BOOKS HITLIST Juliet Jacques


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Some of the best Edinburgh International Book Festival events, as chosen by Yasmin Sulaiman classics of that period in Hollywood. Bring your Save Ferris T-shirt. 21 Aug, 7.15pm, £12 (£10).


Probably the best short story collection of 2016, Lara Williams’ Treats is a witty, emotional look at growing up and facing up to adult life. Here, she appears with Belfast’s Jan Carson. 18 Aug, 8.30pm, £8 (£6) Against all the odds, and the headlines, musician Wilko Johnson’s still alive. Lucky us, because he’ll be here in Edinburgh to talk to Vic Galloway about his experiences. 23 Aug, 8.15pm, £12 (£10).


Spoken word is in rude health right now, and Hollie McNish is up there among the best. Catch her at her book festival event, dubbed Poetry for Parental Beginners, and Unbound the same evening. See preview, page 29. 20 Aug, 5.30pm, £12 (£10).

JULIET JACQUES Her Guardian column was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. Now, Juliet Jacques heads to Edinburgh to talk about her life and her book, Trans: A Memoir. See preview, page 32. 20 Aug, 5.45pm, £12 (£10).

CHITRA RAMASWAMY Local journalist Chitra Ramaswamy’s Expecting is an insightful, poetic look into the trials of pregnancy. She’s joined by On Immunity author Eula Biss. 24 Aug, 2pm, £12 (£10).

MAGGIE O’FARRELL A new novel by Maggie O’Farrell is always a joyous event. Here, she talks about her wonderful new book, This Must Be the Place. 25 Aug, 6.45pm, £12 (£10).


28 Aug, 8.15pm, £12 (£10).

HADLEY FREEMAN A passionate 80s movie fan like the best of us Freeman’s recent book Life Moves Pretty Fast takes on all the

The author of Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close brings some American literary glamour to the Book Festival on its final weekend. See preview, page 31.

THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK Continuing with its recent forays into theatre, the Book Festival team up with the fantastic Scottish theatre company Stellar Quines for this

adaptation of Alice Munro’s stories. artSpace at StMark’s, until 29 Aug, times vary, £15 (£12). All events (except The View from Castle Rock) at Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888.

The beautiful green space of Charlotte Square Gardens in the centre of Edinburgh is transformed into a magical village of tents and walkways, theatres, cafés, bookshops and grassy areas to sit, read and soak up

Book tickets now! www.edbookfest.co.uk

the Festival atmosphere.

Tickets still available for:

Jonathan Safran Foer Eimear McBride Erica Jong Miranda Sawyer Chris Brookmyre

Mark Haddon Judith Kerr Edward Ross Jackie Kay Billy Letford Packie Bonner Janet Ellis Lemn Sissay Kevin Barry Val McDermid Chris Boardman Michel Faber Shappi Khorsandi Irvine Welsh Ray Mears Geoff Dyer Liz Lochhead A L Kennedy… and hundreds more.

30 THE LIST FESTIVAL 18–29 Aug 2016