PEN SA Members at Open Book Festival and SA Book Fair

06 Aug 2018
PEN SA Members at Open Book Festival and SA Book Fair

The first fortnight of September sees a number of book festivals in South Africa’s two largest cities. Most exciting are the South African Book Fair (7–9 September) taking place in Johannesburg, and Cape Town’s best bookish gathering, the Open Book Festival (5–9 September), returning for its eighth year. As always, PEN SA members are prominent in each of the festivals’ programmes.

Open Book Festival, Cape Town, 5–9 September 2018

The Open Book Festival, the highlight of Cape Town’s literary calendar, is a gathering celebrating local and prominent international authors on the same stage, in addition to a specialist poetry programme and a comics festival.

There are four major elements to the Open Book vision. (1) A truly international festival that attracts top writers and an audience from around the world. (2) A fantastic showcase of the best of South African writing. (3) Making a significant and sustainable contribution to our future by building a love of reading and books among the youth of Cape Town. (4) Drawing representative audiences to all Open Book events.

While visiting authors include the likes of Lesley Nneka ArimahNicole Dennis-BennDavid ChariandyAdam Smyer and Athena Farrokhzad, the programme includes no less than 40 PEN SA members, Board Members and staff (click to see their individual profile and programmes):

Andrew BrownAoife Lennon-RitchieDawn GarischEfemia ChelaGabeba Baderoon, Helen Moffett, Jacqui L’Ange, Jen Thorpe, Jolyn Phillips, Karin Brynard, Judith February, Karina Szczurek, Kobus Moolman, Marianne Thamm, Mark Gevisser, Max du Preez, Maya Fowler, Megan Ross, Mervyn Sloman, Mohale Mashigo, Nadia Davids, Nick Mulgrew, Niq Mhlongo, Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, Philippa Kabali-Kagwa, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, Pierre de Vos, Pippa Green, Rachel Zadok, Rahla Xenopoulos, Sally Partridge, Sean O’Toole, Simone Haysom, Sindiswa Busuku-MatheseSiphokazi Jonas, Wamuwi Mbao, Yewande Omotoso, Zapiro, and Zukiswa Wanner.

South African Book Fair, Johannesburg, 7–9 September 2018

The South African Book Fair, formerly the Cape Town Book Fair, returns to the Newtown Precinct of Johannesburg this year, continuing their work to spreak #OurStories.

The SABF is the culmination of South Africa’s National Book Week and is celebrated annually in the first week of September. Providing a unique opportunity for promotion and trade, the South African Book Fair is made up of key elements including an Exhibition, a Literary Festival, a children’s programme, a story festival and more.

In addition to exhibiting publishers, their well-curated programme includes many local heavyweights and PEN SA members.

These include Bontle Senne, Elinor Sisulu, Lidudumalingani, Mandla Langa, Mark Heywood, Pamela Power and Siphiwo Mahala.