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Cape Town, South Africa | Published on: June 29, 2015
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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 stimulating and entertaining experiences to look forward to. South African writers will be sharing the stage with authors from Congo, Denmark, France, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and Zimbabwe. We’re in the process of finalising the events that make up the festival and the programme will be available at the beginning of August.”

Please note that the list of participants below is not final; there will still be some late additions to the line-up.

Date: 9 – 13 September 2015

Venues: The Fugard Theatre, Homecoming Centre, Cape Town Central Library and The Book Lounge

Tickets: Will be available through webtickets from early August

Twitter: @OpenBookFest

Hashtag: #OpenBook2015

Here is the current list of authors and the countries they represent. For more information regarding the authors already confirmed, visit the Open Book Festival website: www.openbookfestival.co.za

Please note that the website is being updated manually and some of the confirmed participants will still be loaded on to the site.

Diane Awerbuck  (SA)

Lauren Beukes (SA)

Elleke Boehmer (SA)

Lien Botha (SA)

Marc Boutavant (France)

Andrew Brown (SA)

Mary Burton (SA)

Kay Carmichael (SA)

Justin Cartwright (UK)

Maxine Case (SA)

Toast Coetzer (SA)

Gareth Crocker (SA)

Raphael D'Abdon (SA)

Z. P. Dala (SA)

Rebecca Davis (SA)

Melissa De Villiers (SA)

Jean de Wet (SA)

Khaya Dlanga (SA)

Finuala Dowling (SA)

Jonty Driver (SA)

Shereen El Feki (UK)

Karen Joy Fowler (USA)

Justin Fox (SA)

Patrick Gale (UK)

Petina Gappah (Zimbabwe)

Gardini Genna (SA)

Garisch Dawn (SA)

Masha Gessen (Russia)

Mark Gevisser (SA)

Saskia Goldschmidt (Netherlands)

Pumla Gqola (SA)

Vernon Head (SA)

Cat Hellison (SA)

Joey Hifi (SA) 

Derrick Higginbotham (SA) 

Craig Higginson (SA)

Perfect Hlongwane (SA)

Nic Hoekstra (SA)

Daniel Hugo (SA) 

Gerhard Human (SA)

John Hunt (SA)

Anton Kannemeyer (SA)

Antjie Krog (SA)

Andrey Kurkov (Ukraine)

Jacqui L'Ange (SA) 

Zelda La Grange (SA)

Mandla Langa (SA)

Debbie Loots (SA)

Alain Mabanckou (Congo)

Helen Macdonald (UK)

Danelle Malan (SA)

Anthony Marshall-Smith (SA)

David McLennan (SA)

Jakob Melander (Denmark)

Deon Meyer (SA)

Andrew Miller (SA)

Paul Mills (SA)

Zimkitha Mlanzeli (SA)

Nthikeng Mohlele (SA)

Tauriq Moosa (SA)

Neel Mukherjee (UK)

Thsifhiwa Given Mukwevho (SA)

SJ Naude (SA)

Okey Ndibe (Nigeria)

Chris Nicholson (SA)

Mike Nicol (SA)

Andreas Norman (Sweden)

Su Opperman (SA)

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Kenya)

Sally Partridge (SA)

Mathews Phosa (SA)

PJ Powers (SA)

Shirmoney Rhode (SA)

Chris Riddell (UK)

Claire Robertson (SA)

Henrietta Rose-Innes (SA)

Rehana Rossouw (SA)

Michele Rowe (SA)

Beverly Rycroft (SA)

Andrew Salomon (SA)

Patricia Schonstein (SA)

Stephen Segerman (SA)

Asne Seierstad (Norway)

Katleho Shoro (SA)

Dana Snyman (SA)

Jonny Steinberg (SA)

Martin Steyn (SA)

Criag Bartholomew Strydom (SA)

Fred Strydom (SA)

Onkgopotse JJ Tabane (SA)

Nathan Trantraal (SA)

Laura van den berg (USA)

Marlene van Niekerk (SA)

Rudie van Rensberg (SA)

Alex van Tonder (SA)

Anja Venter (SA)

R. A. Villanueva (USA)

Mandy J Watson (SA)

Svante Weyler (Sweden)

Kathryn White (SA)

Mark Winkler (SA)

Ingrid Winterbach (SA)

Open Book is sponsored by Leopard’s Leap, Pan Macmillian, NB Publishers, Jonathan Ball, Penguin Random House and is organised in partnership with The Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum, The Townhouse Hotel, The Dutch Foundation for Literature, The French Institute, Central Library, SA PEN, UCT Creative Writing Department, NORLA, The United States Consulate, The Embassy of Denmark and the Embassy of Sweden.