120 reasons not to miss Open Book 2014


The Open Book Festival in Cape Town has become the literary highlight of the year. Presented by the much-loved indie bookstore, The Book Lounge, and with over 100 authors coming together from around the world; bookworms and all lovers of reading should clear their calendars from the 17– 21 September. First on the list of must-reads is the 2014 Programme, which has just been released.

The excitement begins on 15 September when the international authors start arriving in the country, and builds from there as the programme of events will attest.

Mervyn Sloman of Open Book Festival says: “We are extremely proud of this year’s programme. It includes a list of impressive local and international authors that will participate in more than 100 events over the five days. We are grateful to be working with the French Institute of South Africa, the British Council, the Netherlands Dutch Foundation of Literature, and various publishers, that have all contributed to make this year our most impressive yet.”

Programme highlightsnot to miss:

  • Geoff Dyer, RabihAlameddine, Deon Meyer and Henrietta Rose-Innes will be speaking at Surprising Diversions where they will share one of their passions that isunrelated to their work as writers. Festivalgoers can expect to discover something new about the authors they love.
  • The legendary fantasy author Raymond E. Feist will be in discussion with Deon Meyer and Andrew Salomon about why crime is at the heart of fantasy and why crime fiction often ends with fantasy - Greg Fried will chair this event.
  • Although we cannot share the finer details of the event yet, another unexpected but equally exciting addition to the programme is the Daily Maverick Mini-Gathering that will have South Africa’s influential politicians in discussion and is based around the same format as previous Gatherings.
  • Speaking of influential politicians, Zelda la Grange will be speaking to Marianne Thamm about her experiences as Nelson Mandela’s private secretary depicted in her book, “Good Morning Mr Mandela”; this is the official Cape Town launch of the book

Other highlights include Zukiswa Wanner elaborating on her recent blog post regarding black authors in South Africa, Sheng Keyi(Open Book Festival’s first Chinese author) in talks with Anthony Loewenstein and Futhi Ntshingila, Ray Hartley (former Editor of the Sunday Times) discussing his new book “Launch of Ragged Glory” and a themed event that will require you to dress up as a zombie called Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.

Other authors to look forward to meeting are: André P. Brink, City Press Non-fiction award winner Maria Phalime, Mike Carey, ZukiswaWanner, ThandoMgqolozana, Jacob Sam-La Rose and Felicitas Hoppe. For the little ones children’s authors: Satoshi Kitamura and Adam Stower will also be sharing their love of words.

Festival details:

Venue: The Fugard Theatre and The Book Lounge

Date: 17 – 21 September 2014

Time: 10:00 – 21:00

Tickets: www.openbookfestival.co.za

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.