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

August

09/08/2014, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Romesh Gunesekera at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Romesh Gunesekera, Isa Kamari and Alfian Sa'at in conversation at Edinburgh International Book Festival. It is more than half a century since Singapore and Sri Lanka gained independence from British rule, and the countries have taken wildly divergent paths. Romesh Gunesekera's short stories offer highly personal perspectives on the civil war that plagued Sri Lanka in recent years, while Isa Kamari and Alfian Sa'at offer fascinating and surprising fictional and poetic accounts of life in modern Singapore.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Writers' Retreat, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
www.edbookfest.co.uk

13/08/2014, 3pm - 4pm
Julian Baggini at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Taking Food With a Pinch of Salt The popular philosopher is back with a fascinating discussion about what we put on our tables and into our stomachs. In The Virtues of the Table he argues that our choices about what we eat involve every aspect of human nature: creative, emotional, social and sensuous. Julian Baggini asks whether what we consume can help us understand something essential about what it is to be human.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
www.edbookfest.co.uk

14/08/2014, 7pm - 8pm
Elizabeth Pisani at Edinburgh International Book Festiva
Hidden Corners of the World While Jakarta is a modern capital city, much of Indonesia lives with a whirlwind of superstition, rituals and black magic. Elizabeth Pisani journeys to volcanoes, jungles and mountains, encountering albino dwarves, prostitutes and groups who wanted to censor Lady Gaga. Meanwhile, BBC Panorama reporter John Sweeney discusses the fascinating nation of North Korea, and attempts to get under the skin of the world's most secret state.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, ScottishPower Foundation Studio, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
www.edbookfest.co.uk

17/08/2014, 3pm - 4pm
Masha Gessen at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Masha Gessen in conversation with Richard Sakwa on the power of Putin. The crisis in Ukraine has seen Russia flexing its muscles on the global stage. Masha Gessen, author of Words Will Break Cement, and Richard Sakwa, author of Putin and the Oligarch, have unprecedented insight into the country, and its domineering leader Vladimir Putin. They explore the relationships between politics, power, money and military. Is resistance futile? How can Russia and the West respond to these challenges to democracy?
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
www.edbookfest.co.uk

17/08/2014, 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Rebecca Mead at Edinburgh International Book Festival
"The Joys of Reading 'Too Much'": Rebecca Mead in conversation with Samantha Ellis Classic literature is put under the microscope here with personal stories about some of the canon's core works. Samantha Ellis has long been analysing heroines such as Jane Eyre, Cathy Earnshaw, Sylvia Plath and Lucy Honeychurch, while Middlemarch has been something of a set text for Rebecca Mead's entire life. How does reading such celebrated works help to provide perspective on the here and now?
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Royal Bank of Scotland Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
www.edbookfest.co.uk

18/08/2014, 1pm - 2.30pm
Rebecca Mead on Middlemarch at Edinburgh International Book Festival
In our workshop today writer Rebecca Mead looks at Middlemarch by George Eliot. This seminal work explores the status of women, the nature of marriage, idealism, self-interest, religion, hypocrisy, political reform and education. Expect an open discussion from the start: you can either read the work ahead of the event or be inspired to pick it up afterwards.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Writers' Retreat, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
www.edbookfest.co.uk

19/08/2014, 7pm - 8.15pm
Josh Cohen on Surveillance and the Self at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Privacy and Society: Has the State lost control? Why were Edward Snowden's revelations about state surveillance so significant? Because they underlined what we suspected: the internet era has radically altered our relationship with 'privacy'. Can the state any longer sustain the idea that individual privacy is a basic right? Indeed, in this Big Brother era, do we need to rethink what privacy means? And how do we balance that with the preservation of society and its wider values? Luke Harding, journalist and author of The Snowden Files, joins Josh Cohen, author of The Private Life: Why We Remain in the Dark.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, The Guardian Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
www.edbookfest.co.uk

20/08/2014, 2pm - 3pm
Josh Cohen at Edinburgh International Book Festival
The digital age has brought about a new war over private life. From those seeking to expose it to those fighting to protect or conceal it, privacy is treated as a jealously-guarded possession. Drawing on his experiences as a psychoanalyst and literature professor, Josh Cohen's The Private Life proposes a radical alternative: it is part of us we can neither possess nor control. Chaired by Richard Lea from the Guardian.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
www.edbookfest.co.uk

22/08/2014, 8.30pm - 9.30pm
Fred D'Aguiar with Blake Morrison at Edinburgh International Book Festival
One day in 1978, cult leader Jim Jones persuaded 914 people to commit 'revolutionary suicide' in their utopian commune, Jonestown. The tragedy that unfolded on that day is re-imagined through the eyes of a young child in the commune, by British-Guyanese poet and writer Fred D'Aguiar, in his unforgettable novel Children of Paradise. In this session D'Aguiar discusses his novel with writer, poet and journalist Blake Morrison.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
www.edbookfest.co.uk

23/08/2014, 11am - 12pm
Patrick Barkham at Edinburgh International Book Festival
"Dangerous or endangered?": Patrick Barkham in conversation with Laurie Campbell The badger and the otter: crucial to a diverse British fauna, or jointly responsible for the spread of bovine TB? Patrick Barkham, author of Badgerlands, and Laurie Campbell, whose photos feature in Otters: Return to the River, are firmly on the side of the animals. In their books they reveal and celebrate the magnificent contribution made by badgers and otters to our countryside.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Royal Bank of Scotland Garden Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
www.edbookfest.co.uk

23/08/2014, 8.30pm - 9.30pm
Mark Gevisser at Edinburgh International Book Festival
"Children of the Revolutions": Mark Gevisser in conversation with Maxim Leo Both Mark Gevisser and Maxim Leo grew up in countries now barely recognisable from the ones they experienced during childhood. In Dispatcher, Gevisser delivers an impassioned meditation on South Africa, home and identity, based on his 1970s upbringing in Johannesburg. Meanwhile Leo has written Red Love, a fascinating memoir looking back at his childhood in East Berlin, revealing a GDR full of hopes, dreams and betrayals.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
www.edbookfest.co.uk

24/08/2014, 7pm - 8pm
Amy Bloom at Edinburgh International Book Festival
"The 21st Century American Dream": Amy Bloom in conversation with Greg Baxter US fiction has come a long way since Walter Mitty and Willy Loman and their tragi-comic dreams. Nevertheless, Greg Baxter's Munich Airport and Amy Bloom's Lucky Us both doff their caps at the American Dream, exploring hopes and fears in the minds of everyday Americans. Should we reach for the stars or find the extraordinary in the everyday? Baxter and Bloom, with characteristic literary flair, offer intriguing answers. Chaired by Lee Randall.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
www.edbookfest.co.uk



 
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