06-10 September 2017

Open Book Festival

05-09 September2018

  • Zimitri Erasmus credit Retha Ferguson
  • Yewande Omotoso and Damon Galgut credit Retha Ferguson
  • Paul Beatty credit Retha Ferguson
  • Nathan Hill cr Retha Ferguson (3)
  • Marianne Thamm, Thandeka Gqubule, Sacaachi Koul and Erin Bates credit Retha Ferguson
  • Malebo Sephodi and Pumla Gqola cr Retha Ferguson
  • Lindiwe Hani cr Retha Ferguson
  • Ken Liu credit Retha Ferguson
  • Katleho Shoro cr Retha Ferguson
  • Fred Strydom and Ali Land cr Retha Ferguson
  • Elan Mastai cr Retha Ferguson
  • Carl Frode Tiller cr Retha Ferguson
  • Andrew Brown and Petina Gappah
  • Allison-Claire Hoskins cr Retha Ferguson (2)

Author Comments

  • Oh my gosh this Open Book had to have been my favourite! You do amazing work and how present, loving and thoughtful you are is something that keeps resonating with me and other artists. Open Book feels like home.

    Katleho Shoro

  • Open Book was an absolutely amazing experience. I got to meet so many readers and writers passionate about the art of the written word, and it gives me hope to see how literature can bring people together from around the globe to confront the problems facing all of us as a species.

    Ken Liu

  • As a first-time author, the experience was overwhelming. I enjoyed the panels with every breath in me and had so much fun. Knowing the complexities of this industry, thank you for providing this important platform for us writers.

    Malebo Sephodi

  • I had such a wonderful time in Cape Town. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much on panels. Thanks for having me and I hope Open Book goes from strength to strength.

    Chibundu Onuzo

  • Out of all the literary festivals I’ve attended, I learned the most from Open Book. They created a genuine conversation among so many writers from all over the world. I would return again in a heartbeat.

    Sheila Heti

  • Open Book is one of those cultural events that is contributing to a new understanding of literature and the elsewhere. A true force that is instrumental to humane and progressive understanding.

    Rawi Hage

  • It was a real pleasure to observe the amazing spirit among the Open Book Festival team. Helpful, efficient, lovely. On the panels, there was as much fellowship as there was debate; as much wine as there was laughter; as much complimentary conversation as there was diversity of opinion. I did not want to leave.

    Elnathan John

  • An amazing conference, well-run, friendly, and filled with fascinating people talking about fascinating things.  I can’t wait to come back!

    Karen Joy Fowler

  • It was a huge pleasure for me to be part of Open Book 2015. The creative energy, the stimulating dialogues both on-stage and off was like a booster shot of creative energy.

    Z P Dala

  • Thank you for a wonderful week in Cape Town. It was fun, stimulating, impeccably organised – and I’m SO glad I was part of it.

Latest News

Changes to the Programme – 4 September

Category: News

Please be aware that there have been some changes to the Open Book Festival programme.
WEDNESDAY THE 6TH SEPTEMBER
10.00 – 11.00: ADDITIONAL EVENT
NO HOLY COWS: R45
VYTJIE MENTOR SPEAKS TO JAN-JAN JOUBERT ABOUT HER BOOK
VENUE: FUGARD THEATRE
 
10.00 – 11.00: INTEGRATION COMPLEXITIES
THE VENUE FOR THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED FROM FUGARD STUDIO TO A4 ARTS FOUNDATION – GROUND
 
10.00 – […]

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CHANGES TO THE PROGRAMME

Category: News

PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING CHANGES TO #OBF2017
WEDNESDAY THE 6TH SEPTEMBER
10.00 – 11.00: ADDITIONAL EVENT
NO HOLY COWS: R45
VYTJIE MENTOR SPEAKS TO JAN-JAN JOUBERT ABOUT HER BOOK
VENUE: FUGARD THEATRE
WEDNESDAY THE 6TH SEPTEMBER
10.00 – 11.00: INTEGRATION COMPLEXITIES
THE VENUE FOR THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED FROM FUGARD STUDIO TO A4 ARTS FOUNDATION – GROUND
WEDNESDAY THE 6TH SEPTEMBER

10.00 – […]

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