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

10:00-11:00
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
YES YANGA!
11.00 - 12.00
Join Refiloe Moahloli for a storytime and activity session.
RSVP to Sharon Roman – sharondawn.roman@capetown.gov.za (021 400 4410)

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

SABC8
10:00-11:00
Lukhanyo Calata and Foeta Krige speak to Rebecca Davis about what happens when journalists become the news.

Navigating Hostile Spaces
12.00-13.00
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.