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 2017

Category: News

The Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre invite you to Open Book Festival

6 – 10 September 2017


The first announcement of the year is always a big moment for us. Finally we can share our excitement with the public and conversations we have been having are suddenly so much bigger. We’re going to […]

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Open Book 2016 – Additional events and changes

Category: News

The Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre invite you to Open Book Festival
7 – 11 September 2016

As always, the moment we send out the finalised programme to get printed, several changes happen!
Please note these are up on our website and we will be sending updates, but we aren’t able to make […]

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