Events are listed by date, then city. Submit listings at least ten days before publication to firstname.lastname@example.org. Listings are compiled by Suzanne Black.
Thursday 5 Glasgow FREE James Ellroy Borders Books, 98 Buchanan Street, 222 7700. 12.30pm. The so-called ‘Demon Dog’ of American crime fiction launches the final part of his Underworld USA trilogy, Blood’s a Rover. FREE Borders Book Group Borders Books, Fort Retail Park, 390 Provan Walk, 773 2910. 6.30pm. Deliberate and cogitate over Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson at this regular book group. See instore for details. James Ellroy & Screening of LA Confidential Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, 332 8128. 6.30pm. Talk £4; film and talk £8. This screening offers the chance to see Ellroy in discussion before the film and speaking about his book and the film it became.
6636. 6.30pm. An audio-visual presentation by co-author David Cowley to celebrate the launch of this new title from RCAHMS (Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments in Scotland). Email email@example.com to book. FREE Kenneth McKay Central Library, George IV Bridge, 242 8000. 6.30pm. Ticketed. Kenneth McKay launches his new novel, The Master and the Messenger. Booking essential via www.kennethmckay.co.uk Friday 6
Glasgow Ken Bruce Mitchell Theatre, 6 Granville Street, 287 2870. 6.30pm. £5. The voice of Radio 2 turns to the written word and releases autobiography The Track of My Years. Edinburgh Robert Lax Old St Paul’s Church, 39 Jeffrey Street, 556 3332. 7.30pm. Donations. An evening of video and readings from the work of this important minimalist hermit poet.
Edinburgh FREE Above Scotland: the National Collection of Aerial Photography Beyond Words Bookshop, 42–44 Cockburn Street, 226 Edinburgh FREE Mary Turner Borders Books, Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, 657 4041. 1pm. The Scottish author signs copies of her local stories, such as Three Sons.
Frankie Boyle Everyone’s favourite Glasgow ginger shock comic has been in the news for quitting Mock the Week and blasting the BBC’s ‘don’t frighten the horses’ policy. Here, he’ll be merrily signing copies of his few-holds barred memoir, My Shit Life So Far. ■ Waterstone’s, Edinburgh, Wed 18 Nov.
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Glasgow Creative Writing Programme Borders Books, 98 Buchanan Street, 222 7700. 6pm. £6.50 (£30 for six sessions). Alistair Paterson leads a weekly class to inspire, guide and shape your literary outpourings. Glasgow FREE Elaine C Smith Borders Books, Fort Retail Park, 390 Provan Walk, 773 2910. 1pm. The Lanarkshire comedy queen and playwright discusses her new autobiography, Nothing Like a Dame.
Edinburgh FREE Discovering Family History at NLS National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, 623 3845. 6–7.30pm. Look for family secrets or royal blood in a practical workshop. Ayrshire Imprint: East Ayrshire Book Festival Various venues, Ayrshire. www.imprintfestival.co.uk. Until Sat 14 Nov. Times vary. Prices vary. Ayrshire book festival featuring readings, talks and children’s workshops with Neil Oliver, Jackie Kay, Liz Lochhead, James Kelman and James Robertson.
Tuesday 10 Glasgow FREE Corbatures: The Day After Alliance Française de Glasgow, 3 Park Circus, 339 4281. 6pm. Paul Fournel appears at the Alliance Française to discuss his latest collection of short stories.
Edinburgh FREE Book Group Waterstone’s, 13–14 Princes Street, 556 3034. 6.30–7.45pm. Take a stand and express an opinion in this discussion of The Eye of the Leopard by Henning Mankell. FREE Hamish Henderson’s Biography Launch Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. 8pm. Tim Neat launches the second and final volume of his biography of Hamish Henderson, followed by a panel discussing Henderson’s relevance to our times with Margaret Bennett, Alec Finlay, Raymond Ross and Steve Byrne, chaired by Donald Smith. Plus music from Cathal McConnell, Duncan Wood and Allan Macdonald. Part of the Carrying Stream Festival.
Wednesday 11 Edinburgh David Eagleman and Richard Holloway Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 228 1404. 7pm. £8.50 (£6.50). The author of Sum: 40 Tales from the Afterlives joins former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway to discuss his bestselling book. Nick Cave, Clarke Peters and Stephen Fry lend their recorded readings to the proceedings.
Thursday 12 Edinburgh FREE Kelsey Drake Borders Books, Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, 657 4041. 11am. Kelsey Drake signs copies of the second Lothian Dragons Book, Farlkris. Alasdair Gray Roxy Art House, 2 Roxburgh Place, 4.30pm. £4 (students £3). Launch of A Gray Play Book, an anthology of short plays, an unused opera libretto, a film script and excerpts from the pictorial storyboard of the novel Lanark. Tickets from 0131 622 8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org Anthony Horowitz Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, 228 2688. 6.15pm. £6. Anthony Horowitz celebrates his latest thrilling instalment of the Alex Rider series, Crocodile Tears.
Friday 13 Haddington Lennoxlove Book Festival Lennoxlove House, 0844 357 7611. Until Sat 14 Nov. Times vary. Prices vary. Alexander McCall Smith, Kate Adie, Rory Bremner and Martine McCutcheon are just some of the attractions at this two-day book festival.
Edinburgh FREE Kelsey Drake Borders Books, Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, 657 4041. 11am. See Thu 12. Monday 16
Glasgow Creative Writing Programme Borders Books, 98 Buchanan Street, 222 7700. 6pm. £6.50 (£30 for six sessions). See Mon 9.
Edinburgh Reading Group: Nothing but the Poem Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, 557 2876. 6.30–8pm. £5 (£3). Removing the pressures of review, criticism and hype, and without relying on background knowledge, this gentle reading group led by Julie Johnstone focuses on the reader’s response to the text. For booking and more details please phone or email email@example.com FREE William Wallace: A French Perspective Institut Français d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent, 225 5366. 6.30pm. French author Beatrice Balti discusses her latest historic novel William Wallace: le cri de la liberté with Wallace specialist David Ross.
Glasgow FREE William Wallace: A French Perspective Alliance Française de Glasgow, 3 Park Circus, 339 4281. 7pm. Ticketed. See Tue 17. Edinburgh FREE Frankie Boyle Waterstone’s, 128 Princes Street, 226 2666. 5.30pm. The caustic and belligerent Scot signs copies of his memoir, My Shit Life So Far. Storytelling Café Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. 7pm. £4. Storytelling, music and song in a relaxed café atmosphere. Aly Monroe The Edinburgh Bookshop, 181 Bruntsfield Place, 7.30pm. £5 (redeemable against purchase). Aly Monroe reads from her historical thrillers, The Maze of Cadiz and Washington Shadow. FREE Launch of Silver: An Aberdeen Anthology Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, 557 2876. 7.30pm. Launch of a new anthology of poetry from the Granite City. FREE The Golden Hour Forest Café, 3 Bristo Place, 220 4538. 8pm. Guesting at Ryan Van Winkle’s cabaret evening are Edinburgh Makar Ron Butlin, Julia Boll and Ewan Morrison, joined by musicians Yaz Duncan and Rantum Scantum.
Thursday 19 Glasgow FREE Ian Mitchell Goethe Institut, 3 Park Circus, 332 2555. 7pm. Ian Mitchell talks about his new novel, Winter in Berlin, in which a Scottish socialist sympathizer navigates 1980s East Germany, espionage and a dangerous love. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
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