I could not wait to finish work today and head home to have a look at what authors would be attending the Edinburgh Book Festival. This year I have the 11-27 August off work and plan to spend as much time at the festival as possible. There are events I want to go to every day of the festival. Below is a breakdown of people who I am excited to see and have immediately jumped out at me from reading the programme.
Saturday 11 August
- Charles Fernyhough & Ben Marcus – at the minute I am going through a phase where I instantly love anything dystopian, so this event instantly jumped out at me.
Sunday 12 August
- Darren Shan – I have loved his books since I was teenager. This event will surely be packed with children, but like a true book lover I will be going.
Monday 13 August
- Colm Toibin – I have loved every book of his that I have read. I could not pass up the opportunity to go and hear him speak.
- Neil Gaiman – Need I say more, he will be discussing my favourite books of his CAROLINE.
Tuesday 14 August
- David Bellas – I love translated fiction and I can not wait for this event
- Hilary Mantel – One of the events I am so excited for this year, I could shout it from the rooftops. Anyone who reads my blog or follows me on twitter will know how much I love historical fiction.
Wednesday 15 August
- Ian Rankin – He is one of my favourite crime writers and I just love hearing him speak. I have seen him every year he has appeared. This year will be no different.
Thursday 16 August
- Lucinda Dickens Hawksley – I love anything to do with Charles Dickens, I am like a women possessed. So this event is a must for me.
- Anjali Joseph & Nikita Ialwani – I saw Anjali last year and loved Saraswati Park. So another must event for me.
- Lindsey Davis & Conn Iggulden – Every book Conn Iggulden writes automatically goes on my preorder list. Described as Masters of Historical Fiction this is event I have to be at.
- Kevin Barry & Etgar Kerest – This one needs no explanation it is Kevin Barry after all.
- S.J.Watson – I loved Before I go to Sleep, looking forward to hearing S.J.Watson talking about the book.
Saturday 18th August
- Hari Kunzru & Yiyun Li – Gods without Men was an excellent read and has been branded as ‘translit’, looking forward to hearing Hari Kunzru speak.
- Stephen Kelman & Nick Lake – Pigeon English is a book everyone should read and I will certainly be rereading it prior to this event.
Sunday 19th August
- Stuart Clark & SJ Parris – SJ Parris is another author who novels are automatically on my preorder list. Historical fiction at its best.
Monday 20 August
- Laurent Binet & Maria Duenas – I have heard great things about both authors. Both books are currently sitting on my tbr pile, this will provide a great excuse to read them.
- Translation duel: Spanish – Something new at this year’s book festival. I like the sound of this event and most of the translated fiction I read is origanally written in Spanish.
- China Mievlle – There are no words to describe his books, he is in a category all to himself. Plus the event is being chaired by Patrick Ness.
Tuesday 21st August
- Best of European Fiction 2012 – I buy this collection every year. It always filled with the best selection of stories from across Europe. I am sure this year it will be no different.
- Ian Rankin – Ian Rankin talking about his favourite Rebus moments. This event will be one of the highlights of the book festival.
Thursday 23rd August
- Ian McEwan – Ian is launching his new book at the festival this year. I have been looking forward to this book since it was aunnonced.
- John Connolly & Stuart Neviele – Another two authors that I have only heard good things about. Plus an excuse to read their book again.
Friday 24th August
- Emylia Hall & Karl Ove Knausgaard – It should be complusary to read The Book of Summers. It is that good!
Saturday 25th August
- Wilbur Smith – Another historical fiction master.
- Marina Warner – I have heard great things about this book and the concept seems interesting and thought provoking.
- Stuart MacBride – In my opinion one of the masters of the crime genre. Already read his latest book and loved it.
- Will Self – One of my favourite writers of all time.
Sunday 26th August
- Chris Priestley – I was introduced to his books by a friend last year and have not read one yet that I did not love.
Monday 27th August
- Gained in translation – Another translation event, I am interested to hear from translators what makes a good translator.
- Ken Macleod & G Willow Wilson – I can not resist another dystopia event.
As you have probably have gathered by know I will be attending the Edinburgh Book Festival every day this year and I am already really excited. I feel like a kid in a candy store. Can not wait for two weeks of non stop books. So if you see me around the festival, don’t be afraid to say hi and stop for a chat.
Are you attending the Edinburgh Book Festival this year?
What are you excited to see?