 ...
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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.
  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.