Events at the Fugard Theatre Studio on 21 September: Denis Hirson, author of Lemon Street, spoke to Zubeida Jaffer. John Crace, author of Brideshead Abbreviated and popular Digested Read column in the Guardian, talked to Michele Magwood. In association with Random House Struik. Madeline Miller, author of Song of Achilles, spoke to Professor Clive Chandler about her reworking of the myth of Achilles. In association with Jonathan Ball. Michiel Heyns, author of Lost Ground, spoke to Patrick Gale. In association with Jonathan Ball. Steven Amsterdam, author of Things We Didn't See Coming, spoke to Damon Galgut. In association with The Australian High Commission and Random House Struik.
Events at the Fugard Theatre Studio on 22 September: Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Judge Neel Mukherjee visits with shortlistee Jenny Erpenbeck. In association with the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts. Dr Terence McNamee spoke to Amy Hordes from Phaidon Press about Decade: The definitive history of the first decade of the 21st century. In association with Book Promotions Shehan Karunatilaka, author of Chinaman, was interviewed by Tom Eaton. In association with Random House Struik.
Events at the Fugard Theatre on 22 September: Bambi Kellermann (sister and worst nightmare of Evita Bezuidenhout) revealed all to Marianne Thamm at the launch of Never Too Naked, her gloves-off, bra-down memoir, written with the assistance of Pieter-Dirk Uys. In association with Random House Struik. Chris van Wyk read from and talked about his best selling memoir, Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch. In association with Pan Macmillan. Paul Harding, author of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Tinkers, spoke to Mervyn Sloman. In association with Random House Struik, Jane Bussmann's acclaimed show based on the experiences she wrote about in The Worst Date Ever. In association with Pan Macmillan.
Events at the Fugard Theatre Studio on 23 September: José Eduardo Agualusa and Imraan Coovadia discussed their work. Chaired by Margie Orford. Andre P Brink, Etienne van Heerden en Ingrid Winterbach – Die Begin en Einde van die Roman: Three of our most accomplished writers spoke to Louise Viljoen and read from their work. In association with NB Publishers. Sandra Charles, author of Eve, talked to Chris van Wyk. In association with NB Publishers. Isobel Dixon launched her new poetry collection, The Tempest Prognosticator, in the company of Gus Ferguson. In association with Random House Struik.
Events at the Fugard Theatre on the 23 September: Earl Lovelace and Feryal Ali Gauhar talked about making movies when they're not writing books. Chaired by Emma van der Vliet. Sifiso Mzobe, 2011 Sunday Times award winner, discussed his acclaimed debut, Young Blood, with Pulitzer Prize winner, Paul Harding. In association with NB Publishers. Jay Naidoo (Fighting for Justice) and Peter Harris (Birth) discussed their work and anything else that comes up over a glass of scotch. Chaired by Mervyn Sloman. Jane Bussmann's acclaimed show based on the experiences she wrote about in The Worst Date Ever. In association with Pan Macmillan.
Events at the Fugard Theatre Studio on 24 September: Thando Mgqolozana, author of A Man who is not a Man, spoke to Lauren Beukes. Neel Mukherjee discussed his award winning debut novel with Rustum Kozain. In association with Penguin. Readings by Earl Lovelace, José Eduardo Agualusa and Brian Chikwava. Chaired by Margie Orford. In association with SA PEN.
Events at the Fugard Theatre on 24 September: Audience members could bring their questions and fire away at Jay Naidoo and Jonathan Jansen. Chaired by Judge Dennis Davis. In association with Pan Macmillan. Tim Noakes and co-author Michael Vlismas discussed Challenging Beliefs. In association with Random House Struik. John Maytham chaired 5 talented authors as they provide the most accurate definitions for forgotten words. Featuring Imraan Coovadia, Rustum Kozain, Madeline Miller, Helen Moffett and Henrietta Rose-Innes. Kerneels Breytenbach, author of Piekniek by Hangklip, spoke to Michiel Heyns.
Events at the Fugard Theatre Studio on 25 September: Wame Molefhe, author of Go Tell the Sun, spoke to Rustum Kozain. Alain Mabanckou, author of African Psycho, talked to Toast Coetzer. In association with The French Institute. Damon Galgut, Hari Kunzru and Neel Mukherjee spoke about whether their characters are classical outsiders or reflective of a disconnected majority. Chaired by Michiel Heyns. Rolf Solberg, author of Bra Gib, spoke to Neo Muyanga about the life of Gibson Kente.
Events at the Fugard Theatre on 25 September: Joanne Fedler read from and discussed her work. In association with Jacana. Food Security, what are the issues and where are we going? Jay Naidoo and Leonie Joubert unpacked the issues around Food Security. In association with Pan Macmillan. Dame Janet Suzman and Chris Mann presented a moving programme from his latest book, Home from Home. With large scale graphic images by Julia Skeen.
Events ran in several locations in Cape Town’s ‘Fringe’ district. Other venues included The District 6 Museum, The Homecoming Centre, the Townhouse Hotel (also the Open Book accommodation partner), The Slave Lodge, The Museum, The National Gallery, Central Library and Lobby Books.