Open Book 2014

This is a big year – Cape Town is the World Design Capital, South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy and Open Book goes into its fourth edition!

Block off the 17th to the 21st September! 5 days of mingling with authors and book lovers from near and far… 5 days of events that stay with you long after they’re over… 5 days of literary heaven…

International authors who have confirmed they will be touching down in the Mother City are Sebastian Barry, Mike Carey, Raymond E FeistAminatta FornaFelicitas Hoppe, Antony Loewenstein and children’s authors, Satoshi Kitamura and Adam Stower.

Each year we are blown away by the authors from around the world who are willing to make the lengthy trip to Cape Town to join us, and 2014 is no exception. We look forward to planning an Open Book programme featuring the authors above and to introducing them to their South African readers. So get reading in preparation for incredible events in September! Books will be available from the Book Lounge.

Open Book is an ongoing affair and September is some way off! Before then, we are running monthly events at schools as well as mentoring programmes from three locations.
Kicking off in February, our Youth Programme is one we are very excited about. Scottish performance poet, Rachel McCrum will visit Westridge High School on the 5th February to speak to students at the school. We will also be running the first mentoring programme of the year at the school.

Other events on the horizon include Pulp Fiction – The Saga Continues…We will once again be working with our much loved partners, Central Library, on what looks to be one of our most exciting book installations yet. This will coincide with Library Week in March and we hope to see you all there!

If you would like further details about the festival or events through the year, please contact Frankie (

More news soon!
The Open Book Team

Open Book is organised in partnership with The Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum, The Townhouse Hotel, Equal Education, The Bookery, The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, British Council, The French Institute, Central Library, PEN SA, The Goethe Institute, Nederlands Letterfonds and sponsored by Leopard’s Leap, Penguin Books, Pan Macmillan, Random House Struik, NB Publishers and Jonathan Ball.