09-13 September 2015

Open Book Festival

7 – 11 September2016

Photos from Open Book

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  • malika ndlovu
  • xolela mangcu and hlonipha mokoena
  • yvonne adhiambo owuor
  • pumla gqola and zethu matebeni
  • writers sports 2
  • pumla gqola 5
  • okey ndibe and petina gappah
  • masha gessen 5
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  • marc boutavant
  • lauren beukes 2
  • krog and phosa 2
  • khaya dlanga
  • jj tabane 3
  • hlonipha mokeona
  • helen macdonald
  • fugard foyer 6
  • chris riddell
  • asne seierstad 5
  • ashraf jamal 2
  • Antjie krog
  • andrey kurkov 4
  • andreas norman 3
  • alain mabanckou
  • adrian diff van wyk
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Author Comments

  • Thank you for your superhuman efforts in making Open Book happen. It has become an utterly indispensable part of the cultural life of Cape Town and South Africa.

    S J Naudé

  • Open Book is my new favorite. From the beauty of Cape Town, to the lively and intelligent and urgent discussions at the festival, this is the kind of gathering that reminds us of the unique power of literature and the necessity of community.

    Laura van den Berg

  • 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

  • Open Book 2014 felt like a gigantic party in which writers and readers came together to celebrate the texts and the stories and the media they love.  Across five days of brilliant programming, I immersed myself in writers I’d never come across, genres outside my comfort zone and conversations on a hundred topics with strangers who quickly became friends.  It was a show well worth coming six thousand miles for.

    Mike Carey

  • The Open Book Festival was a lot of fun, loved it. Best thing was that the audience was always engaged.

    Rabih Alameddine

  • Thank you so much for including me in the fabulocity that is Open Book…It was a pleasure and a privilege, I am a life-long fan and will be telling anyone who will listen to get themselves to Cape Town in September for a visit.

    Francesca Beard

  • 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.

    Geoff Dyer

  • The Open Book Festival in Cape Town is absolutely one of the most enjoyable festivals I’ve attended anywhere. The enthusiasm of readers, variety of authors, and the warm, welcoming ambience is not to be missed.  Should the opportunity arise, go!

    Raymond E Feist

  • Thanks so much for all the hard work and careful thought that obviously went in to Open Book 2014. I have attended all but one, and of course this was my first as a participant! It is such an unique and important space that you create each year in Cape Town. Also, the fact that it attracted such diverse audiences, in a city that rarely manages to achieve this, made it rare and very special. Congratulations.

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