Pulp Fiction – The Saga Continues!

04 March — 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.
  4. Sep 05

    Bio's and images of Open Book Festival's authors

    Teju Cole Teju Cole was born in America and raised in Nigeria, before returning to the States at the age of 17. In addition to writing, he is an art historian and street photographer. He published the award-winning novel, Open City in 2011. His earlier novel, Every Day is for the Thief  (2007), will be reissued in 2014. He is currently working on a non-fiction narrative of contemporary Lagos. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. Website: http://www.tejucole.com/...
  5. Sep 03

    Connect ZA supports new talent at Arts Alive Festival and Open Book Festival

    The British Council is excited to announce its partnership with the Arts Alive and Open Book Festivals to showcase four new artists from the UK and ZA as part of its Connect ZA arts initiative. The artists are poet Kabelo “KB” Ringane (SA), illustrator Mustashrik Mahbub (UK), published poet Jacob Sam-La Rose (UK) and novelist Sunjeev Sahota (UK).
  6. Sep 02

    Open Book Festival and Central Library, Cape Town, book domino chain champions

    The Central Library, Cape Town, and the Open Book Festival staged an attempt at a Guinness World Record at the library in Cape Town this morning. The current record of 2, 131 books, held by Seattle Public Library in the World’s longest book domino chain record, was smashed (albeit still to be verified) on only the 2nd attempt when the team managed to knock down an astounding 2, 586 books in one domino chain.

August 2013

  1. Aug 28

    Comic Fest at Open Book Festival

    Animators, illustrators and cartoonists, all have their place in Open Book Festival. This year sees the addition of Comic Fest, South Africa's very own Comic Con-style event. Some of these artists are behind the posters promoting this years Open Book Festival. Check out and download the posters for sharing on your blogs or creative portals to spread awareness of this exciting Open Book Festival sideshow. All Comic Fest events are free to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.
  2. Aug 21

    Pulp Fiction at the Open Book Festival

    Called Pulp Fiction, the project is the brainchild of Mervyn Sloman of the Book Lounge and Open Book. Knowing that a large portion of unsold books is pulped annually around the world, he called on Granta to, instead of pulping, ship the unused books to South Africa to donate for use in local schools and libraries.
  3. Aug 20

    Open Book Festival attempts a Guinness World Record

    The Central Library, Cape Town, and the Open Book Festival have decided to, in celebration of all things literary, attempt to break a Guinness World Record in the build-up to the festival in September. On Tuesday, 27th August they will attempt to knock down a 2, 500 strong book domino chain at the library in central Cape Town. The current record is held by Seattle Public Library with 2, 131 books.
  4. Aug 15

    Henning Mankell confirmed for Open Book Festival

    Henning Mankell, Swedish crime writer, children's author, AIDS activist and respected dramatist, confirmed his appearance at the 2013 Open Book Literary Festival in Cape Town this week. Henning is the author of the prize-winning Inspector Wallander series, and his written more than 20 novels and several children’s and young adults books.
  5. Aug 14

    Comics Fest at the 2013 Open Book Literary Festival

    An exciting addition to the 2013 Open Book Festival programme, Open Book Comics Fest, will run on the 7th and 8th of September at the Homecoming Centre. The public has a marketplace of over 40 tables as well as two days of events featuring some of the most exciting comic book artists and writers.
  6. Aug 07

    Ian Rankin dinner with Highland Park Single Malt Scotch at Reuben’s, One and Only

    On Monday 9th September acclaimed Scottish author, Ian Rankin, will play host to an interactive dinner at Reuben’s at One and Only. The dinner, co-sponsored by Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky, in conjunction with Open Book Literary Festival, is going to be a night of phenomenal insight into Rankin’s award-winning writing, and a delicious evening of flavour.
  7. Aug 06

    Open Book Festival and South African PEN

    South African PEN is proud to have partnered with OPEN BOOK, one of South Africa’s most vibrant literary festivals, since the inaugural festival. This year we are delighted to announce the first in the series of PEN DIALOGUES. This inaugural conversation will kick off a year-long series of monthly public conversations which South African PEN, OPEN BOOK and the Book Lounge will be hosting.

July 2013

  1. Jul 31

    Poetry in the spotlight at Open Book Festival 2013

    Poetica draws on the success of The Distance Between Page and Stage, an event at Open Book Festival 2012. The 2013 programme showcases a broad range of poetic voices, issues and styles. A total of 23 poets will feature across six different events. A highlight is the inclusion of British poet Jacob Sam-La Rose, who appears at Poetica through a partnership with the British Council.
  2. Jul 23

    Leopard’s Leap ongoing champion for literature

    Leopard’s Leap be a prominent sponsor during the festival, but in anticipation of the festival they are also hosting two exciting events at their Franschhoek home in August. On the 8th of August renowned ocean advocate and swimmer Lewis Pugh will visit Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards to do a reading from his new book, 21 Yaks and a Speedo. Then on the 22nd of August, Mike Nicol, will is the featured author, being interviewed by luminary of the Afrikaans writing community, Deon Meyer.
  3. Jul 23

    Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards hosts Mike Nicol

    For the third consecutive year, Leopard’s Leap will be sponsoring the Open Book Festival taking place in Cape Town from 7 – 11 September 2013. They are also proud to host some of the festival’s featured authors at their Franschhoek-based home during August. On the 22nd of August Mike Nicol, one of South Africa's foremost and most respected crime fiction writers, will be interviewed by Deon Meyer, luminary of the Afrikaans writing community, about his new book, writing, and life in general.
  4. Jul 08

    Open Book Festival returns to Cape Town

    The highly anticipated Open Book Festival returns in September, and the confirmed list of authors is already reason enough to book the weekend of 7 – 11 September to be at the Fugard Theatre and the Book Lounge in Cape Town. Authors featured on the 2013 programme include Teju Cole, NoViolet Bulawayo, Ian Rankin, Lauren Beukes, Zapiro, Margie Orford, Mike Nicol, Anton Kannemeyer, Deon Meyer and many more.