I may not get to see as much at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year as I would like, but what I’ve bought tickets for so far I’m pretty excited about. So far I’m seeing some big stars, some who are new on the scene and some old favorites. Here’s the list:
Salman Rushdie – I have never seen Rushdie speak before. I am quite excited about this. Unfortunately he will be speaking about one of his earlier novels, Shame, which is not a favorite of mine, but perhaps that is better then him treading over the much trod ground of Midnight’s Children or The Satanic Verses.
Peggy Riley and Jenn Ashworth – I chose this one because I really enjoyed Amity and Sorrow by Riley. I like to hear what new writers have to say. Jenn Ashworth has also written a novel along religious themes called The Friday Gospels. It is supposed to be a tragic and hilarious take on Mormonism.
Meg Wolitzer – Oddly, I have never read anything by her, but I am dying to read The Interestings, her latest novel.
Margaret Atwood – I could hardly be Canadian if I didn’t go see her, right? She is one of the guest selectors at the Edbookfest this year. She is giving three talks highlighting why there is no such thing as genre and why breaking literary rules is so great. The talk I am seeing is on her new book Madd Addam.
Gill Hornby and Deborah Moggach – This talk is officially entitled “50 Shades of Funny”, so how could I not go. Horby has just written a novel called The Hive, which I am really keen on reading. Moggach has a number of novels under her belt and is known for her wit.
That is all I have booked for now. My husband may be away during the festival period, which means I can’t really book any evening events until I know for sure.