Open Book Newsletter – 17 July 2012

Open Book Cape Town

20 – 24 September 2012

Work at Parkhurst Primary in Mitchell’s Plain is going well. The shelves are slowly filling up with some great books for kids! There is still a way to go though before we reach our target of 5000 titles. We will be having a second fund raising event on the 27thJuly which will include a performance by Beatenberg (with some students from Parkhurst included) as well as a silent art auction of donated work. The last event was an incredible experience and we are expecting this one to be as wonderful – hope to see you all there!

Audiences attending the second edition of Open Book have a wealth of choices on the horizon. The line-up for 2012 includes some of the most exciting authors from around the world. Recent confirmations include AbdouMaliq Simone (joining us thanks to the African Centre for Cities), Neal Stephenson (perhaps best known for his science fiction but also the author of the Baroque Trilogy, an incredible history epic) and award winning poet, Cathy Hong (joining us via PEN America). No matter what your reading taste, there is at least one author who is going to get your heart racing!

One of the partnerships we are incredibly excited about is the one between ourselves and Etonnants Voyageurs, a festival which happens in May each year in St-Malo in France. Some incredible authors from the French speaking world will be joining us for 2 days of events that feed into the French Season taking place in South Africa from June through to November  2012. 2013 sees the South African Season in France, and we are incredibly excited that we will have the opportunity to take authors to Etonannts Voyageurs.

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, Etonnants Voyageurs, The British Council, PEN, Equal Education, The District 6 Museum, The Gordon Institute of Creative and Performing Arts, The Townhouse Hotel, The Fugard Theatre, Central Library and The Cape Times and sponsored by Absa Bank, Penguin Books, Pan Macmillan, Random House Struik, NB Publishers and Oxford University Press.