I always look forward to the day that the Edinburgh Book Festival programme is launched it is the next best thing to the 1st day of the festival. It is the day that book lovers from all over find out what delights await them in August. Below is a list of my must-see events:
Saturday 10th August
Andrew Crumey & Andrey Kurkov
Andrey Kurkov is an author that I first discovered at the book festival a couple of years ago and since then I have read and loved every book that he has brought out that have been translated into English. I highly recommend his books.
Sunday 11th August
Another favourite author of mine.
Monday 12th August
Jennie Erdal on War and Peace
War and Peace is one of my favourite classic novels and I love the idea of a reading workshop, something that is new to the book festival this year.
Every year in the led up to the programme launch, I assume that their will be an Ian Rankin event, the Edinburgh Book Festival and Ian Rankin go hand in hand. His events always end up being one of my highlights of the festival.
Wednesday 14th August
Maj Sjowall with Ian Rankin
This event is titled Queen of Crime meets King of Tartan Noir and I feel like this sums up these two authors perfectly. I am sure this is going to be a highlight of this year’s book festival.
Ron Rash & Manuel Rivas
Ron Rash is one of my favourite authors and anytime he publishes new work it always jumps to the front of my tbr pile.
Thursday 15th August
Translation Duel: French
These duels first featured at last year’s book festival and they were a huge success. I am pleased to see that they have been brought back this year.
Saturday 17th August
Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference Event
The above Conference was kicked off at the book festival last year and since then this conference has literally been around the world.
Sunday 18th August
One of my favourite authors, I have loved his book since I was a teenager and even now as an adult they continue to entertain me. He is also one of the loveliest authors I have ever met, always has time to speak to everyone and will literally sign every book he has ever written if you bring it along to his signings.
Thursday 22nd August
One of my favourite historical authors, I am excited to see her return to the book festival.
Neil Gaiman with Charles Fernyhough
Neil Gaiman never disappoints me, he is one of those writers in which I fall in love with every book he writes.
The above is just a taste of what is on offer at this year Edinburgh Book Festival.
Are any of these events on your wishlist?
What are you looking forward to seeing at this year’s Edinburgh Book Festival?