Open Book Festival 2023

Open Book Festival 2023 guests announced.

The guests for this year’s Open Book Festival 2023 to happen in Cape Town, South Africa from September 8 – 10, 2023 are now known.

The Open Book Festival is a literary festival held annually in Cape Town, South Africa since 2011. It was initiated by Mervyn Sloman of The Book Lounge (a Cape Town-based bookshop) and Ben Williams then of Books Live (now a literary-focused subsidiary of the South African newspaper Times Live). It has held hosted over 100 authors at over 150 literary events in the last eleven years.

The festival to run in the most Southern city on the continent next month has guests from the host country South Africa as well as Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, and other countries. They include Afeefa Omar, Africa Melane, Athambile Masola, Barbara Boswell, Bianca Flanders, Bongani Kona, Branden Grant, Buhle Ngaba, Busisekile Khumalo, Chase Rhys, Damon Galgut, Daniella Djan, Dela Gwala, Desiree Ellis, Diane Awerbuck, Dianna Ferrus, Eleanor Damon, Eugene Ashton, Farai Mudzingwa, Fazila Cariem, Firdose Moonda, Helen Moffett, Hilda J. Twongyeirwe, Hugo ka Canham, Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu, Isobel Dixon, Jarred Thompson, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Joel Modiri, Khadija Heeger, Koketso Sachane, Lebohang Masango, Lester Kiewit, Liza Scholtz, Lwando Scott, Lynsey Chutel, Lynsey Ebony Chutel, Maneo Mohale, Mapule Mohulatsi, Mbali Sikakana, Mohale Mashigo,  Morabo Morojele, Moshitadi Lehlomela, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Nombeko Nontshokweni, Nomfundo Xaluva, Nondwe Mpuma, Pumla Dineo Gqola, René Toesie, Sara-Jayne Makwala King, Sarah Lubala, Sihle-isipho Nontshokweni, Sindiswa Busuku, Sindiwe Magona, Sipho Banda, Sue Nyamnjoh, Tessa Dooms, Thandiwe Ntshinga, Uhuru Phalafala, Vusumuzi Mpofu, Vuyokazi Ngemntu, Wanjiru Koinange, Wisani Mushwana, Zibu Sithole, and Ziyanda Stuurman. Read a full list of guests of the festival by clicking here.

For those in Cape Town, we recommend you plan on going to The Homecoming Centre from September 8 – 10, 2023.


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