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15 of the Best Bookish Events at the 2015 Open Book Festival (9 – 13 September)

Confirmed authors for the 2015 Open Book Festival

 
Alert! The Open Book Festival kicks off in Cape Town tomorrow morning. Check out a selection of the most exciting bookish events to hit the Mother City!

For fiction fans, 2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize winner Claire Robertson will be chatting about her new book, The Magistrate of Gower and Petina Gappah will be chatting about The Book of Memory, the newly released – and long awaited – follow up to her award-winning first book.

There’s also plenty for the non-fiction aficionados, including a fascinating discussion on the Boston bombing and the Breivik massacre, moderated by Jonny Steinberg, and a frank discussion on labour featuring Onkgopotse JJ Tabane and Zwelinzima Vavi.
 

 
Wednesday, 9 September
 
The Magistrate of GowerA Place Called Winter

Magistrate of Gower

Venue: Fugard Studio
Time: 4.00 – 5.00 PM
Price: R45
Patrick Gale asks the questions; Claire Robertson gives the answers.

 
 

Sugar ManSugar Man

Venue: Fugard Studio
Time: 8.00 – 9.00 PM
Price: R45
Stephen Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom discuss their Rodriguez journey with Andrew Donaldson.

 
 

Thursday, 10 September

 

Let's Talk FranklyLet’s Talk Frankly About Labour

Venue: Fugard Theatre
Time: 2.00 – 3.00 PM
Price: R45
Onkgopotse JJ Tabane and Zwelinzima Vavi talk about labour in South Africa. Chaired by Ryland Fisher.

 
 

Piggy Boy's BluesSharp Edges

Dibookeng Presents Speed Booking

Venue: Truth & Coffee
Time: 5.30 – 7.00 PM
Price: R100
Speed dating for book lovers! Special guests Nakhane Touré and Sally Partridge.

 
 

What About MeeraDie hormoonfabriekRusty BellRape

Sexual Politics

Venue: Fugard Studio
Time: 6.00 – 7.00 PM
Price: R45
ZP Dala, Saskia Goldschmidt and Nthikeng Mohlele answer Pumla Gqola’s questions.

 
 

The Book of MemoryBroken Monsters

The Book of Memory

Venue: Fugard Studio
Time: 8.00 – 9.00 PM
Price: R45
Petina Gappah discusses her debut novel with Lauren Beukes.

 
 

Friday, 11 September
 
nullBroken MonstersThe Blacks of Cape TownLooking for Trouble

The Space Between the Space BetweenSweet Medicinenull

Wanting More

Venue: Fugard Theatre
Time: 11.00 AM – 1.00 PM
Price: Free entry
How do we increase sales of SA English fiction? A roundtable discussion with audience participation.

Participants:
Arthur Attwell
Lauren Beukes
Steve Connolly
CA Davids
Colleen Higgs
John Hunt
Thabiso Mahlape
Terry Morris
Svante Weyler
Mervyn Sloman
Benjamin Trisk

 
 

The Tsarnaev BrothersOne of UsA Man of Good Hope

Terror

Venue: Fugard Studio
Time: 12.00 – 1.00 PM
Price: R45
Masha Gessen (The Tsarnaev Brothers) and Åsne Seierstad (One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway) speak to Jonny Steinberg about the Boston bombing and the Breivik massacre.

 
 

Piggy Boy's BluesPiggy Boy’s Blues

Venue: Fugard Annexe 2
Time: 2.00 – 3.00 PM
Price: R45
Mervyn Sloman chats to Nakhane Touré and his editor Thabiso Mahlape about his debut novel.

 
 

Broken MonstersTo Quote MyselfA Place Called WinterThe Book of Memory

The RaftFind MeAnna Peters' Year of Cooking Dangerously

Writer Sports

Venue: Fugard Theatre
Time: 8.00 – 9.00 PM
Price: R45
Live writing onstage! Audience suggests subjects and genre and the writers get to it. Featuring Lauren Beukes, Khaya Dlanga, Patrick Gale, Petina Gappah, Fred Strydom, Laura van den Berg and Kathryn White. MC: Ben Williams.

 
 

Saturday, 12 September
 
Piggy Boy's BluesRMF Assembly

Venue: Fugard Theatre
Time: 10.00 – 11.00 AM
Price: Free entry
Race and Sexuality: Mbali Matandela (Rhodes Must Fall), Nakhane Touré and Aneliswa Mbude (Open Stellenbosch) discuss dismantling sexual hierarchies in Black-led social movements. Chaired by Thato Pule (RMF Trans Collective)

 
 

Letter to JimmyJames Baldwin

Venue: Fugard Studio
Time: 2.00 – 3.00 PM
Price: R45
Alain Mabanckou presents his literary tribute, Letter to Jimmy, in conversation with Derrick Higginbotham.

 
 

We Are All Completely Beside OurselvesKaren Joy Fowler: We are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Venue: Fugard Theatre
Time: 2.00 – 3.00 PM
Price: R45
Michele Magwood gets the lowdown from Karen Joy Fowler about her bestselling novel.

 
 

Foreign Gods, Inc.Foreign Gods, Inc.

Venue: Fugard Annexe 2
Time: 4.00 – 5.00 PM
Price: R45
Nancy Onyango (This is Africa) questions Okey Ndibe about his remarkable novel.

 
 
 

Sunday, 13 September
 
Lives of OthersCaine Prize Presents Namwali Serpell

Venue: Fugard Annexe 2
Time: 4.00 – 5.00 PM
Price: R45
Namwali Serpell, winner of the 2015 Caine Prize, discusses her short story, “The Sack”, with Caine Prize judge and author Neel Mukherjee.

 
 

Book details

  • Let’s Talk Frankly: Letters to Influential South Africans About the State of Our Nation by Onkgopotse JJ Tabane, illustrated by Sifiso Yalo
    EAN: 9781770104327
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