The stars of our children’s literary


Open Book Festival will welcome internationally acclaimed children’s book authors to Cape Town from the 17th – 21st of September. Satoshi Kitamura (Japan), Adam Stower (UK) and Olivier Tallec (France) will all be involved in several events at the festival and will also be visiting schools during their stay. From events targeting young readers, through to those who love illustrations, there will be an event whets each appetite.

The festival organisers have put an emphasis on creating unique events for parents to attend with their children as well as some that are of particular interest to parents. Events that are not to be missed include ‘Storytime’ at the Book Lounge and at Central Library and ‘Tech-Savvy Parenting’.

The first day of the festival (17th September) includes 'Story Time' with Satoshi Kitamura and Adam Stower at Central Library. At these events children and parents will have the opportunity to listen to Adam and Satoshi reading from their work and watch them drawing the pictures that have captivated so many readers, young and old.

Later that day, Jonathan Jansen the Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State, will be in discussion with teachers from schools that have implemented systems that positively affect their students and internal structures. There will also be video documentaries showcasing these success stories. Frankie Murrey, Open Book Festival and Mentorship Programme coordinator, said: “We want to show South Africans that there are schools doing powerful things with minimal budgets and Molly Blank’s documentaries capture some of that.”

Finally, the day will end with co-authors, Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck, sharing insight on raising children safely in a digital world.

Frankie Murrey added: “We are so excited to be hosting these authors and illustrators at Open Book Festival this year. We are all long time fans of Kitamura, Stower and Tallec and look forward to a festival full of pictures, paper and pencils! We would like to thank the French Institute of South Africa for making Olivier Tallec’s visit possible.”

Other activities for the little ones include face painting at the Comics Fest marketplace on Saturday and Sunday (20 and 21 September), unique poetry writing and more. For more information about this year’s events, download the programme.

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Kelly Atherton

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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.