Press release: Open Book 2019 programme is now live!

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Join the Book Lounge & the Fugard Theatre


4–8 September 2019

The Open Book Festival programme is live! This is always a big moment for the Book Lounge team, where we get to share the exciting events that will take place, so please do visit the website and see what we have planned.

We are very excited to have so many brilliant authors joining us this year – have a look to see who is coming.

As in the past, you’ll need a ticket to access all events (even the free ones) unless otherwise stated. You can book your place through webtickets.

If you would rather book directly from the box office at the Book Lounge, please contact Mervyn at

If you are planning to spend those five days going to as many events as possible, it may be worth purchasing either a day pass (R150) or a festival pass (R600).

Both are available through webtickets.

Please note that the passes allow you to book for almost all events, but free events as well as some workshops and food events we have planned are not available through the pass options.

There is a downloadable PDF available on our website. Our printed programme will be available in mid-August from the Book Lounge and various other locations including the Fugard Theatre, the District 6 Homecoming Centre and libraries.

Please also keep an eye on our website to stay up to date with the changes to the programme – the nature of running something like this is that you can be sure that there will be changes! We will make those to our site, but these will not reflect on the printed programme or on the downloadable PDF.

If you would like any additional information about the festival, please get in touch with Frankie (e-mail:

For any ticketing inquiries, please email

See you at the Festival!
Warm regards
The Book Lounge and Open Book Team

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Open Book Festival hosted by the Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre is organised in partnership with the Fugard Theatre, the District 6 Museum, the A4 Arts Foundation, the Townhouse Hotel,  Novus Holdings, the Embassy of Sweden, the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the HCI Foundation and is sponsored by Leopard’s Leap, OpenSociety Foundation, City of Cape Town, Western Cape Government, Pan Macmillan, NB Publishers, Jonathan Ball, Penguin Random House, African Centre for Cities, UCT Creative Writing Department, University of Stellenbosch English Department, and Windham Campbell Prizes. 

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    Sadiq van Schalkwyk

    I am desperately looking to attend the event on writing my memoirs on the 4 september 2019. it seems to be fully booked. can you please see if there is a open space for me.

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