2020 has been the year of an online revolution and the iconic Open Book Festival (OBF) has fully embraced this revolution by introducing the Open Book Podcast series.
The brainchild of Mervyn Sloman and Ben Williams, this annual literary festival began in 2011 and has cemented its place in the literary scene in Cape Town. Over the years the OBF has grown to include over 100 events with more than 100 authors from around the world. Locally, this festival attracts the best homegrown talent in the literary scene.
In response to COVID-19, the Open Book Podcast Series was introduced to bring thought-provoking conversations to the homes of book lovers around the country. The four-week series was released on the 19th of October and is available on the Book Lounge’s podcast, A Readers’ Community, or on the OBF website. These online conversations will broaden your mind while also providing some much-needed entertainment. The series features the likes of Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane, Lauren Beukes, and Petina Gappah to mention a few who explore topics such as In Search of Tenderness, Writing Adventures, and Playing in the Shadows respectively.
Although listening to the podcasts on your couch doesn’t compare to getting dressed up and heading to the legendary Fugard Theatre to listen to your favourite author, the new normal is a different type of solace for booklovers.