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2013 Open Book Festival Programme (7 – 11 September)

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Alert! The programme for this year’s Open Book Festival has been released. Starting on Saturday 7 September and running until Wednesday 11 September, the festival will be held at venues in Cape Town’s “Fringe” district, with The Fugard Theatre as the central hub.

International authors to look out for this year include Ian Rankin, Patrick de Witt and Kamila Shamsie. They’ll be joined by the standard bevy of local writers, plus two names who have been making waves on the African letters front: Teju Cole and the Man Booker-longlisted NoViolet Bulawayo.

We’ve gone through the extensive programme and picked out several highlights for each day. These are just a taste of all the exciting goings on; be sure to visit the full programme to pick out your favourites and keep an eye on it as there are bound to be some tweaks made.

PhilidaFrom Robben Island to BishopscourtRumoursFifty Shades of FeminismAn Honourable ManWe Need New NamesBurnt ShadowsWater Music
  • Don’t forget that, in addition to the main programme, there are also poetry, comics and youth programmes to peruse

Now on to the highlights:


Saturday, 7 September

DOFFING OUR CAP

Venue: Fugard Theatre
Time: 10 AM to 11 AM
Price: R40

Open Book pays tribute to giants of South African literature: André P. Brink, Sindiwe Magona and Mongane Wally Serote. Chaired by Harry Garuba.

50 SHADES OF FEMINISM 1

Venue: Fugard Theatre
Time: 12 PM to 1 PM
Price: R40

PEN hosts a discussion about the recently published 50 Shades of Feminism with Rachel Holmes (co-editor), Gillian Slovo (contributor), NoViolet Bulawayo and Kamila Shamsie. Chaired by Margie Orford.

PATRICK DEWITT

Venue: Fugard Annexe 1
Time: 12 PM to 1 PM
Price: R30

Book Lounger Werner Pretorius discusses Sisters Brothers with Patrick deWitt.

OPEN BOOK OPEN CITY

Venue: Fugard Foyer
Time: 1 PM to 2 PM
Price: R80

Hedley Twidle leads a literary walkabout in search of Cape Town’s secret histories in the company of Teju Cole, who will be reading excerpts from his novel, Open City.

TALKING TURKEY WITH IAN RANKIN

Venue: Fugard Theatre
Time: 6 PM – 7 PM
Price: R40

Ian Rankin talks to James Clelland about his work over a glass of Highland Park whisky.

FUGARD AT THE FUGARD

Venue: Fugard Theatre
Time: 8 PM – 9 PM
Price: R40

Athol Fugard reflects on his writing career with Mannie Manim at the launch of Die Laaste karretjiegraf (bilingual event).

WRITER SPORTS 1

Venue: Fugard Studio
Time: 8 PM – 9 PM
Price: R30

Lauren Beukes, Imraan Coovadia, Gareth Crocker, Sarah Lotz, Niq Mhlongo, Fiona Snyckers and Will Storr write live on stage. Audience suggests style and genre! MC – Ben Williams

The Sisters BrothersOpen CityStanding in Another Man\'s GraveThe Train Driver and Other PlaysThe Shining GirlsTransformationsTooth and NailedDog Eat DogTeam Trinity


Sunday, 8 September

ALL IN THE FAMILY

Venue: Fugard Theatre
Time: 10 AM to 11 AM
Price: R40

Mamphela Ramphele and Hlumelo Biko discuss their respective books and the state of the nation. Chaired by Mervyn Sloman.

FUTURE OF LITERATURE 1 – THE NOVEL

Venue: Fugard Annexe 1
Time: 10 AM to 11 AM
Price: R30

Teju Cole, Imraan Coovadia and Henrietta Rose-Innes discuss the future of the novel with Hedley Twidle.

A RENEGADE CALLED SIMPHIWE

Venue: Fugard Studio
Time: 4 PM to 5 PM
Price: R30

Grace Musila interviews Pumla Gqola about her exploration of the iconic Simphiwe Dana.

COMICS FEST: GIANT SLAYERS

Venue: Homecoming Centre – Workshop
Time: 4 PM to 5 PM
Price: Free entry

Political Cartooning: Jeremy Nell, Rico and Zapiro discuss political commentary with John Curtis.

WRITER SPORTS 2 WITH HELEN ZILLE!

Venue: Fugard Theatre
Time: 6 PM to 7 PM
Price: R40

Speechwriting for the Premier. Diane Awerbuck, Imraan Coovadia, Tom Eaton, Sarah Lotz and Michiel Heyns write speeches on stage – subject determined by the Premier, style determined by the audience. MC – Marianne Thamm.

Conversations with My Sons and DaughtersThe Great African SocietyNinevehA Renegade called SimphiweVuvuzelaNationMadam & Eve: TwentyHome RemediesInvisible Furies


Monday, 9 September

WRITINGS OF WRONGS

Venue: Fugard Studio
Time: 10 AM to 11 AM
Price: R30

Reflections on South Africa’s transformation permeate the fiction and non-fiction of Hlumelo Biko, Kgebetli Moele, Niq Mhlongo and Nthikeng Mohlele. Meg Samuelson chairs a discussion about the critique of our society inherent in the work of four very different writers.

BOOK CLUB MORNING 2

Venue: Book Lounge
Time: 10 AM to 11 AM
Price: Free entry

Brent Meersman, Pieter-Dirk Uys and Khosi Xaba discuss their latest fiction with Steve Kretzmann.

KAMILA SHAMSIE

Venue: Fugard Studio
Time: 12 PM to 1 PM
Price: R30

Journey through the wonderful fiction of Kamila Shamsie in the company of Rachel Holmes.

SONGEZIWE MAHLANGU

Venue: Fugard Studio
Time: 2 PM to 3 PM
Price: R30

Shaun Johnson interviews exciting new kid on the block, Songeziwe Mahlangu, about his astonishing debut, Penumbra.

NOVIOLET BULAWAYO

Venue: Fugard Annexe 1
Time: 6 PM to 7 PM
Price: R30

Derrick Higginbotham interviews Caine Prize winning author, NoViolet Bulawayo about her debut novel, We Need New Names.

THE SHINING BOYS

Venue: Fugard Annexe 1
Time: 8 PM to 9 PM
Price: R30

Charlie Human and Alex Latimer talk to Lauren Beukes about their new SF novels.

UntitledSmall ThingsFive Lives at NoonEvita\'s Bossie SikelelaPenumbraApocalypse Now NowFrom Aardvark to Zuma


Tuesday, 10 September

AFRICA IS NOT A COUNTRY

Venue: Fugard Studio
Time: 10 AM to 11 AM
Price: R30

NoViolet Bulawayo, Kgebetli Moele, Yewande Omotoso and Jamala Safari break out of the continental box. Chaired by Rachel Holmes.

INSIDERS’ GUIDE

Venue: Fugard Annexe 1
Time: 10 AM to 11 AM
Price: R30

Getting an agent, publishing a book, being a professional writer. Lauren Beukes (author), Jeremy Boraine (publisher) and Oli Munson (agent) take you through the process.

NTHIKENG MOHLELE

Venue: Fugard Studio
Time: 4 PM to 5 PM
Price: R30

Mike van Graan discusses Small Things with author, Nthikeng Mohlele.

BIG ISSUE PRESENTS: CAPE TOWN WRITING

Venue: Fugard Annexe 1
Time: 6 PM to 7 PM
Price: R30

Songeziwe Mahlangu, Jason Staggie and Nathan Trantraal talk to Toni Stuart about the many faces of Cape Town.

SERIAL WRITING

Venue: Fugard Annexe 2
Time: 6 PM to 7 PM
Price: R30

Deon Meyer, Mike Nicol and Fiona Snyckers talk to Michele Rowe about writing series and keeping characters alive.

WILL STORR

Venue: Fugard Annexe 1
Time: 8 PM to 9 PM
Price: R30

John Maytham discusses The Heretics: Adevntures with the Enemies of Science with Will Storr.

Bom BoyThe Great Agony and Pure Laughter of the GodsRiskChokers en survivors7 DaysOf Cops and RobbersWhat Hidden LiesThe Heretics


Wednesday, 11 September

YA MASTERCLASS

Venue: Central Library – Seminar Room 1
Time: 3 PM to 5 PM
Price: Free entry

YA Masterclass facilitated by Sally Partridge, Sarah Lotz and Cat Hellisen.

TIME AND PLACE

Venue: Fugard Annexe 1
Time: 4 PM to 5 PM
Price: R30

Henrietta Rose-Innes discusses researching the novel with Claire Robertson, Kamila Shamsie and Tan Twan Eng.

HELENA S PAIGE WALKS INTO A BAR

Venue: Fugard Studio
Time: 6 PM – 7 PM
Price: R30

Adults only… step into the erotic adventure created by Sarah Lotz, Helen Moffett and Paige Nick. Includes a sneak preview of Girl Walks into a Wedding.

MSF PRESENTS DAMIEN BROWN

Venue: UCT, New Learning Centre, Health Sciences Campus
Time: 7 PM to 8 PM
Price: Free entry

Damien Brown discusses Band-aid for a Broken Leg.

Dark Poppy's DemiseWhen the Sea is Rising RedThe Spiral House The Garden of Evening MistsBand-Aid for a Broken Leg

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