Pan Macmillan authors at the Open Book Festival

“Quick note to say thank you for this year’s Open Book. I thought it was the best ever, and cemented its status as – and please feel free to quote me publically in any forum – FAR AND AWAY THE BEST SOUTH AFRICAN LITERARY EVENT ON THE CALENDAR!” - Rebecca Davis

  • Location

    The Fugard Theatre, Corner Caledon & Lower Buitenkant Street, District Six, Cape Town, 8001

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  • Event Date

    04/09/2019 0:00

Brought to you by the Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre, Open Book Festival offers a world-class selection of book launches, panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses, readings, performances, and more. The Festival takes place from 4 - 8 September 2019.

Here's a list of discussions and sessions our authors will be participating in. Book your ticket and be part of the conversation here.

Wednesday, 4 September
New Daughters of Africa

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Sisonke Msimang and Yewande Omotoso speak to Mandisa Haarhoff about the idea of African writing.

Disrupting Patriarchy
16.00 - 17.00
Oyinkan Braithwaite, Ming-Cheau Lin and Fiona Snyckers speak to Jennifer Malec about uncensored literature.

New Directions
18.00 - 19.00
Mohale Mashigo, Masande Ntshanga and Chigozie Obioma speak to Remy Ngamije about exploring new territory in their books.

Climate Change
18.00 - 19.00
Amy Davison, Anna Steynor and Sarah Wild speak to Dianne Scott about possible futures.

Student Funding
20.00 – 21.00
Naledi Chirwa, Prem Coopoo, Buti Manamela and Rorisang Moseli discuss the way forward with Rekgotsofetse Chikane.

Thursday, 5 September
11.00 - 12.00
Join Refiloe Moahloli for a storytime and activity session.
RSVP to Sharon Roman – (021 400 4410)

Love Stories
10.00 - 11.00
Fred Khumalo, Sarah Ladipo Manyika and Chigozie Obioma speak to Anela Feleza about complicated relationships.

Lukhanyo Calata and Foeta Krige speak to Rebecca Davis about what happens when journalists become the news.

Navigating Hostile Spaces
Sihle Bolani, Rekgotsofetse Chikane and Khaya Dlanga share their experiences of organisations with Sara-Jayne King.

Dr T on Sex
16.00 - 17.00
Tlaleng Mofokeng speaks to Pumla Gqola about pleasure, health and rights.

Black Tax
18.00 - 19.00     
Fred Khumalo, Bongani Kona, Mohale Mashigo and Primrose Mrwebi launch this important collection in the company of editor, Niq Mhlongo.

Peeling the Onion
18.00 - 19.00
Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia, Fiona Snyckers and Ivan Vladislavic explore modes of storytelling in the company of Wamuwi Mbao.

At the Coalface
10.00 - 11.00
Roché Kester, Tlaleng Mofokeng and Kim Windvogel speak to Joy Watson about sex and gender activism.

Lives Derailed
12:00 - 13:00     
Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Makanaka Mavengere-Munsaka and Rémy Ngamije speak to Bongani Kona about knowing when to leave.

Writing for Kids
16.00 - 17.00     
Mohale Mashigo, Refiloe Moahloli and Charles Siboto speak to Nonikiwe Mashologu about the dos and dont's of writing for young readers.

Writing Trauma
16.00 - 17.00     
Djamila Ibrahim, Keletso Mopai and Fiona Snyckers speak to Bonnie Mbuli about the challenges of getting what you need.

Conversations with Mohale

20.00 - 21.00     
Pumla Gqola, Carmen Maria Machado and Sisonke Msimang speak to Mohale Mashigo about healthy feminisms.

Friday, 6 September      
Naming Rights

20.00 - 21.00
Bonita Bennett, Rekgotsofetse Chikane and Loftus Marais speak to Jaco Barnard-Naude about naming and renaming of the private and public. Presented by Spatial Justice in the Post Colony.

Saturday, 7 September
Learning to Love Yourself

10.00 - 11.00
Rekgotsofetse Chikane, Haji Mohamed Dawjee and Morgan Parker speak to Ashanti Kunene about their most important battles.

Drawing Money
10.00 - 11.00
Kay Carmichael and Mohale Mashigo speak to Sam Beckbessinger about challenges to careers in creative spaces.

Sunday, 8 September
Writerssports, The Food Edition

14:00 -15:00
MC Anne Hirsch finds out about disasters at the dinner table with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Mohale Mashigo, Wamuwi Mbao, Masande Ntshange and Chase Rhys.