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


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
How to prepare your pet to cope with stress of holiday season

How to prepare your pet to cope with stress of holiday season

Dr Aileen Pypers has tips and advice on helping animals through what is the most stressful part of the year for them.

Zapiro 'honoured and overwhelmed' to receive France's top cultural award

Zapiro 'honoured and overwhelmed' to receive France's top cultural award

Jonathan 'Zapiro' Shapiro joins Pippa Hudson on the Yellow Couch for an in-depth interview.

Meet the women who ensured that the Boks were in top form to bring home the cup

Meet the women who ensured that the Boks were in top form to bring home the cup

The all-female team of sports physiotherapists played a key role in the management team backing the Boks during the World Cup.

Do you believe in (book) fairies?

Do you believe in (book) fairies?

The Book Fairies launched in March 2017, and share free books in hidden locations all around the world.

Sara-Jayne King bares all about dark adoption story in memoir, Killing Karoline

Sara-Jayne King bares all about dark adoption story in memoir, Killing Karoline

Author of best-selling autobiography 'Killing Karoline' Sara-Jayne King shares her life story and opens up about writing her book.

CT's Open Book Fest was a hit (and bestseller Sara-Jayne King has the receipts)

CT's Open Book Fest was a hit (and bestseller Sara-Jayne King has the receipts)

Book people are a tribe, we are drawn together by something inherent in all of us, says 'Killing Karoline' author Sara-Jayne King.

Popular articles
Can’t find your phone? Drop everything – thieves can get into your banking app!

Can’t find your phone? Drop everything – thieves can get into your banking app!

Did someone steal your phone? Contact your bank without hesitation warns consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.

'Unions are making a mistake. SAA is dying. It’s not Eskom – we don’t need it'

'Unions are making a mistake. SAA is dying. It’s not Eskom – we don’t need it'

SAA is on its knees, cap in hand, asking taxpayers for R2 billion this month. Unions must be careful, warns Guy Leitch (SA Flyer).

[WATCH] Jozi motorist avoids hailstorm with inventive way to cover car

[WATCH] Jozi motorist avoids hailstorm with inventive way to cover car

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

White pupils at posh Kingswood College refer to black scholars as 'snoobab'

White pupils at posh Kingswood College refer to black scholars as 'snoobab'

"This problem is bigger than just a Kingswood problem. The relevant processes will unfold," says College Head Colleen Vassiliou.

Investors need to understand redress and sensitivities, says Eusebius

Investors need to understand redress and sensitivities, says Eusebius

Eusebius engages callers on the Richard Branson tweet that has been widely criticised for lacking diversity.

[WATCH] Pre-school class erupts as boy returns from RWC, goes viral

[WATCH] Pre-school class erupts as boy returns from RWC, goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

We’ll shut you down! – unions to SAA ('overstaffed by any measure globally’)

We’ll shut you down! – unions to SAA ('overstaffed by any measure globally’)

The money-pit airline is fighting for its life. Bruce Whitfield interviews Theto Mahlakoana, a senior political reporter at EWN.

[WATCH] Gay teen fights back against school bully as teachers do nothing

[WATCH] Gay teen fights back against school bully as teachers do nothing

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.