Authors from all over the continent will be converging on Cape Town, South African for the Open Book Festival 2018 which happens in September 5-9, 2018.
The Open Book Festival is a literary festival held annually in Cape Town, South Africa with a focus on South African literature in an international context. The event includes over 150 literary events, featuring over 100 authors over 5 days.
The first edition of the festival happened in 2011 and was initiated by Mervyn Sloman of The Book Lounge (a Cape Town-based bookshop) and Ben Williams then of Books Live (a literary focused subsidiary of the South African newspaper Times Live).
This year, the festival is set to kick off in early September and will be hosted in venues around South Africa’s “Mother City.” These will be at the Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre and much-loved indie bookshop, and The Book Lounge.
The festival organisers have announced an impressive line-up of writers from across the continent who will be taking part of the various events over the five days. They include Adam Smyer, Aminatta Forna, Angela Makholwa, Chiké Frankie Edozien, Injangolet Ogwang, Koleka Putuma, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Mohale Mashigo, Niq Mhlongo, Zukiswa Wanner, Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, Pumla Gqola, Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, and Sue Nyathi. You can see a fuller list of the authors who will attend here.
The program for the festival is set to be unveiled in early August,