7-11 September 2013

Open Book Festival

17-21 September2014

Open Book 2014 Authors

See all authors »

Photos from Open Book

  • Teju Cole
  • Polly Dunbar
  • Patrick DeWitt2
  • Opening Bash at the Book Lounge
  • NoViolet Bulawayo3
  • Mukoma wa Ngugi 2
  • Mongane Wally Serote
  • Mamphela Ramphele
  • Layla Al-Zubaidi
  • Khosi Xaba
  • Kamila Shamsie
  • Jason Staggie
  • James Hendry
  • Installation
  • Imraan Coovadia and Sarah Lotz
  • Emma van der Vliet and Patrick DeWitt
  • IMG_5466
  • IMG_5226
  • Ian Rankin
  • die wat ek is
  • Comicsfest
  • Charlie Human
  • Andrew Brown and Mukesh Kapila
  • Bulawayo and Folarin

Author Comments

  • Thanks so much for inviting me. It was great to meet you all, and to see the shop. I thought the festival was fantastically well run with something for everyone.

    Emily Gravett

  • It was super-rad, thank you.

    Lauren Beukes

  • It was a huge pleasure and privilege to be part of the Festival.

    Deon Meyer

  • Thank you for inviting me to the Open Book Festival. I was tremendously impressed that the festival was so ambitious and smooth running after only two years.  The events were all well attended and diverse and I would love to do it again some time!

    Joanne Harris

  • I was absolutely thrilled to get a chance to attend the festival. I had an excellent time, and can say with real honesty that I found it one of the most interesting and engaging festivals I’ve been to.

    Esi Edugyan

  • Thank you for a great Open Book festival and for including me in the line-up. The organisation was impeccable, the venue beautiful, the events imaginative, the mood relaxed despite all the frantic work that was clearly taking place behind the scenes.

    Michela Wrong

  • Pure raptury and enravishment!

    Mark Forsyth

  • Thank you so much for inviting me to Open Book. It was without doubt the most enjoyable festival I have attended this year. Frankie and Mervyn did a fantastic job in organising and maintaining a strong element of social responsibility.

    Noo Saro-Wiwa

  • I had a tremendous time in Cape Town: Open book is now a regular on the major lit fest circuit and I’d be back like a shot. So many lovely people – both speakers and audiences.

    John Crace

  • Just like last year, I feel nothing but grateful to you and Frankie for getting such an amazing festival together, which is showing every sign of becoming a significant literary event.

Latest News

Where does the time go?

Category: News


17 – 21 September 2014
It really does feel like Open Book is just around the corner! If you haven’t already blocked off the dates, the festival is happening from the 17th to the 21st September this year. Five days of Cape Town at its most literary – the books, the authors, the [...]

Read more

SA PEN & Open Book present: Sexuality and the Law: A Debate on Cultural Politics in Africa

Category: News

In light of the new wave of legislation and persecution, South Africa PEN held a conversation between Professor Pierre de Vos, the Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance at the University of Cape Town and a well-known writer for the ‘Daily Maverick’ and Professor Desiree Lewis, the Head of Department of Women and Gender [...]

Read more

Our Sponsors and Partners

Stay in touch

Follow us on Twitter

Join our Facebook page


Sign up for our newsletter.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.