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More International Authors Confirmed for the 2015 Open Book Festival – Including Alain Mabanckou and Petina Gappah

Alain Mabanckou

 
Alert! Open Book Festival organisers have announced some additions to the list of international authors who will be visiting Cape Town later this year.

Letter to JimmyAn Elegy for EasterlyInto a Raging BlazeThe House That Jack Built

 
Alain Mabanckou, who appeared at the festival in 2011, is back for a more extensive visit. The Franco-Congolese writer has been much in the news recently. This week, he took a stand to honour French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo at the 2015 PEN Literary Gala, after six other authors, including Teju Cole and Taiye Selasi, withdrew from the ceremony in protest. Mabanckou also played a key role in the release of Cameroonian writer and political activist Enoh Meyomesse, who was freed last week after three years in prison. In April, at an event in Cape Town, Mabanckou was named a finalist for this year’s Man Booker International Prize, along with Mia Couto, Amitav Ghosh and Marlene van Niekerk, among others. The winner of that award will be announced in London on 19 May.

Petina GappahAnother international name to look out for at this year’s Open Book is Zimbabwean-born Petina Gappah, author of An Elegy for Easterlywhich won the 2009 Guardian First Book Award. Gappah will be at the festival to chat about her much-anticipated debut novel, The Book of Memory, which will be published later this year.

From Sweden, festival visitors can look forward to seeing Andreas Norman, author of Into a Raging Blaze, and Svante Weyler, founder of Stockholm-based publishing house Weyler Forlag, which publishes publishes Deon Meyer, Nthikeng Mohlele and Marlene van Niekerk. Danish writer Jakob Melander, author of The House that Jack Built and former rock guitarist, will also be in town.

These additions join the list of international authors already confirmed for this year’s Open Book: Marc Boutavant, Karen Joy Fowler, Patrick Gale, Masha Gessen, Saskia Goldschmidt, Christopher Hope, Andrey Kurkov, Helen Macdonald, Neel Mukherjee, Okey Ndibe, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Chris Riddell, Åsne Seierstad, Laura van den Berg and RA Villanueva.

See more information on those authors here:

Read: Big Names Confirmed Early for 2015 Open Book Festival

Read: Five More International Authors Confirmed for 2015 Open Book Festival

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Press release

May has arrived and with it, the perfect weather for reading. The amazing line-up of authors joining us for Open Book this year leaves no shortage of great books from which to choose (Patrick Gale’s A Place Called Winter seems particularly appropriate). Visit our website or give The Book Lounge a call, buy a book and start your reading now!

To kick winter off in style, we have some additions to our international guest list …

Anyone who had the pleasure of reading An Elegy for Easterly has been waiting for Petina Gappah to publish something new. The long wait will be over, when The Book of Memory, her debut novel, hits shelves later this year. And even better – she will be at Open Book discussing her novel and more!

Thanks to the Embassy of Sweden, we are being joined by Andreas Norman and Svante Weyler. Norman is a former diplomat, whose first novel, Into a Raging Blaze, is set in the world of spies, diplomats and international politics.

Weyler is the founder and publisher of Weyler Forlag, a small publishing house in Stockholm. Deon Meyer, Nthikeng Mohlele and Marlene van Niekerk are among the authors he publishes and we look forward to him offering him offering his insight into the book world.

Jakob Melander is joining us courtesy of the Embassy of Denmark. The House that Jack Built is the first of his crime novels to be translated into English. Prior to his writing career, he was guitarist for a number of Danish rock bands.

And last but certainly not least, we are delighted that the French Institute is supporting Alain Mabanckou’s visit to Cape Town for Open Book. He joined us – very briefly – in 2011 and we are over the moon that he’s returning. His latest novel, Letter to Jimmy, is a collection of imagined letters to James Baldwin.

They will be joining Marc Boutavant, Karen Joy Fowler, Patrick Gale, Masha Gessen, Saskia Goldschmidt, Christopher Hope, Andrey Kurkov, Helen Macdonald, Neel Mukherjee, Okey Ndibe, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Chris Riddell, Åsne Seierstad, Laura van den Berg and RA Villanueva.

If you would like further details about the festival or events through the year, please contact Frankie (frankie@openbookfestival.co.za).

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Image of Mabanckou courtesy of adiac-congo.com

 

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