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2014 Open Book Festival Programme (17 – 21 September)

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Alert! The programme for this year’s Open Book Festival has been revealed, with a number of exciting events on the agenda.

The festival kicks off midweek, on Wednesday, 17 September, and runs until Sunday, 21 September. Events will be held at various venues in Cape Town’s Eastern district, with The Fugard Theatre as the central hub once again. Other venues include The Book Lounge, the Homecoming Centre, the District 6 Museum and the Central Library.

International authors to look forward to include Geoff Dyer, Billy Kahora, Tony Park, Philip Hensher, Raymond E Feist, Mike Carey, Sefi Atta, Satoshi Kitamura, Kader Abdolah and Keyi Sheng, as well as South African authors based overseas Jonny Steinberg and Wilbur Smith. Marguerite Poland, whose The Keeper was published this month, is another name to look out for.

Update: Taiye Selasi will unfortunately no longer be appearing at the Festival.

Jeff in Venice, Death in VaranasiThe KeeperGhana Must GoThe True Story of David Munyakei, Goldenberg WhistleblowerDark HeartThe Missing InkMagician's EndThe Girl with All the GiftsA Bit of DifferencePot-San's Tabletop TalesThe House of the MosqueNorthern GirlsA Man of Good HopeDesert God

No fewer than seven books will be launched at this year’s festival. On Thursday, Tiah Beautement launches her novel This Day with Zukiswa Wanner, and Ray Hartley will launch his new book Ragged Glory: The Rainbow Nation in Black and White.

On Friday, Wilbur Smith will launch his much-anticipated new novel, Desert God, with Tony Park, while Sampie Terreblanche launches his magnum opus: Western Empires: Christianity, and the Inequalities Between the West and the Rest 1500 – 2010.

Jonny Steinberg’s new book, A Man of Good Hope will be launched on Saturday, Mervyn Sloman.

Finally, on Sunday Songezo Zibi will launch Raising the Bar: Hope and Renewal in South Africa with Richard Calland, and Malaika wa Azania will launch her controversial new book Memoirs of a Born Free with TO Molefe.

This DayRagged GloryWestern EmpiresRaising the BarMemoirs of a Born Free

In the very first session of the festival, Poland will be in conversation with Hensher and Melissa Siebert, in a Book Club Morning chaired by Michele Magwood. Later in the day, Dyer will be chatting to Imraan Coovadia and Hedley Twidle about the “Art of the Essay”. Kahora, who was shortlisted for this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing, will be discussing the “Genius of the Short Story” with Felicitas Hoppe and Karen Jennings in a session chaired by Rachel Zadok.

In the evening, events to look out for include “15 Million Copies Sold”, featuring Feist and Sarah Lotz, and “Author as Ambassador”, in which Zakes Mda and Deon Meyer talk to Margie Orford about representing South Africa to the rest of the world.

Afrikaanse boekwurms kan met André P Brink, Karin Brynard, Henry Cloete, Johan Vlok Louw, Jaco van Schalkwyk en Ingrid Winterbach kuier wanneer dié skrywers by die Fugard Studio voorlees uit hul jongste werke.

And those are just some of the highlights from day one! Check out the complete programme:

Open Book Festival 2014 Programme by Books LIVE

Books from this year’s Open Book authors:

Naughty KittyThe Other Side of SilenceDevil's HarvestTokoloshe SongProfits of DoomRough MusicTech-Savvy ParentingKwani? 05, Part 2Light on a HillThe Blacks of Cape TownArctic SummerJustice DeniedBetrayal's ShadowSejamolediCobraThe Ghost-Eater and Other StoriesWhite WahalaCould I Vote DA?HoppeThe Chicken ThiefDo Not Go GentleParadiseA Girl Walks into a Blind DateNinevehTransformationsThe FollyThe Alibi ClubHow to Fix South Africa's SchoolsWhoever Fears the SeaShort Story Day Africa: Feast, Famine Invisible OthersAbsent TonguesIf I Could SingRide the TortoiseMemoirs of a Born FreeThe Texture of ShadowsWater MusicHere I AmLost and Found in JohannesburgMbongeni ButheleziGarden of DreamsA Sportful MaliceDog Eat DogTaller than BuildingsSister-SisterThe Zuma YearsSharp EdgesWestern EmpiresThe ThreeInward Moon, Outward SunThe Ugly DucklingDear BulletRaising the BarUnimportanceThis DayReal Meal RevolutionSouth AfricaIn the Heat of ShadowsRachel’s BlueGood Morning, Mr MandelaLondon – Cape Town – Joburg

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