06-10 September 2017

Open Book Festival

06-10 September2017

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Author Comments

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!

Latest News

Open Book & the Power of Poetry

Category: News

The Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre invite you to Open Book Festival
6 – 10 September 2017
#cocreatePOETICA – all you need to know!

We are delighted to be collaborating with #cocreateSA on the 2017 edition of #cocreatePOETICA.
The festival is packed full of poetry events that […]

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The 2017 Programme is Live!

Category: News

It’s that time of the year when we unveil the events we’ve spent so long working on! We hope you like it as much as we do.
To view the programme on our website, click here.
We know that many prefer to download the programme and we will have a PDF available for download in the very […]

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