Our Top 10 Picks for Edinburgh Book Fest

This year’s Edinburgh Book Festival looks set to be the best yet, with an incredible array of authors from seasoned international bestsellers to exciting debut writers. Plus, we’ve spotted a fair few Women’s Prize for Fiction winners and former judges amongst this stellar line up.

Here are our top 10 picks if you’re lucky enough to be heading to Edinburgh this month.

ZADIE SMITH: DANCING WITH DREAMS
It’s been over five years since Women’s Prize for Fiction winner Zadie Smith last released a novel, and in our book that’s far too long to wait. Zadie is back with Swing Time, a novel about friendship between two girls who dream of being dancers and the gaps that open up as their paths in life diverge. Don’t miss this chance to hear one of the most insightful novelists of her generation in conversation.

Sat 19 Aug 6:45pm – 7:45pm

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NAOMI ALDERMAN: ELECTRIFYING SUPERNATURAL TALES

This year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction winner Naomi Alderman, author of The Power, takes to the stage with Philip Miller,author of All the Galaxies. Each novel has a dystopian heart that even ‘Queen of Dystopias’ Margaret Atwood would be proud of.

 

Mon 28 Aug 2:00pm – 3:00pm

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SARA PASCOE: ANATOMY OF A FEMALE BODY

Don’t miss brilliant 2017 Women’s Prize for Fiction judge Sara Pascoe examining the ways in which, under patriarchy’s gaze, the female body has been both relished and reviled. In her debut book, Animal, Sara probes into this subject to raise many questions: why do breasts exist, why are media portrayals of women’s bodies so warped, and can it be true that medical trials were performed upon women to cure hysteria?

Wed 23 Aug 3:45pm – 4:45pm

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EIMEAR MCBRIDE: HOW TO READ A NOVEL

2015 Women’s Prize winner Eimear McBride is joined by the brilliant Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You, to discuss what makes a great novel and how we can read books more effectively. Perfect for anyone who wants to get more out of their reading.

Mon 14 Aug 11:00am – 12:00pm

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LAURIE PENNY: TAKING BIGOTRY TO TASK

A self-confessed ‘nerd, nomad and activist’ and 2016 Women’s Prize for Fiction judge, Laurie Penny is a potent commentator about feminism, gender and political dystopia. With a fierce intelligence, she has challenged norms and tackled prejudice, and she talks about the raw material which has fed into Bitch Doctrine, her book of ‘essays for dissenting adults’. Plus, this event is chaired by the brilliant Jenny Niven.

Fri 18 Aug 8:45pm – 9:45pm

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LISA MCINERNEY: BEYOND THE BLUES

The wonderful Women’s Prize winner Lisa McInerney is back with The Blood Miracles, the garrulous sequel to her winning book The Glorious Heresies. Lisa is joined by Hari Kunzru, ‘like the young Martin Amis, only nicer’ according to Carol Ann Duffy. A scintillating double bill.

Fri 25 Aug 7:15pm – 8:15pm

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ELIF SHAFAK: BODIES OF EXPERIENCE
Turkish novelist, author and former Women’s Prize for Fiction judge  Elif Shafak talks to Siri Hustvedt, a writer of incredible range and insight, from Dickens to Vermeer and psychoanalysis to neuroscience, Siri Hustvedt is a writer of remarkable range and insight. In this event they will speak about the self, bodily experience and the role of women in public intellectual life.

Fri 18 Aug 3:15pm – 4:15pm

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ALI SMITH: AUTUMN GLORIES
Wonderful Women’s Prize for Fiction winner Ali Smith announced her seasonal quartet of novels at our Book Bar event last year. Her first, Autumn, is a beautiful, transient symphony covering Brexit, Keats, Pop Art and more. For once, it’s a real consolation that Winter is coming – and perhaps they’ll be a hint of what’s in store.

Sun 20 Aug 5:00pm – 6:00pm

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CATHERINE MAYER: WHY WOMEN’S EQUALITY IS CRUCIAL FOR ALL

Journalist and co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party Catherine Mayer appeared at our Latitude event this year, and she wowed the audience with her vision of equality for all. In this event she will speak about why the Women’s Equality Party is for everyone and where its ultimate goal lies.

Sat 26 Aug 2:00pm – 3:00pm

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CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE: EQUALITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY with Nicola Sturgeon

The phenomenal Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has become one of the world’s most internationally-respected authors. After three acclaimed novels including the Women’s Prize winning Half of a Yellow Sun, her most recent book, Dear Ijeawale is a series of letters to a friend about feminism and motherhood. In this event, Adichie is interviewed by Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, about her work and ideas.

Sat 26 Aug 9:45pm – 10:45pm

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