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Saraband authors at Edinburgh International Book Festival

July 2, 2018

Six of Saraband’s authors will be appearing at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, taking place in August.

Here’s the full line-up of events featuring our authors. To book tickets, just click on the event title.

1. Graeme Macrae Burnet

STRAVAIGIN IN SAINT-LOUIS

Sat 11 Aug 7.15pm-8.15pm

The Scot who came to international attention when His Bloody Project was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Graeme Macrae Burnet has followed up that astonishing success with an elegant and evocative thriller The Accident on the A35. Set in a sleepy town in southern France, it’s a sophisticated mystery that evokes Maigret, Camus and perhaps a whiff of James Hogg. Chaired by Jane Fowler.

Graeme is also chairing an event featuring Rupert Thomson, author of Never Anyone But You. OUT OF THE MARGINS OF HISTORY is on Sat 25 Aug 10.15am-11.15am.

2. Andy Davidson and Ahmed Saadawi

DARK HUNGER

Mon 13 Aug 7pm-8pm

Frankenstein in Baghdad, set in the rubble-strewn streets of US-occupied Iraq, is Ahmed Saadawi’s third novel, winning the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. In the Valley of the Sun is Andy Davidson’s first, and has Travis Stillwell wandering the back roads of Texas searching out women to feed on. Two centuries after Mary Shelley created Frankenstein, the authors each offer a modern take on her fascinating and enduring tale, which they discuss today.

3. Olga Wojtas and ES Thomson

PLUNGING BACK IN TIME FOR CRIME

Wed 15 Aug 12pm-1pm

Dip into the past with two Edinburgh writers. Saltire Prize-nominated ES Thomson’s The Blood is a thriller set in Victorian London where an apothecary disguises herself as a man to investigate savage murders. In Olga Wojtas’s Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar, time-travelling librarian Shona heads to 19th-century Russia for a match-making mission, but it proves to be something more sinister. Chaired by Sally Magnusson. This event will be recorded for BBC Radio Scotland.

4. Claire O’Callaghan and Fiona Sampson

IN SEARCH OF EMILY BRONTE AND MARY SHELLEY

Fri 17 Aug 7pm-8pm

For a woman to succeed as a writer 200 years ago she had to be tenacious, brave and exceptional. Both Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein were written then and their authors are the subjects of Emily Brontë Reappraised by Brontë specialist Claire O’Callaghan and In Search of Mary Shelley by award-winning poet and writer, Fiona Sampson. Each offers a revealing account of these vital literary figures. Chaired by Lennie Goodings.

5. Karen Lloyd, David F Ross and Daniel Gray

REIMAGINATION DEBATE: ENVIRONMENT – NATURE, TOWNS AND US

Wed 22 Aug 7.30pm-9pm

How does our environment impact on our everyday lives? Just over 70 years ago, Scotland’s New Towns were designed to incorporate green space. Today, novelist and architect David F Ross joins author and nature writer Karen Lloyd, whose latest book is The Blackbird Diaries, to discuss the interaction of nature and the built environment with social historian Daniel Gray, who has been chronicling the voices of Scotland’s New Town residents throughout the Book Festival’s ReimagiNation touring programme.

6. Ever Dundas and Robin Spinks

FREEDOM DEBATE: ACCESSING TECHNOLOGY – WHO BENEFITS?

Sun 26 Aug 7.30pm-9pm

Technological leaps have expanded opportunities for people with disabilities. At the same time, cuts to resources are making many feel isolated, misunderstood and attacked. How do we ensure everyone has access the tools they need to live well and feel part of mainstream culture? Award-winning novelist Ever Dundas, author of Goblin, leads the debate with Robin Spinks, Innovation and Technology Relationships Manager at the RNIB.