Best of the rest - Edinburgh Book Festival
This article is from 2008.
Having reported on the genocide in Rwanda, Gourevitch is back with a journey into the heart of America’s darkness as Standard Operating Procedure analyses the hell of Abu Ghraib.
9 Aug, 8.30pm, £9 (£7)
In town to direct On the Waterfront, this iconic theatre figure shakes up the calm of Charlotte Square to discuss A Life in Food, his hearty tome from last year.
12 Aug, 8pm, £9 (£7)
After her massively successful and thoroughly frank debut Brass came the long-awaited follow-up, Once Upon a Time in England, a vibrant tale of a family, and a society, trying to seek the right path.
13 Aug, 10.15am, £9 (£7)
This Dubliner scooped the Man Booker with The Gathering, and rested on nobody’s laurels by giving us Taking Pictures, a snapshot of 19 short tales about friendship, courtship, love, babies, housework, longing and loss.
15 Aug, 11.30am, £9 (£7)
An event for those with very strong stomachs. Not sure whether he’ll be reading his notorious tale, ‘Guts’, but if he gets even close to that kind of content, make sure you bring the smelling salts along.
16 Aug, 8pm, £9 (£7)
In We-Think, this former Blair advisor champions the internet’s mass innovation while admitting that technological progress won’t save the world all by itself. For those of you obsessed by Facebook and addicted to YouTube, the best may be yet to come.
18 Aug, 8.30pm, £9 (£7)
Every book from this Newcastle-born writer is a treat, with the latest extraordinary effort, Born Yesterday, digging behind the headlines of summer 2007 (Blair, Smeato, Madeleine McCann) to present ‘the news as a novel’.
21 Aug, 4.30pm, £6 (£4)
Quite probably the most energetic man in Britain these days, the stand-up comic and writer is now on his third book, Crap at the Environment, which tells of his hilarious attempts to halve his carbon footprint in a year.
23 Aug, 4.30pm, £9 (£7)
One of Scotland’s finest authors is taking a step into autobiography with This is Not About Me, a memoir of growing up in Ayrshire during the 50s and 60s, telling how a shy child became an outspoken artist.
23 Aug, 7pm, £9 (£7)
Is there a braver woman in the world of British journalistic endeavour out there? Into Danger is her search for others who are hellbent on putting their lives at risk for work or pleasure.
25 Aug, 6.30pm, £9 (£7)
All events at Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888