Due to COVID-19, Open Book 2020 is cancelled.
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Open Book 2017

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 kick off with the international guest list and will be bringing you additional names of authors from within South Africa in the very near future.

Our other big news is that we have just launched our very first Thundafund Campaign! This will allow us to retain our independence while ensuring that the quality of the festival is in no way compromised. Please share the campaign wide and far and help us to reach our target!

Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ (Nigeria), Paul Beatty (USA – attending thanks to PEN SA), Maylis de Kerangal (France – attending thanks to the support of IFAS), Petina Gappah (Zimbabwe), Nathan Hill (USA), Elina Hirvonen (Finland – attending thanks to the support of the Embassy of Finland), Scaachi Koul (Canada – attending thanks to the support of Canada Council for the Arts), Ali Land (UK, Ken Liu (USA), Fiston Mwanza Mujila (DRC – attending thanks to the support of the Goethe-Institut), Chibundu Onuzo (Nigeria), Malin Persson Giolito (Sweden – attending thanks to the support of The Embassy of Sweden), Carl Frode Tiller (Norway – attending thanks to support from NORLA), Iman Verjee (Kenya), Alex Wheatle (UK) and last but not least, Zoe Whittall (Canada – attending thanks to Canada Council for the Arts).

Open Book is organised in partnership with The Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum, The Townhouse Hotel,  The French Institute, The Canada Council for the Arts, NORLA, Goethe-Institut, The Embassy of Finland, The Dutch Foundation for Literature, PEN SA and Central Library and sponsored by Leopards Leap, The Kingdom of the Netherlands Consulate General, The City of Cape Town, Open Society Foundation, Pan Macmillan, NB Publishers, Jonathan Ball, Penguin Random House and the Western Cape Government.

6 responses to “Open Book 2017”

  1. debbie de bastos says:

    Please can you send me the programme for the 2017 open book festival from the 6-10 September 2017

    • Frankie says:

      Hi there – the programme will only be available in early August. You will be able to find it on our website and through Webtickets.

  2. Sue Hook says:

    Do you have a programme schedule yet?

  3. Zizipho says:

    Hi I’ve never been in an open book before, I would love to have the experience. Is there anything I need to know when attending the event?

    • Frankie says:

      Hi there. The programme goes live in early August and tickets will be available at the same time. If you need information about who will be attending, check out the website!

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