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 are over the moon and absolutely delighted that some were able to take time out of their schedules to witness it all happen!

Image courtesy of Nardus Engelbrecht

Thanks to all for the amazing support and in particular to the staff at Central Library for their hard work and ongoing enthusiasm for all things book related!

Libraries are central to our drive to create readers in and around Cape Town and this is the reason behind the Open Book Library Project. Westridge High School in Mitchell’s Plain is the focus school for 2013 and we are looking forward to handing a library over to them over the course of Open Book next month. If you’re interested in contributing to the project, please contact Frankie (

Open Book is just over a week away – hard to believe that a year has passed! The printed programme is available from the Book Lounge. Please do remember though that changes are inevitable – check the website for any updates!

Also just over a week away is the opening of The Shining Girls charity art show for Rape Crisis!

If you would like further details about the festival, please contact Frankie (

For the complete author list as well as the programme, please visit our website.
Tickets are available through Webtickets.

The Open Book Team

Open Book is organised in partnership with The Fugard Theatre, Equal Education, The District 6 Museum, The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, British Council, The Townhouse Hotel, Central Library, Caine Prize, The Embassy of Sweden, Medecins Sans Frontieres, PEN UK & PEN SA, Nederlands Letterfonds and sponsored by Leopard’s Leap, Absa, Highland Park Whisky, Penguin Books, Pan Macmillan, Random House Struik, NB Publishers, Jonathan Ball, Book Promotions, Fox & Raven Publishers, Granta and Oxford University Press.