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

Cape Town Central Library and Open Book Festival have set a new Guinness World Record, of 2, 586 books, for the longest book domino chain.

02 SEPTEMBER 2013, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Summary
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.

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The Central Library, Cape Town, and the Open Book Festival staged an attempt at a Guinness World Record at the library in Cape Town yesterday.  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. 

Supported by members of the public, authors from the Open Book Festival, library and festival workers, and media; the atmosphere at the library when the last book (aptly titled The Domino Effect), toppled over, was electric.  Hugs, kisses and even tears of joy were seen, not unsurprising considering the weeks and months of work that has gone into pulling this off.

“The record verification process still takes 8 – 12 weeks but we’re confident that the record is ours”, says Mervyn Sloman, Open Book Festival Director.  

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). 

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For more information about Open Book Festival, email Frankie Murrey on frankie@openbookfestival.co.za

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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.

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