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Impressive List of Confirmed Authors for Open Book 2013 (7 – 11 September)

Added to the acclaimed international authors Ian Rankin, Patrick de Witt and Kamila Shamsie tapped earlier this year to attend Open Book 2013, is an impressive list of 50 other authors, currently featured on the festival’s website.

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Among the confirmed authors to take part in Open Book from 7 – 11 September is US writer Teju Cole, raised in Nigeria, whose Open City has won numerous awards, including the PEN/Hemingway Award and the International Literature Award – Haus der Kulturen der Welt, as well as Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo, winner of the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing. American Young Adult author Michael Grant will also be making his way to Cape Town for Open Book, as will award-winning UK children’s book author and illustrator Polly Dunbar.

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Some of the well-known names from the local literary scene to be included in the festival’s programme are Mongane Wally Serote, Andre Brink, Sindiwe Magona, Niq Mhlongo, Zakes Mda, Lauren Beukes, Zapiro, Margie Orford, Mike Nicol, Anton Kannemeyer, Deon Meyer and Adam Habib.

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Much to look forward to!

Press release

The highly anticipated Open Book Festival returns in September, and the confirmed list of authors is already reason enough to book the weekend of 7 – 11 September to be at the Fugard Theatre and The Book Lounge in Cape Town.

Authors featured on the 2013 programme include Teju Cole, NoViolet Bulawayo, Ian Rankin, Lauren Beukes, Zapiro, Margie Orford, Mike Nicol, Anton Kannemeyer, Deon Meyer, Patrick de Witt, Adam Habib, Mongane Wally Serote, Andre Brink, Sindiwe Magona, Pumla Gqoza, Niq Mhlongo, Zakes Mda, and many more.

For teens, we will be joined by international superstar, Michael Grant, while the little ones will be delighted by award-winning author and illustrator, Polly Dunbar.

Returning and new Open Book Festival sponsors are Leopard’s Leap, ABSA, Fugard Theatre, Townhouse Hotel, British Council, Institut Francais, Gordon Institute of Creative and Performing Arts, Dutch Foundation for Literature, Highland Park, Medicins Sans Frontieres, Equal Education, The Big Issue, Jonathan Ball Publishers, NB Publishers, Penguin Books, Pan Macmillan, Random House Stuik, Oxford University Press, Central Library, District Six Museum, SAA.

For a complete listing of the authors who will be attending, please visit or contact Frankie Murrey (


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