Highlights from 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival: Fri 22 – Mon 25 Aug
Martin Amis, Gruff Rhys, Haruki Murakami and Peter Ross among guests at Charlotte Square
This article is from 2014.
Friday sees a joint event with two of the literature’s bright young things, Ned Beauman and Clemens J Setz discussing their recent work. Beauman will be speaking about Glow, his follow-up to 2012’s Booker Prize-longlisted The Teleportation Accident, and Setz will be speaking about his upcoming German Book Prize-nominated Indigo, a brilliantly bizarre tale of the repercussions of an epidemic which takes place in an eerily-familiar future.
Other highlights include Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys talking about his memoir American Interior - which resembles a psychedelic, historical travelogue that the usual memoir faire - on the back of its nomination for 2014’s Gordon Burn Prize, and Irvine Welsh is back at the book festival with his new book, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins, which sees the Leith-born author at his subversive best.
Having recently released their first book, the remarkable American storytelling group The Moth come to the Edinburgh Book Festival on Saturday. Past events have seen them hosting literary luminaries like Neil Gaiman and Salman Rushdie, and their festival event will feature stories by comedian Omad Djalili, and winner of the Wellcome Book Prize, author Andrew Solomon amongst others.
Arguably the centerpiece of the entire festival, Haruki Murakami will be making two appearances over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday. A truly rare chance to hear the author speak about his work as he seldom grants interviews, let alone public appearances, Murakami will be talking about his work and his new novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.
Sunday also sees one of Britain’s favourite literary sons, Martin Amis, returning to the book festival to talk about his new novel, The Zone of Interest, and former BBC Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman will be making an appearance to discuss his weighty tome from last year, Great Britain’s Great War. Additionally, one of the world’s finest short story writers - and winner of last year’s Man Booker International Prize - Lydia Davis will be talking about her new collection Can’t and Won’t.
On Monday, journalist Peter Ross will be talking about Daunderlust, the collection of his articles for Scotland on Sunday, a joint event will see young, British authors Kerry Hudson and Simon Van Booy talking about their work, and acclaimed writer and poet Michael Rosen will be talking about his quirky new book, Alphabetical, which shares the author’s discoveries about the stories told behind all 26 letters of the alphabet.