Feminism, gender and race lead conversations at next month's Open Book Festival

Book lovers are being promised the best Open Book Festival yet as the annual event returns to Cape Town next week.

With a jam-packed programme, readers are being encouraged to book their tickets ahead of the event.

Launched in 2010, the Open Book Festival festival organiser and owner of the The Book Lounge, Mervyn Sloman spoke to Pippa Hudson on Monday.

The festival is growing each year, this year there are just over 140 events,

Mervyn Sloman, organiser Open Book Festival

What we try and do with the programme is put people together who have something in common and which we think will make for a really interesting conversation.

Mervyn Sloman, organiser Open Book Festival

One of the really special things about the festival is the conversations we curate which involve participants from overseas.

Mervyn Sloman, organiser Open Book Festival

Among the authors taking part in this year's event - US author Adam Smyer (Knucklehead), Jamaican writer Nicole Dennis-Benn (Here Comes The Sun), and Canadian author David Chariandy (Brother).

Homegrown authors include - Melinda Ferguson, Angela Makholwa, Desiree-Ann Martin and Prof. Pumla Dineo Gqola.

This year's programme includes a conversation with Cape Talk Late Nights' host Sara-Jayne King and former Cape Talk presenter, Koketso Sachane.

'On The Other Side Of The Mic' will explore the 'life and times of two fabulous broadcast journalists'.

Listen to the full interview below.

The full festival programme is available at openbookfestival.co.za


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Feminism, gender and race lead conversations at next month's Open Book Festival


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