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Open Book 6-10 September 2017

Proudly Announcing the 16 International Authors Confirmed for Open Book 2017!

Brought to you by the Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre, Open Book Festival runs from 6 to 10 September this year. Please consider supporting the Open Book Thundafund Campaign to help us raise the money needed to put on the best literary festival possible.

Closer to the time we will be announcing the names of all the wonderful South African writers who will be participating in the five day celebration of words and ideas. For now, feast your eyes on the wonderful line-up of international writers who have confirmed their participation in this year’s festival.

Aỳbámi Adébáỳ (Nigeria)
Stay With Me was shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Paul Beatty (USA)
The Sellout – winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize

Maylis de Kerangal (France)
Mend the Living
Long-listed for the Man Booker International Prize 2016.

Petina Gappah (Zimbabwe)
Rotten Row
Guardian First Book Prize (2009)

Nathan Hill (USA)
The Nix
Named one of the year’s best books by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Slate and Amazon, among others.

Elina Hirvonen (Finland)
When I Forgot
Journalist and documentary filmmaker has had her work translated into seven languages.

Scaachi Koul (Canada)
One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter
Culture writer for BuzzFeed

Ali Land (UK)
Good Me Bad Me has been translated into over twenty languages.

Ken Liu (USA)
The Paper Menagerie
Winner of a Nebula, two Hugos, a World Fantasy Award and a
Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award.

Fiston Mwanza Mujila (DRC)
Tram 83
Winner of the Etisalat Prize (2015) and longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize.

Chibundu Onuzo (Nigeria)
Welcome to Lagos
Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the
Commonwealth Book Prize, and  long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Etisalat Prize for Literature, winner of a Betty Trask award

Malin Persson Giolito (Sweden)
Awarded Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year (2016)

Carl Frode Tiller (Norway)
The Encircling Trilogy
Winner of Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature and European Union Literary Award (2009)

Iman Verjee (Kenya)
Who Will Catch Us As We Fall
Winner of the 2012 Peters Fraser and Dunlop/City University Prize for Fiction for her debut novel In Between Dreams.

Alex Wheatle (UK)
Crongton Knights – Winner of Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (2016)

Zoe Whittall (Canada)
The Best Kind of People
Winner of Lambda Literary award, shortlisted for Scotiabank Giller Prize (2016)




























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Open Book Festival at The Fugard Theatre is an annual literary festival, the first of which happened in 2011. Dates for Open Book 2017 are 6 – 10 September. The hubs will once again be the Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre and much-loved indie bookshop, The Book Lounge.

When Mervyn Sloman and Ben Williams started talking about creating a festival, they had in mind around 60 literary events over 5 days featuring about 15 top international as well as some of the best South Africans writing today. Due to the incredible support Open Book received, that quickly grew into a festival that now includes over 100 events, featuring over 100 authors.

There are four major elements to the Open Book vision.

(1) A truly international festival that attracts top writers and an audience from around the world.

(2) A fantastic showcase of the best of South African writing.

(3) Making a significant and sustainable contribution to our future by building a love of reading and books among the youth of Cape Town.

(4) Drawing representative audiences to all Open Book events.

Events we are planning speak to all four goals. The core programme of the festival includes events that feature both international and local authors and through #CocreatePoetica and the Open Book Comics Fest, we work with some of the most talented poets and comic book artists. We organise events in selected schools and public libraries and have started long term projects inspired by our vision. For more information, please visit the projects page.

Open Book has developed a number of partnerships to ensure the festival is of the highest standard. The partners we work with play a significant role in the ongoing success of the festival in a number of ways, from bringing authors to the festival on our behalf through to extending our reach into different communities. For a complete list of our partners, please visit our sponsorship page.

Frankie Murrey

Open Book Festival Co-ordinator