It is hard to believe that Edinburgh International Book Festival has been and gone, it was 17 days full of bookish fun. I went to a total of 61 events over 15 days and I enjoyable every moment on it.
Here are my top 10 events of Edinburgh International Book Festival 2012:
10) Translation Duel Spanish – This was a highly enjoyable event, featuring the author Bernardo Atxaga and two translators, Rosalind Harvey and Frank Wynne. To top it all off it was hosted by Daniel Hahn. The two translators translated the same piece of work by Bernardo and the two translations were compared and the differences discussed. A full event report will follow.
9) Junot Diaz & Nathan Englander – These two guys are amazing characters and it was a privileged to hear them speak about their new short story collections. A full event report will follow.
8) Sean Borodale & William Letford – This year I decided I was going to see some event that I would normally avoid. I wouldn’t call myself a poetry lover but these two young poets were inspiring and I have bought both collections after hearing them read from them. A full event report will follow.
7) Darren Shan – hearing him speak is always a privileged. He always reads with such passion and always has massive signing queues after his events. A full event report can be found here.
6) Colm Toibin – his events are always a success and I love going to hear him talk. A full event can be report can be found here.
5) Joyce Carol Oates – It was a privilege hearing this highly successful author speak about her past work and her current releases. She just has an aura of elegance and sophistication about her. A full event report will follow.
4) Ian Rankin – I went to both Ian Rankin events this year. The first event was about his latest book The Impossible Dead and he also had a copy of the new Rebus novel. He treated the audience to a reading from this new book. A full event report can be found here. The second event was celebrating the 25th anniversary of Rebus and Ian talked about his favourite Rebus moments. A full report of the second event will follow.
3) The Future of The Novel – this was an Edinburgh World Writers Conference 2012 event. China Mieville keynote speech is what made this event for me. It was a truly wonderful speech full of interesting takes on where the novel may go. A full event report can be found here.
2) Neil Gaiman – Neil’s events are always one of the best of the festival. This year he appeared alongside Chris Riddell they talked about the 25th anniversary of Coraline. The full event can be viewed here.
1) Laszlo Krasznahorkai – Laszlo’s reading from Satantango was simply breath-taking and this is why it was my number 1 event from the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2012. After hearing him read, I was speechless and I knew I just witnessed something incredible. A full event report will follow.
So that was my top 10 of Edinburgh International Book Festival 2012. I have a wonderful 17 days and all the staff were extremely helpful and very friendly. The atmosphere was electric; I love just sitting in the gardens and soaking up the atmosphere. Of course another highlight was catching up with old friends and of course making new ones. Over the next month Edinburgh International Book Festival will still be featuring here as I catch up with all the event reports.