Today would have been the first day of the Open Book Festival. We would have gathered at the Fugard Theatre for the first time for a busy five days of the festival, attending events, meeting authors, buying books and getting them signed, and most importantly, listening to incredible conversations between authors we already love or had just discovered.
Due to the reality of the coronavirus pandemic, it was a great sadness to us when we realised we would not be able to have a physical festival this year. Aside from the legality of events, we felt it would be irresponsible to bring groups of people together indoors, given the risk of transmission.
This doesn’t mean, however, that the carefully curated and interesting conversations that are characteristic of the festival will not be happening. We are excited to announce the launch of the Open Book Podcast Series. We will be bringing you a limited series of podcasts which feature conversations with international and local authors. The first episode will be released on 19 October 2020 and the series will run for four weeks.
Our line up features some exceptional local and international writers, which will be announced soon, so keep an eye out on our social media and for our newsletter.
The series will be released on the Book Lounge’s podcast, A Readers’ Community, as well as on this website. To make sure you don’t miss the series, you can subscribe here.
We are looking forward to sharing this exciting new project with you!