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French authors at the 5th edition of Open Book Cape Town

French authors at the 5th edition of Open Book Cape Town
9-13 September 2015

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The French Institute of South Africa is delighted to support the Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre in inviting authors Alain Mabanckou and Marc Boutavant as part of the 5th edition of Open Book. The two francophone authors are invited alongside over 100 international and local writers and illustrators.

Alain Mabanckou (France/DRC) is perhaps best known locally for the brilliant if disturbing African Psycho. He has been longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker International for Letter to Jimmy, an ode to James Baldwin and an effort to place Baldwin’s life in context within the greater African diaspora.
Twitter: @amabanckou

Marc Boutavant (France) is the award-winning author and illustrator of the bestselling Around the World with Mouk and Ariol series. In addition to his own work he has collaborated on several children’s books, including Never Tickle a Tiger.

The programme will offer a wealth of thought provoking and entertaining experiences to look forward to. South African writers will share the stage with authors from Congo, Denmark, France, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and Zimbabwe.

Visit Open Book Cape Town
Date: 9 – 13 September 2015
Venues: The Fugard Theatre, Homecoming Centre, Cape Town Central Library and The Book Lounge
Tickets: www.webtickets.co.za (bookings open early August)


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Facebook: Open-Book-Cape-Town 
Twitter: @OpenBookFest
Hashtag: #OpenBook2015


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