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29 hot ticket events at Edinburgh Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival unveiled its programme for 2015 this week, and there’s another stellar cast of literary heavyweights, famous faces and up and coming talent heading for Charlotte Square in August. Introducing this year’s line-up, director Nick Barley said that the festival would become a “global village”, reflecting the fact that writers from 55 …

IDP2043: ‘The future isn’t what it used to be’

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid reports on two events exploring the process behind IDP2043, a new graphic novel commissioned by the Festival Part 1. featuring Denise Mina, Adam Murphy, Hannah Berry, Pat Mills, Will Morris Last year the Edinburgh International Book Festival hosted Stripped, a segment dedicated to graphic novels. This year, they’ve tried something …

Book Festival: Paul Gravett and John Dunning on Comics Unmasked

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid reports on Paul Gravett and John Dunning’s discussion of their Comics Unmasked exhibition [The poster for the British Library’s Comics Unmasked exhibition, designed by Jamie Hewlett] “Geeks will inherit the world,” notes chair Stuart Kelly. With the British Library opening one of its exhibition spaces to a pair of comic book aficionados, …

Book Festival: Thomas Enger | Mason Cross | Kevin Williamson | Douglas Dunn | Jenni Fagan

Ninian Dunnett reports on events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival featuring Thomas Enger, Mason Cross, Kevin Williamson, Douglas Dunn and Jenni Fagan “Do any of you have kids? Have you ever fallen asleep on the couch late at night, when you’re exhausted?” This is Thomas Enger, the Norwegian novelist. “Now imagine that you wake up …

Book review: J by Howard Jacobson

Dystopian state of denial has never felt so terrifying , writes William Leith At first, reading this novel feels like looking for the key to a mystery – you read carefully, searching for clues. Then you find the key, and find yourself reading with even more urgency. There’s a sense of mounting horror. We are …

Book Festival: Letters Home

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid experiences the first site-specific theatre performance at Charlotte Square, telling four very different stories from the Commonwealth Can theatre help us approach the idea of dialogue from a different perspective? With the resurgence in letters and written correspondence in a world so tech-savvy, the Grid Iron theatre company …

Book Festival: Lynn Barber

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid on legendary journalist Lynn Barber’s event in Charlotte Square Imagine you’re a journalist making your first steps into the media world, and you’re given your first interview assignment. A small time singer? Someone of local significance? How about Salvador Dali? As crazy as that notion may seem, it’s …

Book Festival: Kirsty Logan and Sara Maitland

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid reports on the Kirsty Logan and Sara Maitland event at Charlotte Square Some of the most interesting events can be more than just a single favourite author, but two who specialise in the same format, approaching it very differently. Step forward Kirsty Logan and Sara Maitland. Kirsty’s collection The …

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