Open Book Festival and South African PEN discuss the politics of publishing and bookselling

15 MAY 2014, CAPE TOWN

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-political organisation representing writers of the world, defending free expression and encouraging literature.PEN members live by a strong PEN Charter which champions the ideal of "one humanity living in peace in one world".Is this not an ideal to uphold for all people on all continents, including Africa?Write! Africa Write! becomes a call for African writers to say what they wish to say and to eschew the divisions of the past in favour of the idea of one humanity living in peace on one continent.Originally PEN stood for Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Editors, and Novelists.A leading voice of literature, PEN now brings together poets, novelists, essayists, historians, playwrights, critics, translators, editors, journalists and screenwriters in a common concern for the craft and art of writing and a commitment to freedom of expression through the written word.Through its 146 Centres in more than 100 countries, PEN International operates on all six continents.The South African PEN Centre (SA PEN) is an English-speaking branch of PEN International, and was initially established in the 1960s as the “PEN club”.

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.