Ian McEwan, Will Self & More to Launch New Novels at The Edinburgh International Book Festival, 2012
The Edinburgh International Book Festival today announced its programme for 2012. Charlotte Square Gardens will welcome Nobel Laureates, Booker and Pulitzer Prize winners and Poets Laureate as well as a stellar line up of the world's leading writers, poets, thinkers and commentators. With Guest Selectors, the Anobii First Book Award, the Edinburgh World Writers' Conference, the gamut of outstanding authors from Ali Smith to Zadie Smith, and a third year of the late night Unbound events, the Book Festival promises a summer of contemplation, inspiration and entertainment.
Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival said "In 2012, the Year of Creative Scotland, we are delighted to showcase some of the best Scottish writing, from well-established authors to debut novelists, as well as welcoming some extraordinary literary talent from around the world to help us rethink aspects of society that affect our everyday lives. This is a year for taking stock about what matters to us in a time of uncertainty, doubt and data overload. It is also, of course, a time when Scotland is preparing to make a big decision about its own future. All this and more will be discussed, deliberated, considered, broadcast live online via the Edinburgh World Writers' Conference, and disseminated around the world – we look forward to a lively, informed and informative debate."
In Edinburgh to launch their brand new books will be Ian McEwan, James Kelman, Will Self, Pankaj Mishra, Pat Barker, Gavin Esler and Louise Welsh while Zadie Smith, Howard Jacobson, Val McDermid and A N Wilson will offer exclusive previews of their forthcoming novels. Joining them in a packed programme will be over 800 authors appearing in 750 events and representing 44 different countries from Australia to Russia, Argentina to Nigeria. The prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize will be announced at the Book Festival, together with the Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize and the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year award. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown will deliver the National Library of Scotland's Donald Dewar Lecture and John McCarthy will speak at the inaugural Frederick Hood Memorial Lecture.
In addition to world renowned writers, Edinburgh has always been the place to discover something new and, for the third year, Book Festival audiences will be encouraged to vote for their favourite debut novel. The First Book Award, this year supported by Anobii, a new social network for book lovers, features 45 debut novelists writing for adult and young adult readers including the actor John Gordon Sinclair, International Prize for Arabic Fiction winner Youssef Ziedan, comedian Russell Kane, Dutch author Herman Koch with the first English translation of his best-selling novel The Dinner, Edinburgh's own Jennie Erdal and the launch of one of the most eagerly anticipated books of the year, Liza Klaussmann's Tigers in Red Weather.
Broadcasters James Naughtie and Sue MacGregor have been invited to curate their own series of events in the programme as 2012 Guest Selectors. Naughtie will look at Britain Today with politicians Tom Watson, Paddy Ashdown, Alistair Darling, novelist Zadie Smith and poet Ruth Padel. Sue MacGregor will discuss A Survival Kit for the Information Age with Maajid Nawaz, Prue Leith, Charles Ferguson, Tessa Hadley, Sarah Hall and A L Kennedy. MacGregor commented "I'm delighted by a new bookish challenge – exploring how we deal with the Information Age, when ideas good and bad, current events and of course whole books can be flashed across the universe in a nano-second." The Guest Selector for the RBS Children's Programme is Vivian French who will explore The Power of Words Through Play while Chris Riddell will be the 2012 Illustrator in Residence.