Open Book Festival attempts a Guinness World Record
Cape Town Central Library and Open Book Festival are attempting a Guinness World Record-breaking book domino chain.
20 AUGUST 2013, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
SummaryThe 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.
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.
The attempt will be made at 9am and everyone is welcome to come and get involved. This can take the form of sideline support (cheering is encouraged), or we are also asking everyone to bring books to donate to the Open Book Festival library project – see notes to Editor below for more information on this.
Date: Tuesday, 27th August
Address: Central Library, Old Drill Hall, Cnr. Parade & Darling Streets
Tel: 021 444 0209/12
For more information please contact Kate Thompson-Duwe on email@example.com or 021 424 4802.
The Open Book Festival 2013 takes place from Saturday September 7 – Wednesday September 11. For more information visit www.openbookfestival.co.za. Book for all events via Webtickets (www.webtickets.co.za).
For more information about Open Book Festival, email Frankie Murrey on firstname.lastname@example.org
For any media pass or interview requests please contact:
Amplicon Public Relations on behalf of the Open Book Literary Festival
021 424 4802
The Open Book Festival and the Book Lounge runs a library programme each year whereby they donate an entire, stocked library to a school that doesn't have one each year of the festival. For 2013 the focus school is Westridge High in Mitchells Plain.
Info on previous year's donations:
The sad fact is that while schools may have a room called a library, many of those are empty of books. Open Book is committed to handing one library per year over to a school functioning without one. This has been possible through help from Equal Education, local publishers and the generosity of the public, many of whom have purchased books for donation.
Frankie Murrey from Open Book runs the library programme and was able to coordinate handing a library over to Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School on the 24th September 2011. Work at the library has continued to be incredibly rewarding and the Open Book team visits regularly to offer support and ensure that everything is running as smoothly as possible. The teachers’ Reading Club was established at the school simultaneously and has proved to be very popular. A similar club for students is in the pipeline and over the course of 2013, Frankie has run a mentoring project for students at the school that are interested in writing.
Says Frankie of Parkhurst Primary: “We were able to hand over the library to the school on the 17th September 2012. Our engagement with the librarian, teachers and students will continue in 2013 through events at the school. Earlier this year, students from Parkhurst joined us at Central Library for an event with internationally acclaimed Chris Bradford who was in the city for one day.”
For more information on the library programme please contact email@example.com
About Open Book Festival
Open Book Cape Town is an annual literary festival, the first of which happened in 2011. Dates for Open Book 2013 are 7 – 11 September. The hubs will once again be the Fugard Theatre and much-loved indie bookshop, The Book Lounge.
When Mervyn Sloman and Ben Williams started talking about creating a festival, they had in mind around 60 literary events over 5 days featuring about 15 top international as well as some of the best South Africans writing today. Due to the incredible support Open Book received, that quickly grew into a festival that now includes over 100 events, featuring over 100 authors.