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A fully up-to-date listing of where you can meet Granta Books' authors in the coming months.

August

16/08/2015, 5:30 - 6:15
Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series; Julian Baggini
All over the world, people are imprisoned for writing critically about their government or country. Each day we pay tribute to writers who have been persecuted for their words, thoughts and opinions. Today we hear the work of the writers' group from Freedom from Torture, which this year celebrates 30 years of supporting survivors of torture throughout the UK. Authors reading today: Julian Baggini, Claire Fuller and Nicola Morgan.
Edinburgh International Book Festival

16/08/2015, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Freedom to Decide; Julian Baggini Edinburgh International Book Festival
How much personal responsibility do we have for our actions? Does free will truly exist? These are the questions that have been taxing Julian Baggini's mind. Today, the popular philosopher discusses his conclusions after meeting everyone from artists to addicts in the preparation of his latest compelling adventure, Freedom Regained. This writer gives new meaning to the word 'unputdownable'.
Edinburgh International Book Festival

17/08/2015, 9:00 - 11:00
Jura Unbound
Colin MacIntyre has long been beguiling us with his music as Mull Historical Society and this year he celebrates with a Best Of... album and the release of his debut novel, The Letters of Ivor Punch. In a lively evening of songs and stories, Colin teams up with author and musician John Darnielle, whose Wolf in White Van is hailed as a 'meditation on monstrosity, escape and transformation' and Etgar Keret, author of The Seven Good Years.
Edinburgh International Book Festival

17/08/2015, 9:00 - 11:00
Jura Unbound
Colin MacIntyre has long been beguiling us with his music as Mull Historical Society and this year he celebrates with a Best Of... album and the release of his debut novel, The Letters of Ivor Punch. In a lively evening of songs and stories, Colin teams up with author and musician John Darnielle, whose Wolf in White Van is hailed as a 'meditation on monstrosity, escape and transformation' and Etgar Keret, author of The Seven Good Years.
Edinburgh International Books Festival

18/08/2015, 7:00 - 8:00
Etgar Keret & Alain Mabanckou
Meet two internationally acclaimed novelists who now turn their hands to memoir. Etgar Keret was declared 'a genius' by the New Yorker: The Seven Good Years, translated into English by Sondra Silverston, Miriam Shlesinger, Jessica Cohen and Anthony Berris, is his account of raising a son in Tel Aviv, while also losing his father. Alain Mabanckou is francophone Africa's best-loved writer. He left Congo-Brazzaville when he was 22, and The Lights of Pointe-Noire, translated by Helen Stevenson, is a moving account of the enduring meaning of home - but also the town where a million slaves were sold.
Edinburgh International Book Festival

18/08/2015, 5:00 - 6:00
Mark Blacklock & Danny Rhodes; Mark Blacklock
David Peace is mentioned in dispatches whenever you read descriptions of the writings by both Mark Blacklock and Danny Rhodes, and you can quickly see why. The Yorkshire Ripper hoaxer is the subject of Blacklock's I'm Jack while The Damned Utd has been cited as an influence upon Rhodes' Fan, a gritty and dark fiction centring on the Hillsborough Disaster.
Edinburgh International Book Festival

18/08/2015, 3:30 - 4:30
John Darnielle & Gavin Extence; John Darnielle
Fantasy lives and the points where they meet reality are at the heart of the new books by these two rising literary stars. In John Darnielle's Wolf in White Van, a tormented teenager invents a complex and dark adventure game which returns to haunt him years later, while Gavin Extence's The Mirror World of Melody Black tackles a young person's bipolar disorder.
Edinburgh International Book Festival

23/08/2015, 4:00 - 5:00
Translation Duel: German; Peter Stamm
What happens to a story's essence when it is translated from one language to another? Award-winning author Peter Stamm is joined by acclaimed translators Ruth Martin and Shaun Whiteside who present their own interpretations of the same text, proving that each translation is a creative work in its own right. No knowledge of German is required to enjoy this event. Hosted by Daniel Hahn.
Edinburgh Inernational Book Festival

23/08/2015, 4:00 - 5:00
Translation Duel: German
What happens to a story's essence when it is translated from one language to another? Award-winning author Peter Stamm is joined by acclaimed translators Ruth Martin and Shaun Whiteside who present their own interpretations of the same text, proving that each translation is a creative work in its own right. No knowledge of German is required to enjoy this event. Hosted by Daniel Hahn.
Edinburgh International Book Festival

25/08/2015, 2:15 - 3:15
Yasmin Albhai-Brown & Bidisha
What does national identity mean in an era of multiracial culture? Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is one of Britain's most important commentators on multiculturalism: in Exotic England she describes 'a curious nation' that has developed thanks to its long history of immigration. Bidisha is a writer and human rights journalist whose book Asylum and Exile depicts the bravery of people who have left everything behind to seek sanctuary on this island.
Edinburgh Internationa Book Festival

25/08/2015, 10:15 - 11:15
Karen Cambell & Peter Stamm
Glasgow-based Karen Campbell is rapidly establishing herself as a writer of fine literary novels. Her latest offering is Rise, set in a Highlands village where several souls converge, all on the run from past experiences. Peter Stamm is one of the best-respected authors in Europe today, and he presents All Days Are Night, an electrifying study of one woman's struggle to make sense of her life after a car crash.
Edinburgh International Book Festival



 
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