Open Book 2012!

Preparations for Open Book 2012 are well underway and the time has come to share some details.
The festival is happening from the 20 – 24 September, so be sure to book those dates now. The festival falls over a long weekend this year (Heritage Day is on Monday the 24th September) which makes attending exciting literary events even easier.

Last year we ran our School and Core programmes simultaneously. We have made the decision to separate them slightly in order to focus more on the school events instead of trying to split our time between both programmes. Our School Programme will run from the 17– 19 September and will include international and local authors who write specifically for younger readers.

The success of Open Book 2011 was due largely to the wonderful authors who joined us. The combination of well known authors with emerging stars is one we are repeating this year. The author guest list for 2012 is already looking incredible and Open Book audiences have much to look forward to! Get to the Book Lounge as soon as possible so you can start reading books by Alan Hollinghurst, Lionel Shriver, Noo Saro-Wiwa, Mark Forsyth, Esi Edugyan, Kiran Desai, Justine Picardie, Véronique Ovaldé, Michela Wrong, Lola Shoneyin, Mark Kurlansky, Kathryn Schulz, Tom Mueller and last but certainly not least, Emily Gravett.

If you would like further details about Open Book 2012, please contact Frankie (

The Open Book Team

Open Book is organised in partnership with The French Institute, The British Council, Equal Education, The District 6 Museum, The Gordon Institute of Creative and Performing Arts, The Townhouse Hotel and The Cape Times and sponsored by Penguin Books, Pan Macmillan, Random House Struik, and NB Publishers.