Calling all book lovers to the Open Book Festival!


If you're looking for your next read, or want to meet your favourite author, head over to the Open Book Festival in Cape Town which takes place from 4 to 8 September this year. The programme is out and bookings are now open. 

"We're ready for another inspiring five days of entertainment, insightful conversations, stimulating debate and great books," says Festival Director Mervyn Sloman. "We're also excited about new additions to the programme, including the Mystery Author 15 minute lunch time readings, poetry and ice-cream pairing and poetry yoga."

With a record number of more than 150 events, this promises to be the best festival yet, with book launches, workshops, readings, performances, panel discussions and more, on topics ranging from poetry to politics, to comics, food and fun.

Featured authors include two international authors who have been longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019 – Chigozie Obioma (An Orchestra of Minorities) and Oyinkan Braithwaite (My Sister the Serial Killer). Local authors include Rekgotsofetse Chikane (Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation), Haji Mohamed Dawjee (Sorry, Not Sorry), Caryn Dolley (The Enforcers), Zimitri Erasmus (Race Otherwise),

The festival also hosts the popular Comics Fest, #cocreatePOETICA and various children’s and outreach programmes. Venues for the event include hosts the Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre as well as the District Six Homecoming Centre and the A4 Arts Foundation. Selected events will take place outside the city centre including at the Elsies River Library and Ottery Library. 

See the full programme here:

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