4-8 September 2019 at the Fugard Theatre | OPEN BOOK CAPE TOWN


Open Book Breaks a Record!

Central Library in Cape Town was buzzing on Tuesday the 27th August as Open Book, together with the Library set about breaking the world record for the longest book domino chain. While we are still waiting official confirmation from Guinness, we have – unofficially – set a new record with 2586 books going down! We […]

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Guinness World Record Attempt…

We’re excited (and a little nervous) to announce that we – together with Central Library – are attempting to break the record for the longest book domino chain! We’ve got the books, a plan and an amazing space…
The 27th of August will see us at Central Library bright and early, as we knock over the […]

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Henning Mankell to attend Open Book!

Internationally acclaimed author of the Wallander mysteries, Henning Mankell, has confirmed he will be attending Open Book next month.
Mankell’s work extends far beyond the Wallander series though – he is an accomplished dramatist and has published over 20 novels as well as books for children and young adults.
Audience members will have a wealth of events […]

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And We’re Live!

We are excited to announce that the entire Open Book programme is up on our site as well as on Webtickets!
The 130+ events will be running from the Fugard Theatre, the Book Lounge and other selected venues.
Once again, it’s a great mix of ticketed and free events with something for everyone.
As always, a word of […]

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Not Long Now…

The third edition of Open Book is just around the corner – 5 days of exciting, thought provoking and entertaining book related events that are not to be missed!
The full programme will be available to the public in early August, but we are delighted to announce that the programme for Poetica (running on the 7th […]

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Next Stop – St Malo!

A significant number of South African authors will be boarding planes later this week to participate in Etonnants Voyageurs.
Some of you may remember the exciting partnership we forged with the French Festival in 2012, which saw 10 French speaking authors join us for Open Book last year…we are delighted that the partnership continues and that […]

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The first fund raiser event of the year is set to take place on the 17th May at the Book Lounge, and it looks like it will be a night to remember!
All of us have memories of old school bazaars – well it’s time to revisit them…There will be a pudding table and a white […]

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7 – 11 September 2013
We are delighted to announce that we have identified Westridge High School in Mitchell’s Plain as this year’s focus school for the Open Book Library Project.
Headed by Mrs Vergotine, the school is home to 1055 students. We are aiming to have 5000 titles on the shelves […]

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Open Book 2013

7 – 11 September 2013
Book your dates for Open Book now! The festival will kick off on Saturday the 7th September and finish on the 11th September. The Fugard Theatre will once again be the hub with the much loved indie book shop, the Book Lounge, playing a close second.
The year has […]

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Changes to the Programme – 2

Please note the following changes to the programme:

22/09/2012 A Tribute to Edgar Morin – Cancelled – Edgar Morin is unable to join us (16.00 – 17.00)
22/09/2012 The Release – Launch – Eric Miyeni will be talking to Tymon Smith (20.00 – 21.00)
22/09/2012 Leeserskring se Gewildste Afrikaanse Gedigte – Cancelled (20.00 – 21.00)
22/09/2012 Ingrid Jonker Poetry […]

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