Hitlist - the best Festival book events

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  • 23 August 2007

This article is from 2007.


Tony Harrison The poet whose 1984 work ‘V’ sparked a torrent of tabloid and parliamentary outrage over its Channel 4 adaptation arrives to discuss the power of poetry. Thom Yorke is a big fan. 23 Aug, 11.30am, £7 (£5).

Ian McEwan One of the nation’s favourite writers is the hot tip to scoop his second Booker prize later this year with On Chesil Beach. He was 3-1 last time I popped into the bookies. 24 Aug, 11.30am, £7 (£5).

John Pilger The man who has been a journalistic thorn in the side to those in power and with influence has continued on his way by slaughtering Americans for adopting a rather bad attitude towards their Latin neighbours. Aug, 6.30pm, £8 (£6).

Ann Patchett This LA-born, Tennessee-bred writer won the Orange prize for Bel Canto and she’s back with Run, which features a Boston family at odds and was described by Andrew O’Hagan as being like a literary mix of Six Feet Under and The Sopranos. High praise indeed. 26 Aug, 3.30pm, £7 (£5).

Craig Davidson This young Canadian scribe won bundles of acclaim for his debut short story collection, Rust and Bone, and the plaudits have been no less forthcoming for his first novel, The Fighter. 26 Aug, 7.30pm, £5 (£3).

William Gibson The granddaddy of the cyberspace era is back with Spook Country which explores espionage, the media and the devastating social effects of technology. 27 Aug, 7pm, £8 (£6).

William Gibson

William Gibson, author of the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel 'Neuromancer' and inventor of the term 'cyberspace', makes a rare visit to Scotland to discuss his new novel 'Spook Country'. 'Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2007'.

Craig Davidson and Nathan Englander

Canadian Craig Davidson discusses his new contribution to the growing genre of macho-lit with 'The Fighter'. He is joined by American Nathan Englander, who will read from his book 'The Ministry of Special Cases', about bureaucratic turmoil in Argentina. 'Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2007'.

John Pilger

Ruth Wishart talks to John Pilger about his new book 'Freedom Next Time', about the long shadow imperialism has cast over key areas of the world. 'Part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2007'.

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