Sally Magnusson at the Edinburgh Book Festival, Anne Pia celebrates Baudelaire and other Scottish book short stories



The winner of the James Tait Black Prize will be announced live at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Wednesday 25 August. Author and broadcaster Sally Magnusson will host a special pre-recorded event, where the eight shortlisted authors will discuss their books. The live announcement will follow.

The shortlisted authors are:

FICTION: Dima Alzayat with Alligator & Other Stories, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi with The First Woman, Lydia Millet with A Children’s Bible and Shola von Reinhold with Lote.

BIOGRAPHY: Kate Fullagar with The Warrior, the Voyager, and the Artist: Three Lives in an Age of Empire, Doireann Ní Ghríofa with Un fantôme dans la gorge, Sudhir Hazareesingh with Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture, and Rebecca Solnit with Recollections of My non-existence.

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Several Booker-selected authors appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival over the next 10 days, including Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro. He will talk about his latest novel, Klara and the Sun, which prompted Herald critic Rosemary Goring to question whether artificial intelligence could ever “deliver a better, nicer version of ourselves.” She also reviewed another selected book, Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford, which she described as “alternately funny, sad, heartbreaking, and filled with love and hope.”

Rachel Cusk’s Second Place “does to today’s bohemian bourgeoisie women what Gustave Flaubert did to nineteenth-century women,” according to our critic Neil Mackay. Meanwhile, Nick Major wrote that South African author Damon Galgut’s novel The Promise “confronts darkness in the heart of mankind.” The Booker shortlist will be announced on September 14.

Other Herald-rated writers appearing at the festival this week are Courttia Newland (author of A River Called Time), Jon McGregor (Lean Fall Stand), Deborah Levy (Real Estate), Jacqueline Rose (On Violence and On Violence Against Women), Elizabeth Knox (The Absolute Book) and David Keenan (Monument Maker).

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Herald Scotland:

An event marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Baudelaire will be presented in Edinburgh by the Institut français d’Ecosse on Tuesday, August 21. Edinburgh-based author Anne Pia, who has translated some of Baudelaire’s best-known poems in her book The Sweetness of the Demons, will read excerpts from the work and offer poetic responses to Baudelaire’s poetry.

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Herald Scotland:

Two Scottish politicians who have released thought-provoking new books are among the authors appearing at the Beyond Borders Festival in Innerleithen next weekend. Alasdair Allan MSP will discuss his book Tweed Rinds Tae the Ocean – which explores the history, language and literature of the Scottish Borders – during a literary walk with Catherine Maxwell Stuart.

Former MP Stephen Gethins, author of Nation to Nation: Scotland’s Place in the World, will debate Scotland’s foreign policy imprint at an event chaired by Alan Little. https: //


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